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Issue #42 - The Protest IssueMelody’s Echo Chamber

Melody’s Echo Chamber

Fat Possum

Sep 24, 2012 Issue #42 - The Protest Issue Bookmark and Share

The debut album from Melody’s Echo Chamber has sunny, melodic rock and pop at its core, with a dizzying array of orbiting elements that serve equally to enhance the basic theme and to throw your equilibrium into wicked disarray. Full immersion is recommended but keep one hand on the rail at all times.

Paris-based musician Melody Prochet operates as Melody’s Echo Chamber. With Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker joining her for recording and mixing, Prochet’s light, inviting vocals are cast into a shifting series of settings. “Snowcapped Andes Crash” finds sweet streaks of strings gradually overtaken by increasingly dense layers of instruments and overdubbed voices, all of which noisily disintegrates before abruptly finding its original thread. Taking a similar route, “Crystallized” opens with guitar-driven pop until the song gives way to just its rhythm and a fuzz-drenched bass throb.

Some tracks take a more straightforward tack, as with the surging, Teenage Fanclub-ish chorus that drives “I Follow You,” as well as the atmospheric rock of “Endless Shore.” Otherwise, Stereolab, Cocteau Twins, and Broadcast are key reference points here, though Prochet ensures that the only voice you’ll recognize in the Chamber is hers.


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