Bon Voyage (Melody's Echo Chamber album)

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Bon Voyage
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Studio album by
Released15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
Genre
Length33:17
Label
ProducerMelody Prochet, Fredrik Swahn and Reine Fiske
Melody's Echo Chamber chronology
Melody's Echo Chamber
(2012)
Bon Voyage
(2018)
Singles from Bon Voyage
  1. "Shirim"
    Released: 15 October 2014
  2. "Cross My Heart"
    Released: 5 April 2017
  3. "Breathe In, Breathe Out"
    Released: 3 April 2018[3]
  4. "Desert Horse"
    Released: 15 May 2018[4]

Bon Voyage is the second studio album by French psychedelic pop band Melody's Echo Chamber. It was released on 15 June 2018 on Fat Possum Records. It is a collaboration between Melody Prochet and members of the Swedish psychedelic rock band Dungen.[5]

Originally slated to be released a year earlier, in the Spring of 2017, the album was pushed back due to Melody Prochet suffering a brain aneurysm and broken vertebrae from an unspecified accident, causing her to be in the hospital for several months.[6]

Background[edit]

Plans for a second studio album dated back to late 2014, when Melody Prochet released "Shirim".[7]

The album was originally slated to be released in 2017, when "Cross My Heart" was released in April 2017.[8] The album was delayed when Melody had suffered a "serious accident" earlier in June,[9] adding that her upcoming tour would be cancelled.[10]

The album was formally announced with a release date on 3 April 2018.[3] That day, the lead single "Breathe In, Breathe Out" was released along with an accompanying music video.[11] With the release of the single, Prochet wrote ""I'm enchanted to share this video for new single 'Breathe In/Breathe Out', a little animated fable that resonates greatly with the record. Thank you Daniel Foothead and Team for this little Pilgrim and it's Muse story. "All my Love, Melody."[12]

In a positive review of the track, Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork described the song as a "stop-start melodic breaks—before cutting out quickly and entirely in a jarring conclusion". Fitzmaurice also said the song is "packed with ideas, its brevity leaving the listener wondering what comes next."[13]

On 1 May 2018, "Breathe In, Breathe Out" was the song of the day on Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota affiliate of the U.S.-based, National Public Radio.[14]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.5/10[15]
Metacritic77/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[17]
The A.V. ClubB+[18]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[19]
DIY4/5 stars[20]
The Guardian3/5 stars[21]
The Independent3/5 stars[22]
Mojo4/5 stars[2]
NME3/5 stars[23]
Pitchfork7.1/10[24]
Uncut9/10[25]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Bon Voyage received an average score of 77, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16] The album also received a 7.4 aggregate on AnyDecentMusic?.[15] AllMusic writer Tim Sendra stated that "Bon Voyage shows that Melody's Echo Chamber is far from being just a Kevin Parker creation. Prochet's vision is her own, and it's strong enough here to fly free of any and all constraints."[17] In a positive review, Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot praised the album's composition, summarizing that "if anything, Bon Voyage is even stranger than its predecessor, seven songs splashed in psychedelic colors."[19]

In a mixed assessment, Rachel Aroesti of The Guardian felt that the album's "restless experimentalism" failed to establish "a strong personality to anchor it".[21] Keiron Tyler of Mojo, on the other hand, praised the experimentation and diversity of influences.[2] Tyler drew comparisons to the work of Tropicália artists such as Os Mutantes and Tom Zé and noted the album's "singular appeal".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Melody Prochet; all music is composed by Melody's Echo Chamber.

