The Echelon Effect
Mosaic


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Fitz USER (32 Reviews)
February 16th, 2011 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hardcore may never die, but this is better.

"The Echelon Effect was an attempt to fall back in love with music"
-Echelon Effect Biography (www.EchelonEffect.com)

It's kind of a soundtrack for spring, which is appreciated because every time I walk outside I'm reminded that I need it. Not that winter isn't picturesque, with it's driving blizzards and frozen mountains, but picturesque just doesn't cut it when the windchill is negative five, the snow is a foot deep, and the sky is greyer than a corpse. The unanimously decided worst part of season is that it lasts for months on end, seeming to hold on far after you've had enough of it. (Apparently weather patterns are impartial to human feelings). What's amazing thing about winter, though, is that on the first day of spring, it's all worth it. When you walk out onto the sidewalk at 7 in the morning expecting that sharp wind to cut through your skin, and instead you feel sunlight beaming down on it. That moment...well holy shit guys..that moment. Well it's rather hard to describe it in words, and lest we forget that this is a metaphor, we don't need words. The Echelon Effect describes it much more effectively. A project by David Walters, The Echelon Effect is an optimistic combination of post rock, ambience, and electronics, a surprisingly fresh take on post rock, which avoids all the cliches and tripes of it's genre, and provides a hell of a experience, just like that moment.

David Walters generally doesn't work in crescendos, he works in atmosphere. And what catches your attention in the album isn't the crescendo's, it's everything else. It's nothing new, several post-rock bands have done it in the past as some extraneous artistic statement, or an attempt to break the very tightly wound mold, but very few have pulled it off so naturally or with such grace. The atmosphere The Echelon Effect have created in this album is intoxicating, Created by an ambience which is often calm but frantic, simultaneously, always threatening to burst with kinetic energy, but always contained, and always with a hint of beauty . This ambience is what holds the music together. While it is in the foreground on Cascade and Fractal, David Walters music is far from just ambience. Additional instruments appear on every track. The Nobility of Loneliness bursts with strings, Guitar and Keyboard dance majestically In "What makes Us So Uncommon."And a xylophone is even showcased in "While You Were Gone."

The percussion though is what makes this music stand out. Steve Tanton is the driving force that creates the peaks for this album, his frantic drumming often appearing louder than the music itself, and the lack of him is what creates the valleys. While not nearly quite the same league of Bryan Devendorf of The National, his drumming has the same effect. He doesn't just control the beat, he defines it. You don't just hear the creeks starting to come to life, you see them bursting. Tanton's strongest performance is "The Continuum of Time" where the drums unexpectedly fade into the background, where they thunder ominously but dimly. As the song reaches it's highest point though, the drums enter in at full volume with brute force, propelling the songs climax. Considering that it's a guest drummer for an artist who, a couple of months ago, was only sharing his music on Myspace, the performance is remarkable.

The Echelon Effect most closely resembles an ambient Explosions in the Sky , but despite the majority of bands which emulate Explosions In The Sky, The Echelon Effects music never comes off as formulaic. This guy shows an understanding for music that a lot of his peers don't. This album won't change your views on post-rock, nor will it redefine the genre with new conventions. Hopefully though you'll find yourself surprised by the quality of the music, and in time, completely immersed in it's atmosphere.



Recent reviews by this author
The Antlers FamiliarsJohn Mark McMillan Borderland
Manchester Orchestra CopeSigur Ros Kveikur
Linkin Park Living ThingsLost In The Trees A Church That Fits Our Needs
user ratings (21)
Chart.
4
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
letsgofishing
February 16th 2011


902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream and Pay What You Want For It (IR model) here: http://theecheloneffect.bandcamp.com/album/mosaic

Post Rock reviews are a bitch to write, hopefully this doesn't sound as pretentious as my last one.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2011


8824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I got this a while ago, it's great

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

letsgofishing
February 16th 2011


902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the poor guy didn't even have a profile on this site. So I fixed the problem. All his music is decent, but this album is truly excellent.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2011


8824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it is. p. good review too.

RangerTaffles
May 12th 2011


257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Underrated as hell! This album is such a precious gem! Good to see someone reviewed it.

Hopeland
August 14th 2011


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. I love this album

SadAndHolyGlow
October 30th 2012


1521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pos'd. Great review that really describes the gravity of post-rock.

Digging: Cutting Crew - Broadcast



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy