Obscured by Echoes
Avidonia Pt. 1: The Escape
Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., Feb. 13, 2015
Obscured by EchoesAvidonia Pt. 1: The Escape
Psychedelic rock thrives on long, strange trips. Obscured by Echoes elucidates on Avidonia Pt. 1: The Escape. Exploiting the more sinister sounds of its "Nuclear Winter" single rather than the Paisley Underground noises of 2013 debut Black Matter Manifesto, the Austin quintet crawls through outer space in a state of dark whimsy. "The Jericho Blueprint" and "Interstellar Refugee" engage supernatural science fiction, layering Kyle Abrams' gliding guitar, Aly Beaujon's cosmic keyboards, and Johnny Flores' colorful croon into prickly acid prog emulating the Pink Floyd work that inspired the band's moniker. "Professor Glass" and "Delorum Pandorum" add the perfect dollop of creeping madness to the space-time continuum – "You're coo-coo in your head," Flores titters on the latter. Only the sparse, intimate "Dear Simone" breaks the spell, and even it sounds beamed in from another dimension. Like the best psych, Avidonia Pt. 1: The Escape transports you to another plane, with Obscured by Echoes as your co-pilot.