I’m a huge Pink Floyd fan. I don’t think there has even been a progressive rock band that has composed as beautiful, inspirational, melodious, meaningful and psychedelic music as them.
There aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to capture all the emotions you feel while listening to Pink Floyd. It’s the closest you’ll ever get to an auditory orgasm.
So, why am I picking this particular song from their humongous catalogue of impressive tunes?
Well, for starters it’s just a personal preference (duh!). It’s one of my favourite songs to listen to when I’m not in the mood or I just want to relax. Also, its open-ended lyrics strike a chord with me.
I put on the earphones, play Echoes, close eyes and transport myself to another dimension. It’s that easy.
If you’re just starting to dabble with Pink Floyd, this probably isn’t the track to meddle with.
For one, it’s the longest Pink Floyd track (23 minutes 31 seconds). Secondly, it’s starts out very slow, like almost every other Pink Floyd song, but it slows down again after picking up the pace. And then it repeats this over and over. Thirdly, it uses a lot of experimental sound effects and musical improvisations, which might put you off if you’re not into that sort of thing.
Even I have to agree, Echoes takes some getting used to. You need to be patient and let it work its magic. But once you’ve tuned your senses to its vibrations, there’s no turning back.
There’s also a 2-part version of Echoes from Pink Floyd’s documentary Live at Pompeii. In some aspects, it’s even better than the studio version. The live video is particularly impressive to watch. However, I’ll leave that decision to you.