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04-05-2014 // Must-Have of the Month: Echo Bloom - Blue

The Must-Have of the Month for May is an album that is almost a year old. On May 14th 2013 Echo Bloom released Blue. An intense album with a massive sound and a wide variety in styles. For the past few months I've been addicted to it, ever since I heard & shared single "The Returning of the Doves" in December, the album has been on heavy rotation. For several months this has been high on the Must-Have-list and now that the album is almost a year old, what better way to celebrate the birth of such a magnificent record.

Unlike my usual posting about records in which I write a little something useless and add a few songs from the record explaining why I love the record and the selected songs so much, I'll try something different for the second wave of Must-Have of the Month Records. I would like to suggest you listen to the entire record from start to finish. Don't read a good book or something while you're doing that, maybe a silly magazine about Summer clothing works for you, maybe you'll be able to just stare out of the window for an hour. It's worth it, it is the best suitable way to get to know this album a little. This album consists of 9 great songs, there's no flaw moment on it. Each song has something special hidden within and the best way to find that out is to listen to the entire record at once. Among its peers, these songs sound even better than on their own.

Don't be scared or fooled by opening track "Annunciation", it's a song that's somewhat off, but it is a perfect opening track and the record constantly evolves into something else as it continues. And besides, the harmonies in this first track are beyond beautiful. Follow-up "Cedar Beach" is already a more traditional folksong and after that, just go with the flow. I won't spoil the entire record for you by explaining the whole thing, I encourage you to be amazed by the sheer beauty and intensity of the record. If you are for some reason not open to the full experience and want a quick "hey-hello, how are you?" with this record, listen to "The Prostitute" and "The Flood". Both beautiful songs with strong lyrics and easily among the 25 finest songs I've heard in the last 12 months.

Just like the previous 12 Must-Have of the Month Records, this is my personal recommendation if you should just buy one record this month. And to make it even easier, you can download a copy for free via EchoBloom.com. There's no reason not to..

Great. Fucking. Record.

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