Music as a Philosophical Question
Simple sounds, complex words: An Echoic returns with his single “Vague Idea” after a 3-year hiatus. A contrast of unsettled thoughts and chill alt-folk sounds, produced by Andrew Feels (ELIO, Emma Beckett). The Malmö-based singer/songwriter tries to grasp the indescribable sense of constantly leaning into the next moment.
For An Echoic, this “Vague Idea” is associated with restlessness. “We’re never feeling at rest, because because of this ever-present “vague idea” of something coming up in the future that is slightly more important than what we’re currently doing.”, he explains. The song also toys with the difficulty of expressing subjective ideas and emotions accurately to others.
The overarching topics of most of An Echoic’s music are personal identity and introspection. While “Vague Idea” might be the simplest of his works in musical terms, his two EPs “An Echoic EP” (2016) and “Headless Heathen” (2018) go beyond typical alt-folk expectations. Unconventional harmony and sound design are two of his recurrent themes.
“Vague Idea” will be released via Rexius Records on October 22, part of a series of singles with similar aesthetics.
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