London quintet Echo Lake reminds me a bit of the High Llamas, but I’d say the Echos show more promise. They truly have made quite a name for themselves over the past year. It started when February’s debut EP, Young Silence, sold out in less than a week. Then, filmmaker Dan Nixon’s accompanying video reached 100k views in just a few days. Echo Lake became a seemingly overnight sensation due to the support of the blogosphere, and the print press caught on quickly and instantly fell in love with the band’s ethereal, gorgeous melodies.
Their next offering, “Another Day”, is a lot more decisive in comparison to the swooning Cocteau Twins style sounds on their first EP. It projects the supreme confidence of a band who has found their sound while still drawing inspiration from a wide variety of influences. “‘Another Day” is as straightforward of a pop song as one could hope for – singer Linda Jarvis’ vocals are much higher in the mix than they have been in the past, and the track is driven by a hypnotic guitar lead that would make Stone Roses’ guitarist John Squire proud.
Just as “Another Day” proves that Echo Lake can set aside their shoegazing tendencies in search of stronger and more defined melodies,”‘Breathe Deep” reminds listeners that the band still know how to execute dreamy pop gems to perfection. Guitarist Thom Hill’s dense production and endless overdubs somehow frame Jarvis’ spiraling and seductive voice, summoning up hazy memories of Kim Gordon’s cooings on ‘Shadow of A Doubt’, very early Smashing Pumpkins and latterday Beach House.
“Another Day”/”Breathe Deep” 7″ is out July 18th via No Pain in Pop