Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2018 Ratings: #254 / 546
User Score
Based on 150 ratings
2018 Ratings: #150
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.

70
The Needle Drop
Melody Prochet has bounced back with some of the freshest ideas coming out of neo-psych right now.
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.

Aug 25, 2018
SmooglyReviews
69
My name is Pierre and I don't speak the baguette.

In all seriousness this album is good, but there is a lot of material that doesn't stand out at all and blends in with everything I've already heard. Dont get me wrong the production and vocals were really good, but I wish this album had more to offer. If there were more songs like the all over the place and experimental Desert Horse or the funky Shirim this would easily be a much more interesting album. I really enjoyed that one song with the ... read more
Aug 25, 2018
archetypewriter
60
Sophomore slump syndrome slips this shiny set of songs into super long line of songwriters who missed the boat on their second attempt. This is a voyage I don't feel like reliving, unlike the brilliant first album. Visions of Someone Special, On a Wall of Reflections is my favorite.
Aug 23, 2018
CheapandLethal
90
Superb
Aug 16, 2018
max2k
84
While it loses its forward momentum and sense of direction after the halfway point, Bon Voyage still proves to be one of the most creative rock albums of the year, bending structure, genre and pacing to singer/songwriter Melody Prochet's will.
Favs: Cross My Heart, Desert Horse, Var Har du Vart?
Jul 29, 2018*
AvaRose
68
This album does have interesting producing and instrumentation. But it doesn't do much beyond that. Still, worth a listen.
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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