ABOVE: ECHO LAKE. PHOTO COURTESY OF NATALIA STUYK
A propos of Easter, we’re thrilled to premiere a song today that features an organ working overtime and vocals with choir-girl charm. Echo Lake’s “Even the Blind” wouldn’t seem out of place either on an ’80s prom playlist or in the arsenal of a Brooklyn DJ. Comprised of Thom Hill and Linda Jarvis, who met at art school in South London, Echo Lake’s overlapping influences are perfectly complementary—the Brit-pop timbre adds a melodic jolt to psychedelic elements, and classic guitar riffs are made contemporary with percussive synth. All these elements feature equally in “Even the Blind,” adding variations to the track’s largely ethereal sound.
The track implies a sense of urgency—despite Jarvis’ unhurried vocals layered over Hill’s lush production—gaining momentum over the five-minute anthem. The lyrical motif of the track is “Even the blind could see,” and Jarvis’ declaration thereof pulses through rhythmically sprawling production. The track is Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” meets Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” but with an added, decidedly British twist of indie-pop classicism.
ECHO LAKE’S DEBUT LP, WILD PEACE, WILL BE OUT IN THE US ON JUNE 26 (SLUMBERLAND). DOWNLOAD “EVEN THE BLIND” FOR FREE HERE.