Posts Tagged ‘Echos’

August 5, 2017

Tragic news of Chester Bennington’s passing hit the world hard. Many of us are still reeling from what happened and the painful reality of mental illness and suicide. It’s hard to believe that this incredible voice and talent has left us forever. The majority of our favorite artists, producers, and bands are all fans of Linkin Park, too. Some of them have paid tribute by recording remixes and covers, but I’ve found none as powerfully affecting and deeply stirring as this breathtaking cover of Linkin Park’s Shadow Of The Day by Portland chillstep/vocal bass duo Echos

Their dusky mournful, ethereal sprawling cover more than does justice to the Minutes to Midnight highlight, and its anguish and sadness seem more than heartfelt and sincere. Echo’s electronic cover brings us together, and as one, we grieve. Echos has given us a chance to heal, as well as reminded us we’re not alone. But we’ll never forget what Linkin Park and Chester gave us these past two decades. We carry that with us, in our hearts, in the new music we make or listen to, forevermore. As the cover ends, a soft tinkling melody instantaneously recognizable as In The End wafts gently into our ears. It’s a brilliant and exquisite addition that adds an extra layer of tender poignancy. 

Echos’ says of their cover:  “Like many of you, Linkin Park was one of the very first bands that we ever listened to. Hybrid Theory was the first album Tal ever owned. Memories of sitting in his room with his Sony Walkman listening to it repeat, it was the first album that got him through those difficult teenage years. It didn’t just inspire the music he would make but the type of artist he wanted to be – raw and honest. I used to steal my dad’s copy of Meteora just so I could blare it in my walkman on the bus each morning, mouthing every lyric as I slouched up against the cold seat. I felt like these poems were speaking to every part of my growing creative mind and I couldn’t get enough of them. Linkin Park shaped the way we write and create today and we wanted to create something that would allow us to grieve, reflect and heal. We recorded this cover in Tal’s apartment in two vocal takes and a couple of days of production as we wanted it to feel as intimate as possible in order to reflect what we were feeling when we decided to record it. We will be donating 100 percent of proceeds in coordination with Linkin Park’s team to a charity of their choice.”

You can stream Echos’ Shadow of the Day cover via Spotify, here.

June 14, 2017

Late last year, the music gods smiled upon us and gave us an epic track that involves two projects that we love and respect very much here at IHM. They gave us Cold Skin, a cavernous and expansive yet tender and stirring melodic bass opus that unites Portland chillstep/vocal bass duo ECHOS with influential dubstep/electro producer Seven Lions. 24 hours ago, a spectacular six track remix pack was released for Cold Skin. I spent an extended amount of time enjoying all the tracks off the release, which opens with this majestic sweeping, emotionally supercharged remix by London’s Koven. His panoramic sprawling dubstep edit is an endless torrent of heart bursting feels. You can stream/download the new Cold Skin remix pack from major retailers, here. The rousing collection also features edits by Stonebank, V!RTU, Mr FijiWiji, and MiTiS. 

November 10, 2016

I near choked on my coffee this morning when I saw an ECHOS and Seven Lions collaboration surface on my radar, I was that agitated with excitement. It was but a few Fridays ago that I eagerly caught ECHOS’ San Francisco debut at Popscene to learn how spectacularly rousing their music can truly be in person. The fact that this incredible Portland duo has partnered up with venerated melodic bass producer Seven Lions was the best spirit lifting news to arrive in a rather unfortunately glum election week. It comes as no surprise that ECHOS’ emotively exquisite, atmospheric heartrending electronica pairs gorgeously with Seven Lions’ production. Cold Skin is cavernous and expansive, yet intimately tender and stirring. Lexi’s exceptional voice lifts us to cathartic apexes while Seven Lions’ cinematic production packs in those endless infinite feels. Trust me, you’ll be hard pressed to find another electronic aria as moving as this one right now. Cold Skin is out now on Monstercat. Grab it from iTunes.

October 29, 2016

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October 26, 2016

In but a few days, ECHOS will be enchanting me from the stage during their San Francisco debut at Popscene. I’m immensely looking forward to hearing their songs live, particularly after listening to the Portland duo’s self titled debut EP. ECHOS comes at us today with an exquisite cut from their debut EP, a transcendental piece named Leave Your Lover. This ethereal divine indie electronic aria aches tenderly, tugging ever so gently but unmercifully at the heartstrings, all the while flawlessly fusing acoustic elements with atmospheric electronica. I predict that the crowd is going to let out a collective sigh to ECHOS on Friday night. ECHOS’ self titled debut EP is available now from iTunes.

October 6, 2016

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October 4, 2016

Portland duo ECHOS continues to impress with every new delectable beauty of a tune they continue to reveal. Each time, I think they’ve outdone themselves, and then they do it again. Gold arrived but a week ago leaving me certain it was one of the most beautiful songs of the year, yet here we are melting into thin air to Take, another elegant gliding, pristine pure electronic pop song. It’s nearly hard to believe that a song about pain and heartbreak can be so sublimely celestial. Take is lifted from ECHOS’ self titled debut EP, out October 14th and available for pre-ordering on iTunes. I’m going to have a hard time keeping myself from floating away when I get to hear these songs live at Popscene in San Francisco come October 28th.

September 21, 2016

I called Portland duo ECHOS one of the most exciting emerging acts to watch, and not just once, too. I was a broken record throughout the year, praising the pair’s pristine electronic pop over and over again. Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited that I’ll get to see ECHOS on October 28th at Popscene when they make their San Francisco debut. While we await the fateful evening, let’s ride the cascading tidal wave that is ECHOS’ latest majestic and graceful pop ballad, Gold. Soft caressing strings and a vast expansive atmosphere cradle breathy enchanting vocals, taking us on a sentimental surging voyage into the heavens. Tell me this isn’t one of the most beautiful songs you’ve heard all year long. Gold will be on ECHOS’ self titled debut EP, out October 3rd and available for pre-ordering on iTunes and bandcamp.

September 1, 2016

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August 31, 2016

Portland’s ECHOS has been a standout project this past year, not only due to the quirky spelling of the duo’s name, but for their stirring brand of electronic pop, too. New song Say It might be their best yet, a dusky enchanting aria whose chill trap effulgence and Poliça meets Daughter like enrapturing vocals steal my heart away. Say It is taken from duo’s self titled debut EP, out October 3rd. The gorgeously aching, bittersweet endearing song comes with a cinematic music video, too, which you can view below. Purchase Say It or pre-order Echos’ debut EP from iTunes.