Nils Bech’s awaited LP ‘Echo’ is out now on DFA Records / Fysisk Format
Nils Bech has become a favorite in the art world. A ground breaking artists, performer and actor, Bech has played on stages and venues around the world, mixing his impeccable voice with avant garde pop and performance art.
Bech was recently featured at the Norwegian National Theater’s version of Shakespeare’s Richard III, where he performed excerpts from Echo, his first album since 2014’s One Year. The play featured Bech himself as a singing Lord Richmond.
Echo is Bech’s first album with DFA and fourth with Norwegian indie label Fysisk Format. The album explores “echoes” of the people in his life over the past five years; their search for love, how love can deceive and destroy, but also be the key to everything. Sonically, the record infuses urban, contemporary dance music with hip hop roots – hard beats in juxtaposition to Bech’s vulnerable bass-baritone.
The Shakespearian video for ‘Please Stay’ perfectly shows Bech’s way of bringing music and art together.
The video features a scene between Lady Anne and Richard, taken from ‘Richard III’.
– By using this scene for ‘Please Stay’ I wanted to address the eternal thematic well that art deduct from sorrow, betrayal and loss. The song speaks of the desperation of realizing your partner is leaving you. When the anxiety and sorrow turns into anger, and from begging or trying to talk reasonably, you start yelling. The lyrics in the songs are gibberish ‘Please stay.. don’t you leave me now.. don’t go… I’m lost.. somehow… You’ll live your life and I’ll live mine, but I’ll be waiting for you’- repeated over and over again describing the devastation of the one who’s left behind, Bech says in a press release for the video.
Stream ‘Echo’ in full below. The album is out world wide via DFA October 14.