echo arcadiaLabel: Spectra Records





UK based band Echo Arcadia just released their latest CD Beauty in the Average Life (2013).  This CD contains a nice ambient ccollection of recordings from different musical styles and a wide spectrum of emotions. Band includes Leigh Moyes (Lead Vocals/ Rhythm Guitar), Vonny Moyes (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Euan Mushet  (Bass), Dan Ciesielski (Drums), Kev Tierney (Guitar / Vocals /Trumpet), Pete Nicholson (Keys / Vocals) and Andrew Gray (Violin / Vocals).


As a result Beauty in the Average is an exciting album full of music that displays a ring of truth It also shows what happens when a band has the courage to let their musical hair down without any unfettered limitation. All songs on the album are shining examples of modern alt-rock that will grab your attention and never once let go. The CD commences with “Sparks” and “High Hopes.” Straight away this 7 piece led by Leigh Moyes (vocals) makes their presence known via these catchy openers.

There sound is cut from the same cloth as Dashboard Confessional, City and Couloir, Brand of Horses, Modest Mouse, Fleet Fixes and Bloc Party. However – I can also hear Flat Duo Jets, Karen Elson, and Kasbian. All ten pieces offer a powerful mixture of themes and melodies that “keep it real” by exploring the dark underbelly of UK Alternative Rock – at its core. All this meshed with a sizzling jam band after-taste it’s no wonder this band is on my radar screens. All members are capable players and each member show a lot of musical diversity, but are conservative nonetheless.

A few tracks provide an easy going musical backdrop to be enjoyed during any activity “Sparks” “Love Song” and “High Hopes” but be warned a few will shake the tree a bit as well “Four Lights” and “Hide and Seek”. During my research of this band I also discovered they have a killer live presentation. From start to finish this CD is “true to form” UK rock  with intellectually stimulating lyrics and foreboding overtone reminiscent of Pink Floyd. Echo Arcadia captures lightning in a bottle on “Beauty in the Average Life” and offers a unique opportunity to get into something special and real via their synergetic sound. Their latest self titled release is an album that sets the mood all too well.


In the end Echo Arcadia is worthy of you time. Their sounds and musical theatrics can be appreciated by any fan – whether in the UK of US.


by Benjamin Cole Church edited by Michael Rand

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