60’s Psych-Progressions, 70’s Krautrock, New World Fusion
and Ambient Chamber music Tonight on Echoes.
I must be feeling a bit nostalgic today. I find myself going back to some of my earliest musical influences and to the early days of Echoes. From the 1960s, I’ve got a song by Donovan, an artist who I think is an underrated influence on contemporary singer-songwriters. His Sunshine Superman, is, song-for-song, a beautiful document of 60s tripped out psychedelia and optimism. We’ll hear a tune from that album that looks to the darkside. Then it’s up to 1969 and the debut from King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King. Unlike the contemporary editions of this band, early Krimson could knock out a few ballads, especially when Greg Lake was singing the words of Pete Sinfield. Moving up a decade, I’ll be dialing up some krautrock by Michael Rother from his second album, Sterntaler, with that beautiful guitar sound, the motoric drumming of Jaki Liebezeit and production from the late-Conny Plank. .
From the early days of Echoes, look for music by Patrick O’Hearn, a musician who has remained a signature artist on the show from day one. Then there’s an album by Roger Eno & Kate St. John. Roger is Brian’s younger piano playing brother. St. John played oboe in The Dream Academy. They made an early album of ambient chamber music called The Familiar before going on to form the chamber rock group, Channel Light Vessel with Bill Nelson. We’ll hear one of many haunting tracks from The Familiar.
But of course, this is Echoes and I have lots of new music for you. We’ll hear from the new album by Bombay Dub Orchestra, Tales from the Grand Bazaar as they continue to be masters of eastern fusion. Morcheeba returns with a new album, Head Up High featuring singer Skye Edwards, and I have new music by Pieter Nooten. You may remember him from Clan of Xymox, an 80s new wave band on 4AD. He went on to record a much loved album, Sleeps with Fishes with Michael Brook. Now he returns with a double CD of ambient chamber music, Haven.
It’s all there and more tonight on Echoes.
John Diliberto (((echoes)))
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