A year in the making, Tidal Wave EP is Echoed in Earth’s debut album, and it draws out musical ideas from all five members of the band. With a plethora of guitar effect pedals paired with raw talent, Echoed in Earth manages to create a truly unique sound that carries over well in both recordings and undoubtedly in live shows as well.
The title track begins the album with a soft acoustic guitar plucking out folk-tinged chords as Mike McMaster gently sings his melody. The rest of the band sneaks up on the listener, and by the song’s halfway point the sole acoustic guitar is joined by echoing electric guitars, driving percussion, vocal harmonies and thumping bass guitar.
The energy built up in the first song continues seamlessly in “One And the Same,” a fast-tempo rock tune with hints of grunge and punk. The band showcases its vast array of guitar effects through the power chords and solos replete with distortion and warbling. This song is super- catchy and definitely is one of the most danceable songs on the record.
“Grateful” takes the album to a slightly more mellow place, at least for the first minute-and-a-half of the track. After a wistful, melodic ballad portion of the song, a steady drumbeat and upbeat guitar lift the atmosphere to a more optimistic level and steadily raises the dynamic dial until the song evolves into a full-fledged rock anthem. “Wraith” echoes the soft side of “Grateful” but never gains the angst present in “Grateful.” Instead, droning guitars and highly reverb-laced effects pad the background of the soothing tune.
The album ends with “Home,” a groovy acoustic-based rock song that is the most memorable track on the album. All of the band’s aspects seem to come together to generate the “perfect storm” closing the record in a fashionable manner. Overall, Tidal Wave is a very impressive debut for the band Echoed in Earth, and will surely guarantee them a spot in gigs and festivals, as well as a place in listeners’ music collections.
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