Echoes Top 25 for July 2013.

Queens of the Stone Age, reinvented, Leads Echoes Top 25

UNQOTSA… Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age made Number One on the Billboard Top 200, but Olivier Libaux‘s Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age was Number One on Echoes.  Libaux’s UNQOTSA in which he creates intimate, melancholic versions of tunes from this raging heavy metal band, is one of the surprise albums of 2013.  With an incredible cast of singers, including Inara George, Susan Dillane and Clare Manhchon, Libaux has made this music his own.  It shouldn’t be too much of surprise though.  Libaux is co-founder of the French cover band, Nouvelle Vague which has been turning punk and new wave tunes into Bossa Nova, lounge and folk songs for years.  It was the Echoes July CD of the Month.  You can read a review and listen to complete tracks here.

Coming behind Libaux is the unexpected collaboration between Jah Wobble, former bassist with Public Image Limited, and the ambient band, Marconi Union.  They created a great CD of space dub music called Anomic.  Give a listen to their Echoes Interview.  Wobble is a riot.

Interestingly, eleven of the Top 25 artists have never made this list before.  Here’s the complete list.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR JULY

  1. Olivier LibauxUncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music for Music Lovers) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  2. Jah Wobble & Marconi UnionAnomic (30 Hertz) Anomic - Jah Wobble & Marconi Union
  3. TrickyFalse Idols (False Idols) Anomic - Jah Wobble & Marconi Union
  4. Signal HillChase the Ghost (Sun Sea Sky Productions) Anomic - Jah Wobble & Marconi Union
  5. Richard BoneImages from a Parallel World (AD Music) Anomic - Jah Wobble & Marconi Union
  6. Azam Ali and Loga R TorkianLamentation of Swans (Terrestrial Lane Productions) iTunes
  7. Still CornersStrange Pleasures (Sub Pop) iTunes
  8. NorthcapeExploration and Ascent (SunSeaSky) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  9. Tom CaufieldNature and the Constant Illusion (Bohemian Embassy) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  10. Roger Eno/PlumblineEndless City/Concrete Garden (Hydrogen Dukebox) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  11. Lightning DustFantasy (Jagjaguwar) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  12. Laki MeraTurn all Memory to White Noise (Just Music) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  13. Brian KeaneCopper (OST) (Valley Entertainment) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  14. The National Trouble Will Find Me (4AD Records) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  15. Three FieldsSky (EP) (Installed Worlds) Exploration and Ascent - Northcape
  16. William TylerImpossible Truth (Merge Records) iTunes
  17. Bill FrisellBig Sur (Sony Masterworks) iTunes
  18. MelormanWaves (Sun Sea Sky Productions) iTunes
  19. MreeWinterwell (Mree Music) iTunes
  20. Jeff GreinkeScenes From A Train (Infectious Music)
  21. Seven SaturdaysSeven Saturdays (Lunada) Seven Saturdays - Seven Saturdays
  22. Rachel Zeffira The Deserters (Paper Bag) The Deserters - Rachel Zeffira
  23. ArboreaFortress of the Sun (Esp Disk Ltd) The Deserters - Rachel Zeffira
  24. Sigur RosKveikur (XL Recordings) Kveikur - Sigur Rós
  25. HooverphonicThe Night Before (Columbia Europe) The Night Before - Hooverphonic

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