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Stars Shine in Tonight Sky on Echoes Tonight

May 28, 2014
Jason Holstrom in the Cabana

Jason Holstrom in the Cabana

Tonight Sky remains one of my favorite and most curiously neglected albums of the last year.  Hear why you should love this music tonight on Echoes.

Jason Holstrom has been on the Seattle music since the turn of the millennium playing in groups like Wonderful and United States of Electronica. TonightSkyBut none of that music would prepare you for the serenely feel good vibrations of his project,Tonight Sky.  He’s taken Beach Boys harmonies and sent them into electronica space.  In Seattle, I surf the music of Tonight Sky with Jason Holstrom tonight on Echoes.

Tell me that this song doesn’t just make you feel good.

Tonight Sky – Bonfire from Tonight Sky on Vimeo.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Erik Wøllo’s Timelines: Echoes February CD of the Month

February 3, 2014

Erik Wøllo’s Timelines
Echoes February CD of the Month

It’s a cliché, I know, but as soon as an Erik Wøllo album starts,
yoTimelinesCDcoveru know you are on a journey.  It’s like the moments before take-off, only Wøllo’s ascent doesn’t throw you back in your seat with G-Force thrust.  It’s a gentle rise into euphoric space. Timelines is a beautifully sculpted example of that.

Wøllo is a Norwegian musician who has been recording since 1984, releasing 18 solo albums in that span plus collaborations with musicians like Steve Roach, Ian Boddy and Kouame Sereba. From his 1988 album Traces (recently reissued on Spotted Peccary Records along with other Wøllo titles) Wøllo showed a command of detailed orchestrations and dramatic melodies. A guitarist and keyboardist, both elements come together in intricate and unexpected ways on Timelines.

Erik Wollo Live on Echoes 2010

Erik Wollo Live on Echoes 2010

Wøllo’s recent albums, Silent Currents and Airborne, have taken him into the drone zone inhabited by Steve Roach, but Timelines is a return to form for this guitarist who is more at home in a world of melody.  But you can hear those abstract influences in his electronic percussion palette which reflects the influence of his collaborations with Roach on Streams of Thought and Road Eternal.

The central core of this album is acoustic guitar, on which Wøllo composed all of the tracks, except I suspect, the spacey closer, “Ocean.”  On “Blue Rondo,” an acoustic guitar arpeggio seems to reveal itself out of an electronic swirl, merging with glurpy water drip electronic percussion, soaring synth pads and growling electric guitar drones before evolving into a gently percussive piece with some searing ebow guitar leads.

Erik Wollo Live on Echoes 2010

Erik Wollo Live on Echoes 2010

“Visions” is the centerpiece of the album, a slowly building work of interlocked percussion, electronic cycles and that ebow guitar that seems to emerge like a stealth bomber out of the storm clouds. Maybe that imagery is a little foreboding, but that’s what draws me to Wøllos music.  A track like “Along the Journey” could be a gentle walk through a Norwegian forest and easily devolve into New Age prettiness.  But throughout the walk, Wøllo has ambient atmospheres swirling at the edges, leaving them unfocused and mysterious.  There’s a darkness that balances the light, a dark undertow that serves to put his melodies in beautiful bas relief.  And then of course, there’s the thudding percussion and spiraling ebow solo that reveals this is no country walk.

Erik Wøllo has had a few CD of the Month picks in the past.  It’s hard not to.  Time is suspended when you cross Erik Wøllo’s Timelines.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))
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Tonight Sky’s Jason Holstrom in Echoes Podcast

January 24, 2014

Hear About Beach Boys, Ukuleles and Space Music with Tonight Sky in the Echoes Podcast.

Jason Holstrom in the Cabana

Jason Holstrom in the Cabana

Jason Holstrom has been on the Seattle music since the turn of the millennium playing in groups like Wonderful and United States of Electronica. But none of that music would prepare you for the serenely feel good vibrations of his project,Tonight Sky.  He’s taken Beach Boys harmonies and sent them into electronica space.  In Seattle, I surf the music of Tonight Sky with Jason Holstrom.  Hear it in the Echoes Podcast.

