Melody's Echo Chamber

Melody's Echo Chamber

Fronted by Parisian chanteuse Melody Prochet and produced with analog wizardry by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Melody’s Echo Chamber is like the Midnight in Paris of indie pop. But instead of time-traveling back to '20s-era City of Light, Prochet and Parker take listeners back to Paris in the '60s. So parts of “Quand Vas Tu Rentrer” may remind you of Stereolab and Broadcast with antique guitars, chirping Moogs, droning tones, retro mixing, and Prochet’s demure inflections sounding a little like Françoise Hardy’s Comment Te Dire Adieu. But Melody’s Echo Chamber plays with more period-correct authenticity than similar modern bands. That’s not to say that there’s nothing innovative going on here; the static textures crumbling over the vintage dream-pop soundscapes in “Crystallized” are pure 21st century, especially when it takes over the tune and closes on a pulsing, distorted mantra. Prochet coos coyly like a young Claudine Longet in “You Won't Be Missing That Part of Me” before “Some Time Alone, Alone” digs deep into the French psychedelia of yore with electric sitars and spacy Barbarella vibes.

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