A busy stage actor and singer already well known in his native Norway for three albums released on Oslo's Fysisk Format, Echo marks a pivotal turning point for avant garde pop vocalist Nils Bech, and something of a radical sonic departure too. The keys to the seachange lie with Bech's new collaborator, the young
underground DJ, producer and beat maker Drippin, known for his work with American rap artists such as LE1F and Cakes Da Killa.
As a result, where his previous work was strange, ethereal and otherworldly – completely and utterly unique - Echo throbs with a renewed sense of vigor and urgency, without losing any of the idiosyncratic beauty which marked Bech's work out before. The sound created here is strange and immediate. Stuttering sharp bass kicks combine with clanging 5-alarm snare drums made of glass, orchestra stabs and melancholy piano lines jump in and out of the arrangements.
These new elements and ideas are married to the already singular voice of Bech, with Echo becoming something new, exciting and 100% Norwegian - homegrown and ready for the world. Just listen to new track "Waiting" for evidence of his truly inimitable vision, as martial drums anchor Bech's floating, weightless vocals, to create something swoonsome, beguiling and defiantly its own creature.