Review Summary: Nashville quintet Arch Echo shows a lot of promise on debut self-titled record
Upon listening to this record, the vibrance is certainly undeniable as first track "Earthshine" displays exactly what these guys are all about with little time wasted. A lot of energy is displayed along with complex rhythm's and lots of technical playing, primarily from guitarist (Adam Rafowitz) and Keyboardist (Joey Izzo). Although drum, rhythm guitar, and bass chops are not too shabby either with Richie Martinez laying down some really funky rhythms in the drum department, as well as some rather impressive drum fills as well as great use of cymbals.
Although the record can sometimes be in your face, I would primarily describe this as a relaxed record, good for studying, perhaps reading, and a multitude of other examples. Tracks are very listenable as nothing gets too technical to the point where it is simply too much to take in, in this regard, the record is balanced. Production is very crisp and clear as you can hear every kick drum and cymbal hit Richie lays down, although that's not to say substance is not to be had. Bass comes through nicely as it does not stay too prominent and sits just right in the mix.
Negative points I would give is that perhaps tracks blend together a fair bit and sometimes it's hard to distinguish one track from the other, and also may be in the rhythm department, there could be a little more going on between solo sections in which the rhythm and bass guitars are not at the forefront. Notable tracks "Color Wheel", "Hip Dipper" and the second to last track "My Head Sometimes" are the best the album has to offer as there is a very abundant amount of things to enjoy about each of these tracks.
Overall this debut record is a very impressive endeavor from the quintet of talented musicians, although improvement could most certainly be had.