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May Top 25 Echoes CDs

June 4, 2014

World Fusion, Dream Pop and Ambient Americana in Echoes Top 25 for May

Hidden Treasures-225The Echoes Top 25 for May continues a trend towards chilled out vocal music but the top three slots are held by three CD of the Month picks, one vocal, two instrumental.  Lyla Foy is a relatively new artist who used to record as Wall.  Her Mirrors the Sky album, the first under her own name, was a CD of the Month in March.  But surrounding her are two veteran Echoes artists, one of who goes back even further than the show.  Carl Weingarten’s beautiful chamber Americana journey, Life Under Stars is our current CD of the Month in June.   And leading the pack is Hans Christian’s Hidden Treasures, our May CD of the Month selection, an album of cross-cultural ecstasy.  You can read about all of those and hear tracks by following the links above.

Newcomers to the Echoes Top 25 include Stumbeleine, 9Bach, Phox, Hauschka, Ben Cosgrove and Michael Barry-Rec.  Here’s thecomplete list.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR MAY 2014

  1. Hans ChristianHidden Treasures (Allemande Music) iTunes
  2. Lyla Foy Mirrors the Sky (Subpop Records) iTunes
  3. Carl WeingartenLife Under Stars (Mutiphase Records)
  4. Tori AmosUnrepentant Geraldines (Mercury Classics) iTunes
  5. S. CareyRange of Light (Jagjaguwar) iTunes
  6. Eno & HydeSomeday World (Warp Records) iTunes
  7. 9BachTincian (Real World) iTunes
  8. BeckMorning Phase (Capital) iTUnes
  9. v/aPassages – Framed by Nova (Ultimae)
  10. StumbleineDissolver (Monotreme Records) iTUnes
  11. Ian Boddy & Erik WolloEC12 (DiN) iTunes
  12. Thus OwlsTurning Rocks (Secret City Records) iTunes
  13. Marissa Nadler July (Sacred Bones) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  14. Tom Kerstens’ G Plus EnsembleUtopia – (Real World) iTUnes
  15. Phox Phox (Partisan Records) iTUnes
  16. Erik Scott And the Earth Bleeds (Erik Scott) iTUnes
  17. HauschkaAbandoned City (Temporary Residence) iTUnes
  18. Michael Barry-RecContinuum (Michael Barry-Rec) iTUnes
  19. Ben CosgroveField Studies (Ben Cosgrove) iTUnes
  20. DeepernetImpossible Landscape (Spotted Peccary) iTUnes
  21. Ludovico EinaudiIn a Time Lapse (The Remixes) (Ponderosa Music & Art) iTUnes
  22. Jennifer ZulliGoddess Rising (Jennifer Zulli) iTunes
  23. Cinema 12 Cinema 12 (Cinema 12) iTUnes
  24. BluetechCosmic Dubs (Native State Records) iTUnes
  25. Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso (Partisan) iTUnes

 

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Echoes Top 25 for April

April 29, 2014

Dream-pop Dominates Echoes Top Ten in April

Foy-MirrorThe year is 25% done and here’s some of the music that’s been bubbling to the top of the Echoes playlists during April.  Of course, Lyla Foy’s April CD of the MonthMirrors the Sky is number one and deservedly so.  Look for live performances and interviews with Foy in the next month or so.  She’s followed by six more singers, beginning with Thus Owls, who I happen to be listening to on-air right now doing a phenomenal live Echoes set.

It’s great to see Hiroki Okano return to Echoes with his new .jp album.  He was a fixture on the show in the mid-90s.  And Steve Roach returns to the Echoes Top Ten with Spiral Meditations.

