'Sound Echo Location' is a beautifully crafted album, a sensuous blend of contemporary electronica with real instruments and voices and the effortlessly evocative feel of a film score. From the pioneering simplicity of their electronic roots Glenn Gregory and Keith Lowndes have combined a wealth of talent and expertise to create this album of heart and passion, an album that oozes pure class and hypnotic melody.
Trashing the industrial dance sound of old, Heaven 17 frontman Glenn Gregory's Honeyroot project is the antithesis of his earlier incarnation. Teaming up with DJ and musician Keith Lowndes, Sound, Echo, Location
provides a flight through spectacular, organic soundscapes. Opening with samples of a thunderstorm, and concluding with the sounds of a tranquil beach on a hot sunny day, the album traces the elements in 64 minutes. Incorporating the style of Leftfield circa Leftism
, the mellow "Losing My Mind" provides a representative introduction to the whole of the album. The trip-hop inspired "Sunrise Sunset" also echoes their other mid-90s influences, including Mono and Archive. The initially mysterious and dark "Falling" provides the pinnacle of the album's fluffy greatness. Pop-dance diva Angie Brown adds her vocals to a couple of tracks but despite the orgasmic climax of "Sweet as Honey" she surprisingly suppresses her tonsils to just a pip-squeak of their usual output. While this CD will be a welcome addition to the music collection of an alternative therapist, the innocuousness of the music will undoubtedly also appeal to their stressed-out clients. --John Galilee