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ECHOLYN

Symphonic Prog • United States


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Strongly influenced by GENTLE GIANT, this outstanding american band has enough musicianship to deliver original, powerful, intricate, yet beautiful prog rock. The music is full of details, either in strong passages or in the quietest acoustic moods. The GG like Fender Rhoades piano brings the music to a higher atmosphere on the quiet parts. Fabulous acoustic guitar is present all the time, to break the power stream at the right time - always. Theres nothing more to say. This is essencial american prog rock, and "As The World" is their masterpiece.

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3.80 | 95 ratings
Echolyn
1991
4.20 | 222 ratings
Suffocating The Bloom
1992
3.95 | 227 ratings
As The World
1995
3.00 | 73 ratings
When The Sweet Turns Sour
1996
3.80 | 127 ratings
Cowboy Poems Free
2000
4.13 | 243 ratings
Mei
2002
3.93 | 168 ratings
The End Is Beautiful
2005
4.13 | 409 ratings
echolyn
2012

ECHOLYN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.21 | 5 ratings
Progfest '94 - The Official Bootleg
2002
3.60 | 26 ratings
Official Live Bootleg: Jersey Tomato
2002

ECHOLYN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.22 | 33 ratings
Stars And Gardens - Volume 4
2004

ECHOLYN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.03 | 23 ratings
A Little Nonsense Now And Then - Boxed Set
2002

ECHOLYN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.28 | 20 ratings
And Every Blossom
1993
2.30 | 4 ratings
As The World 2000 / Suffocating The Bloom 2000
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Accumulated Blur
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lovesick Morning
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moments with No Sound
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
This Is How We Left It
2012
4.25 | 8 ratings
Crows Fly By
2013
4.00 | 6 ratings
Another Stone
2013

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 As The World by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.95 | 227 ratings

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As The World
Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Finally Echolyn's music was awarded, after reaching the ears of one of the biggest record companies worldwide, Sony Music/Epic Records.They were offered a multi-album contract, which they signed of course, and most of the year 1994 was spent in significant live performances, inluding their visit at Progfest 94' as well as opening for Dream Theater for three shows on the East Coast.Inbetween they found time to travel to Nashville, Tennessee and record what was going to become the first work for Sony.The album was titled ''As the world'' and was released in March 1995.

Changing label and entering one of the largest music industries wouldn't affect Echolyn's progressive attitude, I would dare to say that the impact was on the other side, the music remained fairly complex and intricate, if not even more challenging compared to the previous studio albums, with the band showing a tendency to add a tad more Fusion vibes in the menu and work less on their symphonic arrangements.Moreover there is even a more rockin' and aggressive approach on vocals and rhythms, following the fashion of the period, which wanted your rock music to contain anger and energy.Of course ''As the world'' has nothing to do with Heavy/Alternative Rock or Grunge, the vocal harmonies are still grounded in a GENTLE GIANT vein and the arrangements rely between complicated instrumental moves and quasi-symphonic lines, but the band had added some power inches in the process.The material is filled with unexpected breaks and odd time signatures with Brett Kull's guitar sounding a bit more jazzy and rockin' and apparently the whole team following his steps and offering quirky piano themes, energetic tempos and explosive synth moves.What strikes the most though is that big part of the music is not very memorable with the band getting a bit lost in their own talents and chaotic instrumental parts.On the other hand an Echolyn release is never a waste of time, the multi-parted ''Letters'' is the track, which shows the true ability of the Americans with the strong KANSAS, YES and GENTLE GIANT vibrations.

Not the most preferable album of the Echolyn catalogue in my opinion, still a nice treasure of challenging and dense Prog Rock with evident 70's flavors.Recommended.

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 As The World by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.95 | 227 ratings

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As The World
Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars Moon Safari's "Himlabacken I", Ozric Tentacles' "Strangitude", Spock's Beard's "V", Just about anything I know by Gentle Giant, It Bites' "Once Around the World", some Peter Gabriel Genesis, a bit of Dixie Dregs, and some early Barenaked Ladies. If you could pick and choose some of this, a heap of that, a dash of this, a spoonful of that from the list above you might well come up with this album by Echolyn. The music moves and rolls and the vocals and harmonies dart in and out, soar over top, and bounce along the surface in a way that makes this feel a bit like a work of progressive show tunes music. The lyrics can be straightforward or quirky, the singing aggressive like an angry folk artist or smoothly harmonized like a capella but backed by a music band. There's a distinctive mood and flavour to the album so that in a way you may feel like you've gone to see a musical for the visually impaired.

