Like Brenda Walsh, we're suckers for all things French: pink cigarettes, pencil mustaches, bonbons, soft artisanal cheeses, and a recent personal chart topper, Melody's Echo Chamber.
The name alone conjures images of French musician Melody Prochet standing on a seaweed strewn beach chanting dreamy psychedelic pop rock spells into an over sized nautilus shell. Simply stated, the self-titled album is intoxicating. The synth-driven tracks ply a lush musical landscape rife with velvety guitar riffs, space age sonics and textured percussion. With Prochet as solo vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, and Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) riding sidecar as producer, it's no surprise their 2012 debut was met with high acclaim.
A handful of songs are courted by exquisite music videos -- they intensify the track's experimental palette with a distinct art house flavor.
"Bisou Magique" features haunting reversal effects and a really hot Slinky moment.
"Some Time Alone, Alone" = having a whole amusement park to yourself. No heavy decisions to be made here. Features a spine tingling mandolin strum, too.
"Crystallized" is loopy, colorful and witchy. It will enchant you.
The album's opening track, "I Follow You" might just be the quintessential summer song. Hazy and glazy. It should come with a pool float.
Last fall, Melody's Echo Chamber released "Shirim," the first single from her upcoming second album set to drop this year. And frankly, sooner couldn't sound better.