Echo Bloom releases new LP
Bloom (a play on the phrase Echo Boom, describing the children of baby boomers). The first Echo Bloom record was recorded much faster – a 4-day session in 2008. Jamboree was a collection of character studies, modeled after the photography of August Sander. Each song was about a character – there was a prostitute, an English Teacher, and a truck driver, among others. I put out the record, and after playing the release show immediately moved to Los Angeles. DC had become stale to me, and I was looking for an adventure. Then release of Red, followed, and now Echo Bloom return with the Green album.
When front man and founder Kyle Evans started this band, he wanted to do something really-beautiful, whether it’s folk music or rock music or something more experimental. The medium and the people he has worked with have changed, but he’s always tried to hold on to that fundamental idea. Each release has culminated into some pieces he and his band mates can be very proud of. It’s almost like a spiritual country-pop and folk twist. The songs are all top notch and they contain messages and stories that keep you drawn into the music and lyrics. It marks their very own style.
The percussion on the opening track, “Comet” is what drives it all the way home, with Kyle Evans having a chance to show his vocal shops which don’t swing narrowly. His voice goes from the lowest registers to a high-pitched sing when called for. But this opener sticks to the beauty of lower register vocals. They instantly get passed the one-dimensional factors on “The Duke” even though it lines up well with the opener in contrast. You can easily see Evans is a superior songwriter within the first two tracks, let alone a great musician. He sings like he means it, regardless of song structures. And that is the folk in him shining though.
“Grand Marquis” is one of the most enjoyable cut on the Green album, with a mellower pace than most of the songs. It’s a sublime treat to hear such a cool song, and I even feel an influence of the band Soul Asylum on this great tune. It’s worth the price of admission and then some on this highlight of the disc. “Cecil DeMille” is a track about coveting the finer things about stardom. It’s the plinking piano and horn that brings this around to a different delivery than the rest and makes it stand on its own two feet. The vocals of Evans are in the limelight on this one too, with some of his best singing.
Other tracks worth noting about are “Fire In Your Eyes” with one of the most outstanding lyrical efforts with Evans telling it like it really is. “Love & Superglue” which is one of the most diverse tracks on the disc, and a very good tune as well. It adds some more color to an already colorful album that you can’t deny is awesome. “Mary” is another stunning track, but the vocals pick up a little-late so you get a lot of music on this one. It’s all about braving the elements. “The English Teacher” with its cooked up acoustic melodies is also a highlight, and if you want some drama, it closes with the brooding “Unchanged,” and you will be moved by it all.
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