Salt Lake City based rock band, Eidola, released their latest album, The Architect, on Friday, September 17th. Formed in 2011, their previous two full length albums created strong and relatable personal messages to fans all over the world. What this new album does is push the envelope due to its incredibly personal nature.
After a long time, we are happy to finally release The Architect to the world and proud to be the first release of a new partnership between Rise and Blue Swan records.
In our interview with Sergio Medina regarding the album, he stated that the album had been finished for some time; as it stewed in its final curation process, the band’s record label, Blue Swan Records, joined up with Rise Records in partnership. This process, as well as the events in the pandemic, was a cause for reflection and to ensure mastery of the project.
The entire album depicts the true talent of each member of the band. Featuring effortlessly skillful guitar riffs played as a harmony and second voice backing the vocals of Andrew Wells, Sergio Medina’s written guitar parts is the cherry on top of it all. The drums, played by Matthew Hansen, bass by James Johnson, rhythm guitar by Matthew Dommer, and various instruments in the backtrack that play in a beautiful symphony of sound that helps convey Andrew’s lyrical message, and beautifully so.
Heavier vocally and instrumentally in key moments throughout the album, Andrew’s project shares grief, growth, and inspires a yearning for change in anyone who listens, to be reborn into something new and free. The entire album depicts the true nature of each member of the band. Featuring effortlessly skillful guitar riffs played as a harmony and second voice backing the vocals of Andrew Wells, Sergio Medina’s written guitar parts is the cherry on top of it all. The drums and various instruments play in a beautiful symphony of sound that helps convey Andrew’s message, and beautifully so.
As far as the meaning of the album goes, it’s melancholic nature shares a real deep and personal set of experiences shared by Andrew himself. He’s been one who is known for sharing his vulnerabilities, particularly with an acceptance and openness to all forms of thinking and religion as they explore concepts of the human thought and experience. However, The Architect is different. When performed live, the new tracks contain a string of tension, holding all the fragments of pain, fear, and trauma together that make up an experience that is so raw and personal to Andrew himself that it’s surprising this project was released at all.
After the events of the last two years, many of us are feeling shoved out of a former complacency and into a state of yearning for change out of the hope of creating a better, fairer future. In the music realm, we’ve seen a lot of “finding mental wellness” albums, which shared a process of inner growth for artists worldwide as they all faced the unity of being isolated and the world they knew shutting down. Many faced their inner demons and used it as a catalyst for new work. And Eidola chose to go a separate direction, still personal in nature, but spreading his messages much farther than personal and inner growth.
The Architect features an appearance from Jon Mess, a vocalist in Dance Gavin Dance, as well as a series of beautiful images littered throughout the album’s concept.
And all this goes to say we barely touched on each track. In order to respect Andrew’s admitted personal nature to each track, we leave the interpretations to you.
The band is currently on tour, joining up with Dance Gavin Dance, Veil of Maya, Polyphia, and Wolf and Bear. Read our performance review of the tour here. Stream The Architect now, available on all streaming platforms; and stay tuned for more updates regarding Eidola.