In Part One, the hook begins with track two, a uptempo rock beat, “Bounce”. Rock riffs continue on a visit to “The Other Side”. With lyrics “Like a tiger in the sun, You can make a lunch of anyone.” it’s clear that something is coming for which you should prepare. The last track in part one is “Psych Ward” and conjures up visions of Dali’s Un chien andalou (directed by Luis Bunuel). A ragtime piano eventually dissolves into seemingly random chords. I can just imagine a razor blade slicing through an eyeball!
Part Two includes six tracks that feature electronic sounds, vocal harmonies and are generally synthesized experimental pieces. This is not groundbreaking as this reviewer has heard similar work on the soundtracks to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Twin Peaks — “Lux Aeterna”, “Atmospheres” and “Night Life in Twin Peaks”, respectively. Kubrick used choirs and Lynch recorded “industrial” sounds.
Part Three is where Nasson and sons hit their stride and bring it all home. Three of the last five tracks re-assemble all the individual elements examined in previous tracks for a fitting and satisfying conclusion. Track 15, “Drag” is a feel good doo-wop piece and “Echo Garden” concludes the CD with it’s most mellow incarnation (of three on the album) and becomes an uplifting inspiration.
Echo Garden is being released by Philistine Records on October 5, 2010. Let the sound take you away.