Tell me that this song doesn’t just make you feel good.

Tonight Sky – Bonfire from Tonight Sky on Vimeo.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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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Surf’s Up with Tonight Sky

January 20, 2014
Jason Holstrom in the Cabana

Jason Holstrom in the Cabana

Jason Holstrom has been on the Seattle music since the turn of the millennium playing in groups like Wonderful and United States of Electronica. But none of that music would prepare you for the serenely feel good vibrations of his project,Tonight Sky.  He’s taken Beach Boys harmonies and sent them into electronica space.  In Seattle, I surf the music of Tonight Sky with Jason Holstrom.

Tell me that this song doesn’t just make you feel good.

Tonight Sky – Bonfire from Tonight Sky on Vimeo.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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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Still Corners Live on Echoes Tonight.

November 21, 2013

Tonight on Echoes, Still Corners Live.

Tessa Murray & Greg Hughes of Still Corners on Echoes

Tessa Murray & Greg Hughes of Still Corners on Echoes

Still Corners is a critically-acclaimed Dream-pop band from England. They visit Echoes with their full ensemble to unfold the atmospheric delights of their latest CD, Strange Pleasure.  A track from this performance is on our latest CD, Transmissions: The Echoes Living Room Concerts V19.  Find your local Echoes station here.

Below, watch Still Corners’ “Strange Pleasure” from their 2013 CD, Strange Pleasure.

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John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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InnocentsNew members of the Echoes CD of the Month Club will get Moby’s Innocents album, our November CD of the Month and a BONUS CD of Bombay Dub Orchestra’s Tales from the Grand Bazaar.  You’ll get great CDs and help support Echoes at the same time.  You’ll also get the new Echoes CD, Transmissions: The Echoes Living Room Concerts V19, You can do it all right here. You
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From Beach Boys to Tangerine Dream: Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters in Echoes Podcast

October 11, 2013

Hear Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters Interview in the Echoes Podcast.

TomorrowIt’s been an Ulrich Schnauss year here at Echoes.  He had a CD of the Month in February this year with A Long Way to Fall and we interviewed him as well.  Then he played live for us in early September and now he’s back again.  It turned out that when he came in to play live he also had a forthcoming album with guitarist Mark Peters from Engineers, and it just so happened that Peters was tagging along with Schnauss on tour.  So I sat them down to talk about their music for an alternate reality.

Ulrich Schnauss is one of the icons of downtempo electronica with albums like A Strangely Isolated Place and A Long Way to Fall.  Mark Peters is a bit less well known in this country.  He has a band called Engineers in England who play a dreamy brand of shoegaze music.  He and Ulrich Schnauss hit it off so well that Schnauss actually joined Engineers.  But the two musicians have also released a pair of duet albums for guitar and electronics.  Their latest is Tomorrow is Another Day.

Ulrich Schnauss Live on Echoes

Ulrich Schnauss Live on Echoes

Highlights:
Mark Peters on The Beach Boys: It hit me really hard when I was kind of first learning to play guitar at 15.  And then I’d just become a super nut about it and every last bootleg, every little clip on YouTube, everything is just…and I think it’s just, you know, kind of a classical type complexity that’s just so interesting.
John Diliberto: You’re hardcore, aren’t you?
Mark Peters: Big time.  Bit of a geek.  Yeah, Ulrich’s got his head in his hands.

Ulrich Schnauss on altered states: That’s the point at the end of the day, like you’re trying to create something that doesn’t reflect the reality that surrounds you, but something that actually creates the opposite, a counterpoint to reality, an alternative or a utopia.

Hear Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters  on the Echoes Podcast.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

WorldsBeyondSign up for Echoes CD of the Month Club.   CD of the Month Club members will be getting Akara’s The World Beyond.  Follow the link to the Echoes CD of the Month Club and see what you’ve been missing.

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Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters on Echoes

October 8, 2013

Hear Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters Interview Tonight on Echoes.

