"I certainly believe in going within to find a connection with the outer world. To find the 'child' within where everything is open to speculation and wonder...it's a sort of 'psychic' connection for me, and music is simply part of the process." -Ethan Matthews
Echo Us started as an electronic pop group in Boston, Mass. all the way back in the year 2000, but really came to life as the solo concept project of Ethan Matthews after a stay in the Mass. General Blake 11 Psych Ward and move to Portland, Ore. in 2003. After much needed recuperation and a debut full-length release in 2005, Echo Us branched out incorporating a variety of different musicians from all over the spectrum of the Pacific Northwest music scene. The Tide Decides resulted, and the flow of music increased considerably, forming a multi-album conceptual work that reached its apogee with 2012's Tomorrow Will Tell The Story. Tomorrow Will Tell The Story incorporates everything from ambient synth washes and strings, to extra-terrestrial chants & canticles, and all kinds of world music influences. The album received an Independent Music Award (Vox Populi) for "Best Eclectic" recording.
In 2009 Echo Us signed a one-album deal for the release of The Tide Decides through Musea Records. Ethan's history also includes composition, production and guitar work for the progressive metal group, Greyhaven. Greyhaven released their debut album in 1999 on Angular Records (Musea/SPV) which was considered a breakthrough album at the time developing a marriage between krautrock, new age, and progressive metal. They were the first band to ever display these influences in tandem and were noted as being one of the bands to watch in 1999-2001. Echo Us took the basis of Greyhaven's synthetic textures and broadened them to include many more styles of music, again resulting in critically acclaimed recordings and pioneering work in the realm of progressive and electronic music.
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