Melody’s Echo Chamber

December 8, 2012 1:40 pm

Melody’s Echo Chamber is the self-titled debut album of classically trained Parisian multi-instrumentalist Melody Prochet. An aptly named title as this beautifully constructed album seems to be just that: a collection of songs where each one wouldn’t seem empty even if played in the largest music venues. Listening to this album is like being at your local recording studio and realising that the music playing in the room next to you is actually being transmitted from the ether.

Produced by Tame Impala front man Kevin Parker, also currently in a relationship with Melody, his influence is a cohesive element which helps the album transcend the 1960s pop pigeon hole it could so easily be placed into. Parker has given the album the psychedelic, dream like quality that sends the listener into a trance like state, a skill which he has finely tuned in his many Perth based musical ventures. However, whilst Parker’s influence is ubiquitous throughout this album, it is Melody’s ethereal vocals which really give each song their own character. Her beautiful vocal melodies meander over the synth washed music which occasionally suggests being encroached by more dissonant themes. It is this idea of teetering on the edge of upbeat grooves which creates the idiosyncrasies of the album and ensures that each song creates its own landscape, allowing the listeners imagination to run free.

Opening track ‘I follow You’ is the obvious single of the album as the delicate direction of the song is juxtaposed by fuzz based riffs which delineate what lays ahead in the rest of the album. And what would a psychedelic pop album be without entering the realm of fantasy? On the surface of it ‘Snow Capped Andes Crash’ seems like another light and hallucinatory track but the underlying meaning of post-plane crash cannibalism is anything but. The one thing which may be lacking in this album is that the insidious darker themes are not explored enough. For a debut album though it is nothing but impressive and demands immersion from its listener. With the help of Kevin Parker, future recordings from this psychedelic Parisian pop princess seem nothing but promising.

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