THE ECHOES TOP 25 FOR APRIL 2014

  1. Lyla Foy Mirrors the Sky (Subpop Records) iTunes
  2. Thus OwlsTurning Rocks (Secret City Records) iTunes
  3. Marissa Nadler July (Sacred Bones) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  4. S. CareyRange of Light (Jagjaguwar) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  5. BeckMorning Phase (Capital) iTUnes
  6. DavidgeSlo Light (The End Records) iTunes
  7. The CapsulesThe Long Goodbye (Saint Marie Records) iTunes
  8. Hiroki Okano .jp (Hiroki Okano) iTunes
  9. Hans ChristianHidden Treasures (Allemande Music) iTunes
  10. Steve RoachSpiral Meditations (Timeroom Editions) iTunes
  11. Jennifer ZulliGoddess Rising (Jennifer Zulli) iTunes
  12. Yasmine HamdanYa Nass (Crammed Discs) iTunes
  13. Natalie Merchant Natalie Merchant (Nonesuch) iTunes
  14. Mark McGuireAlong the Way (Dead Oceans) iTUnes
  15. TychoAwake (Ghostly International) iTunes
  16. HammockChasing After Shadows, Living with the Ghosts (Deluxe Edition) (Hammock Music) iTunes
  17. Green IsacPassengers (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  18. Ian Boddy & Erik WolloEC12 (DiN) iTunes
  19. Cinema 12 Cinema 12 (Cinema 12) iTUnes
  20. Quilt Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer) iTUnes
  21. James HoodCeremony (Edible Sounds) iTunes
  22. That That RevolvesChasing Sunshine EP (Hungry Media) iTUnes
  23. St. VincentSt. Vincent (Loma Vista) iTUnes
  24. Tom Kerstens’ G Plus EnsembleUtopia – (Real World) iTUnes
  25. Lawrence BlattEmergence (Lawrence Blatt) iTUnes

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Echoes Top 25 for March 2014

March 27, 2014

Progressive guitars, Serene Songs and Hang Drums Lead Echoes Top 25 for March

140117-beck-morning-phase-cover-artIt’s no surprise that our March CD of the Month, Mark McGuire’s Along the Way, leads the Echoes Top 25.  Fans of Popol Vuh, Ashra and Mike Oldfield should be in prog-epic heaven with this album.  Hear Mark McGuire interviewed on Monday March 31.   Beck’s Morning Phase comes up next, a beautiful psychedelic tinged pastoral song-cycle from this popular, yet I think still underrated artist.  And James Hood returns to the Echoes Top 25, having previously spent some time here with his other recording persona, Moodswings.  His album of Hang meditations, Ceremony. sounds better the more I hear it. Fully half of the top 25 have never been on this list before.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR MARCH 2014

  1. Mark McGuireAlong the Way (Dead Oceans) iTUnes
  2. BeckMorning Phase (Capital) iTUnes
  3. James HoodCeremony (Edible Sounds) iTunes
  4. TychoAwake (Ghostly International) iTunes
  5. Mary Fahl Love & Gravity (Mary Fahl) iTUnes
  6. Luna Luna (Domo Records) iTUnes
  7. Ane BrunSongs 2003-2013 (Balloon Ranger Recordings) iTunes
  8. Marissa Nadler July (Sacred Bones) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  9. Lyla Foy Mirrors the Sky (Subpop Records) iTunes
  10. ErothymeCircadia (Erothyme)
  11. Coldplay Ghost Stories (Parlophone UK) iTunes
  12. DavidgeSlo Light (The End Records) iTunes
  13. Mree Winterwell (Mree Music) iTunes
  14. The Capsules – The Long Goodbye (Saint Marie Records)
  15. ElbowThe Take Off and Landing of Everything (Concord Records) iTunes
  16. Linnea OlssonAh! (Universal UK) iTUnes
  17. BluetechSpacehop Chronicles Vol. 1 (Native State Records) iTunes
  18. Priscilla AhnThis is Where We Are (SQE Music) iTUnes
  19. Ernesto SchnackWorldbuilding (Ernesto Schnack) iTUnes
  20. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian) iTUnes
  21. That That RevolvesChasing Sunshine EP (Hungry Media) iTUnes
  22. Cinema 12 Cinema 12 (Cinema 12) iTUnes
  23. Armon JayEverything’s Different Nothing’s Changed (Armon Jay) iTUnes
  24. Dawn LandesBluebird (Western Vinyl) iTUnes
  25. David TornThat Awkward Moment (Varese Records) iTUnes

 

 

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Guitar Splendor in Echoes Top 25

February 26, 2014

Erik Wøllo and Mark McGuire bring guitars back to Echoes Top 25

TimelinesCDcoverErik Wøllo’s February CD of the MonthTimelines,  leads Echoes Top 25It’s a brilliant recording of layered guitar dreamscapes.  Following close behind is our soon-to-be March CD of the Month, Mark McGuire’s Progressive Rock epic, Along the Way.  You’ll be hearing more about this album soon.  No fewer than seven vocal albums populate the top ten slots including Priscilla Ahn’s This is Where We Are; Warpaint‘s self-titled album; Linnea Olsson’s cello songs, Ah!; the return of Aurah with  Summon the Sky; Gem Club’s hazy In Roses and Simon Emmerson’s Fresh Handmade Sound reinvention of The Beatles on A Hard Day’s Night Treatment.  That last one, sadly, is not actually out yet.  The rebroadcast of Pure Bathing Culture’s live set boosted their return to the top 25.  See the complete list below.

