“Inspired by a trip to Yakushima, Japan, ‘Panoptican Blue’ is built around field recordings made deep within the bewitchingly beautiful, ancient forests of the island. Created as a reminder of this extraordinary place – multiple synth patches were bounced to tape, layered, pitch bent and processed to build a shifting backdrop across which we added our own vocals and further effects”
Echaskech are a London based electronic act who draw on numerous influences ranging across techno, ambient, acid, IDM, classical and drum and bass, combining them into a unique and compelling amalgamation of sound.
Panoptican Blue surrounds you in a halo of celestial wonder where the light glimpses and glints, the planets glide and glisten, and the music moves and marvels. Otherworldly yet organic in theme, the track conjures up images of this distant Japanese place, with themes of exploration and habitation of a distant world permeating through.
With three albums released on Just Music alongside diverse acts such as Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams, Marconi Union and Will Dutta, Echaskech have seen fantastic radio support from BBC 6 Music and great critical acclaim across a range of press including Mojo, Drowned in Sound, The Crack, The Skinny and The Irish Times.
“Brian Eno sums up the genre perfectly with the statement: “Ambient music allows many different types of attention.” We love that you can choose where to place yourself within ambient music. Ambient is generous in that it doesn’t steal or smother attention unless you allow it to – indeed, it grants the listener an ability to choose how they use the music. This malleability is unique to ambient – enabling options of which journey to go on when listening, either directed by the sounds themselves or with the music in combination with another activity such as mindfulness or reading a book. Producing ambient music holds equally as exciting possibilities – a chance to conjure sounds and atmospheres from memories, emotions or field recordings and where traditional ‘rules’ and structures around making music can be discarded.”
In the live environment they team up with visual artist Mach V to deliver shows of excitement and distinction.