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Echo Ladies
Pink Noise (June 8th, 2018)

Echo Ladies — Pink Noise (June 8th, 2018)

                       Echo Ladies — Pink Noise (June 8th, 2018)Echo Ladies — Pink Noise (June 8th, 2018)→       Švédské trio z Malmö — Echo Ladies vydává své debutové album “Pink Noise”. Tvoří jej školní přátelé Matilda Bogren, Joar Andersén and Mattis Andersson. K dispozici je na limitované verzi Pink Colored LP a na standardním CD. Osmi~trackové album přichází jen pár měsíců po jejich eponymním titulu (EP), které získalo pozornost BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X, Beats 1, The Line Of Best Fit a Clash, abychom jmenovali jen několik a bylo vyprodáno okamžitě po uvolnění do oběhu. Album mixuje celkové zvukové sonické pojetí A Place To Bury Strangers s přihlédnutím k synth~avantgardě 80´ Cocteau Twins, “Low~Life” (ne tedy skotského dream~pop bandu, ale album New Order z roku 1985); to by se dalo označit za stejně dobrý referenční bod). No a také The Jesus Mary Chain jako hlavní hudební vliv, ale možná také kývnutí na album The Cure — “Disintegration” (2. 5. 1989) a dokonce i tvorbu Saint Etienne. Lyricky je to všechno o ‘teen angst’, což vysvětluje jejich dokonalou směs melancholie, euforie, hněvu i něhy. Mají smysl pro emocionální zmatek, který se odráží v názvu. Pink Noise was recorded last year and finds the band — formed by Malmö school~friends Matilda Bogren, Joar Andersén and Mattis Andersson — perfecting their mixture of guitars, synths and drum machines. “The studio was in the middle of nowhere, near a small town in southern Sweden called Vollsjö,” they explain. “It was an old farm and had everything you can imagine. We just hung out for four days and built a wall of amplifiers.”
→       This is evident from the instrumental opening track, simply called ‘Intro’, which sees the band indulging in some A Place To Bury Strangers~style total sonic annihilation, before giving way to the skewed synth~pop of ‘Almost Happy’ and the first single, ‘Bedroom’, the video for which is now premiering on Loud And Quiet.
→       The latter half of the album slows things down with the stunning ‘Overrated’, which could be Saint Etienne covering something from The Cure’s Disintegration. The band cite the Cocteau Twins, Lowlife (the Scottish dreampop band, but New Order’s 1985 album is as good a reference point) and The Jesus And Mary Chain as the main musical influences on Pink Noise — they even get away with calling a song Darklands, even if theirs isn’t about talking in rhyme with their chaotic souls. “That song is not actually inspired by the Mary Chain,” they laugh. “It’s about that feeling you get when you stand onstage looking out on the crowd and all eyes are on you, but, in the darkness, the crowd is unaware that you’re looking back at them as well.”
→       As the last song, the slow and yearning ‘Waiting For A Sign’, fades out less than half an hour later, it’s clear that Pink Noise is not just a concise but also a very coherent body of work. “The EP is four songs that were written over a long period of time, sometimes two years between tracks,” they clarify. “But the album was created with the goal of writing an album, so the songs have more of a connection to each other, there’s more of a theme.”
→       The theme is, essentially, time~honoured teen angst, or as they put it: “Being scared of growing up and standing on the border of adulthood without knowing what will happen. The feeling of nostalgia and hope for the future, but mixed with the worries and concerns about defining who you are and what you will become.”
→       This explains their mix of melancholy, euphoria, anger and tenderness, a sense of emotional confusion echoed by the title. “‘Pink noise’ is a setting that you can find on some old analogue synths,” they explain. “It pretty much sounds like the world is ending — the perfect way to describe this album.”
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Genre: Shoegaze/dreamgaze, Indie Rock
Album release: June 8th, 2018
Record Label: Hybris / Sonic Cathedral
Duration:     25:59
01. Intro     2:19
02. Almost Happy     2:57
03. Apart     3:45
04. Bedroom     3:10
05. Darklands     2:46
06. Hard Ending     3:17
07. Overrated     4:48
08. Waiting for a Sign     3:57
℗ 2018 Hybris
¦→        All songs by Echo Ladies (Hybris Songs)
¦→        Produced by Joakim Lindberg
¦→        Mastered by Carim Clasmann
Ξ      Swedish shoegaze trio Echo Ladies release their debut album Pink Noise. Available here on Limited Edition Pink Colored LP and Standard CD.
Ξ      The eight~track album comes just a few months after their self~titled EP, which got the attention of BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X, Beats 1, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, to name but a few, and sold out immediately upon release. The album mixes A Place To Bury Strangers~style total sonic annihilation with skewed synth~pop and the band cite the Cocteau Twins, Lowlife (not the Scottish dreampop band, but New Order’s 1985 album is as good a reference point) and The Jesus And Mary Chain as the main musical influences, but there’s also a nod to The Cure’s Disintegration and even Saint Etienne. Lyrically, it’s all about teen angst, which explains their perfect mixture of melancholy, euphoria, anger and tenderness. A sense of emotional confusion that is echoed by the title.
By Richard Lewis
→       Highly promising debut LP offering from Swedish shoegazers.
→       Deriving its title from a setting found on some models of old analogue synths, Malmö based dream pop/shoegazers Echo Ladies unveil Pink Noise following an acclaimed eponymous debut EP issued in March and a heap of positive press back home.
→       Drawing inspiration from Slowdive, the Mary Chain and the Cocteau Twins, the trio are reminiscent at times of a fuzzier Alvvays or Lesser Matters~era Radio Dept, their combination of guitar fuzz, synth melodies, programmed beats and a generous helping of reverb skillfully counterbalences gritty post punk with straight up pop melodies, courtesy of Matilda Bogren’s vocals.
→       Displaying enough brevity to sate even the most impatient listeners, with eight tracks gliding past in 27 minutes, Pink Noise is a solid entrée to the group. The tag of shoegaze/dreamgaze seems inaccurate at the top of the album however as skin~flaying instrumental Intro sounds nearer to deafening NYC guitar slingers A Place to Bury Strangers backed by Big Black’s Roland drum machine at set to stun levels.
→       The flipside to this, Echo Ladies’ less abrasive side is well represented by Darklands (no, not that one) and Overrated which booms along like an updated spin on Disintegration~era The Cure (think Pictures of You).
→       Almost Happy sounds like a cut from a mid~1980s dystopian sci~fi flick, while Hard Ending is melodious enough to evoke memories of John Hughes’ 1980s teen romances, cf. the OST to Pretty In Pink which featured New Order and Echo & The Bunnymen.
→       Pink Noise reaches its summit on the last track Waiting For A Sign, where the off~kilter time signature (3/4, 4/4 with accents?) allows the vocals extra room to breathe, as the band latch on to a full~blown chorus as the repeated song title close the set. A strong initial offering of an LP, Pink Noise sounds like a genuine harbinger of bigger things to come.  →       http://www.beardedmagazine.com/
Label: http://www.soniccathedral.co.uk/
Bandcamp: https://echoladies.bandcamp.com/album/pink-noise
Bearded: http://www.beardedmagazine.com/labels/article/sonic-cathedral
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@echo_ladies

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