Double Echo – Phantomime (CD)
Double Echo began in 2012 as a studio collaboration between producers Chris Luna (San Diego, California) Ash Lerczak (Liverpool, UK) that set out to re-mystify the forgotten practices of post-punk and primitive soundtrack electronica in the guise of a lost band from 1982 whose demo tape 4AD never got around to listening to. Their first release, the “Black Morning” EP, invited listeners to “dream of another world” of floating Casio keyboards and Sad Lovers And Giants guitars, demonstrating that their commitment to eighties authenticity went deeper than merely an aesthetic gimmick and found Double Echo a cult following on Bandcamp.
The following year in Liverpool – Double Echo played their first show as a live band. Determined not to go out as a “laptop act”, Chris and Ash performed alongside a dying, time-code striped tape machine and TR626, while smoke, weird projections and an extremely loud amplifier created a suitably immersive atmosphere. The show convinced local label EDILS to release the “Phantomime” album on CD and cassette, which was shortly followed by a compilation of Double Echo’s online output by Ritual Tapes in the US.
A second album, “La Danza” featuring new member Ellon Souter on lead vocals and a strong emphasis on cold synths, was released in 2015 on CD by Gothic Music (Finland) and on vinyl by Peter Out Records (Sweden) leading to their first European dates – a tour of darkwave clubs in Italy. Since then Double Echo have retreated into their home studios to work on a series of follow-up albums (the first of which nears completion at the time of writing) pausing briefly in 2016 to self-release the “Ancient Youth” EP and to perform at Return To The Batcave Festival in Poland.
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