Melody's Echo Chamber
Bon Voyage


4.5
superb

Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (64 Reviews)
June 17th, 2018 | 81 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: it's like eating all five skittles at once

It always felt like Melody was hiding something on her first self-titled release and Bon Voyage only further proves this theory of mine. After an album so personal lyrically yet extremely fraudulent in style (to be fair Kevin Parker of Tame Impala produced it, hence the obvious similarities), it’s almost as if Melody Prochet has flipped the previous dualities on their heads. Musically, there’s really no way to generalize any of the sounds on this album, which I think is inherently a good thing to say about an artist previously so indebted. I’ll attempt to sum it up anyway; it’s an aural adventure into chamber psych, constantly defying any and all genre tropes while also remaining intrinsically soft and comfortable within a faded pink mist, exhaled with an enchanting delicacy. Analogies aside, this thing twists and turns. Almost every track diverges into multi-colored twine and Prochet seems incredibly comfortable leaving it unwound while she stitches everything together. I realize I’m contradicting myself a bit here, I just find it hard to describe an album that feels so organic and united in spirit, yet so plunderphonics in structure and encompassing in influences. Bits of any and every genre are thrown into the mix as there’s even a Black Sabbath riff, copy and pasted right into the center of the standout single ‘Desert Horse’.

Let’s rewind though. The aforementioned song chiefly blasts a reverberated synth before allowing for a driving bassline and Melody’s own breathy voice to enter shortly after. Not even 30 seconds later other layers are added, as seen with the extremely melodically pleasing strings and a chipmunk-esque autotuned vocal line. Instruments cut in and out seemingly at will, and soon enough so does the percussion, leaving Melody to hesitantly state: “I know I am better alone ”. Yet instead of inviting the live sounding percussion back into the mix, it’s quickly substituted for a triplet clicking hi-hat and some trip-hop instrumentals and, yes, Melody herself screaming at the top of her lungs. Vocals overlap, guitars follow, and soon enough it’s too much to keep up with due to layers entering and exiting within seconds, never allowing for the listener to get too comfortable. Have you ever seen one of those money tanks, where the contestant jumps into a glass box and attempts to grab all the bills floating within the mechanicalized wind? That’s pretty much how I feel when I listen to this track; sure I don’t get to catch everything that floats by me, but I definitely walk away as a happier and richer person after the whole ordeal.

I think Prochet walks away from Bon Voyage a bit happier as well. Despite my adoration for her take on aping Tame Impala modern psych, I think I prefer hearing an album that is so undeniably herself. It’s clear to see that she favors this as well; the vocals, although still soft-spoken and fragile, have a newfound life and energy within their deliveries. It’s clear Melody has found her place within life, and although she’s often unsure and hurt as to where it takes her, in the end, it’s this sense of feeling at home that carries on throughout the entire album. On the ethereal stunner ‘Quand les larmes..’ Melody confides to her audience that she’s “found somewhere to hide / someone to be held by ”. It’s truly fitting this track contains the most uplifting and swirling melodies, ones that seem to blend soothingly into the cream-colored instrumental clouds, never overpowering but extremely moving in form. So as I stare up into the floating sky I too feel this sense of homeliness; it’s a slight tinge of reassurance and happiness, not only for personal reasons but also in a communal adoration for Prochet’s own accomplishments. Bon Voyage is a confident, desultory adventure into foreign lands, uncharted genres, and even a glimpse into the past. Its resounding triumphs will be felt throughout the modernized psych genre, but more importantly, it’s an individual achievement for an artist humbly and quietly returning back to the scene. So listen closely.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so happy this came out, so happy Melody's back!

c/c welcome u know the deal

bloc
June 17th 2018


50795 Comments


Really disappointed in this one. Thought it was garbage.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

compared to her last, this one is a lot at times but I kinda love it for that

Papa Universe
June 17th 2018


15985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mildly excited for this. If it weren't for your contributorship, I would have given you Bon POSage

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really hope ya dig this...

rabidfish
June 17th 2018


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad you took your time to digest this... On first listen one misses so much stuff going on in the background.



This is a very deeply layered album.

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah wanted to throw a rev out there day after the release but it took me a couple more days than I expected to review it properly.



this album is incredibly layered, so fun on repeated listens. Desert Horse especially...

theBoneyKing
June 17th 2018


14917 Comments


Nice review Con, looking forward to hearing this (though not till after I’ve checked the debut)

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

check both back to back for the full artist development

rabidfish
June 17th 2018


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check both for ultimate pleasure bliss

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hes right u know. which of the two do u prefer rabid?

Papa Universe
June 17th 2018


15985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oi, this is bloody damn good

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ohhhhhh hell yes dude u know it

Papa Universe
June 17th 2018


15985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Visions of Someone Special is just plain gorgeous

Papa Universe
June 17th 2018


15985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also fuck it, bumping this to 4.5

rabidfish
June 17th 2018


3650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i certainly don't know now lol... I thought at first that this had 1 or 2 duds but after jamming for a 3-4th time every track has grown on me immensely.



Also haven't jammed her 1st in a while so lemme get back at ya in a few.

Gyromania
June 17th 2018


25358 Comments


Oh man. This sounds like my kinda album

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

even the last track rabid?? and i just jammed her previous album and I think I prefer this...

also def check gyro !

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2018


11922 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice, intrigued to hear this. debut was very derivative as u mentioned. glad she's back in action after her health scare in any event

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2018


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks for the kind words, klap. yeah I adored her debut but it didn’t feel like her yknow



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