Thirteen of Everything — Welcome, Humans
(Musea FGBG 4601.AR, 2005, CD)
by Sean McFee, Published 2006-05-01
I got the Thirteen of Everything demo back in 2002, so this one has been a long time in coming. A quartet out of Texas with guitars, keyboards, basses, and drums, Thirteen of Everything have sonic signposts as various as the Flower Kings, XTC, and Echolyn, but also more than a dollop of brooding guitar-led atmospheres the way Floyd used to get it done. The song formats are anything but obvious, with ten or eleven minute compositions proceeding in fairly linear fashion with weird vocals, jarring note flourishes, sound effects, and anything else they can think of to keep the listener on their toes. It’s much more interesting than most of the prog-by-numbers we are asked to digest these days. The hilariously titled epic “Late for Dinner” stretches seven parts over 26 minutes with a lyrical content seeming more than a little self-aware, although I really enjoyed the lyrics for “Real Estate.” On the whole though I’d take the first six tracks, which themselves total almost 50 minutes of music, as stronger on the average. “Late for Dinner” is just too much of a pastiche, even if it’s well done. On the whole, Welcome, Humans is a very nice, if rather belated, debut release, and deserves to be noticed in the symphonic prog community.
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
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“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
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