Musical World Tour – France – Moodoïd – Je suis la montagne

Sunday Suggestion – Melody’s Echo Chamber – I Follow You

Melody’s Echo Chamber is the dream-pop and neo-psychedelic project of Melody Prochet of Paris. She released her debut self titled album back in 2012. The album featured Pablo Padovani of Moodoid on guitar and the familiar figure of Kevin Parker of Tame Impala behind the mixing desk as producer. These two figures were open minded and creatively inquisitive choices from Melody in combining the sprung and light cascading sound of Padovani’s guitar with Parker and his ability to create washed out waves of sound with acres of space and scope to grow and expand. This resulted in a delicate piece of psychedelia with the intricacy of Padovani’s riffs partnered with Melody’s higher pitched, yet calm whisper to guide the song slowly through the washes of lapping sound and space from Parker’s production. A song best encapsulating these concepts is ‘I Follow You’. It’s one of the more well known tracks off her debut and has the light hook and steady beat of the cascading riffs and simple snare beat. From this, the more distorted and drawn out guitars and synths allow the track to progress and fluctuate in different directions, but guided by the soft, reassuring vocal from Melody. A heavily distorted and grinding riff leads the song out while still interlocked with the song’s steady foundations. A method with produces a paradox of at times concentrating on the song’s light rhythm and whispered lyrics or just completely losing all thought in the expansive sounds it creates. A perfect track for those late summer nights.

Moodoid EP Review

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I had a look at Moodoid’s ‘Je Suis La Montagne’ a few weeks back and really enjoyed it and made sure not to lose track of the following EP on which the track is featured and I didn’t. After being an integral part of Melody’s Echo Chamber’s debut in 2012 and getting Kevin Parker to mix the album for them then you know it’s not really going to fall down on may areas and the other three songs match the first. There’s distorted guitars, clean cut riffs, spaced out percussion and loud, isolated percussion. The spaced out gradualism of  ‘La Chanson Du Ciel De Diamants’ to the fast paced and controlled chaos of ‘Del Folie Pure’ and the surreal yet grooved filled Je Sais Qui tu es’ with it’s fluctuating rhythms and soundscapes. The fact the vocals are in French should draw you in. Not shut you out. It almost fits hand in glove with the sounds they are producing. If you’re looking for a Neo-psychedelic-electro-pop gem then it’s right here. I really hope that an album could be produced from them as you know it would be something to marvel and wonder at. But this EP does that too. So take a look.

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Single Review – Moodoid – Je Suis La Montagne

Moodoid is the solo project of Pablo Padovani who is the guitarist for fellow French Psychedelic wonder Melody’s Echo Chamber. So you already know that he’s pretty skilled in that area. ‘Je Suis La Montagne’ very much evokes the sound he helped create for Melody’s Echo Chamber with perhaps a slight reduction in the production effects but they are still there in a big way. The song is refined, at ease with it’s self and has several area’s of depth and space to it. At times all the layers creating the sound are recorded in such an isolated way that feels like nothing else could be heard and creates a heavy wave of sound while at other times it’s more echoed and spaced out and subtle. Is it any wonder then, that it’s been produced so well with Kevin Parker lending a hand in the recording. He is really expanding the Australian psychedelic sound well and deserves much credit for it. Naturally, if you like Tame Impala, Pond, Melody’s Echo Chamber etc. then you will be drawn to this and enjoy it all the same. This song is part of an EP which will arrive on 9th September so be sure to keep an eye for that amongst all the other releases from the Rock band heavyweights.

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