o p e n i n g s e s s i o n by e c h o f l a n g – a take on cars & capitalism (video)
Today we are reviewing the album ｏｐｅｎｉｎｇ ｓｅｓｓｉｏｎ by ｅｃｈｏｆｌａｎｇｅon Tomorrow Entertainment Records. I mentioned in the last album review (Joys Of Autumn By Subliminal Network) who ever read the last sentence (at the time) on the page got the album for free. Well to the person who won, I accidentally bought the entire discography of Tomorrow Entertainment Records for them… which lead me to accidentally find this album. I’ve never heard of e c h o f l a n g before but what grabbed was that album art.
I am kind of on a kick with vintage cars at the moment. I find a lot of inspirations from the designs, the old commercials, the older racing series and of course JDM. I’m a huge Subaru fan and I almost have a 6th sense when it comes to spotting them. I can immediately tell you the year, make and model in seconds… yeah I’m cool. So what car is it in this album art? I wish I knew, I really like the tire covering from the body on the rear tires. Very unique, and you think it would be easy to find with google images. not so lucky this time, if you know, let me know on twitter.
To start off there’s something very clear and almost commercial music in a way about this album. The music does mix traditional vaporwave slow downs on vocals but keeps this really upbeat 80s feel but in an album empty emotionless state. The images of a new car lot, the building that houses the fancy cars with marble flooring and desks far enough apart to make the signing of a new lease feel like an exclusive vip service.
One gripe I do have with the album starting from the first track to my favorite track (𝚑𝚘𝚖𝚎), the build up to the vaporwave like vocals are on point. but unfortunately the second we get that sweet taste of slow lyrical goodness, the songs end. Like we get the first phrase and e c h o f l a n g fades us out.
Which got me thinking, vaporwave has been coined at one point the critique of capitalism. e c h o f l a n g’s o p e n i n g s e s s i o n is the experience and mocking of buying a brand new car. You take it off the lot, you’re feeling like a million bucks owning a dream car and then a week or two goes by and you find a problem with it. Just like the short lived vocals in most songs, the excitement of owning that car starts to fade and those advertisement models tricked you into owning a depreciating materialistic item you never really needed.
As much as I’d love to hear the a fuller song with fuller lyrics, we do get some like in the track, s𝚞𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚖𝚊𝚗. The lyrics “superman. oh what a time. fly with me through the night.” repeats over and over and over… in an almost madding consistency that maybe after reflection, owning the perfect car or experience over and over and over would ruin the human experience. Depreciation makes us work hard for better things, a new car every 3 years. a new job every 5 or 10. With out the hardships to make us better what would be the point?
Maybe the critique isn’t nearly as bad as it seems.
Bonus track: 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 has an amazing synth sound in it. like it could have been from a Zelda game.