Fresh on the heels of its 2009 LP, “Orphan kids withdraw out of this comedy”, Echo Orbiter takes its next step on the winding path to audio transformation with its 9th full length record. The LP is “Euphonicmontage”; a 12 track foray that finds the band flying even further off the handle and, once again, refining its approach and expanding its ever evolving palette of sounds and structure.
“Euphonicmontage” marks another shift in direction for the outfit, and the most ambitious project since 2002's "Left here alone; smiling". What would music sound like if it were recorded and assembled in the same manner that Picasso applied paint to canvas? Each track was recorded in segments that would ultimately be tediously tweaked and arranged in post production, and assembled in abstract/cubist form. The record was again self-produced in the band’s own Looking Glass Workshop recording studio, employing several different machines such as a 4-track tascam cassette machine, a 16-track digital workstation, a 1952 Pentron 1/4" reel to reel machine, and an old panasonic cassette recorder equipped with a condenser mic. Dozens of segments were laid down, over the course of 4 months, in varying fidelities. In its finished state,
fidelities often change, even from verse to chorus within one respective track. Bassist Colin Emerle, 30, states; “We set out to make a record that challenges any sense of comfort in the listener; something alien and alluring. This is the first step in a lengthy experiment that will ultimately end with the record that will change the way music can be structured and experienced.”
Instrumentally, the group was set on creating a palette that exploited conventional means of sound and restructuring those sounds through an array of effects and studio artifice. Structurally, the tracks are brimming with multiple parts and melodies, often in short, quick bursts, lending sympathy to the short attention spanned set. Lyrically, Euphonicmontage is dark world populated by unfortunate misfits displaying an air of paranoia. Frontman Justin Emerle, 32, adds; “The music is schizophrenic and all over the place, but not really foreboding. I wanted to contrast that with clever and semi-ironic lyrics about a group of characters with odd maladies and abnormal behaviors. It all turned out a bit morbid, in a campy disguise.”