2017 has been an interesting year for alternative music, to say the least. It seems as though a vast majority of artists have been giving their sound a complete makeover, for better or for worse. I’ve seen a lot of musicians ditch their instruments for computers in order to join the EDM craze currently sweeping the world. On the other hand, many artists have put their music into a time machine that’s headed straight into 1985, complete with peppy synth beats and airy vocals. While interesting at first, these music trends are quickly getting old. It seems as though only a select number of musicians are actually creating new, unexpected material within the alternative genre instead of converting to whatever’s marketable.
One band whose creativity really shines within the music industry right now is Seattle’s own Echo Texture. This PNW trio has a remarkable talent for pulling inspiration from greats before them while keeping their music sounding fresh and exciting. After their remarkable debut album in 2016, Echo Texture is back with a sophomore album which is just as good, if not better, than the first. Set for a release date of September 3rd and titled Time Twisted, Echo Texture’s record is a beautiful piece of alternative-rock magic.
The tone of Time Twisted is firmly laid down in the first track, called “Lucky.” With driving guitars and a moody atmosphere, it’s already clear to see that Echo Texture succeeds in delivering perfected melodies, messages and instrumentals.
Another highlight of the album is found in the fourth slot of the album. The first time I heard the song “Roll the Dice,” I only could think of one word: RADIOHEAD! The track is emotional, powerful, and easy to get lost in.
The influences off of Time Twisted don’t stop there, though. There also hints of early Green Day scattered throughout certain songs, especially on “Black Lotus.” The influence of modern indie rockers Car Seat Headrest can also be heard within many of the instrumentals.
Time Twisted’s dreamy alternative rock sound is intriguing and well produced from the first song to the last. The depth and charisma that the album possesses is a superb example of Seattle excellency when it comes to rock music.