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I Heard You Listening

by Echolyn

echolyn’s 8th full-length studio release features nine original songs, each revealing raw, evocative, beautifully crafted arrangements, with an ever-evolving musical sensibility and lyrical depth that is uniquely echolyn.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Messenger of All's Right
6:24 $0.99
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2. Warjazz
5:16 $0.99
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3. Empyrean Views
9:18 $1.99
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4. Different Days
7:47 $1.49
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5. Carried Home
5:10 $0.99
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6. Once I Get Mine
5:40 $0.99
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7. Sound of Bees
6:58 $0.99
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8. All This Time We're Given
7:59 $1.49
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9. Vanishing Sun
7:34 $1.49
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Together now for over 25 years, echolyn is (still) comprised of:
Christopher Buzby, Brett Kull, Tom Hyatt, Paul Ramsey and Raymond Weston

“I Heard You Listening” was Recorded in Pennsylvania at Catapult Sound and Chateau Fornance.
Produced by echolyn, Engineered and Mixed by Brett Kull and Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, NYC.

Track Listing
1. Messenger of All’s Right (6:24)
2. Warjazz (5:16)
3. Empyrean Views (9:18)
4. Different Days (7:47)
5. Carried Home (5:10)
6. Once I Get Mine (5:40)
7. Sound of Bees (6:58)
8. All This Time We’re Given (7:59)
9. Vanishing Sun (7:34)

The new album will be available as a CD, 24 bit 96 kHz digital download via Bandcamp, MP3 and wav download via CDBaby and iTunes, and a special-edition/limited-pressing double-vinyl release via Plane Groovy/Burning Shed.

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Dan Sapen

Another Step In The Fulfillment of a Musical Vision
First, this is an amazing album, catchy and challenging at the same time, at moments like the best classic prog mixed with some delicious grooves, that somehow turn inside out as though heard through carnival fun-house mirrors. But description is a difficult thing, especially with something so multi-faceted and deceptively complex as the music of this one-of-a-kind band from Pennsylvania - a band that lacks nothing when compared with the giants of progressive and other sorts of highbrow rock (in no pejorative sense - you just have to have a few extra IQ points and the patience to actually LISTEN to what these virtuosi worked so hard to create. Echolyn can be a difficult band for a newbie, for several reasons. One is that even some of our most articulate critics don’t realize that, whenever a piece of art has skill and sincerity behind it, no truly legit critique can occur without analyzing the special resonance between the beholder and the beholden. We have critics who just rage against what they think is self-evidently WRONG with a certain band, or less offensively, others who just worship certain bands and artists like their most incredibly favorite superhero - sweet and silly, the latter, and neither side helps an interested and intelligent listener understand the working have an idea of what to expect if they buy it. Another issue with echolyn is that they are, to my ears, as free of cliches, or of genre tropes and customs, as any “prog” band - even when you can hear that they marinated in Gentle Giant when younger, or hit Steely-Dan-nish and Wilco shades here and there, at no point do they actually sound ANYTHING like those bands; though they are truly SYMPHONIC in the structure, sonic diversity, and compositional development of a majority of songs, no one could seriously say they are unconsciously channeling any of the 70’s prog zeitgeist - they don’t belong in any genre in quite the same way that GG, Genesis, Yes, Crimson, ELP and Tull, as different as they were, were also obviously products of the same particular historical movement; The Flower Kings (whom I love, others maybe not so much) revive that old vibe in, to my ears, a delightful and creative way, cross-pollinating that 70s movement with so many other flavors. But the FK make no effort to be sui generis. This is my way of saying that echolyn are the most unique of all the bands who, classified as “progressive”, at their best strove to make unique music every time, but could never - as so few ever could - avoid being representative of a genre, “prog-rock” - nothing wrong with that, to my ears, since its my favorite genre. echolyn’s harmonic choices, their composition of extended, dissonant and ear-surprising chord progressions within otherwise user-friendly rock tunes, the sense that a melody or a coda is REACHING for something transcendent the way a classical composer might do within a requiem or elegy, the way a lyrical idea will be declared, repeated and then insinuate itself like a ghost later in the tune, the way a neat groove will be turned inside out so as to be both familiar and vaguely upsetting at the same time, the resistance to going all cosmic or cryptic in order to suggest profundity, while dropping truly literate and suggestive insights into relatable songs, but with twists that make you rewind to be sure you heard it right.......and then the sheer, prog-lovers’ beloved COMPLEXITY of structure within sometimes deceptively straightforward tunes......these echolyn qualities, as I hear and describe them, make this one of the most NUTRITIOUS AND TASTY bands out there; but being so at the same time that they are so thoroughly unlike any other band I’ve heard means that they need to be heard liberated from comfortable reference points - they aren’t sufficiently “like” anyone else to reassure the potential buyer that “if you like (.......), you will really like echolyn. I say that, exemplified by this new, long-awaited, brilliant “I Heard You Listening”, if you cherish new musical experiences, and the “sound of surprise” though not in the guise of jazz, and you are not easily intimidated, then you should do the responsibe thing and buy this album, while making a promise to listen to it closely several time before you try to declare a serious opinion about it (you are allowed to like it right away - but you won’t “get” it without doing some work to match the remarkable depth of work that the band put in. Empyrean Views, indeed. First, considers how beautiful that phrase is. And then, while absorbing, slowly, that majestic song, consider what these bright and committed musical masters have to say about how the sky blocks our views of heaven. It will be worth it, if you can hang in there with these artists and their many-faceted creations. And if you are already an echolyn fan, there’s a good chance you’ll think this album is an expression of all the very best qualities they’ve put on record in the last 20-odd years- maybe their best, or real close.
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