According to various tweets, the band Echobelly went from Echobelly to Calm Of Zero (Twice). However, the heart and soul of the band, Glenn Johansson and Sonya Madan are touring acoustically as Echobelly. Frankly, I don’t see the majority of their catalog being transferable to an acoustic set, but hearing Sonya sing might be worth the price of admission alone.
Originally, I’d planned to simply discuss the brilliance of Echobelly’s third album “Lustra”. Instead, this will end up a pastiche of retrospect and review. After seeing an advert on facebook asking people’s opinion about a different well-known artist’s third album, I came across a response I absolutely loved. You can read it in its full glory here …
Next time you post a third or fourth album from an artist like this, you should just say “here’s the third album, start crapping on it now and bragging about being the first kid in school to own their first release”.
Brilliant Steve. I often have this chat with Tyler on the podcasts.
Second and Third albums are often incredibly overlooked masterworks because an ADD public can’t stay tuned into an artist long enough. This is certainly the case with “Lustra”. Second and Third albums often get met with label pressure and contract issues. Second and Third albums often find themselves stuck in a moment of time that sees a transition in public infatuation to a new “scene”. I don’t automatically pin the failings of a record in the public’s eye on the artist. There are a lot of idiots out there. I write this in the knowledge that two of the best bands out there now (SULK and The Black Ryder) are getting ready to follow-up their incredible debuts.
”Lustra” finds Echobelly at their best. Sonya continues to bring a fresh zest to her lyrics. She is a perfect example of how a child who grows up with a different language or culture in the home, often brings a different interpretation to phrasing and word use. You couple this with her astral and heavenly voice on top of quality guitars that bounce between pop and rock without becoming too sugary or too dull and you have “Lustra”.
Do yourself a favor. Take advantage of being able to look back without the dying “scene” of Britpop clouding your vision, and let your hearing enjoy one that got away. If you’re in the UK, you can catch them on tour. Make sure you tell them to stop messing about, and get plugged in!