Slack-Key & Tapping Guitar Lead Echoes Top 25

Acoustic Guitars Dominate Echoes February Soundscape

It’s been an electronic year so far, but for February, an acoustic guitar album by Pino Forastiere and a soundtrack dominated by Hawaiian Slack-Key guitar were all over Echoes Top 25 for February .

Forastiere’s From 1-8 was the Echoes CD of the Month for February and it remains one of the highlights among many acoustic guitar albums in the last year.   Following right behind him is the soundtrack for The Descendants which features music from Hawaii, most of it slack-key guitarists from Gabby Pahanui to Keola Beamer.  In fact, acoustic guitar dominates the Top Ten.  There’s One Alternative’s acoustic fusion on Air Sculpture which has two acoustic guitars. And then there is Sergio Altamura.  He plays with Forastiere in the trio, Guitar Republic and he’s joined by Will Ackerman on the album, Blu.    Toss in the acoustic guitar ambiences of Low Roar and the acoustic based ambient Americana of Eric Tingstad’s Badlands and it’s a guitar strummin’, finger-picking Echoes for February.

But watch out! Tucked in there is Air’s Le Voyage Dans La Lune and it will be the CD of the Month in March.

The unexpected highlight on the list is Geigertek.  His album, Soundtrack for City Living is a CD of post-Berlin school electronics, but tucked in there is an unexpected cover of John Foxx’s “Underpass.”  He takes this electro-pop anthem from the late 1970s and slows it down into a gorgeous ambient hymn.

You can go here to see the complete Echoes Top 25 for February.

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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