Echolyn is an American band formed in 1989, with enough musicianship to deliver original, powerful, intricate and beautiful prog rock. Their music is full of details, either in strong passages or in the quietest acoustic moods. Fabulous acoustic guitar is present all the time, to break the power stream at the right time. They are an essencial American prog band, and 1995's album As The World is their masterpiece. The members of Echolyn have cited Genesis, Wilco, Gentle Giant, Yes, Steely Dan, Jethro Tull, Igor Stravinsky, Electric Light Orchestra, and The Beatles as influences. While the band's style has varied over the years, intricate guitar leads, unorthodox harmonic structures influenced by modern classical music, and complex contrapuntal vocal passages have remained significant aspects of the musical sound of Echolyn. The albums they recorded before their 1996 breakup sounded more like classic progressive rock, with layered keyboards and extended arrangements. Following their reformation, they have streamlined their style significantly, emphasizing strong, tightly constructed songwriting and more prominent rhythmic grooves, while maintaining much of the subtle sophistication that has caused their music to be labeled progressive.

Origins and first phase (1989–1995)

Echolyn was formed in 1989 when guitarist Brett Kull and drummer Paul Ramsey, members of a recently split cover band called Narcissus, joined by keyboardist Chris Buzby to form a new band to focus on original songs. They were soon joined by fellow Narcissus veteran Ray Weston on vocals and bassist Jesse Reyes, and quickly began playing live and recording their eponymous debut album, which was released in 1991. During the recording of that album, Reyes was replaced on bass by Tom Hyatt.


Meaning and the moment

With this lineup, Echolyn recorded a second album, Suffocating the Bloom (1992), and a 4-song EP, ...And Every Blossom, and with these releases attracted the attention of Sony Music. 

Memoirs from between


Here I am

In 1993, Echolyn was signed to a multi-album deal on Sony's Epic Records label, and their major-label debut, As the World, was released in March 1995. However, the band and the label did not agree on the band's musical direction, and the band was forced to promote As the World without the support of Sony. 

As the world

The cheese stands alone

Best regards

One for the show

Echolyn Interview (1995)

Disillusioned, the band split up, releasing a posthumous album of demos and live tracks in 1996 called When the Sweet Turns Sour, featuring a cover of the early Genesis track "When The Sour Turns To Sweet", which Sony refused to be included on a Magna Carta Genesis tribute CD entitled "Supper's Ready".

Interim (1996–1999)

Vocalist Ray Weston, guitarist Brett Kull and drummer Paul Ramsey formed a new, semi-progressive rock band called Still and released a disc called Always Almost in early 1996, on Geoff Logsdon's Pleasant Green label. Later that year the band changed its name to Always Almost, releasing a much more progressive-oriented album entitled God Pounds His Nails, also on Pleasant Green. Keyboardist Chris Buzby formed a jazz-influenced progressive rock band called Finneus Gauge. It was during this time that Echolyn were asked by Magna Carta Records to contribute to a Jethro Tull tribute album. Weston, Kull, and Ramsey (who owned the Echolyn trademark name) chose "One Brown Mouse," recorded the song, and the CD To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales was released July 2, 1996. The CD contained Tull covers by prog giants Keith Emerson (with Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker, and Glenn Cornick), Magellan, and John Wetton, among others.

Second phase (2000–present)

Echolyn formally reformed –without bassist Tom Hyatt– in the spring of 2000. Ray Weston took over bass duties and new member Jordan Perlson (a Berklee College of Music graduate and former student of Buzby) supplemented Ramsey on drums and percussion. This line-up produced the 2000 album Cowboy Poems Free, a loose concept album centering on Americana, and the 2002 album Mei, which contains only a single, 50-minute-long track.

Swingin' the ax


67 Degrees

Mei (excerpt)

After playing as a guest with the band in 2002 and early 2003, Tom Hyatt officially rejoined Echolyn later that year. The first album from the fully reformed line-up was The End Is Beautiful, released in September 2005. Subsequently, the band embarked on their first European tour. They also contributed a new track called "15 Days" to the benefit album After the Storm (NEARfest Records), in support of the survivors of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The band was later featured at the inaugural Festival des Musiques Progressives de Montréal in Quebec, Canada in September 2006.

Heavy blue miles

2008 saw the release of a newly remastered Cowboy Poems Free as well as solo work from guitarist Brett Kull. Work was progressing toward a new album at the end of the year and Echolyn continued to tour sporadically through 2009. The new album, named simply echolyn, was eventually released on June 19th, 2012. It was sold as both a double CD and as a limited edition two-disc vinyl release (500 copies). 


