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Here’s a sampling of what people have to say about The Echo Hunters. Voici quelques mots sur les Echo Hunters.

” Its 12 tracks are all very easy on the ear, with echoes of Crosby Stills and Nash, and 1970’s California  in the general ambience. Sometimes the finger-picked guitar riffs sound Central Asian, and there is a general sweetness to their sound. Flute, mandolin, piano, fiddle, and percussion all enrich the mix, and the melodies really sing. ”  Michael Church,  The Scotsman

”The harmonies are there, memorable songs, big production and yet still retaining essentially an acoustic overall sound. So you get jangly guitars, haunting violin, flutes, harmonica etc. all melded together and it results in quite an intoxicating engaging record… haunting and beautiful’ ‘ Graeme Scott,  Blues Matters (UK’s most read Blues magazine)

“Like the best southern barbecue, the best music often benefits from long, slow cooking….But follow up (20 Years) it has at last, with Cabin Fever, a collection of masterful folk-country-blues originals…its shows have become the stuff of legend. Cabin Fever has already scored major rave reviews and lots of airplay on roots music and college radio.” Greg Quill, Toronto Star

“Montréal’s Echo Hunters have created the perfect cure for cabin fever with a deliciously varied collection of twelve tracks revisiting the strengths of early America, CS&N and the ground-breaking Harmonium of years gone by, revamping the formula to give birth to something altogether fresh. Key ingredients in their sound include strong lead vocals (Gordon Fleming, Larry Cassini, Kirk Fontaine), multiple acoustic guitars (Fleming, Cassini, Fontaine) and jaw-dropping harmonies. The delicate application of flute, mandolin, piano, fiddle and percussion add a progressive edge to an age-old blend that, when coupled with exceptional songwriting, results in a novel approach that eclipses their ‘03 release and everything in its shadow. The strong lead-off track, ‘Walking Home’, combines the strong lead vocals, taut harmonies and wall of acoustic guitars that first gave wings to the seductive sound of ‘70s California yet advances the substantial groove through progressive elements that add the haunting quality first pioneered by Cano and Harmonium. Fiddle and harmonica help set the stage for the reflective ‘Crumbling Into Rust’ while ‘We Are We’ a song in two parts creates a dream sequence you’d rather not wake from. Their upbeat rejuvenation of Penny Lang’s ‘Ain’t Life Sweet’ is a sturdy musical highlight; ‘Take Me In’ would render CS&N hopelessly jealous; ‘Second Chance’ offers a muscular jam reminiscent of Cinnamon Girl-era Neil. Yet, despite these reference points, Cabin Fever is exciting in that The Echo Hunters have created something altogether original they can truly call their own.” Eric Thom, Exclaim

“…dark, edgy songs about alienation and looming environmental disaster …Even good old reliable love’s gone south …Then the sun breaks through as the band launches into a tune like the terrific, harmony-rich, seven-minute cover of Penny Lang’s Ain’t Life Sweet and, for a while anyway, all is good.” Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen “It took these crazy folk-rockers two decades to come up with their debut recording so let’s be thankful that the Echo Hunters took only 4 years to produce a follow-up. Their brand-new disc, Cabin Fever, proves the wait worthwhile…” Bernie Perusse, Montreal Gazettte”The Echos Hunters’ folk-rock is reminiscent of Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, America, and Loggins and Messina….”Cabin Fever” is a well-crafted, thoughtful and thought provoking album…you will find yourself listening to it again and again. It’s the kind of music that stands the test of time…” David Bush, The Eastern Door, Kahnawake weekly

“Montreal’s popular Echo Hunters has released a haunting sophomore album bridging folk, rock, country, Celtic and acoustic blues. Cabin Fever features a collection of dark laments to a world going to you know where in a hand basket, leavened with a couple of brighter songs to ward off thoughts of depression or nihilism.” Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record”confidently performed songs with engaging arrangements and tight harmonies…” Martin Siberok, HOUR Montreal

“Their music is marked by their 40-year plus perspective; zones of dark and light , reflections on war and the environment; their way of playing with folk by continually invoking yet revoking it, extracting all of an atmosphere’s possibilities, developing arrangements from progressive to pop-rock, adding harmonica, resonator guitar, fiddle, leaving room for langourous textures, (it is) gently rhythmical, whether country, bluesy or simply roots….What stands out are the voices, whether in harmony or unison. They’re deeply felt” Yves Bernard, Le Devoir

”Non seulement ils font de superbes arrangements, mais ils les orchestrent à merveille. Leur chansons et leurs harmonies sont originales, et emmènent le public hors des sentiers battus.” Halifax Herald

“Another band that sticks out in my mind is The Echo Hunters… From quiet, slow songs to a barrage of upbeat melodies… The Echo Hunters were a real crowd pleaser. All those in attendance would agree that if you weren’t there and missed out on The Echo Hunters you missed out on a lot.” David Humble, Lennoxville Link

“Taut harmonies and steady grooves – these guys sound great.” Rob Lutes

“I had the chance to play the same stage as the Echo Hunters one evening and it was my own good fortune. These guys are really melodic and have a pile of great original and singable tunes backed by some serious musicianship. They should not be missed.” Terry Tufts (songwriting winner, From The Heart 2001)

“I’ve gotten great reviews for The Echo Hunters! Thanks for putting me on to them!”
Frank Opolko, producer, CBC Radio Montréal

“I really dug you Echo Hunters at the Café Campus show… I hope we can do a show together again sometime…SOON! I’d love to hear ‘n see y’all again…” Susie Vinnick

“Gordie… is a beautiful singer…” Jane McGarrigle

“Local heroes the Echo Hunters…” Mary Lamey, The Gazette

“The Echo Hunters were real tight – those close harmonies are thrilling.” Mike Regenstrief, CKUT Radio