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Five years in the making, echolyn is finally set to release their eighth, and greatest, studio recording! The self-titled new album, "echolyn", is the culmination of 20+ years of highly original musical arrangements, combined with the heartfelt lyricism and vocal adventure echolyn fans have come to love.

The feel of this double-album evokes yet another new, and truly progressive, listening experience and interpretation. A sense of beauty and great openness pervades both the production and songwriting. Each piece of music stands on its own and yet, at the same time, cohesively fits with all of the other songs. Neither tedious nor overbearing, this album will make you want to start-it-over-again each time it ends, as you are enveloped by the music.

One of the items on the band's "bucket list" has been to release their music on vinyl. echolyn is happy to finally check this item off that list with the help of the UK Label, Plane Groovy. echolyn will be releasing the new album on double vinyl in a classic gatefold package complete with lyrics, song credits and beautiful artwork. These records will be individually numbered with a limited run of 500 copies on high quality 180g-heavyweight vinyl. To enhance the vinyl experience, the music has been mastered at a sample rate of 88.2kHz and EQ'd specifically for these 500 copies.

Of course, "echolyn" will also be released as a double CD complete with an eight-page booklet. The mastering engineer, Robert Hadley (The Mastering Lab in California), has done a remarkable job preserving the dynamic range of the performances and sonically making each song project accurately to the listener, as fully intended by the band.

echolyn would love to accept the gracious offer of many of our friends and fans by offering a pre-order to help offset some of the cost of this new endeavor. And yes, these pre-order albums and CDs ship first - our promise!

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Inviato il: Venerdì, 25-Mag-2012, 21:44
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echolyn pushes their own limits yet again.

The mark of any great band in this day and age is their willingness to, for lack of a better term, progress. To some, releasing the same album over and over again works for them. For others, the studio is itself an instrument - to hone your craft, to make sure the songs sound like the original vision that was in your head. Many times musicians have said that "if I only had more time..." than a song or an album might have sounded different.

For the members of Echolyn, this has never been more evident than in the release of their eighth full-length studio album, eponymously titled echolyn (not to be confused with their 1991 debut album of the same name). Coming off their 2005 release, The End Is Beautiful, the band found themselves in five different places leading five different lives. It would have been very easy for them to slap together the first few songs they came up with, put them on a record, and be done with it. Not so with this band. Over the past seven years, songs have been rewritten, re-recorded and revised more times than even they care to count. The results are eight tracks that might be the strongest the band has put on tape - a hearty statement given the bands’ over 20+ year history.

There is an old adage of "the whole is greater than the sum of its' parts" and with Echolyn, each of the band's "parts" feeds off each other to form a greater collective. Guitarist/Vocalist Brett Kull and bassist Tom Hyatt feed off drummer Paul Ramsey's drum work, and keyboardist Chris Buzby and singer/bassist/guitarist Ray Weston feed off of the energy of the other three. It's a dynamic that has proven itself worthy since their debut album back in 1991 - if a piece of the puzzle is missing, the band simply doesn't function (or sound) the same.

Taking the songs on echolyn with that mindset, the album is really led from the drummer’s perspective. Ramsey is a drummers’ drummer; never doing too much, but doing exactly what the songs dictate. There was a focus on the album for Ramsey to do very little fills - let the groove and atmosphere take center stage. His drumming on echolyn is tasteful - sure, he lets loose every now and then - but his expertise on the notes he does not play at times speak louder than the notes that he chooses to play. Paul's drumming is the catalyst for the songs on the new album, guitarist Kull has said on more than one occasion. As Ramsey himself has stated, "it takes a real man to play this stuff!"

An album that is more guitar based than in previous efforts, echolyn does not falter with the rest of the lineup. Hyatt is very underrated as a bass player and keyboardist Buzby both play more of a complimentary role but has no problem stepping out when the song calls for it.

Part of what makes any Echolyn album so worth listening to are the vocals and their harmonies. Both Kull and Weston take lead vocal duties, but it is when their vocals are together (along with others, such as keyboardist Buzby and bassist Hyatt) do the vocal sparks fly. The vocal palette, especially at the end of "Island" is finished off by Jacque Varsalona (Brett’s wife and an accomplished musician in her own right) who compliments the song fantastically (she also adds a great background vocal at the end of "Speaking In Lampblack" as well).

