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On “Cross My Heart,” the opening track of Melody’s Echo Chamber’s new album, Bon Voyagethe French singer Melody Prochet—in her signature enchanting soprano—makes a promise to herself: “This is a promise to my heart / I can’t keep falling from so high.” These words, sung repeatedly throughout a song that seamlessly moves from psychedelic dream pop, through stoner rock to jazz instrumentation and hip-hop breaks, could encapsulate the tumultuous journey that Prochet went through during the making of this album, a follow-up to her 2012 critically acclaimed self-titled debut. Bon Voyage was announced in 2016, yet failed to materialize due to a serious accident that left Prochet bedridden for months. Before that, there was another album, one that took her two years to complete, but that she ultimately decided to scrap after a painful falling out with a close collaborator. Like the sort of hero’s journey Prochet has gone through, “Cross My Heart” is wide-ranging, tentative at times and harsh in others, and beautiful. It’s also full of moments of surprising whimsy that can turn on a dime, ultimately ending in the combative haze of distorted guitar riffs.

Bon Voyageis Prochet at her most adventurous, emerging out of turmoil with a brand new voice and an intense whirlwind of ideas that make for trippy, compelling music that takes the listener across wildly different worlds. The record, made and produced in Sweden with psychedelic wunderkinds Fredrik Swahn (The Amazing) and Reine Fisk (Dungen), is a product of an exchange of ideas and influences between the three—with Prochet bringing in influences like Broadcast, Stereolab, a love of French chansón, and Brazilian popular music (like Milton Nascimento), and Swahn and Fisk throwing in Turkish musicians like Özdemir Erdoğan, Swedish jazz, experimental turntablism, and Swedish folk music. This expansive palette paves the way for Prochet to communicate her tales of darkness, heartbreak, love, and light through lyrics in three different languages—Swedish, French, and English—and through songs that feel more like movements, with most tracks featuring at least three stylistic changes. One of the most important songs of the record, “Desert Horse” begins with a dark yé-yé/psychedelic groove that suddenly shifts into R&B and beatboxing territory (complete with what sounds like Prochet’s voice passed through a vocoder) and features the singer’s piercing scream.


Bon Voyage is a record that feels as though it is alive—it changes with every listen, giving new perspectives not only on Prochet’s story, but on what happens when musicians let go of genre or stylistic constraints. It’s fitting that Prochet screams throughout the record, purposefully interrupting the flow, signaling that she’s finally able to breathe, physically and creatively.

Songs written by Melody Prochet

Performed by Melody Prochet, Gustav Ejstes, Fredrik Swahn, Reine Fiske, Johan Holmegard, and Nicholas Allbrook 

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The follow-up to Melody Prochet’s 2012 breakthrough as Melody’s Echo Chamber has seen its share of setbacks: An earlier sophomore effort made with Tame Impala frontman (and Prochet’s former partner) Kevin Parker was abandoned after years of work, with some tracks making it to the 2016 EP From Pink They Fell Into Blue, and just when Prochet announced Bon Voyage a year ago, the 31-year-old French singer took a serious fall that left her in the hospital for months. The anything-goes escapism of Bon Voyage makes for a potent, well-earned return, then, where tracks like “Cross My Heart” and “Desert Horse” freely and confidently indulge in the every musical whim of Prochet and her collaborators, Swedish psych musicians Fredrik Swahn (The Amazing) and Reine Fiske (Dungen). Sun-bleached psych pop, funky hip-hop breakdowns, and sprawling rock experimentalism all coexist here—and usually in the same, mind-bending song.

Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Cross My Heart”.

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Melody Prochet of Melody’s Echo Chamber has openly discussed her returned to music after suffering a serious injury by announcing a release of second album Bon Voyage

In June earlier this year, it was reported that Prochet had been forced to cancel her show due to suffering a ‘serious injury’, that injury turned out to be potentially life threatening.

