Trilogy Memoriam: 2009-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The Fall (mp3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II:XII, A Priori Memoriae (2014)
In 2011 and 2013 Echo Us’ 4th album became a reality, and drew the ‘trilogy’ started with 2009’s The Tide Decides to a close. A Priori is by far the most challenging work of Echo Us music and was composed in quick bursts, with even fewer real song structures than the previous albums which featured multiple shorter compositions within their larger body of work. A Priori featured the vocals of Henta (Tomorrow Will Tell The Story), a variety of woodwind players and harpist Raelyn Olson, as well as Matthew’s playing many more instruments than before, including harmonium, glockenspiel, percussion, and classical guitar. The album reached top of 2014 lists in a number of progressive music websites and magazines.

Tomorrow Will Tell The Story (2012)
In 2007 the third Echo Us full length began its very early beginnings while The Tide Decides was still being completed. The first track recorded (Ears of Eras) suggested a thematic journey into the purgatory experienced after its predecessor’s leaving of the earthly plane (The Tide Decides). However, what followed in the preceding months was: multiple sessions of automatic writing, channeling performed by Matthews in Hebrew and English, and a variety of other ‘spiritualist’ phenomena. The process of making the album was more of a ‘ritual’ than just music composition, and the album also grew to contain not only Judaic terms, but also choral soundscapes, meditations, and chants of the three most dominate world religions.

 

 

 

Debut (2005)
Echo Us’ first full-length was a transitionary affair spanning the older, early sound of the band in its first live incarnation from 2000-2001 to Matthew’s interest in soundscapes and forms of compositional ‘minimalism’ explored in his ‘directed study’ and Music Synthesis work and degree at Berklee College of Music in 2002-2003. The ironically titled “Directed Study” is a nod to both a psychological analysis, as well as his final project at Berklee, and the only time music he’s composed under study was also released commercially, all be it in remixed form in this 2005 release.

 

 

The Tide Decides (2009)
The Tide Decides first started showing birth-pangs in late 2003, with the composition of the lyric and intro of “From Snow to Sea” at a coffee shop in Northwest Portland, Oregon. Originally the album was thematically congruent with a lot of the focus in the media on environmental issues, and some of the final lyrics did suggest the connection. However, as the composition of the album took 3 years or more, it began to tell an interwoven story of the life of one person, and the life of the earth as if they moved in tandem, in time perfectly with one another. The album featured multiple session musicians (most notably harpist Raelyn Olson), and over 70 minutes worth of music that flowed seamlessly from track to track, a technique that later became integral to the sound of Echo Us.