Often backing Mike Oldfield's best pop work ("Moonlight Shadow", "To France") Maggie Reillys solo effort ECHOES is filled with progressive rock production. The lead track "Everytime We Touch" is a dreamy, memorable love song (offered in two versions) and every track on this wonderful album will have listeners wanting more.
Kurtz Mindfields is a new artist keen on electronic music & vintage synthesizers, in the lineage of early Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Robert Rich.
An album that fades in – grinding and beeping like a space shuttle returning to Earth – Born in the Echoes is the first LP in five years from the Chemical Brothers. It's a journey back home for the big beat or stadium dance duo, just like that spaceship intro implies, and one with all the necessary mutations. The dark, otherworldly, and prog rock sounds that kept many away from their 2010 release Further are back, although here they're framed much more attractively. Inspiration, innovation, and a well-chosen group of guest vocalists are rolled out sensibly, schooling the current EDM crowd on how to craft an album while balancing the heavy songs. With the hallucinatory, interlude-like "Taste of Honey" giving way to the Cate Le Bon feature on the Meco-meets-Nico title track, this album ebbs and flows as if the '70s Pink Floyd hadn't ignored disco. Speaking of, "Under Neon Lights" with St. Vincent as a robot siren is either Studio 54 on shrooms or The Matrix on acid. As usual, none of it is too garish even with all the loudness and chaos, and some of it is quite gothy and dark, including "EML Ritual" with Ali Love helping execute a mainstream dance tune that coolly acknowledges the passed-on genre of "witch house."
In the wake of the 2007 album titled "Rachel", Echoes comes back with "The Black Cat's Step", published in the year 2011 on the Musea Parallele label. The quartet from Rouen, France, strikes an acid and psychedelic rock, in which insistent guitar riffs filled with reverberation, and potent ambiance of Hammond organ melt down into a hypnotic trance, sprinkled with vocal arrangements that remain the band's personal signature. The band brings a French touch to the psychedelic temple that is being constructed on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, with bands like The Black Angels or Sleepy Sun, and immerses us in the delightful sounds of its glorious elders, from The Velvet Underground to King Crimson, from Syd Barrett to The Doors. If you fancy saturated atmospheres and shamanic inspirations, depart with Echoes in the footsteps of the dark feline.
Nature / Existence is the impressive debut album from this Venezuelan collective who are based around a sextet of musicians which is further expanded by four guest vocalists - Carl Webb ('Oceanworks'), Tobias Jansson ('The Law', 'Silent Scythe'), Nick Storr ('The Third Ending') and Pedro Castillo ('Tempano/Aditus') - a smattering of saxophone and, on one composition, a Chamber String Quartet. And in keeping with the bands Latin origins they also incorporate traditional folk music, backed up by the appearance of a cuatro (a traditional Venezuelan folk instrument similar to a ukulele, apparently). Emerging back in 2005 and being welcomed in their prog-starved homeland, Echoes have taken their time in crafting their debut opus and, without the burden of expectation that can hamper releases by established artists, it proves to have been well worth the wait…
Echoes are a four-piece band formed in 2002 in the French town of Rouen. They play a brand of progressive rock influenced by King Crimson, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Queen and Deep Purple, as well as by classical music. Their first, self-produced album, called "Entrance is Everywhere", was released in 2004; while their second effort, "Rachel", was released in September 2007.
"Solar Echoes" is the name of a double album by an ambient electronic artist named Nigel Stanford, who is a native New Zealander and now lives in New York. Nigel Stanford is the kind of musician that has a deep sense of how precise and well-adjusted things have to be in order to produce an efficient music track. And "Solar Echoes" is a clear-cut demonstration of his attention to detail. This is one of those rare albums that doesn't just include great music but it's actually very moving. It's a cinemascape of electronic genius reminiscent of Jon Hopkins and Eno. The quality of sound engineering on this album is at the highest level and although compositionally the music isn't hugely complicated, it doesn't need to be to transport you into another world. This is one of those rare electronic albums that was written for music's sake rather than for a festival crowd.