ALBUM REVIEW: Ecca Vandal – Ecca Vandal
Bold, experimental, captivating, Impressive and electrifying. They are all words you could use to describe Ecca Vandal’s self titled debut album. The Melbourne based genre defying artist has delivered 12 strong tracks that showcase the many different sides to her personality as well as a raw vulnerability that we haven’t really seen previously. Musically it continues the rock, hip-hop and electronic fusion that she had already previewed on her EP and previous singles but adds in further reggae and pop elements. The first half of the album is a lot heavier in production and hears her rock roots really shining through the DIY production. Album opener “Your Way” has heavy guitars but a polished hook that perfectly represents the two distinct production styles on this record. “Broke Days, Party Nights”, “Price Of Living”, “Closing Ceremony” and “Future Heroine” are those big thrashing rock moments that will ignite her live show and see a circle pitt opening up in the crowd. “Cassettes, Lies And Videotapes” hears her perfecting a heavier hip-hop influence in the verses with an electronic hook that makes tracks like “End Of Time” and the vulnerable “Cold Of The World” and Your Orbit” fit so perfectly. “Dead Wait” instantly became one of my favourites as it perfectly combined the two sounds and then gave the catchiest breakdown on the record that will have you wanting to drop it low. Tieing the whole record together is the mature and slightly more classically rock album closer “Bad Habit” which looks at being disadvantaged by someone else bad mistakes. Throughout the record Ecca showcases a range of different emotions from undeniable angst to political views to honest heartbreak and she will have you captivated the whole time. While her formula is constantly changing her roots are set in place and her strong vocals take lead. This is an impressive and versatile debut album which will have you falling in love with Ecca Vandal instantly.
You can catch Ecca Vandal this November on her national album tour which sees her playing her biggest headlining shows to date!
ECCA VANDAL TOUR DATES
Friday November 3rd – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle
Saturday November 4th – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Thursday November 9th – Cambridge Small Room, Newcastle
Friday November 10th – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Saturday November 11th – Rad Bar, Wollongong
Thursday November 16th – Shark Bar, Gold Coast
Friday November 17th – Sol Bar, Coolum
Saturday November 18th – Brightside, Brisbane
Friday November 24th – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Saturday November 25th – Corner Hotel, Melbourne