Like any band, Houston’s Velveteen Echo has taken on multiple sounds as they’ve grown their overall aesthetic over the years. Their last E.P. Golden Ring had the four piece steer more into an indie rock tone that hinged on nineties structures. On their latest single “Dark Form” they hang on to that indie rock sound while echoing a bit of bedroom pop gaze in the process. Taken from their newly announced album Mirrors/Myths out in late March, the band easily draws your attention and holds it with the new single.
The lingering guitar tones that meet the drums and vocals at the front of the song definitely fire off that nineties vibe. The tonal qualities between the two guitars mixed with melodic touches create a sonic landscape as well as hooks for days. The vocals almost feel separate in the mix, yet not distanced. The backing vocals add wisps of sound and depth. There’s this secondary guitar in the final verse that sounds like a beacon in a way that grabs a hold of you while the organic hooks stick to you like cacti. The video has a VHS look, like home movies of a time when we didn’t have to wear masks.
The video can be viewed above or on YouTube. “Dark Form” is ready to stream on all streaming sites or to purchase in all digital outlets. Mirrors/Myths was produced by Steve Christensen and will be available in physical and digital formats on March 26.
Image Credits: Photo by Vincent Briseno.