Melody Prochet is onto something here. She has clearly learned lessons from the sixties, digested and synthesized them and come back with a sound which manages to be both charmingly anachronistic and bang on trend in the same breath. Her debut album veers close to the "chillwave" phenomenon at times but manages to avoid many of the pitfalls of that oversubscribed genre by virtue of her innate sense of melody and her collaborators' ability to create a more richly varied sound palette than a great many of her Trans-Atlantic cousins. It is a very French affair!
Ms Prochet's voice has been compared in some other realms (and I would agree) with that of Francois Hardy. Her fragile, breathy delivery and hollow tone, though limited in range, serves her well. Whilst not being the most powerful instrument in the musical firmament it is, nevertheless, a curiously sweet and beguiling one. She sounds most at home when singing in her own language. The languorous and honeyed performance of 'Bisou Magique' and strangely captivating jazzy swing of 'Quand Vas Tu Rentrer?' are especial highlights but elsewhere the quasi-psychedelic swirl and swagger of 'You Won't Be Missing That Part Of Me' and nightmare-in-a-fairground instrumental 'Isthatwhatyousaid' display an 'edgier' side to her sonic imagination. The beautiful opening track 'I Follow You', however, is pick of the crop by a country mile. The kind of perfectly conceived composition which you want to flip right back to the beginning again the moment it's over!
melody prochet is the girlfriend of kevin parker lead singer of Tame Impala and his imprint is all over this album which reaches back to the attitude of the sixties without letting go of the modern world with a french flavour. the music conjures up it's own world although i don't think she is a strong vocalist she does project her personality on tracks such as 'be proud of your kids'. so if psychadelic french-australian pop rock is your thing this album is for you.
I had never heard of Melody's Echo Chamber but I heard one of their songs played on BBC6 Music recently and liked the sound of them so thought I'd take a chance on buying the album. It's really good and there are no duff tracks on it so I'm really glad I bought it.
I like it. This will not become a regular on my play list, but I do enjoy it. You have to listen to this a couple of times, comes across very lovingly, then you notice the dark syth with very good backing band. Hmm, nice. Not Brilliant, just very good.