Echo Omen seems to be the perfect alias for songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist Matthew Bracknell, with reverberated rhythms an inevitable part of his future. Based in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, Bracknell has always been fascinated by and influenced by rhythm, drawing on his natural surroundings for inspiration as he crafts soulful, atmospheric sounds that span from stripped back acoustic folk to downtempo indietronica, drawing comparisons to artists as diverse as José González, Quantic and Algiers.
A lifelong musician, Echo Omen is the latest and most fully realised project to date, building on the experiences he had in the psych-folk band Soulin Wild, having toured Australia, played sold out headline shows and festivals including the iconic Fairbridge Festival. Having had a monumental 2022 as Echo Omen, that saw the release of his debut album New Moon, Ancient Eye that received airplay around the country on both community radio and the ABC, plus the development of his live show, Bracknell is only just getting started.
Inspired by the birth of his first daughter and transitioning into fatherhood, as well as his frustrating dance with addiction, late 2021 saw the inception of the master plan for Echo Omen – to release one new song every single month in celebration of the new moon, with every song to have a music video and different piece of art, created in collaboration with fellow Western Australian artists. A lofty goal that anyone would be forgiven for not achieving, Echo Omen has indeed managed to stick to his word, with the 12 songs of 2022 making up New Moon, Ancient Eye.
With his prolific output of releasing one new single every month for the new moon, Echo Omen is only just getting started with some exciting things in the works, one of which is his live show. With two distinct live shows in his arsenal – one as a full band that sees Matthew playing a number of different instruments and singing depending on the song, and one as a solo artist playing drums, guitar, bass, kalimba, percussion, vocals and a whole lot of looping – Echo Omen can perform anywhere from a major festival stage to an intimate, backyard stage.
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