ECHOES FEBRUARY TOP 25

  1. Erik WolloTimelines (Projekt Records) iTUnes
  2. Priscilla AhnThis is Where We Are (SQE Music) iTUnes
  3. Linnea OlssonAh! (Universal UK) iTUnes
  4. Mark McGuireAlong the Way (Dead Oceans) iTUnes
  5. Fresh Handmade Collective – Fresh Handmade Sound: A Hard Day’s Night Treatment (Lush)
  6. KrusseldorfFractal World (Krusseldorf) iTUnes
  7. AurahSummon the Sky (Very Music) iTUnes
  8. WarpaintWarpaint (Rough Trade Us) iTUnes
  9. Gem ClubIn Roses (Hardly Art) iTUnes
  10. Pure Bathing CultureMoon Tide (Partisan Records) iTUnes
  11. Lost in the TreesPast Life (ANTI Records) iTUnes
  12. Blow Up HollywoodBlue Sky Blond (Blow Up Hollywood) iTUnes
  13. All India RadioFall Remixes (All India Radio) iTUnes
  14. LarkenlyreMusic of the Extraordinary Voyages (Cynelic Gast Music) iTUnes
  15. Kristin HoffmannThe Human Compass (Starr Records) iTUnes
  16. Olivier LibauxUncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music For Music Lovers) iTUnes
  17. DarksidePsychic (Matador Records) iTunes
  18. Tonight SkyTonight Sky (Tonight Sky) iTunes
  19. Juliette CommagereHuman (Aeronaut Records) iTunes
  20. Muriel AndersonNightlight Daylight (Muriel Anderson)
  21. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  22. BluetechSpacehop Chronicles Vol. 1 (Native State Records) iTunes
  23. James HoodCeremony (Edible Sounds) iTunes
  24. Banco de GaiaMaya (Disco Gecko Recordings) iTunes
  25. Divine MatrixHydrosphere (AD Music) iTunes

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From Oblivion to Euphoria in Echoes Top 25

January 28, 2014

Two Takes on Modern Guitar Lead Echoes Top 25 for January.

Oblivion-cvrYou couldn’t get much different than the two guitar sounds at one & two in the Echoes Top 25.  You’ve got the ambient guitar orchestrations of Hammock’s Oblivion Hymns, the Echoes CD of the Month for January followed at number 2 by E4 (Instrumental)  the Americana Electronica album from Euphoria.  Those musicians are both longtime inhabitants of this list, but some newcomers include the dream pop band, Elika,  English singer-songwriter, Fink, Seattle psychedelic folkie Damien Jurado, Swedish singer and cellist Linnea Olsson and Brazilian singer and cellist Dom La Nena. See the complete listing here.

ECHOES TOP 25 for JANUARY 2013

  1. HammockOblivion Hymns (Hammock Music) iTunes
  2. EuphoriaE4 (Instrumental) (Euphoria) iTunes
  3. Tonight SkyTonight Sky (Tonight Sky) iTunes
  4. Juliette CommagereHuman (Aeronaut Records) iTunes
  5. ElikaAlways the Light (Saint Marie) iTunes
  6. FinkFink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Ninja Tune) iTunes
  7. Bombay Dub OrchestraTales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees) iTunes
  8. Damien JuradoBrothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Secretly Canadian) iTunes
  9. DarksidePsychic (Matador Records) iTunes
  10. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  11. Fresh Handmade Collective – Fresh Handmade Sound: A Hard Day’s Night Treatment (v/a) (Lush)
  12. London GrammarIf You Wait (Metal & Dust) iTunes
  13. MobyInnocents (Mute) iTunes
  14. Jeff Johnson Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin Winterfold (Ark Records) iTunes
  15. Linnea OlssonAh! (Universal UK)
  16. Mary Fahl Love & Gravity (Mary Fahl) iTUnes
  17. Bryan CarriganBelow Zero (Peonies Music) iTUnes
  18. zer0 0nes0nar (Waveform) iTUnes
  19. Desert DwellersNight Visions: Desert Dwellers Selected Remixes (Black Swan Sounds) iTUnes
  20. Eamonn KarranDistant Sun (Real Music) iTUnes
  21. All India RadioFall Remixes (All India Radio) iTUnes
  22. Shearwater Fellow Travelers (Sub Pop) iTUnes
  23. Adam HurstNightfall (Adam Hurst) iTUnes
  24. Matteo PalmerOut of Nothing (Matteo Palmer) iTUnes
  25. Dom La Nena Golondrina (Six Degrees) iTUnes

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Oblivion-cvrJoin the Echoes CD of the Month Club.  Hammock’s Oblivion Hymns is our January   CD of the Month.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.   You can do it all right here.

