Herald K just released his new Single Echo and it is a gut wrenching the best way possible. It is told from an earnest place which coats it with a layer of ambrosia. It features Lina Louise. The song is a lyrical retelling of the story of Echo and Narcissus. A tale of Echo’s love that was mercilessly rejected by Narcissus which led to him getting served a curse of his own. Herald K is on a journey to release 10 songs based on mythology out of which Echo happens to be one. The track has an interesting quality that shifts between storytelling and singing. It is the narration of Echo’s story. This quality gives it a musical theatre touch to it.
The song begins with Herald’s voice accompanied by the Piano. Then the song then trickles into a stream of melody with Lina’s voice and the beautiful Nyckelharpa (An ancient instrument) accompaniment. The song swells in existence with the Nyckelharpa and engulfs your sense. The song has a quality that moves you to your very core with its instrumental work. The way Herald’s and Lina’s voices melt into each other makes you wonder where the song ends and you begin. This song wouldn’t be what it is without Stephen Steiner and Nikola Stanosevic the Nyckelharpa and the Piano players.
The writer of Hadestown– Anaïs Mitchell was also a writer who unconsciously wrote songs of Greek Mythology for eleven years. By the end of it, she said “I have a bunch of songs about greek mythology, this can be a musical” and that is how the award-winning (8 Tonys) play came into existence. If you put Echo in the Hadestown tomorrow, no one will believe that it wasn’t from the original play. That’s how well it goes together.
Herald K has left the world wanting more from his business of writing songs for the brokenhearted. If you want to hear the first 4 of the 10 songs based on Mythology, take a tour of his socials attached here.