Last week, I received a track in my SoundCloud entitled “Sedated,” a crawling, mysterious mixture of moans, claps, finger snaps and a barely-there electro tingle reminisicent of something from Bat For Lashes‘ Two Suns and a hint of BjÃ¶rk‘s Medulla. Very sexual, yet minimal and organic.
In short, I was intrigued.
Listening to Ekko’s MySpace tracks only kept the curiosity rolling, offering unlikely helpings of ambient rhythms and multicultural influences all backed by a pop-noir vocal spook offered by Mr. Ekko himself. Songs like the gorgeous “I Love You I Always Have” (which sounds a bit like a solo take on a classic Beach Boys number) and the cross-breed between country twang and otherworldly echoes of “It’s Only You” offer additional post-pop diversity, all lending themselves to perhaps the most interesting and eclectic finds of 2009.