Some memorial

Studio albums

Echolyn (1991):
1. Fountainhead (3:48) 
a. Dominique (0:53) 
b. Howard Roark (1:02) 
c. The Banner (1:01) 
2. The Great Men (8:30) 
3. On Any Given Nite (5:01) 
4. Carpe Diem (5:11) 
5. Shades (11:46) 
6. Clumps of Dirt (4:20) 
7. Peace in Time (6:35) 
8. Meaning and the Moment (7:24) 
9. Breath of Fresh Air (3:42) 
10. Until it Rains (5:23) 
11. The Velveteen Rabbit (4:55) 

Suffocating the Bloom (1992):
1. 21 (5:49) 
2. Winterthru (3:45) 
3. Memoirs From Between (8:01) 
4. Reaping the Harvest (1:41) 
5. In Every Garden (4:39) 
6. A Little Nonsense (4:20) 
7. The Sentimental Chain (1:40) 
8. One Voice (5:20) 
9. Here I Am (5:21) 
10. Cactapus (2:51) 
11. A Suite for the Everyman (28:13) 
a. Only Twelve (1:17) 
b. A Cautious Repose (4:55) 
c. Bearing Down (3:49) 
d. Cash Flow Shuffle (0:39) 
e. Mr. Oxy Moron (3:23) 
f. Twelve's Enough (2:21) 
g. I Am the Tide (1:15) 
h. Cannoning in B Major (1:19) 
i. Picture Perfect (0:55) 
j. Those That Want to Buy (6:45) 
k. Suffocating the Bloom (4:03)

As the World (1995):
1. All Ways The Same (0:36) 
2. As The World (4:50) 
3. Uncle (6:54) 
4. How Long Have I Waited (4:43) 
5. Best Regards (4:11) 
6. The Cheese Stands Alone (4:48) 
7. Prose (1:45) 
8. A Short Essay (4:34) 
9. My Dear Wormwood (3:34) 
10. Entry 11.19.93 (6:33) 
11. One For The Show (4:31) 
12. The Wiblet (0:47) 
13. Audio Verite (4:19) 
14. Settled Land (5:41) 
15. A Habit Worth Forming (4:24) 
16. Never The Same (7:54)

When the Sweet Turns Sour (1996):
1. 100 Diversions (7:10) 
2. Another Day (3:29) 
3. Where The Sour Turns To Sweet (4:59) 
4. Meaning And The Moment (4:49) 
5. The Currents Of Me (7:25) 
6. Patchwork (3:31) 
7. This Time Alone (9:09) 
8. A Little Nonsense (live) (7:07) 
9. As The World(live) (6:56)

Cowboy Poems Free (2000):
1. Texas Dust (5:16) 
2. Poem #1 (1:33) 
3. Human Lottery (5:32) 
4. Gray Flannel Suits (4:47) 
5. Poem #2 (0:59) 
6. High As Pride (6:45) 
7. American Vacation Tune (5:18) 
8. Swingin' The Ax (3:15) 
9. 1729 Broadway (6:01) 
10. Poem #3 (1:50) 
11. 67 Degrees (5:21) 
12. Brittany (6:34) 
13. Poem #4 (1:30) 
14. Too Late For Everything (4:33)

Mei (2002):
1. Mei (49:33)
a. Hope (3:58)
b. Absence (4:22)
c. Interlude: Abandoned (0:21)
d. Open road (3:14)
e. All that's golden (4:05)
f. Whispers (6:59)
g. Pride, part I (2:08)
h. Pride, part II (2:54)
i. Infernal scratch (6:18)
j. Hope renewed (2:50)
k. Shadows (4:49)
l. Love remains (1:33)
m. Recovery overture (3:52)
n. Bound for home (2:11)

The End Is Beautiful (2005):
1. Georgia Pine (5:49)
2. Heavy Blue Miles (6:48)
3. Lovesick Morning (10:12)
4. Make Me Sway (5:22)
5. The End is Beautiful (7:45)
6. So Ready (5:01)
7. The Arc of Descent (Dancing in a Motel Just West of Lincoln) (5:46)
8. Misery, Not Memory (9:03)

echolyn (2012):
1. Island (16:38)
2. Headright (3:00)
3. Locust To Bethlehem (5:11)
4. Some Memorial (11:54)
5. Past Gravity (7:11)
6. When Sunday Spills (8:48)
7. Speaking In Lampblack (10:45)
8. The Cardinal And I (7:20)