I had listened to samples of Echolyn before and had been considering on and off to buy one of their albums. But after I read about this album in Stephen Lambe's book about progressive rock, I decided to just go ahead and order it. The new release I have doesn't come with the original cover pictured above but there's a second disc that's a DVD from some concert they performed (which I haven't had a chance to watch yet).

This may not be everyone's cup of prog but it is a well-crafted album. Certainly when one is in the mood, this can be an enjoyable and entertaining serving of music in which to indulge oneself. A sign that prog was on the way up once again in the 90's.

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 And Every Blossom by ECHOLYN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
3.28 | 20 ratings

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And Every Blossom
Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Echolyn were hit by the spring fever of 93' and left aside their electric complexity for a month to come up with an unplugged mini album full of enjoyable, poppy tunes.''...And every blossom'' was released again on Bridge Records, consisting of four song with a total length of 15 minutes.Wind and string instrument varieties were provided by some guest friends of the Germantown Academy.

Echolyn do sound a bit like GENTLE GIANT during their fading days, they try to mix a sophisticated Chamber/Folk with vocal-based Pop and the result is far from their previous releases, still pretty decent within the scope of its creation.The basic instrumental dominance comes from the limited space for such ideas and the delicate work on flutes, trumpets, cello and violins, supported by the lovely piano lines of Christopher Buzby.As aforementioned, ''''...And every blossom'' was a totally acoustic offering with a good production, relying on acoustic tricks, short string/woodwind orchestrations and hidden rural inspirations.Its style remains along the lines of sophisticated Pop music with nice vocal lines and interesting acoustic sessions, always delivered with a positive mood, but somewhat moving away from the usual offerings of the band.

Actually I would recommended this album only to Echolyn fans.Pleasant sophisticated Art Pop, which showcases the band's external talent, but fails to stand next to Echolyn's monumental full-length albums...2.5 stars.

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 Suffocating The Bloom by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.20 | 222 ratings

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Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

5 stars After what I would generously call a downtime in the world of prog in the form of the 80's, new life is given to the genre in part by echolyn's sophomore album, Suffocating the Bloom. These guys are strongly influenced by 70's prog, yet their own quirky style and modern twist make their sound truly unique and innovative.

Their main influence is definitely Gentle Giant, with the album being filled with both vocal and instrumental counterpoint, and the keyboard use Gentle Giant and the genre are so well known for. Yet they only merely incorporate this into their sound, which could be perfectly and succinctly summarized as dynamic.

This album in particular is good at showcasing the band's dynamics, which ranges from intense and energetic, to laid-back and atmospheric. Just as varied is the instrument use, which includes strings, flute, sax and different keyboard sounds to give this a very symphonic feel despite being so dowsed with the influence of Gentle Giant.

Don't let the short length of the songs fool you; each song is as dynamic as plenty of the 15-minute epics. It is this fact that is perhaps the albums strongest point; being able to stuff as many engaging melodies and riffs into a single song, yet retain a sense of unity by repeating and developing themes.

On a song-wise basis, the album is best split into two halves; the first containing a collection of unrelated tracks, and the second half working as more of a suite. Really, it's hard to find a fault in any song, a truly remarkable feat of consistency. The energetic opening of'21,' the melodic and powerful 'Winterthru' or the brilliant build-up of 'Memoirs From Between' are just a few examples of the band's musical tools. The suite itself is a further testament to the sheer variety in sound and song structure these guys achieve; ranging from the string-lead opening, the driving and quirky 'Bearing Down,' or the baroque-tinged 'Cannoning in B-major,' To extend this list to adequately describe the band's true variety of sounds would be overkill.

Overall, I couldn't recommend this album enough. It is one of the albums, along with the more well-known Spock's Beard, Flower Kings, and Anglagard releases of the time that is responsible for bringing prog back to life in the 90's, and I believe it is an essential album in this regard.

9/10

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 As The World by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.95 | 227 ratings

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Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars After their excellent sophomoric effort in Suffocating the Bloom, echolyn returns with another batch of inspired songs. On this album, the band took the Gentle Giant influence rampant on Suffocating the Bloom and took it a step further, making this perhaps their most Gentle Giant- like, and possibly most complex album.

Also like the previous album, As the World turns features a plethora of shorter songs, an atypical choice for prog. But make no mistake, each track is as progressive and varied as any epic could be. There is a lot going on in each song, thanks in part in the band's ability to load every song with great moments while retaining cohesiveness.

