Brick, New Jersey 's rock quartet Echo Screen reinforce melodic
rock's flair to a full-blown pandemic on their latest record Goodbye
Old Life. Produced by Ace Enders, the album has the shimmery
acoustics of The Decemberists with hummable folk-pop tunes
like Death Cab For Cutie. The caressing strums of guitarists
Anthony Rucci and Shaune Scutellaro pamper the tunes
with amenable aesthetics as the rhythm section of bassist Tim Sager
and drummer Mike Badders pleat the melodies in soft rhythmic
strokes. Scutellaro's vocals have a dreamy quality which tilts the
tracks towards a bedroom-pop ribbing that eases the listener into
coasting comfortably alongside the band's musings.
Laid back and melodically tailored, Echo Screen's music is dialed
to be conducive to open wide spaces where crowds gather at country
fairs and public parks. The country folk trimmings of "Amsterdam"
arouse an upbeat feel and a cozy ambience which transition into rows
of slight soaring riffs in the acoustic guitar of "The Ballad
Of Jack Shepherd" dousing the tune in lights of happiness. The
copse of soft melodic strums in "When I Escape L.A." cover
the listener in velvety sheets emblematic of Matt York as the
chimney stacks of gentle acoustic fumes that canvass the skylines
of "Bombs Away" and "The Sun" pout gingerly around
Echo Screen's music is affable and steers audiences to feeling good
about life. Pin-striped in soft rhythmic strokes, the band's songs
embrace sunny-pop vibrations that put a smile on listeners faces
and a spring in their step.
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