Monday, June 14th, 2010 | Sounds | 2 Comments
In my interview with Stephen Hitchell last year, he mentioned that he, along with Rod Modell, was finishing up the next Echospace album. The new album, ‘Liumin’, due out later this month is certainly worth the wait. In the three years since Echospace’s excellent debut ‘The Coldest Season’, both Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell have been busy releasing solo works, building their label and heavily touring, something that evidently has played a big part in the creative process of the new album. Although ‘Liumin’ has all of the signature spacious dubbed-out sounds associated with Echospace, it is a much different affair than ‘The Coldest Season’. Whereas ‘The Coldest Season’ was the product of the bleak midwest winter, ‘Liumin’ is the product of Echospace’s travels around the world - field recordings from Japan run throughout the album. Aside from the first and last ambient tracks, it’s a much more of an upbeat affair with a distinct live feel to it, in fact many of the tracks have been taken from their live shows. Like everything that comes from the Echospace camp, ‘Liumin’ will not disappoint.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 | Sounds, Vision | 4 Comments
Brock Van Wey recently came by the KUSF studio for an interview on the radio show I co-host, The Friday Night Session. Brock gave great insight into his influences, his label Quietus Recordings and current album on Echospace, ‘White Clouds Drift On And On‘, as well as his forthcoming releases. Big thanks to Brock for taking the time to come into the studio and to my co-host Mike Bee.
San Francisco’s Brock Van Wey crafts a poignant, deeply textured maelstrom of ambient sounds, giving the listener a lofty lift upward toward the heavens in his gorgeous work “White Clouds Drift On And On.”
Van Wey, who also records under the name Bvdub, is the first non-Echospace related artist to release new material on the Detroit imprint – a vehicle for various projects from Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell. Yet, it should be no surprise as to why Van Wey was added to the label roster, as layer upon layer of rich, fluid waves ooze over you as the record slowly progresses, a rich mixture of looped strings, echoey vocals and electronic textures ebb and flow as if breathing extra slowly.
Friday, June 26th, 2009 | Sounds | 6 Comments
Chicago based Stephen Hitchell dons many guises, producing as Soultek, Phase90 and Variant, as well as collaborating with Rod Modell as echospace and cv313. Hitchell (along with Modell) also runs the echospace [detroit] label, which earlier this year released his first solo album ‘The Seduction Of Silence’ under the Intrusion moniker. In this interview, Stephen tells us about the finer details of running a label, as well as what’s coming up for him and echospace [detroit].