Echopark is the new project from London-based Italian musician Antonio Elia Forte. Born in a tiny rented-room in Whitechapel, his debut album ‘Treesʼ was recorded almost entirely there with just a handful of microphones and released by Enclaves last November to much acclaim.
‘Summertime’ is the first glimpse of new material from Echopark. For Antonio ‘Trees’ was something that fought to be imperfect. It was a work full of errors, raw sounds and millions of voices overlapping, given birth during days off and weekends. The goal was to capture and freeze the moment when a song comes to light, the emotions that fill the air at that precise instant. ‘Summertime’ continues that aesthetic, but with the guitars dialed down and a slightly slicker production. The single comes backed with three remixes of ‘Trees’ tracks by Indian Wells, labelmates Life & Limb and Mexican Summer’s Spectral Park.
Antonio’s hometown is Lecce, Italy’s equivalent of LA’s Echo Park. Known as the “California of Italy” Lecce, is located in the south of the country, a paradise where it is always warm & home to an ardent underground movement of bands, skaters & surfers.
Antonio’s first contact with music came aged five. While his father was out working, he’d steal his guitar and play. From thirteen onwards Antonio has gigged, all over Italy and elsewhere. The stage is where he feels most strong, most confident. Echopark made the transition from bedroom to concert venue in early 2013, with a full band assembled, and this winter sees the group inject some sunshine once again with a handful of live shows in support of ‘Summertime’.