The songwriting and performance on echolyn push the band to new directions and new heights. Continuing "the whole is greater than the sum of its' parts" analogy, songs like "Some Memorial" took years of revisions and rewrites to the version that it is today. Other songs, such as "When Sunday Spills" (written about Weston's neighbors) are uncomfortable to listen to. This is not because of the song itself, but because it is a situation that you really are not supposed to hear or know about - yet you cannot turn away. Hearing Weston's take as an outsider harkens back to his observations on other situations, both internal and external (for example, the title track of The End Is Beautiful and the final song on that album, "Misery Not Memory".) Kull's vocal counterpoint on "When Sunday Spills" (with a banjo and slide guitar just behind his vocal) gives the song a brief respite emotionally before the final chilling section (a chord progression brought to the table by Buzby). The album's opening track, "Island", wasn't finished until the night before mixing, but its four minute "overture" is more than enough to convince people that they still know how to rock...progressively speaking.

The songs "slower" tracks, "Speaking In Lampblack" (a song inspired by the first sound ever recorded by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville of France), "Locust to Bethlehem (a Weston-penned ditty about his experiences walking the many streets surrounding Ambler, Pennsylvania) and "Past Gravity" (a song Kull brought to the table pretty much complete in structure) counterbalance the other "up-tempo" songs. That does not diminish these tracks; in actuality, they might be the most complex ones of the album (despite ones' first glance to think the contrary).

Lost in the sheer expansiveness of the album is the engineering, recording and mixing job, done by Kull (the first time he's ever done it). Repeat listens allows the listener to dig deep into the nuances of the songs, picking out little snippets here and there that you may have missed the first time. This is even more prevalent when listening to the album in headphones. echolyn works on multiple levels - it sounds great in your car or home stereo, but in headphones it sounds even more incredible. Its’ those before mentioned nuances, however, that will keep you coming back to this album.

Released in June of 2012, echolyn is a mature album, completely bombastic and delicate. This is an album that could only be made by five guys with their hearts on the sleeve creating music that matters so deeply to them. As great as the band's previous material over the past 20 years have been, echolyn is the band's defining statement.
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Inviato il: Sabato, 26-Mag-2012, 08:59
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opinioni sull'album 2005? io onestamente non l'ho sentito, idem o quasi per MEI se non sbaglio il nome. Non sono un grande fan, ma alcune parti di suffocating the bloom e molto di as the world meritano davvero. Ho sentito anche il primo st che reputo carino ma un po' acerbo, e cowboys che non mi ha convinto per nulla, anzi proprio deluso e poi me li son persi per strada. Quello che ho sentito di mei era piuttosto pasticciato, quindi non ho investigato oltre. Errore?
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Inviato il: Martedì, 19-Giu-2012, 22:12
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Inviato il: Mercoledì, 20-Giu-2012, 15:45
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Stupendo doppio....confezione digipack...libretto interno in B&W con testi autografato dai 5 ecolyni...si parte con la bella mini-epic "island"...colpisce subito "Past graviti" e la finale "The cardinal and I" .....ad un primo primario ascolto, ieri che siamo tornati a dei livelli vicini a "as the world"....convincenti, decisamente...bella la citazione nel libretto:"echolyn is still:RayWeston, Brett Kull, Paul Ramsey, Tom Hyatt and Chris Buzby"..e ringraziamenti finali a Francis Dunnery, "whose musical skill influenced the insects (!) within this album"...echolyn fans degli It Bites, chi l'avrebbe mai detto???...Un Must Have del 2012... valsa la pena aver aspettato 7 anni....

