Town Without Pitty

Appeared in "City Paper", written by Frank Blank
September 1992

First up at the slop through this time is the debut cassette/CD of Echolyn, a five piece band with distinct prog/rock leanings. Augmented by assorted strings and other weighty trappings, Echolyn's mix of keyboards, guitar and percussion is used to create songs that go on and on and on. After all, there are a lot of lyrics, and it takes a long time to get to them, what with the exteded intros and assorted other instrumental expositions. Here are elements of Kansas, Supertramp, Jethro Tull, Steve Hackett, (pre-pop) Genesis, and maybe even a touch of THe Who, circa Who Are You. Very serious business here, and I suppose it is rather challenging music to play and listen to. I'm really glad there are bands like ths playing complex music they believe in, especially during a time when so much stuff is machine-generated junk. I'm equally glad I don't have to listen to it all the time. You, on the other hand, may indulge to your heart's content. According to what it says her, the band will soon be getting CD Number Two out, so you'd best get to work on this one forthwith.

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