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2013 Rewind: Best of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll

January 1, 2014

TimeLapseStart 2014 Off Right with a Reprise Broadcast of The Best of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll Results tonight 01/01/2014

What do you get when you take a contemporary avant-garde composer, psychedelic folkies, Indian sitarists and Japanese electronic musicians.  Apparently you get the soundscape of Echoes or at least the music listeners thought was the best aspect of that soundscape.  Listeners have voted and today we’ll hear the results of the Best of Echoes 2013.

A few comments:
Both listeners and Echoes staff picked the same number one album, Ludovico Einaudi’s In A Time Lapse, the listeners by a very wide margin.

Innocents-250Nine tracks from 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2013 made it to the listener poll.

Five CD of the Month Picks made it to the Listener Poll (Nine made it to 25 Essential Echoes CDs)

Dead-Can-Dance-In-ConcertIt’s the 2013 Poll, but there is music on it dating back from one to forty  years: Dead Can Dance’s In Concert, essentially there 2012 #1 album, Anastasis done live, Steve Roach’s Rasa Dance, a collection with tracks dating back to the 1980s, and daftpunk-1367945965Tubular Beats, a remix of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.

And who would’ve thought that a band who had a #2 hit single, would be on an Echoes list? We didn’t play Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” but the album it came from Random Access Memories, came in at #9.  Top Ten on Echoes has to be better than #2 on Billboard, right?


BEST OF ECHOES 2013 LISTENER POLL

  1. Ludovico Einaudi In a Time Lapse (Ponderosa Music & Art) iTunes
  2. MobyInnocents (Mute) iTunes
  3. Dead Can DanceIn Concert (PIAS America)
  4. Sigur RosKveikur (XL Recordings) Kveikur - Sigur RÛs
  5. Ulrich SchnaussA Long Way to Fall (Domino Records)
  6. Agnes ObelAventine (Pias America)
  7. David BowieThe Next Day  (Columbia)
  8. Ólafur ArnaldsFor Now I Am Winter (Mercury Classics) iTunes
  9. Daft PunkRandom Access Memory (Columbia)
  10. Bombay Dub OrchestraTales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees) iTunes
  11. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  12. Darshan AmbientLittle Things (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  13. Anoushka ShankarTraces of You (Deutsche Grammophon) iTunes
  14. Steve Roach Rasa Dance: The Music of Connection (Projekt)
  15. ArboreaFortress of the Sun (ESP Disk Ltd.)
  16. Kitaro Final Call (Domo Records)
  17. Boards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest (Warp Records)
  18. Mike OldfieldTubular Beats (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
  19. R. Carlos Nakai & Will ClipmanAwakening the Fire (Canyon Records)
  20. Tom Griesgraber & Bert LamsUnnamed Lands (Inner Knot) iTunes
  21. Mazzy StarSeasons of Your Day (Ingrooves)
  22. The Civil WarsThe Civil Wars (Sensibility Recordings) iTunes
  23. Pat MethenyThe Orchestrion Project (Nonesuch) iTunes
  24. Bill FrisellBig Sur (Sony Masterworks)
  25. Pat MethenyTap: John Zorns’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20 (Nonesuch)

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John Diliberto’s Top 10 CDs 2013

December 30, 2013

This was one of the hardest lists ever to compile.  It’s different from 25 Essential Echoes CDs of 2013, which is our picks of the best music played on Echoes.  And it’s also different from The Best of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll results.   These are my picks from all the music I heard in what turned out to be an epic year for new music.  And in an epic year, these are the albums that rose to the top of the top for me.

Metheny-Tap-Tzadik-cvr1- Pat MethenyTap: John Zorn’s The Book of Angels, Vol. 20
Metheny takes fragmentary themes from composer John Zorn’s “Book of Angels” series and orchestrates them into expansive, electro-symphonic works.  The fact that it features some of Metheny’s most unbridled and psychedelic guitar playing in years is just a bonus.

Stories2- Rhian Sheehan –  Stories from Elsewhere
On his 7th album, Stories from Elsewhere Rhian Sheehan created one of the most sublime shadings of ambient chamber music since Harold Budd’s Pavillion of Dreams.  It’s a magical CD of soaring strings, surging rhythms, childlike music boxes and ambient expanses that sounds both familiar and timeless. It was a CD of the Month in May.

