The past two months
have been a flurry of sessions and difficult but enriching work required to
complete an Echo us album. Teri untalan (who played on the tide decides) and
chris smith (who played on A priori memoriae) both returned to add viola/violin
and many flutes (respectively) to the upcoming album. A blog with teri is
and another about chris's work on the project here.
A major shift is underway
in our release schedule / process. The new (celtic and breton themed) album
is bursting and ready to come out this fall. With that reality, the original
release plans that included the album which the latest video single (It's
time for winter) sprung from are shelved for the time being. this is no way
means there were any problems with that album- it was completed a few years
ago and didn't see release at the time because of a variety of factors effecting
ethan, and the echo us project as a whole. More news soon!
It's Time For Winter
to be released on the solstice! The video will be streaming on major video
sites on the winter solstice (Dec 21st). It will also be available as a limited
download single via bandcamp. more on all this soon, as well as background
material on eu5, due out in 2017!
Echo Us has a new
home and studio! View the vlog below for a quick preview. At the time of this
writing the album art and further post production are in effect for EU5!
Echo Us annouce a new live show, joined
by Christopher Koroshetz
on drums! Saturday, Nov. 1st at the Hawthorne Theater Lounge- Echo Us will play
from 9pm to 10pm, with both an electronic/ambient set followed by acoustic versions
of Nightlight and others!
A Priori Memoriae, Echo Us' 4th full-length album is now available in the
UK- Order here.
On Friday 19th of September the album will ship in Europe. Pre-orders available
will ship on the 19th and 7 Oct respectively. By October 7th digipaks will also
be available through www.echous.net
Official release news is here! II:XII,
À Priori Memoriaé will be released on 19 Sep (Europe), 15 Sep
(UK), and 7 Oct (USA) via Dust On The Tracks, with distribution through SPV.
A promo trailer for the album is up for listening on youtube: II:XII,
À Priori Memoriaé album trailer
...as well as an in-depth documentary
on the album's creation:
Echo Us has signed a worldwide deal with
the German label Dust
On The Tracks for the release of II:XII, À Priori Memoriaé
! The album will be issued in late August and distributed through SPV and partners
on digipak. More to follow- plans are currently underway- Check out the new
page on www.echous.net
for full tracklisting and details.
Ethan will be accompanied by Dusty Richards
(upright bass) tomorrow, Feb 11th at 12pm at Portland State University's Smith
Memorial Student Union (SW Harrison and Broadway RM SMSU 101). The
performance is part of the "Live At Lunch" series- the setlist will
be half Echo Us songs as well as Ethan's variety of acoustic guitar pieces,
and a few surprise covers!
It took us a lot to get through the holidays,
Happy New Year in belation ! Now released is the new 'mini-documentary' on the
recording of II:XII, À Priori Memoriaé- Echo Us plays Jimmy Mak's
(details below) on Jan 28th and will also appear at Portland State University
for a show on Feb 11th-
Echo Us' will open
for Mel Brown's Septet at Jimmy
Mak's Jazz Club in January!
Tue, Jan 28th 2014:
Jazz" artist Echo Us [6:30-7:30pm]
The Mel Brown Septet
221 NW 10th
Portland OR 97209
We had a great time at Music
Millennium and look forward to a very special night at Jimmy's!
10.22.2013 Echo Us'
animated halloween lullaby is complete. The video for Nightlight is on the front
page of www.echous.net as
well as viewable direct on youtube here.
Echo Us' Tomorrow Will Tell The Story won
Pop Award at the 12th Annual IMA's! This was a bit of a surprise, and it's
all due to all the fans and friends of Echo Us that voted, not any industry
panel. Thanks goes out to everyone of you that voted! More exciting news on
the way for the rest of the year and beyond~
Stills from the Nightlight
video are now available on the Echo
Us Facebook. The video single is planned now for a Fall release. Stay
tuned via the E-list
As many now know,
Echo Us was nominated last week in the IMAs for "Best
Eclectic Album". The Independent Music Awards have both a panel and
public voting process. The panel vote results come in May, and the public
can vote anytime up until the public vote results in July.
Ethan was a guest
on the Halloween Show of Soundscapes Radio [KRVM Eugene] back in Oct- Echo
Us' Tomorrow Will Tell The Story warming up for ofcourse, on halloween- Tubular
Bells! We've finally got the interview up on youtube....be
sure to check it out as it covers so much detail not only about the latest
Echo Us album, but past projects as well:
More news on the follow-up to Tomorrow
Will Tell The Story coming soon. The album is complete, mastered and ready
to move forward for release once some final decisions are made. On a related
note, in progress are mixes to yet another subsequent album. It's been a very
busy start to 2013!
In Germany and the rest of Europe, Ethan
has a featured interview in Zillo Magazine, and by picking up a copy you'll
also score the Zillo
April CD Sampler for which Echo Us took part. The sampler disc has an
interesting supply of artists, from Ministry and Wumpscut to newer acts in
the electro and goth scenes.
We've made some decisions here, and
Ethan decided to go ahead and pull together the lyrics from the album into
a digital notebook just like for The Tide Decides. The digital notebook will
only be sent out with direct orders from www.echous.net only. Have
interview with Ethan is just now published at Music
Artery. Ethan talks with Jett Black about the new album, music and everything
metaphysical and all ~ Less than a month to go until the offiicial release!
part of our interview series all about the album starts today as well~
Youtube upload of part
1 is available for viewing. A busy weekend and week is ahead~ Happy New
Year and to all a good night !
