We can never get enough of lush rock sounds. Echo Lake’s second album promises to be rich and unique in their special way, having recovered of first drummer Peter Hayes’ passing. The bands' members preferring planning and hard work over spontaneous combustion, Era has been years in the making and hopefully will live up to its potential and our expectations.
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Echo Lake are one of those middling but completely enjoyable ethereal/twee/shoegazer bands they have these days. As I accidentally fell asleep early last night listening to something else completely different I've now got half an hour to write two reviews but most people already know that Echo Lake are very good practitioners within their field.
It opens with something quite cosmic and unexpected, there's a really lovely indie pop track with the right balance of cooing vocals and bobbly bass, frazzled ponderous peals of guitar etc. Other tracks are a bit slower and tweer. I believe they sadly lost a member to the other side a while ago so it's truly heartening to see them continue making really likeable and genuinely harmonious music still together. They're always gonna get accused of being derivative but I think they have the considerable charm, quality and attitude required and help keep the genre's bright flame alive
6/10 Jonny Chinchen Customer review, 1st April 2015
Oh dear. If you use the American pronunciation of the title you get an idea of what has happened here. On their previous releases, this band brought a vivid sparkle, innocence and sense of wonder to the shoegaze form. It really didn't matter how snugly they fit into that genre, because their main weapon of Linda's vocals kept everything so fresh.
The production on this new album is a real mis-step. Linda's vocals have been over-produced, and the sparkle has been replaced by a dull sheen. What was best about their sound has been neutered.
As a consequence, the focus shifts on to the songwriting. Ah. What we get are several very derivative and plodding shoegaze/krautrock via Stereolab/Broadcast-lite meanderings. I hate to say this about a band that has been so brave to carry on despite losing a member, but the problem could be so easily soved in their next record, by remembering to put their strong point front and centre.
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