The Designer’s Drugs: Echo Revolution – Counterfeit Sunshine

Medium: Album

Stimulus: Echo Revolution – Counterfeit Sunshine

Anno: 2010

This throaty, powerful, and well-orchestrated pop album is the product of a band that thinks big and follows through on its thoughts.  “High Road” is the most obvious champion of the tracks, with saloon piano triumphantly leading the charge through rushing bluesy hooks. “Open Your Eyes” is cut from the same cloth, with its skittering hi-hats exploding into a full rock chorus.  Yet the show-stealer on Counterfeit Sunshine is a neat bit of bass and piano funk with the veneer of an only child.  “Mt. Washington” is the prime exhibit of the band’s softer minutes, with an acoustic guitar and faint backing vocals weaving space spanning horizons.

Even in its most guarded moments, there’s an optimism to Counterfeit Sunshine that seems neither forced nor false, and thus it’s contagious.

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