Hailing from the south of London, Echo Lake sport a sound that is equal parts dream-pop and chill-wave, sounding distinctly analog at the same time it could be 100% digital. Thom Hill, guitarist and co-founder along with vocalist Linda Jarvis, builds hypnotic walls of sounds in a variety of ways, through his guitars, through keyboards and synths and through Jarvis’ rather lovely voice (which reminds me ever so slightly of the dearly departed Trish Keenan of Broadcast crossed with the sugary sweet tones of Sarah Cracknell of St. Etienne). It’s a big BIG sound and I’m genetically predisposed to be completely and utterly addicted to it.
Unfortunately a bit of tragedy has also struck just as the band is releasing this album, their drummer, Pete Hayes, passed away on June 21st, at the age of 25. Because of it’s elegiac sound and style, Wild Peace seems a fitting tribute to Hayes and to the band, who I sincerely hope will continue.