UNQOTSA-5003 – Olivier Libaux Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age
I don’t know if I could’ve gotten behind an album more than I did Olivier Libaux’s sublime covers of music by alt-metal band Queen’s of the Stone Age.  Part of the New Wave/Punk cover band Nouvelle Vague.  Libaux stepped out on his own to record the albums with singers including Emilianna Torinni and Inara George. He accomplished a melancholy re-imagining of this alt-metal band’s music. It was a CD of the Month in July.

TimeLapse4 – Ludovico Einaudi –  In a Time Lapse
In a Time Lapse is a defining album on which pianist/composer Ludovico Einaudi pulled out all the stops, synthesizing a 21st century classicism that is all-embracing in its musical influences, and all-enveloping in its emotional sweep. It was Echoes CD of the Month in March,

Innocents-2505 – Moby   Innocents
Moby completes a trilogy of atmospheric, introspective songs that began with Wait for Me and Destroyed.  A CD of the Month in NovemberInnocents is the most soothing melancholy.

Olafur-Arnalds-For-Now-I-Am-Winter-2506 – Ólafur Arnalds   For Now I Am Winter
Both sophisticated and edgy, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds inhabits his own sonic universe, balancing emotions and mood on a laser’s edge of strings echoing out of frozen skies and electronics trawling the substrata.  For Now I Am Winter is his most mature work to date and a CD of the Month in April.

Long Way To Fall7 – Ulrich Schnauss A Long Way To Fall
A wonderfully melodic, groove driven album of synthesizer wonder as Ulrich Schnauss explores childhood memories with electronic dreams.  The title track will leave you breathless.  It was an Echoes CD of the Month in February.

WInterwell8 – Mree   Winterwell
Serene dream pop from a 19 year old musician who comes from a singer-songwriter tradition but creates Enya like choirs with her voice on this lush and powerful album.

Bleeding-Raainbow-Yeah-Right CVR9 – Bleeding Rainbow   Yeah, Right
This Philadelphia based band created a garage-rock psychedelic ecstacy that often attained the epic mixing shoegaze guitars with motoric grooves and heroic girl-group choruses from singer Sarah Everton.  I’m still trying to figure out why Savages got so much hipster attention and this album slipped away.  Play it loud and you’ll wonder why as well.

kveikur10- Sigur Ros  Kveikur
Sigur Ros kick out the jams on this album of delirious, roiling textures and Jonsi’s falsetto melodies of prayer.  This is one of the Icelandic groups more aggressive outings which is saying a lot for a band that has no restraints in their electric storm.

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Echoes Top 25 for December 2013

December 27, 2013

FoundHere’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.  WinterfoldBut 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 lamentationAzam 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

  1. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  2. MobyInnocents (Mute) iTunes
  3. Jeff Johnson Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin Winterfold (Ark Records) iTunes
  4. Olivier LibauxUncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music for Music Lovers) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  5. Tonight SkyTonight Sky (Tonight Sky)
  6. Moya BrennanAn Irish Christmas (BFO Records)
  7. Ólafur ArnaldsFor Now I Am Winter (Mercury Classics) iTunes
  8. Tom Griesgraber and Bert LamsUnnamed Lands (Inner Knot) iTunes
  9. Divine MatrixHydrosphere (AD Music) iTunes
  10. Akara – The World Beyond (Merkaba Music) iTunes
  11. EuphoriaE4 (Instrumental) (Euphoria) iTunes
  12. HammockOblivion Hymns (Hammock Music) iTunes
  13. Bombay Dub OrchestraTales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees) iTunes
  14. Ulrich SchnaussA Long Way to Fall (Ulrich Schnauss) iTunes
  15. Brad HoytFar Away from Every Day (Harp Guitar Music)
  16. Juliette CommagereHuman (Aeronaut Records) iTunes
  17. Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse (Ponderosa Music & Art) iTunes
  18. Azam Ali and Loga R TorkianLamentation of Swans (Terrestrial Lane Productions) iTunes
  19. Mary Fahl Love & Gravity (Mary Fahl) iTUnes
  20. EklipseElectric Air (The End) iTunes
  21. Frankie RoseHerein Wild (Fat Possum Records) iTunes
  22. Lotte KestnerThe Bluebird of Happiness (Saint Marie) iTunes
  23. The Piano GuysA Family Christmas (Portrait) iTunes
  24. Courtney BarnettA Sea of Split Peas (House Anxiety) iTunes
  25. GrailsBlack Tar Prophecies Vols 4-6 (Temporary Residence) iTunes

See 25 Essential Echoes CDs and The Best of Echoes Listener Poll

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FoundJoin the Echoes CD of the Month Club now and you can put David Helping and Jon Jenkins’ Found under somebodies Christmas tree.  It’s our December  CD of the Month.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.   You can do it all right here.