No.TitleLength
1."Cross My Heart"6:55
2."Breathe In, Breathe Out"2:50
3."Desert Horse"5:15
4."Var har du vart?"1:28
5."Quand les larmes d'un ange font danser la neige"7:07
6."Visions of Someone Special, on a Wall of Reflections"4:55
7."Shirim"4:47
Total length:33:17

Personnel[edit]

All personnel credits adapted from album liner notes

  • Melody Prochet - vocals (all tracks), drums (tracks 1-3), keyboards (tracks 2-3, 5), electric guitar (tracks 2, 6), violin (tracks 5-6), all instruments (track 7), production (all tracks except 4), mixing (tracks 2, 6)
  • Fredrik Swahn - keyboards (tracks 1, 5), bass guitar (track 2), sound engineering (tracks 1-3, 5-6), production (all tracks except 7), mixing (tracks 2, 4-6)
  • Reine Fiske - guitars (1, 3, 5-6), bass guitar (tracks 1, 3, 5-6), keyboards (tracks 1-2), drums (tracks 2-3), percussion (tracks 2-3, 6), violin (track 3, 6), production (tracks 1-3, 5-6), mixing (tracks 2, 5, 6)
  • Gustav Ejstes - piano (track 2), beatbox (track 3), scream (track 3), percussion (track 3), vocals (track 4), guitar (track 4), organ (track 6)
  • Johan Holmegard - drums (tracks 5-6)
  • Nicholas Allbrook - spoken word (track 5)
  • Maxime Leguil - mixing (tracks 1, 3)
  • Raphael Jonin - mastering (all tracks)
  • Silly Jane - artwork
  • Paul J. Street & Matthew Cooper - design

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format(s) Catalog
United Kingdom 15 June 2018 Domino CD WIG427[26]
LP
United States 15 June 2018 Fat Possum[27] CD 16541[28]
LP 16542[28]
Digital download 16543[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bon Voyage - Melody's Echo Chamber - Styles". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Tyler, Keiron (July 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage". Mojo (296): 95.
  3. ^ a b Maicki, Salvatore (3 April 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber announces sophomore album, shares "Breathe In, Breathe Out"". Fader. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Melody's Echo Chamber - "Desert Horse"". Stereogum. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  5. ^ "THE RETURN OF MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER. 'BON VOYAGE' IN STORES JUNE 15". Fat Possum Records. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  6. ^ Claymore, Gabriela (28 June 2017). "Venue Shares Statement About Melody's Echo Chamber Injury [UPDATED]". Stereogum. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Melody's Echo Chamber returns with dreamy new single "Shirim" — listen". Consequenceofsound.net. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Melody's Echo Chamber Returns With the Sprawling "Cross My Heart"".
  9. ^ Yoo, Noah (27 June 2017). "Melody's Echo Chamber Cancels Tour Due to "Serious Accident"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  10. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (27 June 2017). "Melody's Echo Chamber cancels tour after suffering 'serious accident'". NME. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  11. ^ Breiham, Tom (3 April 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber – "Breathe In, Breathe Out" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  12. ^ Trendell, Andrew (3 April 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber returns with new album 'Bon Voyage' and single 'Breathe In, Breathe Out'". NME. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  13. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (3 April 2018). ""Breathe In, Breathe Out" by Melody's Echo Chamber Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Melody's Echo Chamber - Breathe In, Breathe Out". The Current. Minnesota Public Radio. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Bon Voyage by Melody's Echo Chamber reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Bon Voyage by Melody's Echo Chamber Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  17. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Bon Voyage – Melody's Echo Chamber". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  18. ^ Waite, Kelsey J. (15 June 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber, Bon Voyage". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  19. ^ a b Kot, Greg (15 June 2018). "Review: Melody's Echo Chamber doubles down on psychedelic pop on 'Bon Voyage'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  20. ^ Bentley, James (15 June 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage". DIY. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  21. ^ a b Aroesti, Rachel (15 June 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage review – a psych-pop hotchpotch". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  22. ^ Kaplan, Ilana; Goggins, Joe (13 June 2018). "Christina Aguilera Liberation review: New album is everything diehard fans could want, but there are misses among the hits". The Independent. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  23. ^ Milton, Jamie (20 June 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber – 'Bon Voyage' review". NME. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  24. ^ Cohen, Ian (20 June 2018). "Melody's Echo Chambe: Bon Voyage". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  25. ^ Pinnock, Tom (July 2018). "Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage". Uncut (254): 22.
  26. ^ "Domino - Albums - Bon Voyage". Domino Records. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  27. ^ "Bon Voyage - Fat Possum Records". Fat Possum Records. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  28. ^ a b c "Bon Voyage - Releases". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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