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Melody's Echo Chamber - I Follow You

Aug 2023
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I've always been a big fan of Tame Impala, and because of their connection to Melody's Echo Chamber, it didn't take long for me to discover this other band. Melody's Echo Chamber is the main project of French musician Melody Prochet.

His previous project My Bee's Garden supported Tame Impala on their European tour in 2010, and after that Prochet collaborated with Kevin Parker to produce his new solo material as Melody's Echo Chamber, recorded in Parker's makeshift studio in Perth, Australia. and at Prochet's grandmother's seaside home in the south of France.

The self-titled debut album was released under Fat Possum Records in 2012, patenting the neopsychedelic and dream pop influence of Kevin Parker, who was also her partner at the time. (By the way, don't miss my other Tame Impala remake!)

I wanted to deconstruct the song ‚ÄúI Follow You‚ÄĚ from that first album so representative of their sound. Enjoy my remake below!

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MUSIC THEORY

The chords of the song are as follows. Keep in mind that in the first verse of the song, the guitar does a series of arpeggios without the presence of the bass doing the tonics. This can be confusing, but if we analyze these arpeggios from the bass notes when the bass appears later in the second verse (minute 01:26), we arrive at the following chord sequence:

chords melodys echo camber i follow you

On the other hand, the chorus chords are quite easy to play, try them!

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VERSE GUITAR SOUND

The song begins with a beautiful arpeggio of 3 notes for each chord. I managed to get a similar sound using 3 guitar tracks.

Guitar 1 uses Guitar Rig 5 with the following preset that I usually use.

melody's echo chamber guitar

Later, I used the Vulf Compressor from Goodhertz to compress the signal, and later the Doubler4 and S1 Imager from Waves to double the signal in stereo and make it more enveloping.

melody's echo chambercompressor
melody's echo chamber compressor

Listen below to guitar 1 without effects, and then add each of those mentioned to see the difference.

Guitar 1 without effects

Guitar 1 with Guitar Rig 5

Guitar 1 with Guitar Rig 5, VulfCompressor, Doubler and Imager

Guitar 2 uses the same preset and compressor as Guitar Rig 5, but this time I use the ReelADT effect from Waves to give it movement. Listen below to the audio without effect and with effect.

melody's echo chamber reel adt

Guitar 2 without ReelADT

‚ÄćGuitar 2 with ReelADT

Finally, guitar 3 uses a different amp simulator this time: the Cory Wong Archetype with the following preset. To this guitar I have applied the Doubler4 and the ReelADT mentioned above. Listen here:

melody's echo chamber guitar 2

Guitar 3

Finally, the three guitar tracks together sound like this, getting a thicker sound:

All Guitars

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CHORUS GUITAR SOUND

In the chorus I have recorded 2 different guitar tracks, each of them fully panned to each side of the stereo to get that width.

For the first one I have used the CLA Guitar by Waves with the following preset, with that warm and distorted sound. Listen to it here:

melody's echo chamber waves

Chorus Guitar 1

For the second guitar, I've used the Archetype Cory Wong again with the following preset, with a heavy mid freqs sound and a send to the ValhallaReverb, listen here.

melody's echo chamber guitar chorus

Chorus Guitar 2

And here you have the two guitars playing at the same time:

Both Chorus Guitars

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OUTRO-SOLO GUITAR SOUND

At the end of the song there is a guitar solo with a ripping guitar sound that I love. I've managed to recreate it with the following Guitar Rig 5 preset and with Doubler4, listen to it solo here.

melody's echo chamber guitar solo

Solo Guitar Sound

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MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER BASS SOUND

I have line recorded the bass with the Höfner Viola Bass, the same one Kevin Parker uses, and I have put the Waves Maserati B72 and the Waves CLA-3A compressor on it. This is how it sounds:

melody's echo chamber guitar

Bass Sound

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MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER DRUMS SOUND

For the drums I have used Addictive Drums 2, as I usually do when I recreate songs with guitars and with a less electronic style.

melody's echo chamber drums

After trying numerous presets, I have come to the following kit, and I have changed the snare for one with a more suitable sound. Slightly adjusting the volumes of the kit already achieves a similar sound. I have passed the whole kit through the Goodhertz VulfCompressor to give it power, listen to the result!

