Echo Chambers is the debut album from Policy. The album contains club worthy songs which combine different genres but for the most part the songs are a meld of electronic and pop elements There is a mix of instrumental and vocal led tracks.
The album starts going with “Dee Dee” which has a cosmic and hypnotic quality. There is an arpeggiated synth which induces this hypnotic state. The vocals aren’t a lead but are more so just another element in the song which does give it a ’90s Chicago club type quality.
One of the highlights “Art of Fact (feat. Kelsey Hunter” revolves around a trap type beat, airy synths and much more. The vocals were great and once they arrived it felt like ’80s synth pop which has had a resurgence in the last decade with bands like The Chromatics and Cut Copy. It was hard to tell if the vocals were going through a vocoder or just double tracked but either way it has that quality.
“5x One Star” is atmospheric and a little dark. It felt more like a mood piece you hear in a movie. We start to get into more overt pop territory but not completely with “Run into the Night (feat. Claire Rasa)” although the song does get a bit trippy with a long breakdown during the middle section.
“Head Storm” felt like a wordless ballad that revolves around a good amount of phaser effect, piano and percussive elements. Up next is “Push Pause (A & B Remixx) [feat. Amy Jo Scott]” which is really an upbeat beat pop song with a great hook. “The Oracle (feat. Annastacia Monroe)” is also pop oriented but darker and the chorus feels mystical. I loved how dark the song got at points.
“Mind Knot” gets into Aphex Twin territory but not quite as off-kilter while “My Blind Sides’ is a very ambient track revolving reflective pads and meditative synths. Last up is “Reality (feat. Tina Shest) which is an upbeat song but asks existential questions.
The album is diverse and felt like a mixtape in some ways because of different vocalists and styles presented. That being said I liked the flow from beginning to end and some of the individual songs were gems. Take a listen.
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