29/03/2016

"S&W" - PRESENTS: ECHO BLOOM (US) - album "RED" in stores on Friday 29.07.2016

www.echobloom.com

RED, the second album in Echo Bloom's Colors trilogy (BLUE, RED and GREEN), finds the band wrapping their songs around a core of country and rock, combining feedback-drenched guitars and thundering drums with orchestral strings and banjo into a unique mixture that's equal parts Tom Petty and My Bloody Valentine.
Echo Bloom, led by Kyle Evans, has become a road-hardened group after the release of their 2015 record Blue, which No Depression magazine described as "a masterpiece (Lee Zimmerman)„. The band embarked on several extensive tours that brought them across Europe and the US, getting the band into a tight recording unit. Today the quartet adds Aviva Jaye on alto vocals and piano, Jason Mattis on bass, and Cody Rahn on percussions. Echo Bloom will be touring RED in July and August 2016 across Europe. RED releases on Friday 29.07.2016 on the label "SONGS & WHISPERS" (Broken Silence) as vinyl, CD, download and stream.












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"With the warm vocal drawl of a country song and the drum-racing jubilance of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band track, "Leaving Charleston" engagingly sets a somewhat ominous tale of uncertain travelling lovers against sunny instrumentation, the hope of a bright future carrying the characters forward." - The Deli
"contemporary style of folk-pop that has more in common with the likes of Mumford & Sons" - Songwriting Magazine

"Was sehr gut erreicht wird, ist der Ausdruck von Gefühlen, Poesie, Feingefühl, Melancholie, das ist Musik, die Gedanken anregen oder entstehen lassen und auf besondere Weise berühren kann. [M]an stößt auf Feinheiten und ganz besondere Nuancen, die sich ganz versteckt aus den Arrangements herausschälen." - Wolfgang Giese, Musikansich

„Die Stimme von Kyle Evans passt hier wie Arsch auf Eimer. Sie überlässt der wunderbar entspannten Stimmung der Songs den Vortritt, fügt sich aber so geschmeidig ein, dass die Songs dich an die Hand nehmen und durch eine Gefühlswelt und das Empfinden des Songschreibers mitnehmen und anschließend lächelnd zurück lassen.“– Handwritten Mag

Echo Bloom verzaubern den Zuhörer mit einfachen Melodien, die mit orchestralen Arrangements und vielstimmig interpretiert werden. Es liegt eine cool lässige beinahe apathische Stimmung in den Songs, die Klänge schweben vorbei wie im Traum. Auch der moderate Pace, vor allem vom Banjo getragen hat eine fast hypnotische Wirkung, man wird eingelullt in eine phantasievolle Klangwelt, selten wird es mal rockig und laut wie bei „The return of the doves“. Nach knapp 40 Minuten erwacht man aus einem Meer von Klängen, die wenn Klänge Farben haben, in verschiedensten Blautönen leuchten." – Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup, Folkworld.de

"Blue ist ein ungewöhnliches, ein sanftes und doch Energie geladenes Album für das man sich Zeit nehmen sollte. Nimmt man sich diese, wird man mit einer Vielfalt und Vielzahl musikalischen Raffinessen und Leckerbissen belohnt, die das Album zu einem besonderen Erlebnis machen. " - Folknews.de

"Die allesamt von Evans geschriebenen Songs mit ihren fein, subtil gesungenen Harmonien, der klug gewählten Instrumentierung und den sphärenhaften Melodien wollen zelebriert werden, damit sie nicht zerbrechen. Evans & Co.haben ganz wunderbar dichte Lieder erschaffen, die den Genre-Fans nicht selten eine angenehme Gänsehaut bescheren." - Country Jukebox 

“It’s difficult to adequately describe the spectacular sound Kyle Evans manages to evoke under the moniker of Echo Bloom. Utilizing little more than a grouping of magnificent voices, and coupling them with barebones instrumentation, this ensemble offers proof positive that more can be done with less. Consequently Evans and company provide a stirring and soaring series of songs that can’t be defined by any word other than “awesome.” There’s a reverential quality that sweeps through the acapella opener “Annunciation” and continues to grace the eight tracks that follow. Credit this imaginative arranger with ensuring a subtle sound that emphasizes celestial harmonies, thoughtful melodies, a theatrical flair and high ambition. Clearly, originality is Evans’ strong suit, and with Blue he’s made a masterpiece.” - Lee Zimmerman - No Depression

“The title track is a hypnotic and emotional piece of work that soars as much for the composition as a whole as well as the restraint shown by Evans and company vocally. I struggle to compare Evans to another singer vocally - and struggle even more to compare the songwriting to any of his contemporaries. And I think that’s what I like the most about Blue.” - Heidi Drockelman - Indie-Music.com

“Added to this Evans turns out to be a very fine songwriter and some of the moments approach the summit of the likes of Van Morrison at his best. The lyrics of Fireworks are brief but encapsulate a moment so well as he sings “On the streets of the Capitol the fireworks echo and bloom flowering down into red and then green and then blue and for a second I could see your face near In that moment of light I saw a tear on the side of your cheek you leaned you head onto my shoulder and whispered to me “How’s life so beautiful, and yet so brief?”" Evans surrounds these words with a great arrangement that swirls and eddies under the vocals, a piano plays a stately solo and he ends up scatting just as Morrison might do if this were on Veedon Fleece." - Paul Kerr - Blabber & Smoke

