Melody's Echo Chamber

Despite spending years studying classical music and later strumming away as an indie songstress, French songwriter Melody Prochet really found her voice when she met Tame Impala's Kevin Parker and immersed herself in his world of sun-kissed, dream-pop, psychedelia. Raised in Puyricard, Bouches-du-Rhone in the South of France, Prochet's father was a bass player in an Italian rock band in the 1970s and she grew up listening to his jazz records, before going on to spend 12 years studying piano and viola at the Conservatoire Aix-en-Provence. Disillusioned and tired of her classical training, a then 18-year-old Prochet initially started making swirly, lo-fi, krautrock experiments which she posted to MySpace under the guise of My Bee's Garden. But, after seeing Australian indie-psych heroes Tame Impala in Paris in 2010, she tracked front man Parker to an after-show party and tried to uncover the secret to his reverb-ladden, acid-fried guitar licks. The pair became friends and My Bee's Garden toured Europe with Tame Impala, before Prochet headed to Parker's Perth studio to collaborate on new material. Taking the name Melody's Echo Chamber following a dream in which her bedroom walls had developed an infinite, rebounding, acoustic echo, Prochet landed a deal with Fat Possum Records and returned to her grandmother's idyllic house in France to complete the self-titled debut in 2012. Describing her sound as "retro-futuristic, kaleidoscopic and emotional", she toured the US with The Ravonettes and released the single 'Shrim', but just as she was preparing to release new material, she had an accident and broke her neck and spine and suffered a brain aneurism in 2017. It took her a year to recover but her second album 'Bon Voyage' was finally released in 2018, featuring her trademark whispered French-pop sensuality, combined with thick layers of hazy, shoegaze swamp and lush, folk-prog melodies, which drew comparisons to Cocteau Twins and Stereolab.

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