By Carley Weber
Echosmith, a young indie-pop band of four siblings from California, released their first full-length album with Warner Brothers Records on Tuesday, October 8th after only having released a single in the history of the band. Their single from 2012 of “Tonight We’re Making History” not only landed a spot in a promo for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but it also put them on Alternative Press’s list of “100 Bands You Need To Know” without having produced an album yet. Obviously, this band had a big future in their dreams, and they have further fueled their future with their release of their album Talking Dreams.
The first track, “Come Together”, starts off with synthesizer sounds making the listener think Echosmith is going to be just another electronic band. Then they take the listener by surprise with heavy electric guitar, energetic drums, and the punk-rock voice of frontwoman Sydney Sierota. Immediately their lyrics presented themselves as being very straightforward and pleasing to all audiences. Even their song titles like “Come Together”, “Let’s Love”, “Cool Kids”, and “Talking Dreams” appeal to the majority of listeners out there. Who doesn’t like dreaming, loving, coming together, or being cool? With this said, Echosmith has a good chance to be found on the iPods of people young and old.
Although many of their songs have similar lyrics and themes like running away together or young love, the sounds of several songs are different from the rest. Track three is called “Cool Kids” and it brings a calmer and more serious mood to the table. The lyrics are about kids who are bullied or rejected and the vocals are prettier as one can hear the sympathy is Sydney’s voice.
The fifth track called “Bright” is also different from the majority of their songs because it is acoustic. Echosmith also changes their traditional vocals in this song when Sydney uses a gentle tone of voice that sounds like Taylor Swift and the three boys even join in with harmonies. By changing up their sound every now and then, Echosmith becomes more and more likely to be able to please virtually all audiences, from punk-rockers to pop-lovers to country-listeners.
If I could compare them to other musicians, I would suggest Echosmith to fans of Paramore because Sydney’s voice is very reminiscent of Hayley William’s voice. I would also compare them to Of Monsters and Men because there is a female lead vocalist who sounds potentially British with male vocals in the background. Although they are closer to pop than punk, Echosmith realizes that they are playing music for a generation that is used to electronic music and uses that to their advantage to surprise their audience with musicality. They incorporate electronic melodies into some of their songs without overdoing it and they balance out the cliché electronic melodies with rock guitar and drums and the punk voice of frontwoman Sydney Sierota. This album is an innovative and creative start for Echosmith. If the siblings continue to play and write music together, they could be the next big sound of indie-pop music.