Echosmith’s New Music Is Honest And Introspective – Technique

All musicians naturally go through different eras in their work, impacted by world and personal experiences and events, and Echosmith is no different. Echosmith found success relatively early in the life of the band members, who were all young teenagers when their song “Cool Kids” was released and became popular in 2013. The band grew alongside its members, and their new musical era is very representative of that.

Echosmith’s latest releases, “Gelato” and “Hang Around”, represent the new era of their music, which Noah Sierota, the band’s bassist, has described as a sort of springtime for the band, a “time when seeds are planted and things are grown to be beautiful and ready to endure the pains and strangeness of summer.

The new music released by Echosmith has a very nostalgic feel to listen to but is still very refreshing at the same time.

Bassist Sierota noted that this sound was intentional, saying “nostalgia is something that’s always close to my heart in music, I really like music history and music from the past. I think that it’s important to always…learn how you can re-translate this for a new era and a new age” and that “we want to take inspiration from everything we take to heart.

The inspiration to enter a new era of their music came at a very difficult time for everyone, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a very transformative time for the band, who suddenly found themselves with more free time than ever before, and they used that time to reflect on their purpose as a band and create new music.

“For us, along with everyone else on the planet, we lived through the COVID era (in some ways we still are) and we were stuck at home…we wondered what we were doing with our lives…The will music ever come back? Will we continue to work in this industry? Should we even keep doing it and why do we even do it? Sierota said, reflecting on this time in the group’s history. “We were questioning everything, and suddenly we have a lot more joy and a lot more excitement and passion for what we do and why we do it.”

Echosmith’s emerged from the pandemic shutdowns of the past two years with a mission.

“Out of that came a new fire, especially just us band members having conversations with each other, like ‘if we’re doing this for real, let’s refocus on the ‘why’, and the ‘ why” for us is really that we love music. I love the way music connects with people. I love how music is a way to go through my own personal experiences,” Sierota said.

He went on to say that “music is my way of journaling.”

The silver lining for Echosmith was that they could spend most of their time creating new music, and “because of this, our the music is more ‘Echosmith’ than never before,” Sierota said.

He went on to say that “the product of this was really personal, and because of this, I feel like it’s really special.

Much of that soul-searching was sparked by unassuming inspiration, TikTok, where one of their original hits “Cool Kids” was enjoying a resurgence.

“We just started talking about it a lot more and all of a sudden we’re in the studio talking about it…like people are taking ownership of it…especially through TikTok…and we were like, ‘What if we have more to say? “, Sierota said.

The new “Cool Kids (Our Version)” reflects the personal growth the group has experienced from their beginnings as young teenagers, to now being young adults navigating the world. While the original version of “Cool Kids” takes listeners back to high school and experiences the struggle between fitting in and standing out, the new version feels like the listener is reflecting on their past experiences with that struggle. .

“The bridge we added in the middle of the song captures the essence of that feeling, running through that we wrote this song a long time ago, [when] we were children. What does this mean for us now? How do we still feel that? Because we always do it in a certain way, but hopefully we’ve grown up and it’s a little bit different from when we were fifteen,” Sierota said.

In many ways, “Cool Kids (Our Version)” represents a lot of the changes Echosmith has brought to their new era, including a refocus on the values ​​they hold as a group.

“It all came out of that conversation we had as a family. We’re all family, and every song starts out as a family dialogue… it’s a really fun experience to talk about these things among ourselves and feel like it’s been a long time since we talked about them. It’s been a long time since we wrote this. For us, it really came out of that. It’s Echosmith’s roof, it’s family,” Sierota said, reflecting on the changes to their original hit.

He went on to say that “the bridge really kind of captures that ‘Cool Kids’ the original version is awesome and still means a lot to us… but our version is our way of saying ‘This is us now. This is how we feel now. This this is where we are now’, i.e. a cool thing.

Big changes in the band members’ lives played an equally important role in shaping the new era for Echosmith during the COVID-19 pandemic. As they matured, their music and audience grew as well.

“Now we’re in our twenties and we’re making adult decisions and all that…and we’re starting to write about it and most people who listen to our music are going through that part of life as well (or at least can be s ‘in remembrance or are pending),” Sierota said. “How I feel is pretty special.

At the center of the music they make, Echosmith is on a mission to create a place where their listeners feel like they can belong.

The group “wants[s] write music that means something to people and that’s a way of making the listener feel “Hey, I’m not alone, that other person is feeling this” and maybe our fan base can be a community of people who are all honest with themselves and each other and able to reflect on these truly human experiences together,” Sierota said.

Echosmith can’t wait to get back on the road with their current tour.

“I love meeting people and communing with music and life,” Sierota said. “We are beyond grateful to release music.”

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