TomorrowIt’s been an Ulrich Schnauss year here at Echoes.  He had a CD of the Month in February this year with A Long Way to Fall and we interviewed him as well.  Then he played live for us in early September and now he’s back again.  It turned out that when he came in to play live he also had a forthcoming album with guitarist Mark Peters from Engineers, and it just so happened that Peters was tagging along with Schnauss on tour.  So I sat them down to talk about their music for an alternate reality.

Ulrich Schnauss is one of the icons of downtempo electronica with albums like A Strangely Isolated Place and A Long Way to Fall.  Mark Peters is a bit less well known in this country.  He has a band called Engineers in England who play a dreamy brand of shoegaze music.  He and Ulrich Schnauss hit it off so well that Schnauss actually joined Engineers.  But the two musicians have also released a pair of duet albums for guitar and electronics.  Their latest is Tomorrow is Another Day.

Ulrich Schnauss Live on Echoes

Ulrich Schnauss Live on Echoes

Highlights:
Mark Peters on The Beach Boys: It hit me really hard when I was kind of first learning to play guitar at 15.  And then I’d just become a super nut about it and every last bootleg, every little clip on YouTube, everything is just…and I think it’s just, you know, kind of a classical type complexity that’s just so interesting.
John Dilibeto: You’re hardcore, aren’t you?
Mark Peters: Big time.  Bit of a geek.  Yeah, Ulrich’s got his head in his hands.

Ulrich Schnauss on altered states: That’s the point at the end of the day, like you’re trying to create something that doesn’t reflect the reality that surrounds you, but something that actually creates the opposite, a counterpoint to reality, an alternative or a utopia.

Hear Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters tonight on Echoes.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

WorldsBeyondSign up for Echoes CD of the Month Club.   CD of the Month Club members will be getting Akara’s The World Beyond.  Follow the link to the Echoes CD of the Month Club and see what you’ve been missing.

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Think of the great artists you love on Echoes. Think of the informative interviews and exclusive live performances. Then, think of a world without Echoes. You can make sure that never happens by becoming a member of the Echoes Sound Circle.

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New Music: The Boards of Canada & Sigur Rós

August 15, 2013

Hear New Music from the Boards of Canada and Sigur Ros on Echoes tonight.

https://i2.wp.com/2a56b976980e0793ddee-5cc5435fcbc367bb03f9a415e7067a97.r91.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Boards-of-Canada-Tomorrows-Harvest-1024x1024.jpgTonight on Echoes, new music by downtempo electronic denizens, Boards of Canada, from their highly anticipated and hyped Tomorrow’s Harvest, and the latest by Sigur Rós off their new album Kveikur (Candlewick).

Below, watch Boards of Canada with “Reach for the Dead” from from Tomorrow’s Harvest.

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WavesIf you like Boards of Canada and Sigur Ros, then you’ll love the Echoes August CD of the Month, Melorman’s Waves.  Sign up for Echoes CD of the Month Club and you’ll get great CDs like Melorman’s Waves

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Top 25 CDs for December

December 30, 2011

 DARSHAN AMBIENT’S DREAM IN BLUE

Leads December Top 25 CDs on Echoes.

It was our December CD of the Month so it’s no surprise that Darshan Ambient’s Dream in Blue topped our Echoes Top 25 for the month.  You can read a review and hear tracks here.

The first four releases on the list all come from electronic realms, be it Krusseldorf‘s melodic downtempo electronica on From Soil To Space, Jon Durant’s electronically processed guitars and violin on Dance of the Shadow Planets, or Northcape’s ambient Captured from Static.  But that’s followed up by a couple of acoustic guitarists, Sergio Altamura and Keith Medley.  There are lot’s of former CD of the Month selections on this list including Jeff Oster’s SurrenderAkara’s Extradimesional Ethnography and Patrick O’Hearn’s Transitions.   Look for January’s CD of the Month club selection with Tino Izzo’s Morning Scapes, in at #12.  You can see the complete Top 25 here.

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