Review: The long-awaited Bon Voyage by Melody’s Echo Chamber

Melody Prochet released her first album in six years this year called Bon Voyage. I bought my purple vinyl copy (yes, I’m a sucker for coloured vinyl, especially anything purple because that’s my favourite colour) when the presale was announced. Today, we’ll be talking about Melody’s Echo Chamber from 2012 to today.

Since I pre-ordered it, I got it early. If you haven’t pre-ordered a copy, the album will be released on 15 June. You can buy it on Bandcamp.

Who is Melody Prochet?

Melody Prochet from Aix-en-Provençe (an absolutely beautiful city) is one of my favourite artists from this decade. Her main project is Melody’s Echo Chamber.

Opening for Tame Impala on their 2010 European tour opened doors for her. She collaborated with Kevin Parker and Melody’s Echo Chamber was born with a debut album being released in 2012.

Blending sounds from Australia and France, Prochet and Parker recorded the album in the south of France and Perth. You can hear electronic sounds combined with psychedelia and dream pop. If you like Tame Impala, Temples, Pond, Diiv, and Blac Rabbit, you’ll adore Melody’s Echo Chamber.

Melody’s Echo Chamber is one of my favourites of the decade (I’d even call it a perfect album), with highlights like “I Follow You”, “Crystallised”, “You Won’t Be Missing That Part of Me”, “Some Time Alone, Alone”, and “Mount Hopeless”.

She toured to support the album in 2012 and 2013 and during this time she got attention Stateside. She was supposed to play at Levitation Festival in 2015, but her performance was cancelled to visa issues, which were out of her control.

Melody’s Comeback

Melody Prochet released a single called “Shirim” in 2014, which is the last track on Bon Voyage. The song is a great example of her signature trippy mix of modern and vintage. To me this sounds like a great summer song.

Between 2014 and April 2017, she was active on social media, posting pictures from her concerts, musical inspirations, and behind the scenes stuff from recording sessions.

In April 2017, on her 30th birthday, she announced her second album, Bon Voyage, released a single called “Cross My Heart”, and announced tour starting in October. Only two months later, she was hospitalised due to a serious accident resulting in a brain aneurysm and broken vertebrae.

I fell in love with this song quickly like I fell in love with her first album. My husband and I were re-listening to this song today and he felt that the beginning guitar riff reminded him of “Overture” from Tommy. The song has multiple movements, reminding me of prog, and these movements are all different, making for an eclectic song, combining all sorts of genres and instruments and incorporating a bit of her native language.

Fast forward to April of this year and Melody is recovered and announces the release of her album in June. With this announcement came the release of another single, “Breathe In, Breathe Out”. This song features some beautiful vocals backed with a guitar and some futuristic sounds. The guitar reminds me of 70s style jangle pop and it makes me feel relaxed, staying true to the title.

A fourth single, “Desert Horse” was released on 15 May. This has a lot more of a psychedelic sound with a bit of hard rock in the second half of the song.

Track by Track

Four out of seven of the songs have been released as singles, building hype for the album. There are three other songs.

“Var Har Du Vart?” was written by Swedish psychedelic rock star Gustav Ejstes. You don’t need to know Swedish to appreciate this short and sweet song.

“Quand Les Larmes D’un Ange Font Danser La Neige” is a song that is mostly in English and it’s dreamy, beautiful, and worth the wait. This translates to “When the tears of an angel make the snow dance” (I think, I only took French for 3 years). In the middle of the song you can hear poetry from Pond frontman Nicholas Allbrook. This song’s lyrics touch me. I’ve been going through some difficult personal stuff at the moment and I could relate to it.

An excerpt of the lyrics that resonated with me:

“I found somewhere to hide. Someone to be held by. A safe place to cry. To these angels aching, keep smiling.”

The third album track is “Visions of Someone Special, On a Wall of Reflections”. I love hearing her sing in French since French music is what got me interested in the language when I was 13-14 (particularly Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin). With my okay reading skills I can more or less understand the lyrics and it’s beautiful. Some of the song reminds me of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and I love the organs and synthesisers on the song.

Final Thoughts

Melody again impressed me with this album. The lyrics are beautiful, painting pictures and giving me an escape from a humdrum life. It’s absolutely worth the wait. Melody’s voice is beautiful.

The witchy and fantasy aesthetic of the album artwork is beautiful and I love that it comes with a zoetrope you can put on your turntable. Vintage, creative, and fitting. The album also comes with a poster of the album artwork you can colour in.

My two favourite stand-out tracks on the album are “Cross My Heart” and “Quand Les Larmes D’un Ange Font Danser La Neige”.

What do you think of this album? Have your say in the comments section below! 😃

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