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ECHO IS YOUR LOVE – Humansize (Run Out Records CD)

Posted: August 20th, 2006, by Simon Minter

I do love a good vocal accent in music, and Finland’s Echo Is Your Love have a delightfully strange one in their lead singer, which immediately propels their music into the realms of the odd. Like the combined shoutings of Liliput, Huggy Bear and Babes in Toyland, the lyrics are yelped, screamed and crooned with a beautifully out-of-kilter range and phrasing. Combine this with some top-notch gliding indie guitar noise and the result is charmingly aggressive, and aggressively charming. In the same way that the Breeders, Veruca Salt, Velocity Girl and Magnapop took indie guitar rock and twisted it into odd shapes using out-there dynamics and a delicate musical style that is quick to snap and lash out, Echo Is Your Love have taken traditional guitar band elements and reinforced them with real depth and emotion. At times bordering on intense noise or there’s-nothing-there quietness, on this album they never forget to include melody and tunes. This is what makes them repeatedly listenable and admirably strange.

Echo Is Your Love
Run Out Records

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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