[Interview] Exclusive interview with Echolot

Dear readers, we are pleased to offer you in this article an interview with a Swiss band with Psychedelic Doom sounds that is about to release the new album. We welcome the Echolot.

Hi how are you?

We are fine, thanks. We are also quite excited for the upcoming shows.

The band was founded in 2014, how was the band born?

We met in a bar in basel that usually none of us would go. None of us has been there since we met there in 2014. I guess that was fate. Now that we think about it, we could arrange our 10 year anniversary there. For the bar that would be a deep stilistic break.

The band offers Psychedelic Doom sounds, where does the passion for these genres come from?

We have diverse backgrounds that we still explore. The downside being, that it is hard to crystallize a clear identity. We are happy with the fact that we still are perceived as psychedelic�� Doom is just the distorted extension of mellow and slow psychedelics. The upside of a stilistic mix however, and that’s where the passion lies, is that we are able to create musicallyand harmonically interesting and rather challenging aarangements that still feel digestable and round.

Your fourth album “Curatio” is about to be released. What sounds do you explore in this new work?

Our first album “I” was a rather fast and bluesy adolescent work of “Sturm und Drang” (for our standards!). The second album “Volva” is shy, psychedelic and sometimes long-winded, still authoritative in many places. The third album “Destrudo” is doomy, destructive and uncompromising. Now, “Curatio” feels like a matured version of “Volva” and “Destrudo”. It has its own unique mix of progressive elements, it can quickly shift shapes, but feels holistic nevertheless. We have to add: the fourth song is an outlaw exploring echolotesk black pop metal.

I read in the press release that even the themes of the album are highly sought after, what do they deal with?

There is not one particular topic that comes to mind. Our texts are metaphorical and symbolical representations of our experiences, limitations and strengths, as given by the human form and mind. They can sting and create turmoil. “Curatio” is the idea that there are mechanisms that stimulate personal growth in order to overcome or accept andlive with a haunted mind.

You released the video of the opener “Burdens Of Sorrows” in August, what do you want to tell us about this track and the video?

We are very happy that we were able to work together with Manuel Guldimann on this video. He created this astonishing sea monster that has accompanied us for quite a while during live shows, in our merch and during the release of “Destrudo”.

The video visualizes the first step of healing, the step of becoming aware. We boast our defences, even when built out of toy guns, enjoying the shaky strength they depart on us. We are unaware of the monster lingering in the symbolic, invisible, flashy and fragmentary unconscious dark. We can always hide in the stream of everyday tasks or in play. However, our childish curiosity seeks to move on and enables the monster to surface on the shores of consciousness, where it suddenly is inevitable and no defence works no more. Where we stand still in front of it, no longer fleeing.

Many of our readers and your fans are wondering if you will be able to listen to your music live, do you have any plans for it?

We are always looking for concerts and playing live. Expect us near you. Even better: book us.
The next will be the fourth album, how have your sounds evolved over the years?

See above.

Music is constantly evolving, how do you see the Rock genre in the future and specifically Psychedelia and Doom?

There is no future! This is the sound of doom!

What advice would you give to young artists who approach music by offering more refined sounds like yours?

We refrain from giving advice. We all have the necessary tools for becoming in us. If you choose to suffer the price, you can achieve. We wish them all the best and that they may encounter attentive listeners.

Do you have other passions or artistic projects outside of music?

Painting, engineering/science, psychotherapy, cheese and food in general.

I thank Echolot for the pleasant interview, wishing the best for the continuation of
their artistic career.

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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