Album Reviews

Echo Sparks – Ghost Town Girl

Artist:     Echo Sparks

Album:     Ghost Town Girl

Label:     Self-Released

Release Date:     01/20/2015

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Echo Sparks’ Ghost Town Girl captures the heart of any inner flower child within listening distance of its 1960’s California sound. Like the lyrics for the single, “Broken Arrow,” this bands’ music strikes straight for the soul. Its members hail from Orange County, CA and their music feels reminiscent of The Byrds and The Grass Roots.

Echo Sparks’ self-released album fits loosely into the Americana genre with influences of country, folk, rockabilly, Mexicali, and pop music. Featuring double bass, two guitars, and a steady drumbeat, together with a dreamy two-part harmony, the trio delivers the song, “Rolling 60s” with a San Fernando Valley vibe that simply feels far out groovy.

Members C.C. Kinneck on guitar/vocals, D.A. Valdez on vocals/guitar/ banjo and percussion together with Cindy Ballreich on upright bass/mandolin tell 11 musical tales with refrains that linger long afterwards, like the rich scent of orange groves. Their song “I Think It’s You” reaches across any crowded room to fill an empty space that has been musically lacking for the past five decades. Musical evangelists Echo Sparks have a sound that feels immediately tangible, pure and 100 percent authentic.

– Donna Marie Miller

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