Here’s the last Top 25 list for 2013. And like our 25 Essential Echoes CDs and The Best of Echoes Listener Poll, it reveals just what a great year 2013 was. There are seven Echoes CD of the Month picks on it including December’s selection, David Helpling & Jon Jenkins’ Found. That’s unusual, but that’s because of the Best of show and the 12 CDs of the Month for 2013 show. But there’s a couple of CDs there that easily could’ve been CDs of the month, notably, Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunnings & Wendy Goodwin’s Winterfold, a wonderful album of atmospheric winter pastorals, Bombay Dub Orchestra’s Tales from the Grand Bazaar, a CD that get’s into a serene, ambient chamber music sound but with eastern edges and subtle dub grooves, and Azam Ali & Loga Ramin Torkian’s Lamentation of Swans, a deep dive into Persian atmospheres with a lush merging of extoci strings, throbbing percussion and synthesizer atmosphere’s all topped by the sensual wordless vocals of Azam Ali. And next Month’s CD of teh Month is here as well, Hammock’s Oblivion Hymns. Here‘s the list.
ECHOES TOP 25 FOR DECEMBER 2013
- David Helpling & Jon Jenkins – Found (Spotted Peccary)
- Moby – Innocents (Mute)
- Jeff Johnson Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin – Winterfold (Ark Records)
- Olivier Libaux – Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music for Music Lovers)
- Tonight Sky – Tonight Sky (Tonight Sky)
- Moya Brennan – An Irish Christmas (BFO Records)
- Ólafur Arnalds – For Now I Am Winter (Mercury Classics)
- Tom Griesgraber and Bert Lams – Unnamed Lands (Inner Knot)
- Divine Matrix – Hydrosphere (AD Music)
- Akara – The World Beyond (Merkaba Music)
- Euphoria – E4 (Instrumental) (Euphoria)
- Hammock – Oblivion Hymns (Hammock Music)
- Bombay Dub Orchestra – Tales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees)
- Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way to Fall (Ulrich Schnauss)
- Brad Hoyt – Far Away from Every Day (Harp Guitar Music)
- Juliette Commagere – Human (Aeronaut Records)
- Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse (Ponderosa Music & Art)
- Azam Ali and Loga R Torkian – Lamentation of Swans (Terrestrial Lane Productions)
- Mary Fahl – Love & Gravity (Mary Fahl)
- Eklipse – Electric Air (The End)
- Frankie Rose – Herein Wild (Fat Possum Records)
- Lotte Kestner – The Bluebird of Happiness (Saint Marie)
- The Piano Guys – A Family Christmas (Portrait)
- Courtney Barnett – A Sea of Split Peas (House Anxiety)
- Grails – Black Tar Prophecies Vols 4-6 (Temporary Residence)
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