Melody’s Echo Chamber is the project of Frenchwoman Melody Prochet. She was in a band called My Bee’s Garden, which opened for Tame Impala somewhere along the line. She got together with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, who helped her rework her own sound and produced her first album. The first four tracks on the album are really the winners, and this is my favorite of the bunch.
I hear a lot of different things going on here. Stereolab/Ivy are obvious comps because of her French accent, and of course it’s easy to say that this is Tame Impala with a female singer, but I don’t think that’s all that accurate or fair (admittedly, the bass line here kind of seems lifted from Tame Impala’s Runway Houses City Clouds). There’s a bit of Krauty/Motorik feel in parts of the album, and there’s sort of a 60’s pastiche that’s reminiscent of Broadcast, though I realize it’s not all that surprising that an act that gets compared to Stereolab would also get compared to Broadcast. There’s also a bit a shoegaze feel to much of the album, and quite frankly I don’t know that I’d associate Broadcast with shoegaze, but your mileage may vary. Anyway, I think this was probably one of my favorite songs of 2012.
TEEN is the project of Kristina Lieberson who was in Here We Go Magic, a band on my radar forever. I think I even have an album of theirs, but was never really able to buy in, but that’s probably my own fault. TEEN is opening for Eleanor Friedberger on her upcoming tour, and she’s one of those artists for whom I have so much respect that I’ll check out the opener because I can’t imagine her choosing a band I wouldn’t want to listen to.
I like this album a fair amount, and I really like this song, but I have to agree with the Pitchfork review to a certain extent. This is an album filled with a bunch of really great three minute songs. The problem is that they’re all five to six minutes long. Some better production and editing on that end could have made a big difference.
They have a new EP out called Carolina, which you can stream at Stereogum probably for a few more days before it’s a officially released. I haven’t been able to spend much time with it yet, but the first song (the title track) is really great, and I think it’s got a real Cocteau Twins sound to it.
From Peng, a Stereolab album designed for me as it is Neu!-y and not loungey. Any and all Stereolab comments directed to King of All Things Stereolab, Norbizness.
Let’s go to some comments:
This early disk hasn’t held up that well, but it retains a special place in my heart. When it came out Stereolab was like a more accessible or pop version of My Bloody Valentine – very stripped down in comparison to later efforts. Or something like that. Some excellent songs on here – Orgiastic, Stomach Worm, Surrealchemist. Some excellent lyrics too. Overlooked and underappreciated.
Chumpwagons like this make me thank the SKY FAIRY that I was born with my own abilities to realize how ridiculous other people can be when it comes to Stereolab. Although the songs they do mention ARE super awesome, so how can an album not hold up well but be overlooked and underappreciated? How can you make less sense than Three Bulls!? A for effort.
Some of the longer songs outstay their welcome (like “Stomach Worm”). Not bad for a debut overall.
Cheats at solitaire.
The entire album is brilliant. Some people may find the odd song boring, but only in the same way that they would find V.U.’s Sister Ray boring, who cares about opinions like that? You little shits!