For Immediate Release- Jan 9th 2014.
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Echo Us to set to play Jimmy Mak’s and more- release video mini-documentary about new album, 2:12, À Priori Memoriaé.

2013 Independent Music award-winners Echo Us will play two more Portland area shows to start off 2014- The first being Jan. 28th at Jimmy Mak’s opening for Mel Brown’s Septet. The show is part of Jimmy’s “Partner’s In Jazz” series and brings together an extra-eclectic night of Echo Us’ pop / classical fusion with jazz.

Echo Us’ upcoming album, 2:12, À Priori Memoriaé is on its way in 2014, and a mini-documentary on the recording of the new album is just released. A video for the single “Nightlight” also recently appeared, featuring vocalists Ethan and Henta morphing their interlocking duets amidst a background of concert harp, strings and oboe. Ethan emphasizes what a natural process the album was to make, and how much it was a step outside from the successful formulae already put it place on the previous album Tomorrow Will Tell The Story.
À Priori Memoriaé firmly fuses Echo Us’ ambient music core with live classical musicians. “It was a very organic process” says Ethan. “The entire recording sounds like a live performance. It is quite possibly the most innovative work in the Echo Us catalog, and was put together in such a way as to make one feel a continuous stream of images and emotion, based off of only a few melodic fragments- In that way, it’s a classical composition, contrapuntal, with many melodic inversions and alterations creating its flow. The album barely features anything resembling a drum kit, and that was intentional”.

The new album features Raelyn Olson (Concert Harp), Chris Smith (Flute), Christina Fitzgerald (Oboe), and as mentioned, the vocals of GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Henta. Echo Us will announce release plans for the new album in due time, and continue their acoustic performances.


Addendum from 2013-2014 biography:
Echo Us started as an electronic pop group in Boston, Mass. all the way back in the year 2000, but really came to life as the solo concept project of Ethan Matthews after a stay in the Mass. General Blake 11 Psych Ward and move to Portland, Ore. in 2003. After much needed recuperation and a debut full-length release in 2005, Echo Us branched out incorporating a variety of different musicians from all over the spectrum of the Portland music scene. A ‘trilogy’ of concept albums was begun with 2009’s The Tide Decides, reaching it’s nadir with 2012's Tomorrow Will Tell The Story, which received an Independent Music Award (Vox Populi) for "Best Eclectic" recording. The album also featured GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Henta, and her interlocking vocal duets with Ethan.