Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #186 / 404
User Score
Based on 106 ratings
2018 Ratings: #95
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
God Is in the TV
She glides through an amalgamation of rich and varied influences and sounds, taking the listener on a personal and exhilarating journey. She’s allowed herself to follow every impulse, creating tension and beauty often within the same song. It’s challenging, at times surreal, and most importantly, it’s absolutely perfect.
90
Northern Transmissions
With all the strange places this album goes on top of what you would want out of her writing, this is Prochet at her most ambitious but strong, so here’s hoping to her good health and less of a wait for her next release.
90
AllMusic

She's made giant leaps as a singer, songwriter, and musical director, and Bon Voyage shows that Melody's Echo Chamber is far from being just a Kevin Parker creation. Prochet's vision is her own, and it's strong enough here to fly free of any and all constraints.

83
A.V. Club

On her sophomore album as Melody’s Echo Chamber, the aptly titled Bon Voyage, Melody Prochet pushes her warped psych pop to wholly new lands.

80
Loud and Quiet

Nearly five-and-a-half years after Prochet first charmed us all her with delightfully hazy psych-pop classics, she’s delivered another enchanting record stuffed with oddities, sweeping drama and immersive textures.

80
DIY
Melody’s weird medley may not be as accessible as her debut, but it’s a work of art that deserves to be beheld for its impressive and unique innovation.
80
Under The Radar

Bon Voyage really highlights the musical vocabulary of Prochet, and as such, the record achieves a great deal in very little time.

80
Drowned in Sound

Bon Voyage is a foray into the world of spiritual healing and rediscovery through a various musical textures and emotions.

80
FLOOD Magazine

Bon Voyage is a more comfortable and confident approach to her art than she’s ever exhibited before—and it’s a trip.

80
Clash
It is an album that demands repeat listens, but this is fine, as with each listen we learn a little more of its secrets, but once they have been cracked ‘Bon Voyage’ becomes something greater than its parts.
77
GIGsoup
On ‘Bon Voyage’, Melody’s Echo Chamber sets sail for a strange world that bridges the gap between past and future and brings together different languages and sounds, resulting in her most adventurous, psychedelic, and experimental release.
71
Pitchfork

Bon Voyage is overflowing with ideas, and their splattered presentation ultimately brings to mind Robert Frost’s saying about free-verse poetry: It’s like playing tennis without a net.

70
The 405

Paradoxically coherent and heterogeneous at the same time, Bon Voyage's richness resides exactly in its ability of awakening both the sweet and the sour in each and every one of us, confirming the omnipresence of a lining of sadness that envelops the generality of human perception.

65
Spectrum Culture

The disorganized side of Bon Voyage proves how adaptive Melody’s Echo Chamber as a project can be when push comes to shove.

60
The Independent
With “Bon Voyage,” it genuinely feels as if Prochet got lost in her sounds and let it lead her.
60
Dork
A wait well worth it, ‘Bon Voyage’ builds upon the creative chaos of Melody’s Echo Chamber’s 2012 debut, like a mystical monster with an unforgiving bite.
60
The Guardian

There are recurring themes ... but no trope as pervasive as the record’s proclivity for impromptu left turns. On the one hand, this means dull moments are few and far between. Yet an album that flits wantonly back and forth between languages and decades needs a strong personality to anchor it – and that’s one thing Bon Voyage’s restless experimentalism never quite gets round to establishing.

60
NME

‘Boy Voyage’ lacks a running thread, centrepiece or concept to build itself around. It’s a wild, space-age trip that could do with a return ticket back to Earth.

40
The Skinny

Bon Voyage is not an easy listen by any count, and it probably isn’t meant to be. A collaborative record between Prochet, Dungen’s Reine Fiske and The Amazing’s Fredrik Swahn, Prochet deals with a lot of dark themes lyrically, covering loneliness, feelings of lack of self-worth and general discontentment with life. However, it really feels like an album of two very distant halves.

Jun 21, 2018
60
Favourite tracks:
Var Har Du Vart
Quand Les Larmes D'un Ange Font Danser La Neige
Jun 21, 2018
75
Melody returns 6 years after her debut with an album that I honestly feel like is so much more adventurous and genuinely colorful. While I felt like her debut was shallow in parts and was just trying to be another throwback artist, the music on “Bon Voyage” comes off legitimately retro sounding. There are almost some progressive elements on here bizarrely enough, mostly with just how many layers and movements there is on some of these tracks. Melody to begin with had so much ... read more
Jun 20, 2018
distraughtonaut
83
This is one of the most beautiful albums of the year so far, but I feel as though it falls flat of doing much more than that. It provides one song that is catchy and then one where I can't wait until it ends, repeat a couple times, and that's the album. Let me emphasize though that those "boring" songs, are still of a much higher quality than 90% of the songs out there. I just feel as though this record fell short of being amazing, and settled for pretty good.

Fav Tracks: Desert ... read more
Jun 15, 2018
Plats
80
The songwriting's bonkers, the production is SO rich and detailed, and it's very progressive stuff! I like it a lot!

Fav Tracks: Visions Of Someone Special, On A Wall Of Reflections; Quand Les Larmes D'un Ange Font Danser; Cross My Heart; Shirim; Breathe In, Breathe Out

Least Fav Track: Var Har Du Vart?

Score:
8
Great
Jun 14, 2018
kalle02
60
I'm not really into indie music except for a couple of bands but i decided to check this out since i remember liking their debut.

The album sounds really colourful and it has a calm vibe that fits to the current season. It sounds like the album cover.

Lyrically it is average, suprisingly enough she decides to sing in swedish.
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Track List
  1. Cross My Heart
  2. Breathe in, Breathe Out
  3. Desert Horse
  4. Var Har Du Vart?
  5. Quand Les Larmes D'un Ange Font Danser La Neige
  6. Visions of Someone Special, On a Wall of Reflections
  7. Shirim
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Added on: April 4, 2017