trespasser is the unique and refreshing new project from Art d’Ecco that was conceptualized at a remote cottage dwelling deep in the woods of British Columbia. Best described as neo-glam alternative rock, Art d’Ecco draws heavy influence from David Bowie while evolving in his own creative integrity. His music is an edgy blend of 80s pop, psychedelia and 90s rock.

In many ways, the music perfectly captures the image and feeling of the secluded cottage in the Gulf Lands of B.C. where the album was born. Themes of solitude, mystery and stillness are woven together with falsetto lyrics and layered synth beats.

Art d’Ecco has accomplished the whole package with his debut album, providing the listener with a full sonic and visual experience. His androgyny brings back the freedom of the glam era, a true form of fluid expression. While the music and overall tempo is optimistic and upbeat, the soft and somewhat haunting vocals express a darker, deeper intent.

The concept of the title trespasser evokes the daunting feeling of venturing to new places, the importance of breaking barriers and pushing further into the unknown. The album certainly encompasses this idea, with each track offering something truly different that creatively surpasses current musical norms.

The album kicks off with the first single “Never Tell”, a catchy, foot tapping track that grabs the listener’s attention immediately. The song’s video shows Art d’Ecco’s mastery of layering instrumentation and vocals. In no time, the song will have you dancing as it progresses from cooing falsetto to brasher singing while maintaining a pumping rhythm.

Slower songs like “Joy”, “Who is it Now” and “Lady Next Door” create a melancholic and slightly eerie feel and would be well suited in a dimly neon-lit club shrouded heavily in fog. This is perhaps developed from visuals of the cottage cloaked in mist. Lyrically, these songs speak of being misunderstood which provides empathy for those who may feel the same loneliness and isolation, making the music accessible and inclusive.

The album’s second single “Nobody’s Home” has all the ingredients of a great dance track. The groovy back beat and snappy vocals provide a safe space for full self expression and to really let loose. “Mary”, “Dark Days (Revisited)”, and “Last in Line” have a heavier, grittier feel. Brooding vocals and psychedelic tones create a mystic, almost dreamlike appeal.

The title track “trespasser” is a well-timed instrumental break in the piece. Its ominous organ-like tones create that image of being on the brink, about to cross over into uncharted territory.

The album wraps up with the soothing track “The Hunted”. The echoing vocals chant about being the lost and ostracized, uniting the audience in the same sentiment. It addresses a feeling of vulnerability and surrender while maintaining a sense of liberty. Finding camaraderie in loneliness, out in the woods in the isolated cottage.

Nicole Swanson