Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Troop of Echoes premiere new track from forthcoming album, talk with HuffPo, tour East Coast in May

"The saxophone-led, Pixies-channeling instrumental number Small Fires' is an ideal song to spin as the sunny rays of spring kick in." -- PopMatters

“It's jazz-leaning post-rock that's much more muscular than some of the subgenre's weepier participants.” — Exclaim

Providence, R.I. quartet A Troop of Echoes premiere a new track from their forthcoming album today via Heavy Blog is Heavy. The dramatic album centerpiece "Arecibo" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)

The Huffington Post features the band this week in an interview discussing why bands make great food bloggers, saxophone in rock and soldering wires in a moving vehicle. Read it HERE

A Troop of Echoes launch East Coast tour dates in support of the album in May, followed by more extensive shows later this summer. Please see current dates below. 

A Troop of Echoes has a stunning ability to encompass multiple moods within a single song - at times simultaneously sounding both soothing and unsettling; other times both wistful and hopeful. In that, their sound is truly cinematic. Not "cinematic" in the banal manner used to describe expansive music that's ultimately sonic wallpaper, but in that A Troop of Echoes uses unique characteristics of each instrument - guitar, saxophone, bass and drums - the same way that a masterful director uses angles, lighting, editing, etc., to convey complex details of story and emotion. 

The evocative melodic work of Troop saxophonist Peter Gilli often interweaves with the chiming and textural feel to guitarist Nick Cooper's parts as the two often create a swirling tug and sway driven by bassist Harrison Hartley's chordal riffs and drummer Dan Moriarty's symphonic approach to the rhythms. The quartet's emphasis is on the journey and the impact, their deft musicianship never upstages the song's emotional weight.

Writing for The Longest Year on Record, Troop began working with a wider palate of instrumentation, including strings, horns, vibraphone, vocals, and a drum team. The Longest Year on Record was tracked almost exclusively in the band's practice space by longtime friend Graham Mellor, mixed by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Pelican) at The Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn. Like Troop's beautifully honed songs, the album production is impeccable in its use of space and blending or contrasting elements. 

The Longest Year on Record will be available on LP, CD and download May 19th, 2015. 

05/13 Boston, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery
05/14 Providence, RI @ AS220
05/15 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero 
05/16 Washington, DC @ The Velvet Lounge 
05/17 Brooklyn, NY @ King's County Saloon

Artist: A Troop of Echoes
Album: The Longest Year on Record
Label: A Troop of Echoes
Release Date: May 19th, 2015

01. Manifest and Legion (STREAM)
02. Small Fires (STREAM)
03. Arecibo (STREAM)
04. Kerosene
05. Severna
06. Constellation
07. Broadway Ghost
08. The Longest Year on Record
09. Pure Alexia (Is It Silent In This Room?)

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