While locked in their home last year, indie pop/electronica duo Echo & Bloom decided to create some music together. The result is EP From The Particles That Made Us. We caught up with them to find out more.
We’re all about not giving up.
First up, tell us a bit about yourselves - who are Echo & Bloom, and what were you doing before making music together?
Echo & Bloom is Tayla Thomas and Mat Dwyer, we’re a couple who spends our time writing music, eating food and playing video games. We’re best mates and we’re incredibly proud of what we have achieved so far. Before this, Tayla was a Disney Princess in Hong Kong and Mat played music in the Hardcore Scene - obviously opposites attract.
Who did you take inspiration from?
We’ve pulled inspiration from a lot of places. Mostly - each other, and lyrically it’s about experiences in relationships, both that we’ve had and around us. But musically it comes from artists such as Oh Wonder, Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, Of Monsters and Men and Beiber.
Why the name ‘Echo & Bloom’? What do you stand for?
Echo = Repeat. Bloom = Grow. It’s basically about working hard at something to better yourself and level up. (And Repeat & Grow doesn’t sound as cool). We both work within the creative industries and we understand how brutal rejection can be. We’re all about not giving up.
How would you describe your musical style?
It took us a little while to find what we wanted to do. When we began we just started making music and releasing it as it was finished. This ranged from acoustic, to heavier pop, to soft piano ballads. After a while we found we mostly synergised with dream-pop, this allowed us to craft some unique ideas in the music and tell a story using sound.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you love to work with?
We would absolutely love to work with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). His styles do incredibly unique and someone like him could help any artist find their unique voice.
We wrote it with the hope that it embraces the human condition in a world that whirls and pops with chance encounters and challenging experiences.
Tell us about your debut EP, From The Particles That Made Us. What’s it about?
From The Particles That Made Us is a narrative about the highs and lows of meeting someone, falling in love and eventually falling apart. We wrote it with the hope that it embraces the human condition in a world that whirls and pops with chance encounters and challenging experiences.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
We wrote most of the tracks throughout 2020. We produced and recorded in our spare bedroom at home, guerrilla style.
How does the EP represent you?
Whilst the songs themselves don’t necessarily reflect us, the EP itself is a representation of what was a difficult year not only for us, but for al to of other people.
Can you talk us through each track?
‘Dreamers’ and ‘D(us)t’ touch on honouring and motivating each others passions through thick and thin and accepting flaws. It then moves onto the the more sombre tracks ‘Circles’ and ‘Runaways’, which explore the differences we encounter within relationships and ways in which they may or may not be overcome.
‘Breathe’ is a track close to us, it was written during COVID and touches on anxiety and needing to feel the calm once again, the track is layered with ocean sounds and mixed so that it sounds underwater. ‘By the River Divided’ touches on feelings of entrapment, miscommunication and grief, and being able to finally find that place where you can talk and leave the mayhem behind.
What are your hopes for From The Particles That Made Us?
To be honest, we’re so happy with the intimate responses we’ve had from it already. When we released it our aim was to move and inspire just one person, that would be an achievement for us.
How’s the rest of 2021 shaping up for you?
With so many tracks on the go and more being written, produced and mastered as we speak, we’ll be looking to announce a follow up EP as well as hopefully being able to play those tracks live and do them justice. So watch this space.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Tayla: When we we’re recording vocals - it would be to sweat every single small thing. Don’t leave anything out and think it’ll be fine.
Mat: I would tell myself not to get imposter syndrome which is something I suffer from quite often - and to just keep focusing on creating a unique sound - or just make more music because you love it.