It wasn’t so long ago that solo artists seemed to be restricted to singing and playing just one instrument at a time. Now thanks to advances in the production process, one performer making music on an epic scale is a regular occurrence The Echelon Effect is a solo project from David Walters who – apart from some additional drum parts – played all the instruments on this multi-layered post rock album himself.
One can be forgiven for thinking that Walters is hellbent on achieving a Sigur Ros level of grandiosity. Much like its title, ‘Tracking Aeroplanes’ aims high; its pretty but portentous piano and swirling effects seem to be forever on the brink of turning into something huge and orchestral. However, the fact that it doesn’t explode is to Walter’s credit; meaning the track is elegant and grand rather than grandiose. The following ‘Antenna’ and ‘Call To Ground’ are undoubtedly more experimental and concentrate as much on manipulating samples as much as evoking the wonders of flight but they do provide a necessary feeling of space at centre of the EP. So by the time of the final two dreamy tracks, ‘Outer Marker’ and ‘The Brighter Star..’, the listener is ready to be uplifted again.
‘Field Recordings’ isn’t an album to set the world alight with its originality but its consistent theme and general cohesiveness means that it flows very well indeed. When one considers the positive aura it radiates and the strong melodies too, one can’t help but feel happier having heard the record.
Good Weather For An Airstrike, Sigur Ros, Hammock