They previously made a name for themselves by performing with such symphonic metal bands as Kamelot and Nightwish. Now, Eklipse are standing out on their own with their recently released debut album, ‘Electric Air.’
Eklipse is a classical string quartet of four young ladies: Helena on Cello, Viola on Viola, Miss E. on First Violin and Scarlett on Violin. With talent, discipline and charisma, four women knowing the bright light and the end of the night are playing songs which simply yet boldly mean “life.”
Their second studio album consists of classical compositions of 11 pop songs, alongside one passionate classical performance. Yes, this is classical music, but it is also the foundation for various music genres the majority of us listen to. Let the instruments speak without words.
Instead of the strings being background music to electric guitars, vocals and other instruments, Eklipse make them the focus of the music. Additionally there is the occasional addition of drums and synthesizers, attributed for extra power but do not take any attention away from the strings.
Out of the eleven cover songs that appear on the album, two of the most noticeable are David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”. These songs have that familiar aspect to them so that you know they are cover songs, you know you have heard this before, and yet Eklipse completely takes these songs and makes them their own. Others, such as “Teardrop” by Massive Attack and “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash, provide softer takes on the original renditions, yet are still recognizable.
The addition of drums in such songs as “I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li and Nick Cave’s “Where The Wild Roses Grows” add a more intense vibe to the eloquent harmonious playing styles of Eklipse. Later in the album, the band gives their own take on Beethoven’s” Ode an die Freude.” The English translation is “Ode to Joy,” and is the final movement of his Ninth Symphony.
The performance from these ladies and their versions of course are different, yet can still have the haunting feeling and emotion of the originals, and is ideal for those who are not fond of loud electric and pounding beats.
Symphonies performing rock and pop music is not new. Even The Beatles used strings for “Eleanor Rigby” and the ‘Sgt Peppers’ album. Bands like The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Deep Purple with London Symphony paved the way for acceptance for classical music. This influence has even appeared in the cases of such heavy metal bands as Metallica and Doro.
For those who appreciate orchestral music, understand the references and really study their craft as these ladies do, this a good album to introduce the name “Eklipse” to the world. Perhaps with their next album, instead of covering others’ music they can show off their own songwriting talent and record their own original compositions.