Following a lengthy period of recovery, Melody’s Echo Chamber second album will now be released on June 15th.  addressing the serious accident for the first time, Prochet explained how she still feels unable to discuss the specific details of the accident, She says: “Today I feel blessed, as I’m healed. It’s been traumatic but it has beautifully put some perspective into my eyes and broke a life pattern that didn’t work for me. I’m lucky it revealed more light.”

Given the stresses of what has happened, Prochet also explained that she has not felt ready to write any new music since her accident: “I needed a break from that sort of passion pattern and obsessing over music,” she said. “Open up to other horizons! Traveling the world and doing serious hikes is a new dream of mine. There is always music inside of me. Maybe I’ll let it [stay] in there for a while.”

Now though, in wonderfully positive news, The album made up of seven expansive tracks, Bon Voyage marries Melody’s breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove as she delivers her fables of spiritual search and emotional healing in multiple tongues (French, English and Swedish).

Prochet’s 2012 self-titled debut ‘Melody’s Echo Chamber’, which was was produced by Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker – who happens to be her ex-boyfriend, had initially started work on its follow-up the Tame Impala man: “We always had a lot of fun and an easy time creating together,” Prochet says of working with Parker. “The painful part for me was that I had been working on my record for more than a year and I just could not finish it and release it. It’s been a million hours of work, thoughts, tears, a bunch of money invested in the process and lost.”

Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Cross My Heart”.

Melody’s Echo Chamber“Breathe In, Breathe Out” from ‘Bon Voyage’, out 15th June 2018 on Domino Record Co | Fat Possum Records.

6 years ago (wow ) Melody’s Echo Chamber released her first record ever (made with her friend Axel Concato) and then the Record label closed two weeks after it came out.

Having previously fronted this more overtly pop band My Bee’s Garden and The Narcoleptic Dancers, Melody Prochet discovered dreampop, enlisted the help of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker (a busy man this year) to capture the sounds in her head, and Melody’s Echo Chamber was born. Recorded at Parker’s home studio in Perth, Australia, and at Melody’s grandparents’ seaside home in the South of France, the self titled album — came out September 25th via Fat Possum — is a gorgeous headtrip.

  • DrumsJean Thévenin (tracks: 1 to 3, 7, 10), Romuald Deschamps (tracks: 6, 9, 10)
  • Guitar, Effects, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer, VocalsAxel Concato
  • Lead Vocals, Guitar, Effects, Synthesizer, Viola, Tambourine, Omnichord, Acoustic Guitar, StringsMelody Prochet

Here’s the video for “Crystallized” from Parisian Melody Prochet’s eponymous debut album, released late last year.Recorded with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker in Perth in the Summer of 2012, “Crystallized” but one of the numerous highlights, a frenetic, scorched pop song that vividly demonstrates Prochet’s talent for blurring the lines between her classically trained ear and penchant for experimental sonics.

The track has a very mellifluous syncopation to it, built from many repetitious looped sounds, so in the film I wanted to visually connect these sounds to simple actions exploring the imminent demise of love. By that I mean the beauty of the beginning and the end and the recursive behaviour that those feelings inspire in between.”

Formerly of The Narcoleptic Dancers and My Bee’s Garden, Melody Prochet has embraced dream pop with Melody’s Echo Chamber project. The classically trained Parisian recruited Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker to produce her debut under that name, making those closed-eye visions a reality. Lead single/openerI Follow You begins with simple, sun-drenched ’60s melodies and ambling guitars before descending into a psychedelic swirl that recalls Parker’s day job. Consider that spiral a gentle warning to not expect anything straightforward from Melody’s Echo Chamber, especially when things seem to be heading in that direction. On “Endless Shore”, for example, Prochet crafts a densely layered haze complete with ethereal coos signature to the style, yet she does so in a manner that’s less pensive and more authoritative. The rhythm section doesn’t bother with hypnosis, favoring a superliminal approach, a feat developed well into the motorik beats of “Crystallized”. The unabashed prettiness of Prochet’s vocals on “You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me” are undercut by sci-fi tinged synth notes that propel the song into the unknown cosmos.