Normal Echo’s sound is a unique take on Coldwave, New Romantic and ’90s Pop music, built from raw, strange textures and straightforward lyrics. Listening to it feels at many moments like finding yourself in a new city, lost and unable to ask anyone for directions; at other moments like being trapped in a software demo run on Windows ’95, which has been running for the last two decades, growing abandoned and decrepit. Suffused with isolation, it speaks to public spaces at once frictionless and oppressive, urban centers simultaneously hermetically modern and decaying, and to the claustrophobia of daily routine. It is music for life as a maze.
Originally from Poland, Normal Echo’s Dawid Szczesny has released experimental music on labels around the world. Since 2010 he’s made his home in Berlin. His 2015 album Accidental Forever (Mansions & Millions) was recorded almost entirely with just a Korg M1 synthesizer, one of the most popular synths of the ‘80/90s, and now somewhat forgotten.