This another very remarkable new release, and I’m very glad of listening a band such that good. Double Echo is a fascinating back-to the basics, back to the roots of Dark Music; and this is such a really refined record. They have a great heritage from awesome talented bands such as: Clan Of Xymox from “Medusa”, Handful Of Snowdrops in “Land Of The Damned”, or The Danse Society from “Heaven is waiting”, and of course; The Cure, Joy Division and the classic sound of 4AD, etc. All of these big band names, and records came to my mind when listening to this fascinating debut album of this duo and this is such a very positive thing about this “Phantomime”.
They are Chris Luna and Ash Lerczackand they are in charge of all the guitars, bass, synths, programming and voice. Very talented and inspired musicians indeed; and their sound is really classy. This is another great surprise in the underground scene of the new millennium.
“Phantomime” is the opener, and we get straight to the point with this one: Dark Post Punk of excellence executed with majesty, this will make you move; and it has great rhythm and is such a great start for this album. ”A shadow” has some Gothic Rock rhythm and guitar work, combined with subtle voices which are more like a whisper. We have here some very detailed song writing, and the execution is remarkable. ”Remains” takes to the darkest early 80’s with dominating bass lines, ambient synths, and some very traditional Post Punk guitar work. This one will be a delight for Cold Wave lovers. ”Play House” has a faster rhythm, and is more energetic without losing any bit of its wonderful dark sound. The rhythm and the melody will make you move.
”The Wake” has this cold drum machine rhythm, and when this is combined with some very deep and dark bass lines, and the fine guitars; I thought in Cocteau Twins from the “Garlands” album, but with deep male voice instead of the siren-like voice from Liz Fraser. The result is awesome. ”Metropolis” has this minimalistic rhythm, which is accompanied by synths at the beginning; and they take us to a enchanting Dark landscape. This is a wonderful instrumental and atmospheric track. ”Scorched flats” is fascinating dark elegance all in all, is one of their finest tracks.
”Hours” has some ghostly synth chords during its initial seconds, and is preceding to some display of Dark music with great rhythm. This one has very catchy bass lines. ”Silent Order” is a pretty well assembled mid-tempo song, more 80’s darkness here. ”Permanent Haze” accelerates the rhythm and it’s a vibrant closing track for this record. If you love or like the sound of the darkest 80’s, and the music of the bands that I have mentioned before; you will love this record for sure, and it will give you some amazing music and evocative moments. I’m really impressed with this release. It is available on CD and Tape. Don’t miss it. ► by Daniel Olvera
Double Echo – Phantomime (2013) – Edils Recordings
Double Echo – Phantomime (2015) – Gothic Music