Eco - M(You)Sic (Artist Album) [2011]

Artist name(s)
Eco
Release title
M(You)Sic
Label name
Armada
Release year
2011

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A modern-era masterpiece from Eco. Lots of great sound-design, lots of great builds, emotional melodies, riffs and even simple swells - all of those can just produce shivers. Definitely something for the headphones and uninterrupted listening.

Since it is one of my favourite albums of all time, I will review it below, track-by-track.

I will not post the embeds here firstly because it is an album. But I will provide links to where you can listen to it or buy it. You can't just listen to one track and judge it fully. Take your time and listen to the entire thing.

Here's a short statement from Eco about the album:

I really wanted it to be an 80 minute statement, a journey for people to get lost in. I want it to be more than the sum of its parts, something that can only be truly understood, loved, or appreciated if heard from start to finish! This is wishful thinking, but above all, I want it to be something that true all-around music-lovers can listen to and say 'wow, that's pretty good!'.
Tracklist:
  1. Intro
  2. After All...
  3. Wide Open
  4. Architextures [Part 1]
  5. Architextures [Part 2]
  6. The Stream Turned Into Ocean
  7. Breaking The Habit
  8. Electric Poetry
  9. Under Paper Skies
  10. Hellovators [Part 1 Going In]
  11. Hellovators [Part 2 Going Up]
  12. My Name Is You(th)
  13. Change The World
  14. The Light In Your Eyes Went Out
  15. Mali [Part 1 Going In]
  16. Mali [Part 2 Going Up]
  17. Over Paper Skies
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/Eco-MYouSic/release/5317995
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How many shivers can you get from an album???




Intro and After All... (ft. Kerry Leva)

Right from the start we can guess this album is going to be an exploration of sound design, some vocals and powerful melodies. Intro is short, but potent, and builds perfectly into After All..., which is a sweet, sweet track with amazing vocals by Kerry Leva. It's second track but the album is already in full force.

Wide Open (with Breakfast)

Don't let this track fool you with it's groovy beat! As it was made in collaboration with Breakfast, the powerful, emotional melodies and an even better build up will happen. Initially, one of my favourites.

Architextures (Part 1 and Part 2)

These two little nuggets have a deserving name. Full of great, textured sounds. Part 1 is more downtempo, and Part 2 gets a bit dubstepy, while having the same melodic elements as Part 1. Exploration again by Eco.

The Stream Turned Into Ocean

Aaaand back to trance. From the first couple of notes, I was hooked. This was that recognizable Eco. Melodies and riffs all over, great beats, an evolving track, and a powerful build-up and climax.

Breaking The Habit (feat. Einat)

Vocals again, this time by Einat. This time, you can sing along. What a track! Emotions all over again. Pure euphoria here.

Electric Poetry

Starts kind of slow and unambitious, but turns into a beauty. A perfect build for what's about to follow.

Under Paper Skies

And now...my favourite track from the album. Peak-time track. Combines everything I love about this album: some vocals, great sound-design, textures and experimentation. Builds up perfectly. Teases all the time throughout with melodies, pad swells and vocals - after the first build the intro starts, and you can feel the energy of it. But the real beauty starts in the breakdown, or rather the second build. It still teases throughout, for some time, and just explodes all at once. The most powerful uplifter I've ever heard, and it's definitely unlike anything I've ever heard before. It's hard to follow this with a good track...

Hellovators (Part 1 Going In and Part 2 Going Up)

...but Eco manages just that. This one is less energetic, but almost as intense. Has a strange main melody, but it works so well. And it encapsulates the exact reason why I love this album so much: You won't hear stuff like this anywhere else! It's so unique, but at the same time very accessible and recognizable.

My Name Is You(th) (ft. Eller van Buuren)

This one's all about that guitar. Initially, one of my favourites. Such a sweet, but very emotional track, akin to Coming Home (by Armin and Eller van Buuren).

Change The World (feat. Radmila)

Great track - very spacey, large-sounding techno beats, with nice vocals. Eventually it turns into a huge, almost distorted melody.

The Light In Your Eyes Went Out

Classic Eco once again. One of my other favourites. If you take anything away from this track, let it be that melody that appears only in the breakdown. Very emotional stuff.

Mali (Part 1 Going In and Part 2 Going Up)

The album, seemingly, comes to a calm ending. But Part 2 gets its climax.

Over Paper Skies (feat. Jeza)

Another uplifter, and another one of Eco's melodies here. A sweet ending for a great album.




Conclusion:

Is this album perfect musically? No. Does it have its faults? Of course. So what? This album seems personal, it seems like it was made by an imperfect being, giving his best effort in translating his visions and ideas from his head to his computer. And it's still amazing. It's minimally influenced by other artists and works. All you can ask for.

The answer is infinite, by the way. It never fails to give me shivers.
 

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Got a bit carried away with this one, but it always produces a strong emotional reaction from me. That's really rare for me. In any case, hope you enjoy!
 
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