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Velveteen Echo Flips The Script on New Album

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For a minute now we’ve told you about Houston indie rock foursome Velveteen Echo. The band that intertwines guitars and soft vocals has made an impression on those across the Lone Star State and beyond. After two EP’s in and a slew of well attended shows the band has decided to release a full length album. Co-produced by Stephen Wells of Birthday Club and engineered by Steve Christensen, the album Mirrors/Myths reinvigorates the band’s mixture of nineties indie rock with touches of bedroom pop and takes it to a whole new space. The sound of the music and how the band has arranged it is different from anything you may be used to in a good way.

The opening track “Feathered Gown” gets stabs of echoed guitar coming at you at the opening that stray your attention. When the vocals come in they stay above the music and dance like a ghostly presence. The song has all the feelings of nineties indie rock with post punk elements thrown in for good measure. The song hits you like a ton of bricks and you revel in the aftermath. The same can be said about the following song “Dark Form.” The weight of the guitar and bass create a murky pool for the vocals to rest above. The pedal touched guitars sway with a melodic approach while the hook pulls you closer and closer where the vocals warm your ears in the process. The backing vocals add an elemental tone that carries the song to new spaces. However the album isn’t just melody heavy songwriting. The note filled sounds of “I’m A Story” offer up a tonal quality where the vocals mix heartily with the bass and the reeling guitar tone. As the drums crackle underneath, the guitars steer into unknown territory and take the song far and away from what you may expect.

Where “Fissure” has a ringing balance that reminds you of Bossanova era Pixies, “Heart Undo” mixes in a snappy sound that has the feel of nineties Brit pop and alternative intermingled. The way the keys add a harmonic melody against the fast paced sounds and rhythmic notes is wondrous. The vocals are more minimal here yet it works as the bass drives the song along with meandering notes from the keys and guitar. While we liked the wandering sound of “Corporeal Dream” and the key driven and the swirls of sound on “Spectre,” we found ourselves really connecting to the final track of the album “A Family Needs.” The stark guitar that harps along while the vocals softly hit below creates a space for these sparkled notes to fall in and take over. The almost orchestral mix of the instrumentation will mesmerize you in how they’re constructed while demanding your attention throughout. While the vocals are on point as always, the music on Mirrors/Myths is where the band really ups their game and delivers their best release to date.

Mirrors/Myths is available for preorder digitally or on compact disc directly from Bandcamp. It can also be preordered ahead of its March 26 release from wherever you download music. It will also be available to stream on all streaming platforms tomorrow.

Image Credits: Photo by Vincent Briseno.

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David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.

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