Featuring the fantastic Theo Travis on flutes and sax, the debut album by Echo Engine is out now on the Blue Serene Focus label.
Echo Engine are an ambient/groove/electronica improv trio formed by keyboardist Daniel Biro, groove-generator/sonic artist Adrian Newton and guitarist Rob Palmer. Biro and Palmer have been working together for many years, playing live regularly and releasing ‘The Long Journey Home‘ (Sargasso SCD28050) in 2004. Newton recently joined them and, inspired by his fresh approach to live electronics and groove creation, the trio decided to formalise their collaboration under the Echo Engine banner.
As well as being a stand-alone outfit, the idea behind Echo Engine is to allow for special guests to expand the trio’s sonic palette. First on the list was sax/flute player Theo Travis, best known for his collaborations with Robert Fripp, David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Gong and Soft Machine Legacy. His use of live electronic processors and loopers to create swirling textures was well suited to the band’s soundscapey ethos.
Two performances with Travis at the SoundCellar in Poole were recorded and provided the raw materials for the debut album ‘Windjammer’. Although some of Echo Engine’s music can veer into experimental/psychedelic territories, this album, led by Travis’ layered lyricism, pushed the band into gentler, more melodic realms. The tracks on ‘Windjammer’ are named after famous winds from different parts of the globe, with Travis’ flute solo piece ‘Aeolus’ paying tribute to the Greek god of winds.
More info: www.echoengine.co.uk