Io Echo will release their self-titled debut EP on October 16 via IAMSOUND. Their full-length, Ministry of Love, is set for release in early 2013. The EP will include the track “Carnation” featuring Jonny Pierce of The Drums as well as current single “When The Lilies Die”.

Io Echo is LA-based Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross. Their unique blend of pop melodies, dark 90’s industrial influences, and far eastern elements such as Japanese koto harps and Chinese violins caught the attention of early admirers such as Florence and The Machine, TV on The Radio, and The Big Pink (for whom Leopold also plays bass) who each offered the band recent high-profile support slots on their tours. Perhaps most notably, Io echo were hand picked to open for Nine Inch Nails at the band’s last ever show.

Io Echo and IAMSOUND Records also co-curated the music and arts festival PLAY MOCA – An opportunity that came about when MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch expressed his excitement for the band after seeing them perform. The series kicked off Friday at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art with performances by Io Echo + Salem, and visual art by Drew Barrymore. The event will continue with Zola Jesus, Active Child, Cults, and Lord Huron with visual art by Benjamin Millipied, Rodarte, and Emmet Malloy.

The band also recently composed the score to the Harmony Korine + James Franco film “Rebel.” Their unique, genre pioneering style, both musical and visual have tastemakers proclaiming them as ones to watch.

For more information on Io Echo, visit For info on PLAY MOCA,


01. Shanghai Girls

02. When The Lillies Die

03. Ministry of Love

04. Outsiders (Slow Version)

05. Carnation (featuring Jonny Pierce of The Drums)

VIDEO: Io Echo “When The Lillies Die”



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