The review by Mark Johnson is up for
; as well as the interviewfeatured last month.
Interview originally published on Prognaut.com
is now updated with new happenings-
In October Ethan got together with Mark
Johnson to talk about Tomorrow Will Tell The Story, and since the digital
issue of the album in September a lot has transpired- Ethan is working on
the followup to "Tomorrow" now and the continuing evolution of Echo
Us moves into new territory again-
The apex of Echo Us' latest album, Tomorrow
Will Tell The Story, the Mirror In The Window video short is based on the
dynamic superposition of images, bringing forth free association through the
creation of stories in the mind of the viewer...
Ethan Matthews: "Andrea's video
short 'Persistence In Kerr Metrics' caught my eye earlier this year and I
knew it was the perfect method of displaying the concepts brought forth on
the album- it is particularly enlightening to find that still images I've
been taking and compiling for years can fit so well into the complete idea-
The Mirror In The Window is as much a video short as it is a music video."
Two other pieces of Echo Us video are
also available to youtube viewers; both 'remuxed' from various pieces of digital
animation, Anchors Away and This Is The Dream The Dream is You appear with
their original working titles "Adonai" and "YHVH" respectively.
Www.echous.net is anew and loaded with
clips and one full song on our front page. The “Tomorrow
Will Tell...” link at the top has all the details and links
to the media page about the album. Catch some photos and extra art from the
making of the album as well on youtube
[click for promo
Extended cd is in the works for the
Unbeknownst to us here
until recently Henta
was one of five nominees in the new age catagory at this year's Grammys for
her album Laserium For
The last session of
harp tracks were recorded last week with Raelyn on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
The followup to The Tide Decides is officially in the mixing stage.
It is now confirmed
that Seattle based vocalist Henta will take part in the recording of the next
Echo Us album.
a singer/songwriter originally from the UK has recorded three solo albums
as well as numerous collaborations. Her angelic vocals express the female
element just below the surface on The Tide Decides, and give a much bigger
dimension to the sound of Echo Us. Sound samples from the album in progress
will be posted shortly.
Lords of Metal published
the latest interview about the album for their new issue, calling The Tide
Decides the most mysterious album of the year. Check it out at their website!
A new interview about
The Tide Decides is now published by the Prognaut
site. Check out the updates to the media
page for another interview and more articles. More to come in September!
Tide Decides Notebook is now posted. The Notebook begins with a poetry
synopsis of the album and concludes with full lyrics. The cd-album will be
available for order on this site on 7-6-2009 as well as through Musea and
many of their distributors by 7-8-2009. This week a review is published in
Magazine and you can see more reviews here
There is an audio interview
from late 2005 added to the site that was almost long lost, but dredged up
thanks to David Vessel from Escape From Noise Radio. You can listen to it
In keeping up with the
very distant past, we also have been posting old Greyhaven live footage on
youtube. Check out the Absolute
The official release
date for The Tide Decides is set for July 6th. Very soon another piece of
this puzzle will be seen exclusively on www.echous.net, a short ebook about
the concept album
Echo Us is pleased to
announce a partnership with Musea Records for the release of the conceptual
album “The Tide Decides” this July, 2009. The album will be released
under the imprint Musea Parallèle, Musea’s arm for ‘fusion’
releases. It is with pleasure to be working once again with Musea, who also
distributed Greyhaven’s debut (Angular Records) and has such a strong
history in progressive music. Stay tuned up for a lot more information on
this opus of an album!
Us recorded with Raelyn Olson once again in late November of 2008. The sessions
were expansive and very smooth at the same time, bringing a new glimmer to
the Echo Us sound and too the third album that is working it’s way toward
the mix stages.
to get to far ahead, you may have noticed that we have the final sound samples
up for The Tide Decides. We still hope for an early spring release, and if
not summer at the latest. It has been a long time for this project, and as
you can tell from the sound samples a lot went into the audio production of
this release. There are forthcoming announcements in the next few weeks once
we are totally settled in Portland again. Hope everyone is having a great
start to 2009!
planning for The Tide Decides is now underway, and a few selected songs from
the album were added to playlists of a few progressive radio shows in the
past month. Ethan plans on moving the studio once more before the release
of the album, and after that time work will continue on the release as well
as work on EU3.
is titled "Tomorrow Will Tell The Story" and unlike The Tide Decides
it is shaping up to be much more compact. Ethan is working with a different
mix system and the album is musically made up of samples from The Tide Decides.
An interesting twist on sample based music, EU3 does what other ambient projects
have been doing to some extent, but instead decides to comment on itself rather
than sampling external music's. Almost all the music was composed in short
bursts of spontaneity. At this time, Echo Us plans on again instilling the
harp talents of Raelyn Olson who also played on The Tide Decides.
Us' album release of The TIde Decides will feature a 2 page notebook of chronological
poetry pertaining to the album. The piece is a stream of consciousness in
one sense, but dovetails in order with the musical peices on the album taking
the whole experience in a new direction. It's the first time we've done anything
of the sort with Echo Us or past projects, so it should be a fun and novel
experience. The Tide Decides Notebook will be distributed within the cd, and
will not be available from major shops such as amazon or cd baby where custom
packaging is prohibitive. All the better to support the independent webstores
and www.echous.net because we have more control over what goes out through