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Best of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll

December 17, 2013

TimeLapseWhat do you get when you take a contemporary avant-garde composer, psychedelic folkies, Indian sitarists and Japanese electronic musicians.  Apparently you get the soundscape of Echoes or at least the music listeners thought was the best aspect of that soundscape.  Listeners have voted and today we’ll hear the results of the Best of Echoes 2013.

A few comments:
Both listeners and Echoes staff picked the same number one album, Ludovico Einaudi’s In A Time Lapse, the listeners by a very wide margin.

Innocents-250Nine tracks from 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2013 made it to the listener poll.

Five CD of the Month Picks made it to the Listener Poll (Nine made it to 25 Essential Echoes CDs)

Dead-Can-Dance-In-ConcertIt’s the 2013 Poll, but there is music on it dating back from one to forty  years: Dead Can Dance’s In Concert, essentially there 2012 #1 album, Anastasis done live, Steve Roach’s Rasa Dance, a collection with tracks dating back to the 1980s, and daftpunk-1367945965Tubular Beats, a remix of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.

And who would’ve thought that a band who had a #2 hit single, would be on an Echoes list? We didn’t play Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” but the album it came from Random Access Memories, came in at #9.  Top Ten on Echoes has to be better than #2 on Billboard, right?


BEST OF ECHOES 2013 LISTENER POLL

  1. Ludovico Einaudi In a Time Lapse (Ponderosa Music & Art) iTunes
  2. MobyInnocents (Mute) iTunes
  3. Dead Can DanceIn Concert (PIAS America)
  4. Sigur RosKveikur (XL Recordings) Kveikur - Sigur RÛs
  5. Ulrich SchnaussA Long Way to Fall (Domino Records)
  6. Agnes ObelAventine (Pias America)
  7. David BowieThe Next Day  (Columbia)
  8. Ólafur ArnaldsFor Now I Am Winter (Mercury Classics) iTunes
  9. Daft PunkRandom Access Memory (Columbia)
  10. Bombay Dub OrchestraTales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees) iTunes
  11. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  12. Darshan AmbientLittle Things (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  13. Anoushka ShankarTraces of You (Deutsche Grammophon) iTunes
  14. Steve Roach Rasa Dance: The Music of Connection (Projekt)
  15. ArboreaFortress of the Sun (ESP Disk Ltd.)
  16. Kitaro Final Call (Domo Records)
  17. Boards of CanadaTomorrow’s Harvest (Warp Records)
  18. Mike OldfieldTubular Beats (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
  19. R. Carlos Nakai & Will ClipmanAwakening the Fire (Canyon Records)
  20. Tom Griesgraber & Bert LamsUnnamed Lands (Inner Knot) iTunes
  21. Mazzy StarSeasons of Your Day (Ingrooves)
  22. The Civil WarsThe Civil Wars (Sensibility Recordings) iTunes
  23. Pat MethenyThe Orchestrion Project (Nonesuch) iTunes
  24. Bill FrisellBig Sur (Sony Masterworks)
  25. Pat MethenyTap: John Zorns’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20 (Nonesuch)

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2013

December 13, 2013

Some years are better than others and 2013 was much better than most.  Right now, you can Vote in the Best of Echoes 2013 Listener Poll.   But, this list is different.  This is compiled by the brain trust of Echoes.  These are the CDs we played on the show in 2013 that we thought represented the best, and most innovative aspects of the Echoes soundscape in this past year.  If your favorites aren’t on here, I’m not surprised.  This was one of the most outstanding years ever for Echoes music.  A lot of the albums left off could just as well have been put on.  But we had to pick 25 so here they are. You can see a straight list at the end.

25 ESSENTIAL ECHOES CDS FOR 2013

NUMBER ONE
TimeLapseLudovico Einaudi  In a Time Lapse
Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi is a giant in Europe but still just lapping at America’s shores.  But he swept over Echoes years ago. The Echoes CD of the Month in March, In a Time Lapse is a defining album on which Einaudi pulled out all the stops, synthesizing a 21st century classicism that is all-embracing in its musical influences, and all-enveloping in its emotional sweep.

StoriesRhian Sheehan   Stories from Elsewhere
New Zealand composer Rhian Sheehan may have created one of the most sublime shadings of ambient chamber music on his 7th album, Stories from Elsewhere.  It’s a magical CD of soaring strings, surging rhythms, childlike music boxes and ambient expanses that sounds both familiar and timeless. It was a CD of the Month in May.

