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Echo

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Thomas Leblanc
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Thomas Leblanc Such a unique album. Sometimes playful and sometimes eerie, sometimes meandering yes, but exploration implies getting lost once in a while. Favorite track: Locrya.
Dillon Ethier
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Dillon Ethier Post-genre? Maybe, it IS kinda weird. I hear a clear influence from the Swiss zen funk school, but there's a lot else going on as well. Nice interplay between the two singers, who are featured prominently but mostly employ a scat technique, eschewing lyrics. Props to Ed for the recommendation. Very unique, very good.

I feel I must add: the best tracks aren't streamable- support the artist to hear them :-) Favorite track: Locrya.
Ed Buckley
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Ed Buckley This is an interesting set of minimalist pieces done in a sometimes jazz/sometimes fusion fashion. Comprised of drums, bass, piano, and 2 vocalists (who provide killer scat work), Ikarus is an interesting group I hope to hear more from. While some tracks are a bit bland, I feel most of this is really quite intriguing.
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„Evocative! A promising debut.“ Allaboutjazz.com (USA)


ECHO is the first album by IKARUS, the band surrounding 25-year old composer and drummer Ramón Oliveras. Together with Stefanie Suhner (Vocals), Andreas Lareida (Vocals), Lucca Fries (Piano) and Mo Meyer (Bass) Oliveras realizes his elaborate compositions with skilful consistency. The band, which considers itself a musical organism, involves the wordless vocals as additional instruments and tone colours. Asked about his musical influences, Oliveras responds: "Bartók meets James Blake, Arvo Pärt meets Eivind Aarset. We call our sound Contemporary Evocative Music."

The result is music that is settled between silence and storm and gains its momentum and energy from nimble minimal-grooves, psychedelic soundscapes and jazz-related interlocking rhythms. Both rugged riffs and delicately interwoven melodies are part of ECHO's musical dramaturgies - the songs frequently oscillate between these opposing elements: as organic transformations or sudden rifts.

IKARUS aspire to create sensuous post-genre Music, which despite the above-mentioned influences remains first and foremost self-referential. It strives to excite the listeners’ sense of fantastical hearing and lure them into a state of mind where surreal dreams and ghosts are evoked.

Text: Kim Longin, Ronin Rhythm Records

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credits

released March 26, 2015

Stefanie Suhner – Voc
Andreas Lareida – Voc
Lucca Fries – Piano
Mo Meyer – Bass
Ramón Oliveras – Drums, Comp.

Music composed by Ramón Oliveras
Album produced by Nik Bärtsch & Ramón Oliveras
Recorded 2014 at Hardstudios by Andy Neresheimer, except „City Of Glass“ recorded 2013 at La Fonderie Studio.

Mixed & mastered by Lars Dölle

Coverdesign by Olivier Baumann, Photography by Isabella Krayer & Raphael Baumann

Songs published by Ronin Rhythm Productions & Neonstars Publishing

Supported by SRF 2 Kultur, Popkredit der Stadt Zürich, Momento Stiftung

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