The Echoes January Top 25 is topped by Jimmy Wahlsteen’s 181st Songs.
See the complete Echoes Top 25 for January
I didn’t see any of these titles at the Grammys on Sunday, but I’m sure glad we had them to play on Echoes in the first month of 2010.
As our January CD of the Month, Jimmy Wahlsteen‘s 181st Songs took the top spot with his intricate album of guitar based instrumentals. Wahlsteen is a technical monster, but he also has a gift for gorgeous melodies and subtle, detailed arrangements that lifted him over the other string pickers of the month. In fact, he shares a lot with Michael Spriggs‘ Neurasenia, our December CD of the Month, which holds on in the Top 10.
Special mention to our number 2 selection, the Imaginary Friends collection from the Ultimae Label. We’ve been digging deeper and deeper into this recording that represents the state of the art in melodic electronica. In particular I love the nearly symphonic expanse of Field Rotation‘s “Regenzeit” and the haunting melody of Murya‘s “Grey Daze.” Hard to believe, that Murya, a group from Iceland, has no CDs out yet.
And the bottom of the list, Ben Neil‘s Night Science, is a good as the top. See the complete Echoes Top 25 for January
John Diliberto ((( echoes )))