Melody's Echo Chamber
Melody's Echo Chamber


4.5
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Review

by Conmaniac USER (72 Reviews)
August 20th, 2017 | 99 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: soft awakenings // personal reflections

Both in theory and practice, psychedelic music is a very bizarre genre. An entire category of music dedicated to worshipping the effects of a chemical while simultaneously constructing songs for those who are on said chemical: strangely fascinating. What’s even more ridiculous is the fact that society has decided that this genre can be marketed and exploited in the midst of our capitalistic world, yet the drug itself is entirely illegal for consumption and/or research. Political critiques aside, the genre is an enthralling adventure into the minds of the artists as they consistently attempt to manifest their acid/shrooms realizations and feelings. I love to look at each psychedelic rock album as a sliver of the musicians’ lives at the time they made it, a peek into something so personal yet so universally understood. These experiences can range from nonsensical ramblings and freak-outs during Brainticket’s trip, to the calmly self-aware realizations found in Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s music.

As for Melody’s Echo Chamber, I like to imagine Melody Prochet’s trips appear serene and indifferent at the surface; beneath, however, is an internal despondency and coldness that grudgingly lurks. Although there is passion and emotion found within her frail, soothing voice, it’s almost as if she is hiding something from the people she is with and singing to. On ‘I Follow You’ this detachment and sadness is explicit: a missed opportunity of sorts and an anti-confessional way of saying, “why didn’t you show me you loved me?”. While it’s fascinating to examine the life of Melody as portrayed through this album, it’s the music that hits all of the right spots for any psychedelic rock fan. It’s clear to see the influences producer Kevin Parker had on this album as you can practically hear Crystallized’s bassline within the midst of a Lonerism track. The production is incredible as well, much like Tame Impala's, culminating in bubbly auditory illusions that streak across your ears and sterling mixing that illuminates the bright and fuzzy instrumentation. Melody still makes this her own, however, opting for tranquil, atmospheric grooves which suit her airy reverberated vocals perfectly. Her most realized track ‘Snowcapped Andes Crash’ is one that takes its time, letting her native French tongue to introduce the song before translating these thoughts and fears back into English. It’s ultimately about the intense, confusing realizations one has about death while at the peak of their trip, yet within the music and the vocals Melody again shrouds these terrors in the most soothing vocal performance on the album. It isn’t until the last minutes where she lets the music speak for itself, scaring the listener as well in the process.

Whether it was intentional or not, one of the most brilliant choruses comes in the form of a play on words. In ‘Mount Hopeless’, Melody expresses “As it [acid] goes, I can't explain // Why we feel so uncertain // And as it [acid] stems it fades away // On a hopeful day it does the same ”. Although she isn’t as explicit about her experiences as compared to her tripped-out counterparts, it’s this cabalistic theme consistent throughout the album that makes it all the more seductive. It’s fitting that she ends her trip on a pleasant note, as seen with a sample of a child giggling and babbling in delight in ‘Be Proud of Your Kids’. No matter how blissful one’s trip is, Melody realizes that you must still ground yourself in reality and remember what’s really important to you in life. So be proud of your kids and parents, sisters or brothers, friends and lovers and anyone inbetween.

”Each star, every chance, every smile, show them love “




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Conmaniac
August 20th 2017


27669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bout time this got a review

s/o to blush for the much needed help on this one.

ashcrash9
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2017


3339 Comments


Great read as always, my dude. Mind pos

Conmaniac
August 20th 2017


27669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

low key just wanted to be next to ur fantastic review (;

thx ash

Piglet
August 20th 2017


8466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this really was deserving of a review, cool that you took the time

theBoneyKing
August 20th 2017


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review con, read this on discord but didn't have any major comments. Mindpos



One small thing actually: In "much like Tame’s" you should write Tame Impala's because the band wasn't directly referenced by name elsewhere in the review.

bloc
August 20th 2017


69354 Comments


Or as I like to call her, Dame Impala.

Really enjoyable album but I def gotta re-listen to it as it's been a while. Surprised this never had a review before.

Conmaniac
August 20th 2017


27669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thought maybe name dropping Kevin Parker would be enough boney but I'll prob fix that

but ya thanks guys! hopefully she comes out with more music soon

theBoneyKing
August 20th 2017


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I would say that even with that it reads somewhat informally and on the offhand chance that someone doesn't know who he/Tame Impala is it could be confusing.



Didn't she have a major health emergency recently?

Piglet
August 20th 2017


8466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah car accident

Papa Universe
August 20th 2017


22503 Comments


I feel like I lost my say in the what's-good-what's-not discussion, but this is a good review...

protokute
August 20th 2017


2488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review con!

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2017


9750 Comments


Good stuff con. Love how I've seen your taste shift over the past year ish towards psych rock, now I swear it's all you review (not a complaint). Still dishing out these 4.5, good to see it

theBoneyKing
August 20th 2017


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed Asleep, it's been neat to see what his highlights from the psych rec list are

This sounds like something I'd dig, will try to give it a spin

Conmaniac
August 20th 2017


27669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah wow had no idea she got in a car accident ): hope she gets better soon!

also thank you so much guys...yeah my psych list did a number on me for sure. this was and still is my fav rec from it so thought id write something up.

also yea asleep/boney imma try to switch it up after one or two more psych/emo 4.5 reviews hahahah.

Conmaniac
August 21st 2017


27669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah next review is gonna be a 4.5

sorrynotsorry

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2017


9750 Comments


its all cool, its the conman way

Conmaniac
August 21st 2017


27669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

asleep it's like you know me way too well hahah

theBoneyKing
August 21st 2017


24233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Keep it up with the 4.5s! Positivity is underrated!

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2017


4052 Comments


! ! ! (Good review, Connor < 3.)

Conmaniac
August 21st 2017


27669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you blush, for everything (:



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