Album Review: Echoes – The Pursuit
Posted by Irmelinis
Label: Invictus Distro
Length: 52 minutes
Genre: Post rock/post metal with hardcore vocals
Previous releases: This is their debut
Location: Winchester, UK
Recommended for fans of: Explosions In The Sky, Devil Sold His Soul, Cult of Luna
Echoes has one of the best looking album covers I’ve ever seen. That is also what drew my attention to them in the beginning of this year and it made me want to order a physical copy of their album (+ t-shirt), instead of “only” a digital one like I usually go for. It was very pleasing to find out that their music is just as elegant and tastefully executed.
The band has been together since 2010 and they have been touring relentlessly in both UK and Europe, DIY-style. They’ve always had a strong musical vision and have managed to develop their own unique sound with floaty, ethereal melodies, high pitched riffs and raw, hardcore vocals. ‘The Pursuit’ is a debut album full of contrasts, something that works very well; angst-filled, monotone vocals roar over euphoric guitars and the dark, heavy rhythm section carry the uplifting lyrics. Unexpectedly the songs go into mysterious depths and quickly rise up to crystal clear skies, the music is always going somewhere, constantly moving and transforming into something else, keeping you on your toes. It’s technical and layered; every note smooth and warm and you can feel how the pulsating energy changes throughout the album.
“We are positive people, and we want the record to be a reflection of that. The songs may sound negative and emotional, but the message always has a flip-side, and we think you can tell that from the lyrics.
Collectively, ‘The Pursuit’ is about being the best you can be, no matter what life throws at you. It is a journey of personal development and how we grow as people for the better” – drummer Oliver Todd
It all comes together into a balanced and intense assembly of emotion-driven songs that might seem a bit “too much of the same” at first, but like with many great records it just means it takes a while to understand. Echoes certainly caught my full attention and gave me a good listening challenge with ‘The Pursuit’ and I can’t wait to see what they are up to next. If you like passionate and intelligent music, make sure you check out this brilliant band.
Vocals – Joshua Thurbin Bass -Steve Tolloczko
Drums– Oliver Todd Guitars – Angus Cadden and Karl Koch