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Broken Record #56
Echo Ladies are a three-piece band comprising of Malmö school-friends Matilda Bogren, Joar Andersén and Mattis Andersson. Their self-titled EP, released earlier this year, sold out instantly and their debut album Pink Noise is released by Sonic Cathedral on Friday 8th June (the LP version of this has also sold out in the Sonic Cathedral shop, but is still available from various indie record shops). If you like shoegaze and swirling walls of sound you won't be disappointed (review to follow!). To celebrate its release we got the band to talk about their own record collections, including a brilliant evaluation of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, in Broken Record #56.
Maybe it’s not very surprising that Black Marble (one of our favorite bands) released a great album. But the typical thing with bands that release great debut albums is that they seem to lose something on their way to the second one. Of course, bands should evolve and try out new things – Echo Ladies always will – but we are always impressed when bands evolve into something even better than before. That was the case with Black Marble’s second album, ‘It’s Immaterial’. It really blew our minds. We can’t wait for the third one!
This was the kind of music we listened to when we met in high school – especially this album. We would listen to it over and over again, playing covers of the songs. We were true indie-kids with second-hand clothes trying to look like extras in some Wes Anderson movie!
Our Swedish label-buddies Wy released their debut album ‘Okay’ last year and what a beautiful record it is. Every single track hits you so hard. You really feel invited into their deepest thoughts and emotions. When they first sent us the album, we just had to let go of everything and sit down and listen. We’re very proud and glad to be able to call Ebba and Michel our friends.
This is where our huge shoegaze addiction started. If you get it, you get it. The first time we heard it we really wondered what exactly was going on. Then we just wanted more and more. We have tried really hard to recreate those guitarsounds and effectdrones and we will always rate ‘To Here Knows When’ as one of the greatest songs ever written. But it’s sometimes tiring when, as soon as someone hears the word ‘shoegaze’, they only talk about MBV and especially ‘Loveless’ as ‘the only true and real shoegaze album ever made’. So, it’s underrated because we think ‘Loveless’ really deserves more people listening to it, but overrated because the people who have already listened should chill.