Drums sound

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MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER VOCAL PRODUCTION

For the voice I use the same effects chain as my previous articles. To those effects I have added the CLA Vocals of Waves, and finally it has a couple of sends to the H-Delay of Waves and the ValhallaReverb to give it that ethereal atmosphere of Melody's voices.

melody's echo chamber delay
melody's echo chamber reverb

I have recorded 3 tracks of voices, one of them being an octave higher to give it that more feminine touch and resemble Melody's voice. Listen to the bass ones, and how the 3 sound at the same time with all the mentioned effects.

Vocals sound

‚ÄćVocals with octave

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SYNTHS

This time, in this song we only have a single synthesizer, which appears in the second and third verse. It is a string sound that I have recreated with the Arturia CS-80 and it adds some treble in that part. Listen to it alone and together, do you appreciate it?

melody's echo chamber synth

Synth sound

‚ÄćAll together

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That has been all! I hope it has been useful to you.

Remember that you can support my work on Patreon and download all the additional content.

Don't forget to watch the remake on youtube! See you in the next one!

Siempre he sido muy fan de Tame Impala, y debido a su conexión con Melody’s Echo Chamber, no tardé en descubrir este otro grupo. Melody's Echo Chamber es el proyecto principal de la artista Melody Prochet.

Su proyecto anterior My Bee's Garden apoyó a Tame Impala en su gira europea en 2010, y después de eso, Prochet colaboró con Kevin Parker para producir su nuevo material en solitario como Melody's Echo Chamber, grabado en el estudio improvisado de Parker en Perth, Australia y en la casa junto al mar de la abuela de Prochet en el sur de Francia.

El álbum debut homónimo fue lanzado bajo Fat Possum Records en 2012, quedando patentando la influencia de neopsicodelia y dream pop de Kevin Parker, quien también fue su pareja por aquel entonces. (Por cierto, no te pierdas mi otro remake de Tame Impala!)

He querido deconstruir la canci√≥n ‚ÄúI Follow You‚ÄĚ de ese primer album tan representativo de su sonido. ¬°Disfruta de mi remake a continuaci√≥n!

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MUSIC THEORY

Los acordes de la canción son los siguientes. Ten en cuenta que en el primer verso de la canción, la guitarra hace una serie de arpegios sin presencia del bajo haciendo las tónicas. Esto puede dar lugar a confusión, pero si analizamos estos arpegios partiendo de las notas del bajo cuando éste aparece más tarde en la segunda estrofa (minuto 01:26), llegamos a la siguiente secuencia de acordes:

chords melodys echo camber i follow you

Por otro lado, los acordes del estribillo son bastante sencillos de tocar, pruébalos!

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VERSE GUITAR SOUND

La canción comienza con un hermoso arpegio de 3 notas por cada acorde. Logré conseguir un sonido similar usando 3 pistas de guitarras.

La guitarra 1 usa el Guitar Rig 5 con el siguiente preset que suelo usar.

melody's echo chamber guitar

Despu√©s, he usado el Vulf Compresor de Goodhertz para comprimir la se√Īal, y posteriormente el Doubler4 y S1 Imager de Waves para duplicar la se√Īal en estereo y hacerlo m√°s envolvente.

melody's echo chambercompressor
melody's echo chamber compressor

Escucha a continuaci√≥n la guitarra 1 sin efectos, y despu√©s a√Īadiendo cada uno de los mencionados para ver la diferencia.

