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Echobelly
Gravity Pulls
Takeout Records
www.echobelly.com


Homer's Odyssey had its sirens, the lovely bewitching sea monsters whose sweet song lured sailors to their deaths. Embo Blake's Odyssey has the bewitching Sonya Aurora Madan, with her majestic and crystal voice, and complete lack of sea-monsterishness. I swear to you, this woman could rip the heart out of my chest and hand it to me, and if she was singing at the same time, I would simply thank her and continue to bask in her glorious voice.

All that said, Gravity Pulls is the latest release from Echobelly, a fantastic band that first hit the scene back somewhere around 1995. I remember it well, because the rumor mill at the time was saying "the girl from Curve is in a new band." At which point, I eagerly sought out said new band, only to find that it was not Toni Halliday who was in this new group, Echobelly, but the girl who played great guitars and had cool haircuts (sorry I don't remember her name). But I listened to the record anyway, and I was a fan almost immediately. Sonya Madan's voice was wonderfully fresh and clean at a time when, with few exceptions, female vocalists were either non-existent, or raspy and harsh sounding in the alt-rock genre. They put out a couple of records and had some success in the UK and Japan, but not too much stateside. I think that could all change with Gravity Pulls.

So here's the plan… Each of you tells three of your friends to tell three of their friends, etc. etc. about this new record, and soon, we'll have everyone basking in the glorious life-altering flush of Echobelly. With songs like the serenely beautiful title track "Gravity Pulls" and the noisy "You Started A Fire In The Heart Of A Wasted Life", this album is sure to appeal to many people. "To Get Me Thru The Good Times" reminds my humble ears of "Ordinary World'-era Duran Duran, with its haunting strings and echoing guitars. And if you are not convinced by the time you get to track five, "Big Sky Mind", you will most certainly be a believer at that point. This song simply puts me into that particular frame of mind that is filled with wonder at the immense amount of beauty around me, regardless of where I might find myself.

Yes, at one time Echobelly blended neatly into a genre with some other bands… but that was then, this is now. There is no more blending. Gravity Pulls launches the groundwork sound that this band has carefully crafted for so long into a fully realized vision of hope and beauty and wonder. The songs are filled with a vibrant life and a yearning that few bands have ever been able to fully realize on a recording. Tell everyone you know… you've found an answer to obtaining life's peace and happiness. It's Echobelly.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing

1. Gravity Pulls
2. To Get Me Thru The Good times
3. You Started A Fire In the Heart Of A Wasted Life
4. Djinn
5. Big Sky Mind
6. Strangely Drawn
7. A Good Day
8. What you Deserve
9. One In A Million
10. All Tomorrow Brings


 

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