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QUOTE (Gentle Dwarf @ Lunedì, 25-Giu-2012, 11:36)
Stupendo doppio....confezione digipack...libretto interno in B&W con testi autografato dai 5 ecolyni...si parte con la bella mini-epic "island"...colpisce subito "Past graviti" e la finale "The cardinal and I" .....ad un primo primario ascolto, ieri che siamo tornati a dei livelli vicini a "as the world"....convincenti, decisamente...bella la citazione nel libretto:"echolyn is still:RayWeston, Brett Kull, Paul Ramsey, Tom Hyatt and Chris Buzby"..e ringraziamenti finali a Francis Dunnery, "whose musical skill influenced the insects (!) within this album"...echolyn fans degli It Bites, chi l'avrebbe mai detto???...Un Must Have del 2012... valsa la pena aver aspettato 7 anni....

dove posso comprarlo?

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A parte Mei non mi sono mai piaciuti... Questo non toglie che se ho l'opportunità un'ascoltatina la do volentieri


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QUOTE (vale @ Mercoledì, 27-Giu-2012, 04:16)
QUOTE (Gentle Dwarf @ Lunedì, 25-Giu-2012, 11:36)
Stupendo doppio....confezione digipack...libretto interno in B&W con testi autografato dai 5 ecolyni...si parte con la bella mini-epic "island"...colpisce subito "Past graviti" e la finale "The cardinal and I" .....ad un primo primario ascolto, ieri che siamo tornati a dei livelli vicini a "as the world"....convincenti, decisamente...bella la citazione nel libretto:"echolyn is still:RayWeston, Brett Kull, Paul Ramsey, Tom Hyatt and Chris Buzby"..e ringraziamenti finali a Francis Dunnery, "whose musical skill influenced the insects (!) within this album"...echolyn fans degli It Bites, chi l'avrebbe mai detto???...Un Must Have del 2012... valsa la pena aver aspettato 7 anni....

dove posso comprarlo?

grazie
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via paypal, direttamente sul loro sito....il CD viene autografato da tutti e 5... anche se ora vedo che il loro suggerimento e di acquistare da CDBaby...


http://www.echolyn.com/buymusic.asp


diversamente iscriviti allla mailing list yahoo degli echolyn

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e chiedi di poter comprare direttanmnte da loro ..ho pagato 18 euro comprese le s.s..... e ho dato tutti i sodi direttannte alla band, senza foraggiare intermediari commerciali
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ops!...non ci sono le lyrics..sorry: troppo entusiasmo...
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A "As the world" non gli lega neanche le scarpe.
Un disco inutilmente lungo.


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QUOTE (Nimloth @ Venerdì, 29-Giu-2012, 21:36)
A "As the world" non gli lega neanche le scarpe.
Un disco inutilmente lungo.

sono totalmente d'accordo.

disco moscio, poco ispirato, fiacco, mesto.
poca voglia di stupire, poche idee. totale assenza di quegli impeti sinfonici che erano un po il marchio di fabbrica del gruppo.
per puro caso, in questi giorni mi sono ritrovato ad ascoltare "suffocating the bloom": è veramente imbarazzante la differenza tra i 2 lavori, uno rigoglioso, l'altro monocorde, uno ispiratissimo, l'altro di puro mestiere.

una delusione cocente per un gruppo che ho sempre amato sia per la musica, sia per la serietà, la coerenza, la dignità con cui gestiva la propria carriera
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QUOTE (h.j.simpson @ Sabato, 30-Giu-2012, 08:07)
QUOTE (Nimloth @ Venerdì, 29-Giu-2012, 21:36)
A "As the world" non gli lega neanche le scarpe.
Un disco inutilmente lungo.

sono totalmente d'accordo.

disco moscio, poco ispirato, fiacco, mesto.
poca voglia di stupire, poche idee. totale assenza di quegli impeti sinfonici che erano un po il marchio di fabbrica del gruppo.
per puro caso, in questi giorni mi sono ritrovato ad ascoltare "suffocating the bloom": è veramente imbarazzante la differenza tra i 2 lavori, uno rigoglioso, l'altro monocorde, uno ispiratissimo, l'altro di puro mestiere.

una delusione cocente per un gruppo che ho sempre amato sia per la musica, sia per la serietà, la coerenza, la dignità con cui gestiva la propria carriera

Ti quoto e aggiungo che è registrato in maniera davvero penosa.
Il suono della batteria non si può sentire e le voci si smorzano letteralmente.
Lo trovo molto piatto, privo di fantasia e di mestiere.


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