The album cover for Echo of Sounds may take a moment to decipher, but the songs that Happy Freuds create are as clear as anything. With precision-driven guitar lines and percussion that launches each track into the high-energy stratosphere, Happy Freuds are here to present a garage rock that hinges on technical expertise.
Hailing from Javea, Spain, this four-piece band have been working to get their sound out while exploring genre and influence shifts.
While “Push” could have slipped through from the analogue rock era of the 70s, there is also plenty of 90s alternative rock nostalgia in tracks like “Allmans Big Feet” and the Pearl Jam-esque rev of “Song X”. This is a band finding their bearings and discovering they could fit anywhere. Each song on its own proves a treat.
“The Mountain” has a playful, aptly-produced, blend of guitar effects and vocals distance. It is as if everything is meticulously messy, fuzzed out to tenth-decimal-place precision. “Rocking and Stumbling” lets the energy take over, stirring the imagination up about how this would sound live.
Mixed and made with the utmost care, the genre shifts on Echo of Sounds swing wild, pulling folk to hard rock to alternative rock in grand twists. Though they prove catchiest when they practice restraint — as on “Background Noise” — they find the best energy on tracks like “Chauncey”, which blends speech and even Robert Smith pitched vocals with wild guitar solos.
Echo Of Sounds is a worthy collection of songs that proves Happy Freuds as a force to be reckoned with, but at times the album craves a genre through-line. Now, we wait with baited breath for Happy Freuds to release new sounds to echo onwards.