25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2008

Digitonal Tops the 25 Essential Echoes CDs of 2008

Save Your Light for Darker Days The Echoes Listeners Poll is still open for less than a day, but here are the CDs we thought were essential for the year as judged by me (John Diliberto) and the Echoes staff. It’s not based on the most played CD, CDs of the month or any other “objective” criteria. These are the CDs, out of the 2000+ we received, that consistently inspired us over the year. Some years, it’s difficult to find 25 CDs that warrant being on the list, but this year, even more than a great year like 2007, the dividing line between the first and 25th choice has never been thinner. 2008 was just a great year for music.

I write more extensively about the 25 Essential Echoes CDs in an article on the Echoes website. It’ll have lots of links to soundfiles, pics and features on these artists.

Sumner McKane's What A Great Place To Be

Sumner McKane's What A Great Place To Be

For now, let me say that Digitonal’s Save Your Light for Darker Days floored me from the start and became deeper with each listening. It was the most sophisticated, intoxicating, inventive and emotive album of the year and defined that meeting of classical chamber and ambient music. It was nearly a toss-up between that and Sumner McKane‘s What a Great Place to Be. Like Digitonal, it was a CD of the Month and an album of deeply moving, but strangely nostalgic psychedelic Americana.

This was the soundscape of Echoes, 2008. The full list is below.
You can read my personal Top Ten Albums and Top Ten Songs in the Echoes Blog.

Be sure to make you own list and vote in the Echoes 2008 Listener Poll. There’s only a day left. You’ll be entered into a drawing to win all 25 of the top listener selections. Without giving anything away, I can assure you that many of the Essential titles will be in the listener poll.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))


1. Digitonal Save Your Light for Darker Days Just Music

2 Sumner McKane What A Great Place to Be Don’t Hit Your Sister Records


Balmorhea Rivers Arms Western Vinyl

4 Fernwood Almeria Self Released

5 Saul Stokes Villa Galaxia Binary/Stokesmusic

6 Jamshied Sharifi One Ceres Records

7 Ahn Trio Lullaby for My Favorite Insominac Sony BMG

8 Lights Out Asia Eyes Like Brontide N5md

9 Jami Sieber Unspoken Out Front Music
10 Bombay Dub Orchestra 3 Cities Six Degrees Records

11 Nik Bartsch’s Ronin Holon ECM Records

12 General Fuzz Soulful Filling Self Released
13 Qntal Qntal VI: Translucida Noir (Big Daddy)
14 Marconi Union A Lost Connection MU Transmissions

15 Hammock Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow Darla Records

16 John Gregorius Heaven and Earth Spotted Peccary

17 Gerry O’Beirne The Bog Bodies and Other Stories Self Released

18 Johann Johannsson Fordlandia 4AD/Touch

19 Ronn McFarlane Indigo Road Dorian Recordings

20 Biomusique The 10,000 Steps Kosmic Music

21 Anja Lechner and Vasillis Tsabropoulos Melos ECM Records

22 California Guitar Trio Echoes Inner Knot

23 Darshan Ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes Lotuspike

24 Kevin Bartlett Glow in the Dark Aural Gratification

25 Alu Lobotomy Sessions Alu Music

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