On a song-wise basis, the first half of the album is a bit stronger than the latter half, leaving a slight consistency issue. The grooving riff-based 'Uncle,' contrapuntal vocal-lead 'Best Regards' and the blazingly fast and chaotic title track are some of echolyn's best. The latter half is a bit weaker, as their sound begins to wear thin. The other problem is the individual songs don't carry as much identity or personality as Suffocating the Bloom, which is more varied on a song by song basis.

Overall, I would say this is a solid follow up to Suffocating the Bloom. This is definitely a must have for Gentle Giant fans wanting to explore the creative ways modern bands are channeling their influences, but is respectable in its own right, and certainty one of echolyn's best.

7/10

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 Mei by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 243 ratings

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Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by Mr. Mustard

5 stars Echolyn has been pushing the envelope of modern prog since their debut, and have developed a sound which both references the sounds of retro prog and reflects a style unique to themselves. With mei, the band reaches their musical peak; and no better way to express this than in the form of a 50-minute epic. In fifty minutes the band is able to encapsulate everything they represent up to at this point, be it influences, musicianship, or compositional quirks. But moreover, I believe this is a good representation of prog in general; be it modern or not.

In its 50-minute duration, the band explores a myriad of sounds and styles, yet never truly stray from what they established on one of their first few albums. Ranging from laid-back to aggressive, melodic to dissonant, delicate to heavy, this album explores the full spectrum of sounds and styles.

Of course fans of the band will still be presented with the Gentle Giant influence in the form of vocal counterpoint, syncopation, and that definitive keyboard sound. But it is clear the band took a more symphonic approach with this album, being filled with organ runs and supporting orchestral instruments such as strings, clarinet and flute.

The album, consisting of a single track, should be listened to as such. Fortunately, the song is both chocked full of great moments, yet feels like a cohesive whole. Themes are developed and repeated occasionally, but the real factor here is the sheer number of great melodies and riffs. Suffice it to say every second of this masterpiece contributes to the brilliance of the song as a whole.

This is truly a musical adventure from beginning to end; with unexpected twists and turns along the way. One moment may be dramatically different from the next, but the flow is never hindered. Whether it be the heavy and aggressive climax (33:00) to the subdued part that follows, or simply the string of riffs in the 'all that's golden' section (12:00), the album is a never ending stream of excitement and brilliance.

Mei serves as both the apex of the band's career, but also as a guide of what modern prog should be: Utilizing influences, but never regurgitating, to create an exciting, dynamic, and innovative piece of music. This album is truly a gem. The only unfortunate downside is its too unknown. But sometimes the rarest reap the best rewards.

10/10

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 Mei by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.13 | 243 ratings

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Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by agla

4 stars From a band like Echolyn we always expect the best: work as " Suffocating the Bloom " and especially " As the world" are real masterpieces of modern prog .

"Mei " is very close to those sounds sparkling, made of analog sounds, dinamic percussion and lovely melodies, but seems partially obscured by a cloud heavy, gray, with the striking artwork to accentuate this approach.

The basic concept is left to interpretations very free, symbolizing in an almost " cathartic " the journey and its values .

We take as a comparison two classic suites "Close to the Edge" or " Thick as a brick ": in " Mei " is missing the division into sections or movements , it is slightly marked predominance of themes, that mark the highlights of speech.

The vocals are divided between Ray Weston (also on bass) and Brett Kull: the guitarist seems to background, working to give body and strength. Chris Buzby dominates wisely on keyboards either a sound purely " vintage". Toghether Paul Ramsey is confirmed percussionist Pearlson, and the rhythmic scores are more "linear" than before, less sharp, also thanks to the " roundness " of the keyboard- work, the same vocals , though suggestive , do not have the complexity of the years.

A special mention deserves the good work of Kull, between recording and mixing, but penalizing the choice not to break the cd in different tracks, there are many interesting moments, that deserve to be played back, in particular towards the final fireworks .

The catchy vocal passages, the smart choice for a small string section, which is often intertwined with tunes disturbing the mellotron, more discreet presence of the winds, favorite colors are dark and shadowy, sometimes sinister, little space for virtuosity individual, much to the chorus.

This is also a stretch winning album, and an characteristic of the "new " Echolyn , it seems that they have developed a very personal way of composing, more relaxed and serene. References fusion of the past seem to be forgotten, a vague echo of the experience Finneus Gauge is present, Summing up, I think it is undoubted validity ' of " Mei", compared to the average of production in the prog music.

The Echolyn fanciful and " abundant "of the past are now buried, advancing relentlessly simplifying the sound, always charming and engaging, having regard to the capacity of the four.

