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Eichlers- Songs Offline Review

Eichlers Songs Offline Hi. Eichlers has a new album, Songs Offline, out now, and if you don’t know who Eichlers is yet, you need to address that. After releasing a handful of singles, in 2022 Eichlers dropped their groundbreaking album, “My Checkered Future” and essentially pioneered their own subgenre of music called hyperska. It is an exciting fusion of hyperpop and ska, with DIY ethics, complete with electronic and synth melodies, heavy doses of exaggerated auto tune, and bass drops, flawlessly fused with ska’s offbeat rhythms, upstrokes and the occasional brass sections. Even after dropping the album, Eichlers continued to …

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Eichlers Songs Offline

Hi. Eichlers has a new album, Songs Offline, out now, and if you don’t know who Eichlers is yet, you need to address that.

After releasing a handful of singles, in 2022 Eichlers dropped their groundbreaking album, “My Checkered Future” and essentially pioneered their own subgenre of music called hyperska. It is an exciting fusion of hyperpop and ska, with DIY ethics, complete with electronic and synth melodies, heavy doses of exaggerated auto tune, and bass drops, flawlessly fused with ska’s offbeat rhythms, upstrokes and the occasional brass sections. Even after dropping the album, Eichlers continued to drop new singles every couple months.

Never content to sit still, Eichlers was putting together another album, which just dropped last week. How do you follow up an album that is so unique it basically pioneers a new genre? Well, apparently it involves stripping down some of your most popular songs (and writing new ones) but flipping 180° on the genre. While hyperska is electronic and synth and autotune, they decided to… go acoustic! Every trademark feature of their last album is impossible to do acoustically. And thus, Songs Offline- a play on one of their singles called “Songs Online”- was born.

This album features just 7 songs, an acoustic guitar, and Eichlers. Gone are the elements of both Hyperpop and Ska. It sounds more like emo. The album proves that Eichlers doesn’t need to use the autotune or the bass drops or anything else as a crutch. The production quality on this album is actually really good and it does feature multiple layered vocal tracks. This isn’t just someone in their bedroom with a guitar and a microphone. The sound quality is great and Ike’s voice holds its own extremely well with nothing to mask the sound.

Six of the seven songs are remixed versions of some of their previously released tracks, and the song choice was great. With their hyperska tracks it’s easy to overlook how good the lyrics are and how good the songwriting is. The rhythms and hooks catch your attention and you might sing along with the chorus and there is enough to distract you from the lyrics. In this stripped down format, you really focus on the sadness and insecurities that many of the songs convey. I was already familiar with six of these seven to the point that I knew all the lyrics, but when I knew them as hyperska songs they would pump me up. Hearing the same songs now gets me emotional, and hits me in my feels. The new song, “3rd Ring” is no exception to the sadness and insecurity.

Every one of these songs could be a single. Keeping the album to 7 tracks ensures that there are no skips. I was trying to decide my favorite track on this album, but honestly, every track is good. My favorite track is whichever one is playing right now.

I have no idea what’s gonna come next for Eichlers. I couldn’t tell you if it’s more hyperska, more midwest bedroom emo, or something completely different, but I can tell I’m still going to be listening and he’s going to pour his heart and soul into it, so guard this with your life, dude.

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