"I was ready to make something permanent," explains Echo Bloom's Kyle Evans. It was summer of 2010, and he'd holed up in a flat in Berlin to work on songs for a new album. "I knew the sonic world I wanted the album to live in, so I moved to a country whose language I didn't speak to remove any distractions."
Over his time in Europe he wrote the songs that would become the new album 'Blue'. One came in a dusty library in Barcelona, another after four days of writing in a shack in Dubrovnik. The arrangements were meticulously crafted in collaboration with the choral composer Joseph Gregorio - six part harmonies, string sections, banjo lines, and mellotrons - creating a lush orchestral texture reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel, Portishead, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, and Nick Drake.
Returning to Brooklyn he immediately started recording, assembing a band from the jazz and session greats around the city. Aviva Jaye and Kate Vargas contributed vocals, Dan Cray laid down keys, Shareef Taher was on percussion, and the cult director Cory McAbee guested on autoharp (among many others). Bouncing between studios in the Northeast, after seven painstaking months the project was complete.
"I set out to put something into the world that would last," says Evans, "and for the first time in my career, I think I have."
Album Art: John Whitlock