Vancouver-based folk-pop duo The Echos are aptly named. The harmonies that float out of the mouths of band members Nicole Broughton and Jess Cichos are striking and evocative, hitting you unexpectedly and — like their moniker suggests — come back to haunt you in waves.
The girls met in the Douglas College music program and bonded quickly over their shared passion for music and songwriting. Though they’ve only been together over a year, the potential in their pensive, idiosyncratic voices and impressive musical ability speaks much louder than their timeline does.
So far, The Echos’ musical catalog consists of self-written songs and covers, both backed by contemplative acoustic guitar, ornate piano and plucky ukulele. The stripped down sound places their raw talent at the forefront, with musical influences like Florence and the Machine, Metric and Nat King Cole peeking through the honest melancholy that dominates their work. Emotive originals such as “Blue” and “The Sun Never Sets On Us” reflect upon struggles of young love and life, while chilling renditions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Amnesia” are fitting pairings with Broughton and Cichos’ sonic aesthetic.
The Echos are closing 2015 with a packed schedule that includes a live performance at Trees Organic Coffee House on September 4, as well as putting the finishing touches on their anticipated forthcoming debut EP, “Blue.”