Foofer Friday: The Echelon Effect – “Pacific”


Reviewed by: Foofer

A band that isn’t brand new, with more than one album to call their own? How exciting!

… right?

The Echelon Effect has been around a bit longer than most of the bands I’ve reviewed, having started in 2009. Since then they’ve been churning out music like a machine. “Pacific” is the sister album to “Atlantic”, which they released late last year.

Just looking at this album, I knew I was in for a long ride. This 11-track behemoth is 1 hour and 4 minutes long, and it definitely feels like it. It took me forever to find time to actually sit down and listen to it all from beginning to end. I couldn’t even play it to and from work and get through it all. To be honest, it made me want to listen to other things, like the Smashing Pumpkins cassette I found for 25 cents. (Yeah, be jealous.)

I’m going to be blatantly honest here and say that I just can’t get into this album. There are so many things that turn me off from their music, that writing this was hanging over my head like a chore, or some deadline I’ve yet to meet. The structure was repetitive, it all just sounds like it’s going nowhere. It just feels… boring. Literally none of the instruments ever stand out, they don’t ever have a part where they shine brighter than the others, giving it a very flat sort of impression. I don’t know if they intended to make this album sound it ends 7 different times, like the waves of a musical ocean. Regardless, it gave me a false sense of closure, unnecessarily dragging out the whole experience.

On the plus side: it’s recorded well, the mixing is superb, and the mastering is top-notch stuff. This is a very professional album, and it’s worth listening to if you’re into that sort of thing. I can safely say that this album doesn’t suck. It’s just an album I don’t like.

The only way I can see the full album being appreciated in its entirety is if someone were waiting in line at the DMV, or if they had a lot of paperwork or homework to get done. So next time you’re overburdened with reality, go ahead and play this all the way through and I’ll bet you’ll be done before it’s over.

Next week: Nathaniel Noton-Freeman’s upcoming album, “Cloud Machines”



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