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 echolyn by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.13 | 409 ratings

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Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars Echolyn's self titled album is certainly an emotional ride with some pleasant vocals from Weston masking out the more harrowing aspects of the themes within. The music is replete with proggy time sigs, such as the bright melodic 'Island' epic clocking almost 17 minutes. There are some amazing dextrous instrumental passages on the album and an overall atmosphere of hope among all the bleaker moments.

One particular shock moment comes at the intro of 'When Sunday Spills' as we hear an actual domestic dispute that may have escalated into violence. At first I thought I was listening to ravings from an asylum between people with dementia, but then a lady screams "I want to go to bed" sounding as though locked out of her house. Apparently Weston actually tape recorded a real dispute with his neighbours, making this all the more gut wrenching to listen to. The end of the song sees the return of the troubled couple and this time the man is screaming his lungs raw to his wife about how she shut the door. The lyrics are provocative; "Always over her shoulder, afraid in her own home, You keep and grow your own garden, and I've seen you drink, You know it's not a very pretty sight, So don't give another day to this."

The mood is melancholy as we hear about this marriage under destruction; "The language you use leaves no doubt your marriage is dead, She screams, "Wife beater!" Why? But, no one's really sure, You know we've heard so many hurtful things." These are the types of songs that can provoke change if people listen and certainly Echolyn hits the nail on the head capturing that feeling of emptiness and despair when domestic violence occurs.

Staring at the album cover I get the feeling its all about loss and locking out emotions or being locked out like the lady screaming "I want to go to bed!" The lyrics of '(Speaking in) Lampblack' may also be a clue as to the meaning of the enigmatic cover; "There's a sound of a million voices right beside a window view, And the pulse of the static drumming slips down past, unaware, But she remembers the moon tonight, when everything turns around all right, There was something she wanted to say, In the trails of the lampblack burning is just smoke that stains the walls, And she recalls the breaking of patterns, and the spells that once were real and held so true."

Overall Echolyn have a very powerful selection of songs that speak of the world in it's corruptible state. The music is dreamy, with layers of keyboards and some aggressive guitars, so well executed, with infectious melodies that wash over beautifully with relaxing tranquil atmospheres. Not as incredible as "Mei", but this is one of Echolyn's best and comes highly recommended as a great example of high quality Symphonic Prog.

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 echolyn by ECHOLYN album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.13 | 409 ratings

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Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by agla

4 stars After seven years of silence the Echolyn reappear with a double album, the seventh in a major career : no title, a window on the cover, eight pieces of varying length and different expressive intensity, the center still a strong personality but with a few wrinkles. A rather long gestation, " Echolyn " probably reveals for the first time in the history of the quintet a certain weariness, or rather a lack of synthesis. If the secret of Echolyn was the co-existence of the soul and melodic genius, this time this feature is found only in a few episodes and not the entire operation.

The songs that open and close the disc " Island" ( one of the most exciting moments of the LP) and " The Cardinal and I " representing the stages more like prog aesthetics. Then there are the most sensual songs definitely come out of the pen Brett Kull, as " Locust to Bethlehem " and " Speaking in Lampblack " ( dragging the melodic idea with that ' "Everything comes around again at once " that comes into your head and not it goes ... ) , writing for strings really effective!!!

" Echolyn " is a great work, performed and produced with impeccable professionalism, but knowing the usual standards of Echolyn, the dominant feeling is that of an unfinished work, in which the two strong souls, Kull and Buzby, have not found the right harmonization. Songs like usual excellent climate make it stand out a bit more ' faded but the other class, the sensitivity and the muscles Echolyn always live in the house, with a bit of imagination in the least.

4,5 stars

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 Another Stone by ECHOLYN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Another Stone
Echolyn Symphonic Prog

Review by Kallisto

4 stars This track features an interesting combination of moods. A sense of frustration towards the lyrical subject's loss of hope and desire is met with the band's characteristically fuzzy guitar, organs, and a harmonically odd, if not out of place, synth melody. A straight up rock 'n' roll chorus drives the mood before a meter-shifting and vocally swirling section takes over, creating a brief sense of musical disorientation before an abrupt sense of transcendental joy and sorrow, if I may, featuring a simple yet soaring guitar/piano/bells unison melody that reminds me why I love this band. A stripped down verse section unsubtley continues the sad mood, creating space some subtle yet tasty wurly work before the tune finds itself back in frustration filled rock song where it began.

While missing the mark briefly here and there, this standalone release stands alone rather well. This is definitely worth a few listens for any prog lover and Echolyn fan.

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