Echo Lake – ‘Era’


The big week of album releases continues with Echo Lake‘s second LP ‘Era’, out now via No Pain In Pop (CD/Vinyl) or download through iTunes. The British band delivered their much loved debut album ‘Wild Peace’ in 2012, a mix of swirling, dream pop anthems. However, it was a bittersweet time due to the passing of drummer Peter Hayes right before release. Do they disband or regroup? The following year singer Linda Jarvis and guitarist Thom Hill resurfaced to begin work on their new ‘Era’ with Misha Herring at Hackney’s Holy Mountain Studio. Their first time working with a producer who could help expand the Echo Lake sound.

‘Era’ is far less pop centric than ‘Wild Peace’, this time round the songs are more ambitious, with open-ended structures that span up to ten minutes. Which is why there’s only seven songs on the 45 minute album. There’s a much stronger psych rock influence and overall, an emphasis on atmosphere rather than melody. The naivety, and even positivity of ‘Wild Peace’ is replaced by a more serious and commanding tone. This evolution may divide existing fans who are looking for a blast of catchy dream pop.

The album begins with ‘Light Sleeper’, a slow building, cinematic epic. Linda’s vocals interject and overlap each other, much like a chant. It’s hard to predict where the song is going, which is one of the album’s big strengths. However, for all the mood setting we need a payoff, and that’s where the lead single ‘Waves’ comes in. A reminder of how brilliant this band are! A near flawless combination of melody, mood and rock n’ roll. The title track is equally impressive, a slight step back in intensity.

The psych pop slow burner ‘Dröm’ is another highlight, even though the lengthy introduction is somewhat superfluous after hearing a similar build in ‘Light Sleeper’, that said, it’s a trippy mood setter. ‘Sun’ and ‘Nothing Lasts’ are the most light hearted moments on the record but aren’t the most compelling. Whereas the closer ‘Heavy Dreaming’ cements Echo Lake’s transition to free flowing psychedelia. It’s the most hypnotic Echo Lake have ever sounded, it’s fantastic to hear them return with such ambition and scope. Not every song rewards you for taking the journey but it’s an otherwise enjoyable trip.

Echo Lake – ‘Era’ [Album Stream]

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Echo Lake - 'Era'
  • Ambitious new sound
  • Epic arrangements
  • Something for psych fans
  • Less pop appeal than 'Wild Peace'
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Echo Lake – ‘Dröm’


The world needs more epic intros, ‘Dröm’ provides! It’s the second taste from Echo Lake‘s sophomore album ‘Era’, out March 2 via No Pain In Pop (pre-sale). The London-based band show their experimental side on this track, which opens up into a cascading psych pop feel with hypnotic, overlapping vocals. It follows the lead single ‘Waves’ (video below) and has me counting the days til ‘Era’ lands.

Echo Lake – ‘Dröm’

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Echo Lake – ‘Waves’


Echo Lake have announced their second album ‘Era’ will be released on March 2 via No Pain In Pop! It turns out the British dream poppers have been keeping busy following the release of their debut LP ‘Wild Peace’ (and the tragic passing of drummer Peter Hayes). Guitarist Thom Hill and vocalist Linda Jarvis have continued on, spending two years creating ‘Era’ and unveiling the lead single ‘Waves’ this week. The news isn’t a complete surprise given their live shows last year and recent reappearance on the ‘Broken Records’ sampler. ‘Waves’ packs all the blissful melodies you’d expect but pushes the boundary further, stretching out into more progressive territory. Welcome back!

Echo Lake – ‘Waves’

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Beliefs – ‘She Comes Alive’ [VIDEO]


Beliefs are hitting the road (Europe and the UK) on the back of their debut LP (out now via No Pain In Pop [UK] / Hand Drawn Dracula [CAN] / Manimal [USA]). The Ontario shoegazers are celebrating the news with a new video for the album cut ‘She Comes Alive’. Tour dates below…

Beliefs – ‘She Comes Alive’ [VIDEO]

Beliefs UK / EU 2013 tour dates…

09.19.13 – Harlem Bar – Reykjavik IS
09.21.13 – Incubate Festival – Tilburg NL
09.22.13 – JC Den Eglantier – Antwerp BE
09.25.13 – Hafen 2 – Offenbach DE
09.26.13 – West Germany – Berlin DE
09.28.13 – Reeperbahnn Festival – Hamburg DE
09.30.13 – Seabright Arms – London UK
10.01.13 – Pivo – Glasgow UK
10.02.13 – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool UK
10.03.13 – Old Blue Last – London UK
10.04.13 – Espace B – Paris FR
10.20.13 – Piston – Toronto ON

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Beliefs – ‘Long Wings’


Ontario’s Beliefs have been crafting dreampop / shoegaze sounds since 2010. Over the weekend a limited 7inch split with Greys was handed out at Hand Drawn Dracula‘s NXNE party in Toronto. One of the exclusive new tunes is ‘Long Wings’ (listen below). Beliefs self titled debut record is out now through No Pain In Pop (UK) / Hand Drawn Dracula (CAN) / Manimal (USA) and features the awesome track ‘Lily’ among others.

Beliefs – ‘Long Wings’

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Echo Lake – 'Wild Peace'

Echo Lake have released the title track from their debut record ‘Wild Peace’ (via Pitchfork) out June 25 (EU – No Pain In Pop) and June 26 (US – Slumberland Records). The London dream poppers have received lots of love since the lead track ‘Even The Blind‘ was released in April. ‘Wild Peace’ is sounding cleaner and more accessible than last year’s ‘Young Silence’ EP. Part of me misses the grit and rawness of that recording but it all comes down to personal preference.


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