Melody’s Echo Chamber at The Lodge Room: Dancing On A Psychedelic Planet
Melody Prochet and her solo project as Melody’s Echo Chamber have always been a much revered group in the world of psych rock since their inception. Able to fuse together so many of vintage rock’s most powerful musical signatures; from disco-dancing to space rock zero-g guitars, the band can just as easily fill an audience with stoner haze, Fleetwood Mac feels or mindblowing bombast at the snap of Melody’s fingers. It wasn’t just the proposition of having your brain melted that mesmerized Los Angeles into selling out three Melody’s Echo Chamber shows at the Lodge Room, these performances were symbolic of much more to the artist herself.
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If you want to make a comeback, Los Angeles is the best place to make an impact and the Lodge Room is the best venue to ensure sanctuary, spirit and an endless feedback loop of mana between artist and witnesses. Supporting her 2022 album Unfold, Melody’s Echo Chamber was back doing what she does best, and with tears in her eyes and sonic keys of euphoria in her voice, Melody unlocked the minds of every sparkling-rainbow soul inside the Lodge Room. Happiness and groove ruled Highland Park each night of the three shows.
You could sense it in her voice that night. There was equal amounts sunshine and darkness, magic and sorrow. Melody Prochet was always destined for psych rock greatness. Co-produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, their debut album made them a must-see band on the psych festival circuit. Melody’s music was described as euphoric and intoxicating, space rock from another planet that discovered the 60’s and 70’s then decided to never leave. American audiences loved her, providing a French elegance and exoticism to our nights of ordinary hipster dancing that transformed them into eternally memorable affairs.
After her relationship with Parker dissolved and an accident left her severely injured, the fate of Melody’s Echo Chamber came into question. Would the world be deprived of this magical sound and artist? These dreadful outcomes were never meant to be and as the Lodge Room came to witness, a wish was made upon a tab and we weren’t just given one night, but three of Melody Prochet making music.
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We danced, vibed, and left our bodies completely and yet, not one ounce of energy was drained or wasted by the end of the night. If only driven by Melody’s emotional state, we all took a trip around the sun, coasting the entire ride, finding no need to rush, and instead enjoying every second of this glorious return to a Los Angeles stage. We will see Melody Prochet again, whether in the desert or drenched in liquid light, this was only a beginning.
Words: Rob Shepyer
Photos: Grace Dunn