July 15, 2012
An album full of delicious dream-pop
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8 / 10
On June 21 this year, Echo Lake’s drummer Pete Hayes died, aged 25. Within that context, it’s difficult to listen to his band’s debut album, ‘Wild Peace’, and decide whether it’s good, bad or somewhere in between. What the south London quintet have made is an album full of delicious dream-pop. It’s calm, quiet and peaceful. It eases your mind. It soothes your soul. It makes you feel happier than you were before you started listening to it. It’s music that would work on the beach. That would work on a train. That would work walking alone, in the rain, with your hood up, on the way to get a jerk chicken takeaway. Anywhere, really. I hope Pete was proud.
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