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Echo Screen
Goodbye Old Life
ES Music


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 Scutellaro's vocals.

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.

-Susan Frances

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