Credit: Diane Sagnier
Today Melody’s Echo Chamber releases “Alma”, the last single to be taken from her magnificent forthcoming third studio album, Emotional Eternal – out 29th April via Domino.
A year after giving birth to her daughter, Melody was separated from her for a night and felt the urge to fill the void with something else: music. The result was “Alma”: a beautiful paean to motherhood concluding with resounding violins and ebow that together evoke the spirit of the eternal and the circularity of life.
“To me this song is a butterfly,” Melody commented. “It feels more like a little poem to life than a song; it was the first song to arise from the echoes of silence since Bon Voyage. I think I recorded the emotion of that kind of spiritual experience of the essential yet heart-breaking separation from the pure love bubble to the world of others.”
She continued: “We recorded “Alma” in Swahn’s studio in Stockholm again; I remember we gave special attention to the groove, to give it a swing and emphasis on the light side, with a minor sound of danger in the veil of the mist somewhere. Johan Holmegaard played drums, Gustav Estjes played the piano and little velvet flute; Josephin Runsteen created transcending strings and noises directed by Reine and Swahn.”
The accompanying video was directed by Hyoyon Paik (Chlöe) whom Melody also collaborated with on the video for lead track “Looking Backward”. The video for “Alma” depicts the astral travel of a soul travelling freely until it eventually arrives back at its origin, beautifully expressing the inevitable circularity of life.
Emotional Eternal is a glorious consolidation of the lessons learned along the way, seen through the eyes of someone who has taken a step back, and who can see clearly as a result. A deeply human collection of songs full of prolonged moments of sonic transcendency, it’s a record rooted in adulthood, but one that still regards the world with a childlike wonder. It includes “Personal Message”, featuring a giddily assured vocal performance from Melody, vertiginous and breathy; the sonically uplifting yet lyrically introspective “Looking Backward” and the ornate and catchy, “Where The Water Clears the Illusion.”
Listening to the album feels like coming across an abundant treasure chest; strap in and get ready to be transported to another heavenly, mediative and groove-filled world.