The Echo Chamber is a satiating psych-rock album from Blair Andrews, an artist from the Central Coast in Australia. Opener “Remember to Breathe” lifts off from folk-ready contemplation into a soaring rock majesty, reminding fondly of fellow Australian act Tame Impala in the steadily enveloping guitar tones and reflective synth touches. The album’s grandiose, psych-rock splendor is apparent early on and never quite lets go.
Offering a variety of vocal-laden and instrumental tracks alike, The Echo Chamber compels in its consistently melodic overtures. “High” is particularly immediate, with fuzzy guitars and a thumping rhythmic pulse combining with fervent vocals for a sound that’s parts Tame Impala and parts Flaming Lips. The seductive guitar fully invigorates during the central vocal refrain.
“Vers Vous” is another guitar-driven success, with lusher vocal ruminations journeying into a pulsing dose of energy around the 30-second mark. A smoky, calming outro caps this one off especially well. This conclusion, as well as the rhythmically inclined “Rose Lens,” is nicely exemplary of Andrews’ strengths extending beyond in-your-face psych-rock hooks — pursuing a more serene, atmospheric tilt.
Those in favor of the more instrumental psych-rock spectrum should be enamored by “Through The Wormhole,” pursuing some experimentalism in the halted moments and ensuing interplay, excelling past the first minute as a delectable bass line navigates hazily amidst the steady guitar riffs. The Echo Chamber is a resonating success from Blair Andrews.
“High” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Psychedelic Rock.