musician Art d'Ecco

Echoes of glam on the debut album by Art d'Ecco

He could be attempting to single handedly revive glam rock after the recent death of it's lead spaceman

The debut album from the Canadian singer, Day Fevers, starts with Sunrise, a haunting, ominous track to begin a tour through the dark northern woods in the best possible way. The psych/glam throwback shimmers with mystery; it's layered over the nine dense tracks like thick oil paint on a canvas. Expertly textured guitars, synths, and ethereal vocals blend and collide in a joyous cacophony.

From the beautifully mysterious opener the album takes on a more joyful, if mischievous role. The Deal channels vintage Bowie and Marc Bolan, while remaining fully self conscious. The reverb laden vocals and celebratory hooks leave the listener wanting more. She So Hot, the standout track, has a vintage feel too - reverb heavy and danceable - but harkens to indie music contemporaries such as Tame Impala or Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The chorus is delightfully cheesy and infectious, with a clap-along breakdown and a trumpet hook that could be straight out of a spaghetti western. There's something flirtatious about the synth lines reminiscent of Soft Cell and New Order. The album manages to sustain a certain romance while oozing overt sexuality. 

Songs of partying and regret have a habit of wearing on a listener, but Art D’eco keeps the themes fresh as he narrates a night out with hedonistic glee. In Let’s Go Home Together the album’s homage to Kraut rock’s simple droning undertones, d’Ecco subtly removes the tension and replaces it with hope. The following track, Nothing Ever Changes, shows a softer side with a simple arrangement and rhythm coupled with his passionate and affected voice. The steady snare drives the passion home as his effervescent howls echo through lost memories.

Art d’Ecco isn’t going to change the world of independent music, or make it easier for independent artists to gain the respect and visibility most crave so much. He’s certainly not bringing anyone back from the dead. What Art d’Ecco does is have a good time and get’s everyone else to have a good time too, with just a hint of next day regret. His personality and charisma scream out of these catchy songs, and while not everyone likes a merry cosmic prankster, anyone can at the very least appreciate what he’s produced here and it’s necessity. Indie music has a tendency to become precious and tame, and it's always refreshing when someone brings some dark fun back to the party. Art d'Ecco is here to dance.

 

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