Malaysia born and now Melbourne based music artist Echolily has released her debut single Under The Clocks (Stay),an irresistible track that fuses downtempo electronica, ambient with experimental, alternative pop, creating a fresh, distinctive aesthetic. Echolily, aka Michelle Chong, is not only part of the new breed of Australian indie musicians finding and creating an indelible artistic niche but has been one of the essential frontline workers throughout the pandemic, serving as a doctor and consultant anaesthetist. Under The Clocks (Stay) heralds the arrival of a multifaceted creative anomaly, utilising an array of technological tools alongside the more arcane sounds of old recordings, with cassette tape and vinyl record effects forged into an arresting blend. Replete with subtle hooks, melancholic allure, and intoxicating textures, Echolily’s debut has understandably already generated 50k plus Spotify streams, confirming the broad appeal of this mesmerising track.
The track’s cinematic introduction paves the way for otherworldly musical motifs, with Echolily’s nuanced vocal performance guiding us into a blissful landscape of sonic delights, trip-hop inspired percussive pulses, ethereal colours anchoring an understated romantic vein. The opening verse vividly depicts a dreamy vista for the listener: I wish you love until the end / But now that you’re gone / Can you hear the music? / That played the night we danced until the dawn. Reminiscent of Björk, Portishead, and Grimes, Under The Clocks (Stay) is luxuriously entreating while maintaining a subversive edge, skilfully arrived at via Echolily’s adventurous sound choices and captivating melodic inventions. As Echolily says about the inspiration behind the track,‘I was busking near Flinders Station when I met this man. He was older and played the trumpet. He told me that he used to meet his lover at Flinders Street railway station under the giant clocks. He would say, ‘Just meet me under the clocks.’ Well, that and many other love stories combined, including my own, became the premise of Under The Clocks (Stay).’The track shimmers with a calm-inducing mood yet has a sense of yearning also, a wistful abandon infused to a timely, sophisticated narrative. Under The Clocks (Stay) is sure to gain media momentum over the coming months, ensuring Echolily’s status as a verified, ineluctable musical force.