Sibling rock band Echosmith will be releasing their debut full-length record, “Talking Dreams,” October 8. The album will feature songs off their previous summer sampler, including their recent hit, “Come Together.”
Sydney – Lead Vocals
Jamie – Guitars/ Vocals
Noah – Bass/ Vocals
Graham – Drums
It’s almost unfair how many talented children this family popped out. And we aren’t talking about bubblegum-pop, factory-produced talent that can be molded and forced by a kid-centric company. No, Echosmith, signed to Warner Bros. Records since 2012, have earned the respect of any other mature artist in the music industry, being on the same label as artists like Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kimbra.
The record is a refreshing concoction of indie-pop tracks. The 14-20 year olds maintain the delicate balance of not sounding like annoying little kids, but not sounding abnormally mature. A perfect example would be standout single, “Cool Kids,” which has lyrics that may have targeted younger audiences but also appeals to a 20-something hipster who worships anyone on mtvU. The lyrics read like a “Mean Girls” script: “I wish I could be like the cool kids/’cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in.”
The young band has a beautiful outlook on love. They slip in a few love songs that are tame enough for virgin middle schoolers, but not to cheesy for the older demographic that have been in the dating pool long before youngest member, Graham, was even alive. “Let’s Love” is a cute family vocal effort at expressing the emotions associated with, what else, love. The incredible harmonies and gyrating drums make this less of a dorky love ballad, and more of a fun romance-inspired future hit. “Tell Her You Love Her” takes on a different approach, telling a hypothetical story, urging someone to just go for it. Their idealist expected outcomes are borderline naive, but they band sets a fairy-tale fantasy that would inspire guys to force their way out of the friendzone by telling a girl that they love her.
Again, not every song is about love. Opening song, “Come Together” is an anthemic electro-friendly/indie pop song. The verses are like the pep talk exploding into the motto “We’re gonna come together now!”
The members are extremely talented. Lead vocalist Sydney pulls off the sophisticated sound marked by artists like Tegan & Sara, Kimbra, and Marina and the Diamonds. The brothers have an equally professional style to their musicianship. Even Graham is a master behind the drums, pulling off beats that give the album an extra special push.
Despite the band avoiding the traditional Jonas Brothers/R5-type poppy sibling band, Echosmith manages to have an oddly appealing catchiness to their songs. Soon-to-be favorites like “Let’s Love,” “Come Together” and title track, “Talking Dreams” have the striking infectiousness that propels obscure-sounding artists like Gotye and Of Monsters And Men to the top of the charts. Their intellectual lyrics dismiss any hesitation you may have for listening to a band of teenagers, and the impeccable instrumentals make you realize that these aren’t just normal kids–they’re legitimate musicians with a long future ahead of them. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they have enviable tastes in clothing and are frankly, too cute for words.
Echosmith is here to take over in 2013-14. From their Vans Warped Tour run, to their appearance on “The Other Side Tour” with Tonight Alive, we can expect the country to fall in love with these little nuggets.
“Talking Dreams” is out October 8! Pre-order: http://bit.ly/12P1i0e
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