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Brandon Boyd – ‘Echoes & Cocoons’

Publisher
Wit/The Orchard
FFO
Incubus, Third Eye Blind, 3rd Secret, Dashboard Confessional
Release Date
11/03/2022
Publisher
Wit/The Orchard
Genre
Alternative/Indie Rock

Brandon Boyd is a guy who wears many hats, switching between as the lead vocalist of Incubus and Sons of the Seas as well as being an author and visual artist. ‘Echoes & Cocoons’ is Boyd’s third solo album to date as he continues to blend alternative rock with indie and progressive rock sounds. To accomplish this, Boyd uses a vast collection of instruments from guitars and rums through Hammond organs and synths provide to even Boyd whistling to provide distraction and diversity. ‘Echoes & Cocoons’ is evocative, outlandish, and chock full of obscure melodies where the colour and texture can be heard from the fluent and emotive lyrics. 

From its very start with ‘Dime in My Dryer’, it mechanically chugs along like its title suggests as its eccentric natures sets the listener up up for the remaining forty minutes of ‘Echoes & Cocoons’ as it takes the listener on a journey that is both hazy and nebulous. ‘Ad Infinitum’ without limit is a haunting anthem that the Phantom of the Opera would be proud of whilst ‘Petrichor’, the pleasant smell of the first rain after a long period of warm weather is an absolute summer anthem with its warm vibes dripping all over it. However, quite a few listens are required to really get acquainted with this subtle, exquisite, and alluring set of tracks.

Brandon Boyd shows that ‘Echoes & Cocoons’ is an album of personal growth and is delivered with a solid artistic foundation. It is uniquely Brandon Boyd which sticks true to himself without ever conforming to the norm and it is this which should be applauded.

"Brandon Boyd which sticks true to himself without ever conforming to the norm"
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