02.15.2015 — “Waves” by Echo Lake

Thom Hill and Linda Jarvis of Echo Lake

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Waves” by Echo Lake (2015, from the forthcoming album Era).

Echo Lake is a dream pop/shoegaze band from London. They’ve been around since 2010, and they’re about to release their sophomore album on March 2 via No Pain in Pop (EU) and also via Slumberland Records (USA). Three years ago, everything was looking up for the young band who was a quintet back then. They were playing a lot of shows and turning a lot of heads. They got a bunch of praise in advance of their debut record Wild Peace, and they were ready to do big things. Unfortunately, they suffered a major loss when their drummer Peter Hayes passed away just five days before their album dropped. He was only 25 years old. I wrote about this band, their tragic loss, and their song “Just Kids” here, and I eventually called Wild Peace my 14th favorite album of 2012.

Understandably, the band canceled their Wild Peace launch tour and took some time off. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned a month ago that they were back and that they had new material coming out soon. Hill and Jarvis had been working together and writing songs the whole time, and the seven-song sophomore album is the result of their work. All of their recent publicity photos show just the two of them and all of the press that they’ve done mentions just the two of them, so I sort of think that they’ve decided to carry on as a duo. When they perform, I know they have a full band, but I sort of get the impression that the “official” band is just Hill and Jarvis. Whatever the case may be, I’ve heard two of the new songs and I love them both. I’m very much looking forward to the album release. Slumberland doesn’t have a pre-sale on this one, but I’ll assume that the US release date is Tuesday March 3 after the Monday March 2 UK release.

Anyway, here’s one of the new songs.

“Waves” by Echo Lake

There’s a lot of standard dream pop/shoegaze stuff. Fuzzy guitars. Delay-laden and multi-tracked vocals. Heavy repetition of a big hook. There’s also some reference to the “Phil Spector wall of sound” style and the “less is more” approach to drums. It’s a classic sound, and I love it.

It looks like we’ll have to wait until release day here in the US, but if you live in the EU, you can go ahead and pre-order the new album now via NPIP in your choice of vinyl or CD.

For extra credit, please enjoy this fantastic video of the song

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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