Today, Melody’s Echo Chamber release “Alma”, the latest single from their stunning upcoming third studio album, Emotional Eternal – out April 29th via Domino.
A year after giving birth to her daughter, Melody was separated from her for a night and felt the need to fill the void with something else: music. The result was “Alma”: a beautiful hymn to motherhood concluding with resounding violins and bow that together evoke the spirit of the eternal and the circularity of life.
“To me, this song is a butterfly,” Melody commented. “It feels more like a little poem to life than a song; it was the first song to arise from the echoes of silence since Bon Voyage. I think I recorded the emotion of this kind of spiritual experience of separation essential but heartbreaking from the pure bubble of love to the world of others.”
She continued, “We recorded ‘Alma’ again in Swahn’s studio in Stockholm; I remember we paid special attention to the groove, to give it a swing and an emphasis on lightness, with a little pop of danger in the veil of mist. somewhere. Johan Holmegaard played drums, Gustav Estjes played piano and the little velvet flute, Josephin Runsteen created strings and transcendent noises led by Reine and Swahn.
The accompanying video was directed by Hyoyon Paik (Chlöe) who Melody also collaborated with on the video for title track “Looking Backward.” The video for “Alma” depicts the astral journey of a soul traveling freely until it finally returns to its origin, beautifully expressing the inevitable circularity of life.
Emotional Eternal is a glorious consolidation of lessons learned along the way, seen through the eyes of someone who has stood back and can clearly see the outcome. A deeply human collection of songs full of prolonged moments of sonic transcendence, it’s a record rooted in adulthood, yet still views the world with childlike wonder. It includes “Personal Message,” featuring a giddy assured vocal performance by Melody, dizzying and breathless; the sonically uplifting yet lyrically introspective “Looking Backward” and the ornate and catchy “Where The Water Clears the Illusion”.
Listening to the album feels like stumbling upon an abundant treasure chest; strap in and prepare to be transported to another heavenly, mediative, rhythm-filled otherworld.
Watch the new music video here: