Echosmith – Lonely Generation (Album Review)

The first month of the first year of the new decade is just starting, and the New Wave/Indie Pop music world is already showing promise. New albums under the genre scheduled for release this year are led by Echosmith’s sophomore offering.

Formed in 2009, in Chino, California, United States, and currently consisting of the siblings Sydney (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards), Noah (Bass, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer), and Graham Sierota (Drums, Percussion), Echosmith released its debut album, Talking Dreams, in 2013. After seven years of touring, recording, and some members’ engaging in other projects, Echosmith comes out fresh and reinvigorated this year with a brand-new album. Scheduled to be released on January 10, 2020, Echosmith’s follow-up, Lonely Generation, is sure to excite New Wave and Indie Pop enthusiasts with its technicolor sound and style.

Marking the band’s first release via their newly formed Echosmith Music label, they teamed up with Jeffery David (Seal, Zedd) to handle the production. Putting together 12 new songs, it opens with the title-track, exuding a shiny Blondie (“Heart of Glass”) sensibility–alluring, bright, and summery with its glaze of Reggae guitar strums and glassy keyboard flourishes. The mood then slows down with the starry “Diamonds,” whose beat is still enough to cause the strobe lights to flicker on the bodies on the dance floor. Another relaxing track follows next in the form of the staccato piano-led “Cracked.”

The album’s carrier single, “Shut Up and Kiss Me,” takes the listener on a breezy and soulful ride; it will fit smoothly onto a playlist that includes Nelly Furtado’s “Explode,” Donna Lewis’s “I Could Be the One,” and Metric’s “Gimme Sympathy.” The ensuing “Stuck Inside a Roller Coaster” is another highlight–catchy, melodic, textured, and slightly progressive.

Echosmith then turns sentimental with the melodrama of “Last Forever,” which vibes off similar sonic sentiments of Spice Girls’ “2 Become 1,” Roxette’s “Vulnerable,” and Annie Lennox’s version of “No More I Love You’s.” An even more heartrending ballad follows next–“Everyone Cries,” showcasing an effective, beautiful female-male vocal interplay by Sydney and Noah.

“Scared to Be Alone” rails its jagged rhythm quite coolly, ensuring that the listener gets to lock into the overall groove of Lonely Generation. The ambience then picks up pace with the pastoral predisposition of “Lost Somebody,” which may remind the initiated of Wilson Phillips’s “Release Me.” And then Echosmith bursts with its shards of Pop Rock with the guitar-heavy “Love You Better,” further cementing its stylistic affinity with Roxette (“She’s Got the Look”).

Near the end of set, the Sierota siblings then treat their audience with an acoustic-oriented affair–the slow, sad sway of “Follow Me–and then finally wrap up their latest offering with its saddest tune–“I Don’t Wanna Lose My Love”–a perfect closer.

Echosmith may be a part of the new generation of New Wave/Synthpop messengers; but the trio is among the old-soul tunesmiths in the real sense of the word, echoing sounds culled from decades ago and transforming them into modern aural artifacts easily digestible by both the old and the young generations of the genre’s connoisseurs. Definitely not only for the lost and lonely but also for the soft and only, Cryptic Rock gives Lonely Generation 4 out of 5 stars.

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Born in 1971, in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella is a healthcare worker, singer/songwriter, and editor/writer. He was the frontman of the ’90s-peaking Philippine Alternative Rock / New Wave band Half Life Half Death, which released a full-length album and several singles on Viva Records. aLfie worked at Diwa Scholastic Press as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and supplementary magazines, focusing on Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. In 2003, aLfie migrated to Canada; he has since been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works full-time at a healthcare institution, while serving as the associate contributing editor of Filipino Journal—a local community newspaper in Winnipeg—tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, and Music. aLfie has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines as well as websites. He started writing album reviews for Cryptic Rock in 2015. In 2016, aLfie published Part One (Literature & Languages and Their Cultural Significance) of his Essay Series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf?; in 2021, his first book of poetry, Pag-íhip sa Dáhon ng Kahápon [Blowing Leaves of Yesterday]. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and listening to music. aLfie is a dedicated father to his now 13-year-old son, Evawwen; and a loving husband to Kathryn Mella, who herself moonlights also as a writer aside from holding a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology.

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