Guitar 1 without effects

Guitar 1 with Guitar Rig 5

Guitar 1 with Guitar Rig 5, VulfCompressor, Doubler and Imager

La guitarra 2 usa el mismo preset y compresor del Guitar Rig 5, pero esta vez uso el efecto ReelADT de Waves para darle movimiento. Escucha a continuación el audio sin efecto y con efecto.

melody's echo chamber reel adt

Guitar 2 without ReelADT

‚ÄćGuitar 2 with ReelADT

Por √ļltimo, la guitarra 3 usa otro simulador de amplificador distinto esta vez: el Archetype Cory Wong con el siguiente preset. A esta guitarra le he aplicado el Doubler4 y el ReelADT mencionados anteriormente. Esc√ļchalo aqui:

melody's echo chamber guitar 2

Guitar 3

Finalmente, las tres pistas de guitarras juntas suenan así, consiguiendo un sonido más denso:

All Guitars

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CHORUS GUITAR SOUND

En el estribillo he grabado 2 pistas de guitarra diferentes, cada una de ellas paneada totalmente a cada lado del estéreo para conseguir esa amplitud.

Para la primera de ellas he usado el CLA Guitar de Waves con el siguiente preset, con ese sonido distorsionado y c√°lido. Esc√ļchalo aqu√≠.

melody's echo chamber waves

Chorus Guitar 1

Para la segunda guitarra, he usado el Archetype Cory Wong de nuevo con el siguiente preset, con un sonido con medios potentes y un envío al ValhallaReverb, escuchalo aquí.

melody's echo chamber guitar chorus

Chorus Guitar 2

Y aquí tienes las dos guitarras sonando a la vez:

Both Chorus Guitars

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OUTRO-SOLO GUITAR SOUND

Al final de la canci√≥n hay un solo de guitarra con un sonido desgarrador de guitarra que me encanta. Lo he conseguido recrear con el siguiente preset del Guitar Rig 5 y con el Doubler4 de Waves, esc√ļchalo en solitario aqu√≠.

melody's echo chamber guitar solo

Solo Guitar Sound

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MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER BASS SOUND

He grabado por línea el bajo con el Höfner Viola Bass, el mismo que usa Kevin Parker, y le he puesto el Maserati B72 de Waves y el compresor CLA-3A de Waves. Así es como suena:

melody's echo chamber guitar

Bass Sound

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MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER DRUMS SOUND

Para la batería he usado el Addictive Drums 2, como suelo hacer cuando recreo canciones con guitarras y con un estilo menos eléctronico.

melody's echo chamber drums

Tras ir probando numerosos presets, he llegado al siguiente kit, y le he cambiado la caja por una con un sonido m√°s adecuado. Ajustando levemente los vol√ļmenes del kit ya se consigue un sonido similar. Todo el kit lo he pasado por el VulfCompressor de Goodhertz para darle potencia, escucha el resultado!

Drums sound

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MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER VOCAL PRODUCTION

Para la voz uso la misma cadena de efectos que mis art√≠culos previos. A esos efectos he a√Īadido el CLA Vocals de Waves , y finalmente tiene un par de env√≠os al H-Delay de Waves y al ValhallaReverb para darle ese ambiente et√©reo de las voces de Melody.

melody's echo chamber delay
melody's echo chamber reverb

He grabado tres pistas de voces, siendo una de ellas una octava m√°s aguda para darle ese toque m√°s femenino y asemejarlo a la voz de Melody. Escucha las graves, y como suenan las 3 a la vez con todos los efectos mencionados.

Vocals sound

‚ÄćVocals with octave

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SYNTHS

Esta vez, en esta canci√≥n no tenemos m√°s que un solo sintetizador, que aparece en el segundo y en el tercer verso. Se trata de un sonido de cuerdas que he recreado con el CS-80 de Arturia y que aporta ciertos agudos en esa parte. Esc√ļchalo en solitario y en conjunto, lo aprecias?

melody's echo chamber synth

Synth sound

‚ÄćAll together

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Eso ha sido todo! Espero que os haya sido de utilidad. Recordad que podéis apoyar mi trabajo en Patreon y descargar todo el contenido adicional. No olvidéis ver el remake en youtube!

Nos vemos en el próximo!

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