SINGLE REVIEW: Higher by Echolily

Melbourne based music artist Echolily, aka Michelle Chong, released her debut track Under The Clocks (Stay),earlier this year to great acclaim and generated almost 100k Spotify streams. A remarkable feat for an emerging singer-songwriter, musician, and producer, but perhaps more so because of her approach to music-making. The Malaysian born artist has followed up that debut with another fearless indie-pop track, Higher. As Echolily has said about her creative process, ‘I have always aimed to make sounds that would break the walls of my comfort zones. Often, they would cross genres, synth-pop, trip-hop, electro-pop and a little lofi.’ That genre-crossing has resulted in a wonderfully diverse sonic landscape on Higher. Echolily has channelled the 90s in a head rush of trippy nostalgia with her latest. With ads including SBS Chill DAB, Flow FM Network, and Triple R, Higher is the antidote to the times, featuring retro beats, iconic bass lines and luminescent synths, all blended into an intoxicating mix that culminates with a mega choir. Teaming up with acclaimed Australian producer Ivan Khatchoyan (Choi Productions, Cookin on 3 Burners), Echolily once again explores dreamlike, surreal musical terrain in her typically idiosyncratic, irresistible way. With the track’s centrepiece, the trip-hop pop hook of the chorus, Echolily reveals a method of sustaining a soulful, expressive vocal performance while maintaining understated accessibility; hip-hop beats segue into slices of ambience with ease and with extrasensory power. As Echolily has said about the inspiration for Higher, When I wrote Higher, I thought about everything that needs to make a comeback. Radio, cassettes, vinyl records, handwritten love letters, etc. The lyrics essentially is about love at first sight. Which, by the way, is something that needs to make a comeback.’ In less than three months, Echolily’s brand of lo-fi, electro indie-pop has attracted over 25K Spotify followers. With the release of Higher Echolily is primed for the next stage of her blossoming musical adventure.

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