UNQOTSA-500Olivier Libaux  Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age
Why this album wasn’t more popular is one of the mysteries of 2013.  I suspect that confusing branding, poor distribution and limited marketing kept this CD under the radar.  Olivier Libaux is part of the New Wave/Punk cover band Nouvelle Vague but he stepped out on his own to record an entire CD of tunes by Queens of the Stone Age.  All the high priests of hip at Pitchfork, Stereogum and Popmatters completely missed this album where Libaux, accompanied by singers including Emilianna Torinni and Inara George, accomplishes a sublime re-imagining of this alt-metal band’s music. It was a CD of the Month in July.

Innocents-250Moby   Innocents
The hipsters missed Libaux, but many called this Moby’s best album since Play.  I think it’s just a continuation of his atmospheric, introspective trilogy that began with Wait for Me and Destroyed.  A CD of the Month in NovemberInnocents is the most soothing melancholy.

Olafur-Arnalds-For-Now-I-Am-Winter-2505 Ólafur Arnalds   For Now I Am Winter
Both sophisticated and edgy, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds inhabits his own sonic universe, balancing emotions and mood on a laser’s edge of strings echoing out of frozen skies and electronics trawling the substrata.  For Now I Am Winter is his most mature work to date and a CD of the Month in April.

Scenes from a train6  Jeff Greinke Scenes from a Train
Ambient music veteran Jeff Greinke reveals a grasp of orchestration never evident in his music before in this album of exotic chamber music with acoustic horns and strings.

AnomicJah Wobble & Marconi Union Anomic
Although Anomic only came out in early 2013, I feel like I’ve been listening to it for years.  It has that sense of the classic about it. Bassist Jah Wobble brings his deep dub bass lines to Marconi Unions haunting electronic themes.

Oblivion-cvr8 Hammock Oblivion Hymns
Following up their 2012 CD of the Year, Departure Songs, Hammock goes deeper into their ambient chamber music with children’s choirs emerging out of swirling deeply processed guitars.  It will be the first CD of the Month of 2014.

Tales9 Bombay Dub Orchestra  Tales from the Grand Bazaar
Despite the presence of reggae rhyhm legends Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on some tracks,  this is actually the most serene and melodically driven album yet of BDO’s merging of eastern music, electronic grooves and Bollywood strings.

lamentation10 Azam Ali & Loga Torkian   Lamentation of Swans-A Journey Towards Silence
The leaders of Niyaz released a deeply intimate and personal album with Azam Ali returning to her wordless vocals in this album of slow, sensual rhythms and darkly arabesque melodies.

Long Way To Fall11 Ulrich Schnauss A Long Way To Fall
A wonderfully melodic, groove driven album of synthesizer wonder as Ulrich Schnauss explores childhood memories with electronic dreams.

Aventine12 Agnes Obel Aventine
For her sophomore album, Danish singer Agnes Obel turns in another gem of haunting chamber pop.

Zefira-Deserters13 Rachel Zeffira  The Deserters
And speaking of chamber pop, Rachel Zeffira turns her opera-trained soprano into a caressing hush; mixes circus organ with a song about suicide; and uses oboe arrangements that sound like The Left Banke’s “Pretty Ballerina.” The Deserters was the CD of the Month in June.

kveikur14 Sigur Ros  Kveikur
Sigur Ros kick out the jams on this album of delirious, roiling textures and Jonsi’s falsetto melodies of prayer.

1Impossible5 William Tyler   Impossible Truth
Tyler takes John Fahey into the 21st century, weaving fingerstyle guitar melodies that are like long epic tapes.  He’s known as an acoustic player but has lots of electric on Impossible Truth.

WorldsBeyond16 Akara  The World Beyond
With the heaven sent voice of Femke Weidema and the elaborate orchestrations of Joshua Penman, Akara creates a transglobal progressive sound that is out of this world on The World Beyond, the Echoes CD of the Month in October.

WInterwell17 Mree   Winterwell
Serene dream pop from a 19 year old singer who comes from a singer-songwriter tradition but creates Enya like choirs with her voice on this lush and powerful album.

Burnt-Belief18 Colin Edwin & Jon Durant  Burnt Belief
Timed for release on December 21, the day after the Mayan calendar stopped and the world ended, Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and prog guitarist Jon Durant unleashed this album of post progressive rock moods.  We’re still here and thankfully, so is Burnt Belief.

