Era is the second album from London based band Echo Lake. Watch the video for lead single ‘Waves’ below.
Debut album Wild Peace was released in June 2012, after the then five piece had surfaced 18 months prior to a flurry of blog attention. The record is a near-perfect encapsulation of their early sound, with critics calling it “dazzling, hypnotic and deliriously seductive” and “truly magnificent”. However loud the acclaim, the release was inevitably overshadowed by the shock death of drummer Peter Hayes a few days before release.
The band recovered in private. The songwriting pair of guitarist Thom Hill and vocalist Linda Jarvis would spend two years working on the tracks which would form Era in East London’s Holy Mountain Studio, the first time the band had spent in a professional studio. The album is a result of this experience; far maturer, denser and considered than the band’s home recorded debut. Points recall the textures and expansive ambition of Spaceman 3, Neu! and Deerhunter yet the album is never stylistically referential to any particular period or style.
Instead, at seven tracks and 45 minutes length Era is a deep, singular work deserving of full and repeat listening. The album’s defining tracks are ‘Dröm’ and ‘Waves’, both built around hard, totemic rhythm sections and maximal dynamics. By contrast ‘Era’ is a perfect guitar-pop track; submissive, alluring and playful in restraint. The ten minute closer ‘Heavy Dreaming’ leaves the album on a triumphant tone, and ends a near three year silence from one of the UK’s most promising bands.
The band will play two live dates – a London launch, and a hometown Birmingham show – around album release, before embarking on wider touring over the spring and summer.