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New Directions from Echotest

EchoTest – From Two Balconies (indie release, 2017)

From Two Balconies is the new album by the remarkable progressive music trio EchoTest. The group crosses numerous musical boundaries so it’s hard to classify the music they play. It’s a powerful mix of Crimsonesque progressive rock, classic rock, pop, and post rock along with dreamy loops, effects and ambient electronic textures.

While previous recordings Fourth Dementia” (2014) and “Le Fil Rouge” (2015) were primarily instrumental, From Two Balconies features vocals on many of the tracks. However, the instrumentals are still some of the best cuts on this album.

The EchoTest lineup includes celebrated bass player Julie Slick on bass VI and drum programs; Marco Machera on bass V and vocals; and Alessandro Inolti on drums.
They are joined by an impressive cast of guest musicians who provided masterful performances: Pat Mastelotto on drums; Tim Motzer on guitar; Ian Gray on trombone; Greg Rosen on trumpet; Zach Lopresti on guitar; Mike Visser on vocals and guitar; Ali Wadsworth on vocals; Sarah “flossy” Anderson on violin; Claire Wadsworth on vocals and piano; and Gary Slick on vocals.

 

Buy the digital version of From Two Balconies

Buy the CD at julieslick.bandcamp.com/album/from-two-balconies

Artist Profiles: EchoTest

EchoTest

Bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera met the Three of a Perfect Pair Music Camp in 2011. They started collaborating in April 2014 to play a short series of concerts in Tuscany, after Julie’s European tour with The Crimson ProjeKCt.

Very instinctively, new songs were written during a few days of rehearsals. The spur-of-the-moment bass duets ended up being so satisfying and well-received that Julie and Marco ultimately decided to write and record more material together. They named their project EchoTest. The group’s live performances and albums include various acclaimed musicians such as Pat Mastelotto, Tim Motzer, Zach LoPresti, Ali Wadsworth, Ian Gray, and Greg Rosen.

EchoTest have reinvented the role of solo electric bass and superbly display the songwriting abilities of the duo, characterized by a mesmerizing combination of loop music, ambient soundscapes and interlocking bass patterns.

Discography:

Fourth Dementia (2014)
Slick Mix Vol II (2015)
Le Fil Rouge
Live in Philadelphia (2016)

website: echotestmusic.com