Found
19 David Helpling & Jon Jenkins   Found
David Helpling and Jon Jenkins’ bring an orchestral approach to electronic music, where the orchestra is completely plugged-in, the timbres otherworldly, and the percussion tracks swept in on storms.  It was a great CD of the Month to end 2013.

Winterfold20 Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin  Winterfold
This trio of keyboards, flutes and violin creates a music full of snow brushed melodies and lush arrangements with a hint of Celtic aire.

Syriana21 Syriana    Road to Damascus
This record came in under the radar from Real World.  It’s an exuberant mix of music from the Middle East to Ireland with musicians from Algeria, Ireland, Jordan, UK, Palestine but with hints of surf guitar and film noir scores.

Human22 Juliette Commagere   Human
Singer Juliette Commagere creates a beautiful and introspective electronic song cycle framing her sonorous soprano with a sound that recalls 80’s synth-pop but darker.

Traces of You23 Anoushka Shankar Traces of You
With sister Norah Jones and producer/instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney, sitarist Anoushka Shankar creates a tribute to her father Ravi Shankar that continues his eclectic approach to east-west fusion.

130521_HEM24 HEM   Departure & Farewell
When you’re contemplating loss, betrayal and redemption, put on Hem’s introspective album about their own break-up and reunion with the caressing voice of Sally Ellyson.

TonightSky25 Tonight Sky Tonight Sky
Tonight Sky is Jason Holstrom and he’s taken The Beach Boys’ harmonies and sent them into electronica space on this album of songs that manage to make you feel good while still being full of dark atmospheres.  Surf’s up again.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))
See below for a Spotify playlist of songs from all 25 albums save one.

25 ESSENTIAL ECHOES CDs FOR 2013

  1. Ludovico EinaudiIn a Time Lapse (Ponderosa Music & Art) iTunes
  2. Rhian SheehanStories from Elsewhere (Darla Records) iTunes
  3. Olivier LibauxUncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music for Music Lovers) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  4. MobyInnocents (Mute) iTunes
  5. Ólafur ArnaldsFor Now I Am Winter (Mercury Classics) iTunes
  6. Jeff GreinkeScenes From A Train (Infectious Music)
  7. Jah Wobble & Marconi UnionAnomic (30 Hertz) Anomic - Jah Wobble & Marconi Union
  8. HammockOblivion Hymns (Hammock Music)
  9. Bombay Dub OrchestraTales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees) iTunes
  10. Azam Ali and Loga R TorkianLamentation of Swans (Terrestrial Lane Productions) iTunes
  11. Ulrich SchnaussA Long Way to Fall (Domino Records)
  12. Agnes ObelAventine (Pias America)
  13. Rachel Zeffira The Deserters (Paper Bag) The Deserters - Rachel Zeffira
  14. Sigur RosKveikur (XL Recordings) Kveikur - Sigur RÛs
  15. William TylerImpossible Truth (Merge Records) iTunes
  16. Akara – The World Beyond (Merkaba Music) iTunes
  17. MreeWinterwell (Mree Music) iTunes
  18. Jon Durant and Colin EdwinBurnt Belief (Alchemy Records) iTunes
  19. David Helpling & Jon JenkinsFound (Spotted Peccary) iTunes
  20. Jeff Johnson Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin Winterfold (Ark Records) iTunes
  21. SyrianaThe Road to Damascus (Real World) iTunes
  22. Juliette CommagereHuman (Aeronaut Records) iTunes
  23. Anoushka ShankarTraces of You (Deutsche Grammophon) iTunes
  24. HemDeparture and Farewell (Redeye)
  25. Tonight SkyTonight Sky (Tonight Sky)

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

GIVE THE GIFT OF THE ECHOES CD OF THE MONTH CLUB

FoundNine of the CDs in this list were Echoes CDs of the Month, and the other three could’ve been on this list. Join the Echoes CD of the Month Club now and you can put David Helping and Jon Jenkins’ Found under somebodies Christmas tree.  It’s our December  CD of the Month.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.   You can do it all right here.

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GIVE THEM THE GIFT OF TRANSMISSIONS:
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Join us on Facebook where you’ll get all the Echoes news so you won’t be left behind when Dead Can Dance appear on the show, Tangerine Dream tours or Brian Eno drops a new iPad album. Or Follow us on Twitter@echoesradio.

Now you can go Mobile with Echoes On-Line. Find out how you can listen to Echoes 24/7 wherever you are on your iPhone, iPad or Droid.

Here’s a Spotify Playlist of tracks from all 25 CDs.  Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin’s Winterfold isn’t on it, so I put a previous recording by Jeff Johnson in as a placeholder.


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