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Melody’s Echo Chamber

There’s a lot of (well deserved) hype right now surrounding the forthcoming sophomore album from Australian nu-psych rockers Tame Impala, but anyone excited for that release should also check out the eponymous debut from 25 year-old Parisian pop chanteuse Melody Prochet AKA Melody’s Echo Chamber. Having already tasted minor success in her home country (with previous bands My Bee’s Garden and the Narcoleptic Dancers), Prochet approached Tame Impala’s frontman/ production boffin Kevin Parker in a French nightclub two years ago with a demo disc and ended up spending two months at his home studio in Perth where the pair fashioned this superb collision of future-facing retro rock and tech-savvy sleazy listening. Like her producer, Prochet isn’t averse to channeling late-Beatles period Lennon, and Parker’s sticky sonic fingerprints are all over MEC, sharing as it does with the Tame Impala canon a fondness for acid-fried fuzz guitar and a particular crunchy drum sound, but with its vintage synths, robotic rhythms and Prochet’s airy bilingual vocals the album also recalls the Krautrocking space-age lounge music of Stereolab and Broadcast. It’s an interesting combination of sounds and styles that makes for one of the year’s most solid debuts; listen to “Crystallized” below.

Melody’s Echo Chamber is out September 25 via Fat Possum (U.S.)/ November 5 via Weird World (elsewhere) and is streaming now over at NPR.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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