I’ve been a music fan my whole life. Some of my earliest memories revolve around music and those experiences have shaped my life. Beyond that, I’ve been writing about music for close to ten years now. Being exposed to so much music is both a blessing and a curse. I like to think that I’m fairly well versed in most forms of music of all types of genres. I’m able to see the art in most things, whether I like it or not. Unfortunately it takes a lot to impress me, and it takes something really special to make me step back and say, “whoa”. That brings me to my review of the new EP by SPC ECO, Under My Skin released Feb 10, 2017 on ELaB Records.
I started my review like I start all of my reviews. I grabbed my noise cancelling headphones, turned the lights out at my desk, and I closed my eyes…letting the music transport me wherever it intends to take me. The EP starts with the title track, Under My Skin, and my reaction was almost immediate. From the moment the synthesized strings start in the background I knew I was listening to something special..then the vocals started. All the hair on my arms stood on end and my breath caught in my throat.
I can say with all sincerity, Under My Skin is one of the most haunting and beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. It’s like a door into this little world, self contained within this EP. It flows gently into the next track, Meteor, a song that maintains the ethereal space we’ve found ourselves in. Creep in the Shadows sits directly in the middle and acts as a shifting point for the EP. Mystery and the hint of darkness start to encroach around the borders of the track. By the time we listen to Let It Be Always, SPC ECO treat us to a shadowy work of filtered drums, creepy echos, and a siren call into murky waters. Then, like a ray of light in the dark of night, Found pulls us back home. With that the Under My Skin EP comes to a close and your immediate reaction is to hit play and experience it all again.
I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss the craftsmanship behind the music. SPC ECO is a duo made up of Dean Garcia and his daughter, Rose Berlin. Dean is a former member of the influential electronic alternative act Curve, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and session artist. Rose graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a first class honors degree. She is a Sound and Light artist that explores the atmosphere created by both, and if you didn’t notice in my review, she was very successful in this venture here. Obviously there were no rays of light or sinewy shadows filtering out of my headphones, but I can assure you they were just below the surface.
Good news….SPC ECO have a full discography to explore if you’re new their music. Those of you in the know are just nodding your heads in agreement saying, but seriously, they’ve got a lot to offer. Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr.