Echolust is a band from Long Beach, California consisting of Philip Obando, Armond Angeles and Tony Lee Jackson. On their album Veldisa they explore post-punk, new wave and shoegaze. All of these genres are connected in plenty of ways if you know about their history. Echolust felt like a cluster of many different bands along this spectrum. Some songs bring to mind bands like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine while others reminded me of Jesus and Mary Chain for example. After spending time with Veldisa the music felt more like an homage to bands within that lineage from the late ’70’s to the early ’90’s.
They start off with “1799” which has an early ’80s New Order vibe. It has a very straightforward drum beat with synths, reverb-laced guitars and a pulsating groove. It’s a catchy song and is a song that could have been used in the movie American Psycho.
The band takes a vertical leap on “Dark Hair Girl.” It’s a great song and implements some classic sounds. Next up is “Decor Blonde” where we go forward in time about ten years. This song mirrors the aesthetics you heard on Loveless and delves into classic shoegaze. As the album progresses the flow continues as they jump in time from the late ’70s, to the mid ’80s back to the early ’90s.
Veldisa is on the longer side with twelve songs and I felt it. I think nine or ten songs would have fared slightly better. This genre doesn’t need a long album and usually favors brevity like the album Psychocandy.
This under-appreciated genre is still mutating today. Bands like m83, Cut Copy and Wild Nothing keep the spirit alive to a new generation. Where the aforementioned bands have created a different strain Echolust gives us a reminder of where bands like this came from.
Overall, Veldisa embraces the past while showcasing good songwriting and delivery.
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