It’s been quite a while since my last post and I do apologize – lots of life stuff going on but I’m back with my review of the latest singles released by the band and I must say – they are FANTASTIC!
echolyn – Another Stone (Single released May 27th, 2013)
I have to be careful when reviewing any new echolyn because I have a tendency to jump to the conclusion that THIS is the best thing they’ve done yet!
Some of that enthusiasm comes from the fact that echolyn has been getting BETTER as time goes on and “Another Stone” (IMO) is perhaps the pinnacle of their creativity so far.
Each member puts forth a stellar performance in this track: emotion, power, technical prowess that all come together in a beautiful, tight package.
Chris Buzby’s keys are just sublime – mixing Piano, Hammond organ, wurly, and synth to weave a beautiful musical landscape for which the other members to play on. This is the best I’ve heard him play so far.
I can’t say it enough – Tom Hyatt’s return to lead bass has also brought back the echolyn sound I fell in love with – providing the punch and energy that he and Paul Ramsey are so adept at.
Paul Ramsey is my all-time favorite drummer who knows how to play brilliantly without being flashy or overbearing. His drumming provides so much flavor to echolyn’s music and with Tom at his side – is the energy that drives the band. Tom – you ROCK man!
Brett Kull has always wowed me with his playing but the guitar work on this track is just stunning. As with the rest of the band he has risen above everything he’s done before – not flashy…just so damned good.
Ray Weston’s vocals have actually improved over the years…which doesn’t happen with most vocalists and this track is also his best so far. The fact that he wrote this song about his mother who passed away recently so soon after his father explains the strong emotional delivery.
Ray’s writing has also really blossomed with age – penning some of the best tunes for echolyn thus far.
THIS is how I like my echolyn – I love this period of their playing and I so look forward to more!
echolyn – Crows Fly By (Single released May 27th, 2013)
This track reminds me very much of “And Every Blossom” and has a nice jazzy feel to it and flows in a different direction than the norm for them – ending with a tasty, spacey mix which I found very refreshing. echolyn should explore this side of themselves in the future.
echolyn – Moments With No Sound (Single released Dec 10th, 2012)
Great, solid echolyn tune filled with everything you love about echolyn: catchy hooks/harmonies, outstanding musicanship, emotion – just excellent and upbeat!
echolyn – This Is How We Left It (Single released Dec 10th, 2012)
Love the jazzy intro! “This Is How We Left It” fuses together sounds from Mei and The End Is Beautiful and blends in some excellent sax which reminds me of Bruce Spingsteen – just a great tune!