“I haven’t had an album listening session that equaled the first time I heard Damien Rice’s ‘O’. When I listened to Echo Bloom’s ‘Blue’ got that same rush. Maybe it’s because Kyle & his guests (Kate Vargas especially) have the same sort of musical romantic partnership or spark per each track that Damien & Lisa had back in the day. Every song on Blue sends chills down my spine. Track to Track, it’s an absolutely beautiful record that needs to be shared. The music video showcased didn’t do it justice. They are proud of it, and I’m proud to listen. This is ‘Blue’ by Echo Bloom.” - Guerilla Nights

The new song “Operator” is a beautiful, slow-building track that you’ll love from the first listen. - Jake Craney - Grundsounds 

“The music on the first album ‘Blue’ in the colour trilogy created by ‘Echo Bloom’ aka Kyle Evans is rather experimental, not so easy to listen to, but with a good concentration and attention, the listener will ultimately discover the finesse and beauty of these compositions.“– www.rootstime.be 

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RED, the second album in Echo Bloom's Colors trilogy, finds the band wrapping their songs around a core of country and rock, combining feedback-drenched guitars and thundering drums with orchestral strings and banjo into a unique mixture that's equal parts Tom Petty and My Bloody Valentine.
Echo Bloom, led by Kyle Evans, has become a road-hardened group after the release of their 2015 record Blue, which No Depression magazine described as "a masterpiece (Lee Zimmerman)„. The band embarked on several extensive tours that brought them across Europe and the US, getting the band into a tight recording unit.
After bouncing between Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Kyle Evans eventually caught the muse he was searching for in Berlin. Completely submerged in the German culture, Evans found inspiration in dusty libraries along the Spree and long, quiet bike rides through the city. He holed up in an apartment and woodshedded for months, the seclusion allowing him the perfect environment to completely focus on his work. After a few months, he left Germany with material for three records. Because each album seemed to fit into slightly different genres, Evans began thinking about them as different seasons, different countries and finally, different colors. 'Blue' would be the more folk-oriented of the group, 'Red' would be more country rock, and 'Green' would be more classic pop. Today the quartet adds Aviva Jaye on alto vocals and piano, Jason Mattis on bass, and Cody Rahn on percussions.
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Die Band ECHO BLOOM rund im Bandleader Kyle Evans tourte bereits 2015 mit dem ersten Teil der Trilogie "BLUE" und dem zugehörigen Live-Album durch Deutschland und Europa und erntete viel Lob und Anerkennung.
In "RED", dem zweiten Album der Farbentrilogie von ECHO BLOOM, umwebt die amerikanische Band den Kern des Country und Rock. Mit energiegeladenen Gitarren, donnernden Drums, zarten Streichinstrumenten und dem beschwingten Banjo entsteht eine einzigartige Mischung, welche wohl einer ausgewogenen Mischung aus Tom Petty und My Bloody Valentine entspricht.
So ist die Band mit den vergangenen Tourneen erprobt, quasi "road-hardened" und eng zusammen gewachsen.
Im Sommer 2016 wird die eingeschworene Gemeinschaft dann „RED“ auf der Bühne präsentieren. Das Album „GREEN“ wird im Jahr 2017 den krönenden Abschluss bilden.
Die drei Alben der Trilogie sind allesamt in Berlin entstanden - inspiriert von ausgiebigen Fahrradtouren, die das ECHO BLOOM Mastermind Evans dort unternahm und dem Geruch der Bibliotheken, die er dort aufsuchte.
Schließlich verlässt Evans Deutschland mit Material für drei Alben. Da jedes Album für sich in ein anderes Genre passt, beginnt Evans sie als verschiedene Jahreszeiten, verschiedene Länder und schlussendlich als verschiedene Farben zu betrachten. „Blue“ ist das Folk-orientierte Album in der Reihe, „Red“ lässt sich in den Country-Rock einordnen, während „GREEN“ als klassische Popmusik zu bezeichnen ist.
Live ist die Band als Quartett zu sehen. Neben Sänger und Gitarrist Kyle Evans, besteht das Ensemble aus Aviva Jaye mit Altgesang und am Klavier, Cody Rahn an den Percussions und Jason Mattis am Bass.

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--- Leaving Charleston --
written by Kyle Evans

Evelyn's daddy was a son of a bitch
he was an alcoholic and he beat the kids
so we swore we'd leave the day she turned 15
borrowed her sister's car and pointed it west
thinking anywhere was better than the place we left
and the note we left her parents only said

We're riding towards the sun
Leaving Charleston
Me and her were done with everything

We will try baby
try to do the best we can
and we will ride baby
ride into the promised land

Lived in that beater for a couple of weeks
and we took some dirty pictures for some food to eat
it was bad but it was better than before
Every evening I would lie there awake
watching how the streetlights hit her face
and I'd fall asleep against her shoulderblade

Rising with the sun
Out of Charleston
Me and her were done with everything
We will try baby
try to do the best we can
and we will ride baby
ride into the promised land

Sold off the car to try make our ends meet
Evie spent her nights working on the streets
And we moved into a Greyhound terminal
Every tomorrow could be better I think
when she wanders back and is next to me
I just hold her close and whisper in her ear

Forget about the sun
We're out of Charleston
Me and her were done with everything

We will try baby
try to do the best we can
and we will ride baby
ride into the promised land

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