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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Melody’s Echo Chamber November 8, 2014

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Melody’s Echo Chamber is French singer Melody Prochet’s first solo outing, released a year or so ago, after My Bee’s Garden. Working with Kevin Parker of Tame Impala this is a fantastic album which eschews many of the conventions, or perhaps expectations might be more accurate, of the solo singer.

Space is left for the instrumentation, for the songs, for sound (as with the distorted opening bars of Crystallized). Her voice, sometimes a breathy whisper but always a strong presence, swoops above the guitars and keyboards, sometimes in French, sometimes in English.

Every once in a while there’ll be a nod to dance and electronica. either in the percussion or in loops of sound pushed so far back in the mix they’re near inaudible. And added to those there’s also an appealing jaggedness to the overall compositions which works well with the broader sense of…erm… melody.

Now it’s fair to say there’s more than an hint of Tame Impala, particularly in the sweeping arrangements. But Prochet’s voice is the key element holding it all together – and it is no disservice to her to suggest that at times it is reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins, or Lush. Indeed there’s one significant reference point, that late 1980s indie/near-goth sound that shaded into shoe gaze – Endless Shore being a particularly good example of same before it moves to a stately conclusion built around an oddly early 1980s keyboard sound.

But it’s not only one – some say there’s a kinship with Stereolab or Broadcast, and perhaps yes, particularly the latter, but to my ears the most obvious reference point is neo-psychedelia, or at this stage is that neo-neo-psychedelia? In any case it’s hugely evocative, in part because Prochet appears to have a keen awareness of the dangers of simply producing obvious saccharine pop as distinct from the potential of creating some often intriguingly experimental music. That she goes for the latter in every case speaks volumes. But that’s not to suggest that it’s a po-faced genre excursion, anything but. It is oddly upbeat throughout – a spacious, reverb heavy, dream like album that bears repeated listens. A classic of its kind.

I Follow You

Crystallized

You Won’t Be Missing That Part of Me

Be Proud of Your Kids

Endless Shore

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