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Echoes September Top 25

September 26, 2013

Darshan Ambient Leads Echoes Top 25 for September

Little_Things_CoverLittle Things does big things on Echoes Top 25 as Darshan Ambient’s CD of the Month rises to the head of the pack in September.   Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian aren’t far behind with the Lamentation of Swans, an album that is still revealing itself after several months.  Mree’s Winterwell pops back up.  She is definitely the new artist of 2013. And yes, she had a previous CD in 2011 but no one heard it and Winterwell is clearly a breakthrough work of beautiful songs and harmonies that are like sinking into satin sheets.  lamentationThere’s  lot of newcomers to this list like Eklipse, Emiliana Torrini, Endless Tapes, Gungor, and the The Joy Formidable.  And there are 15 vocals on the list, even if some of those vocals are imaginary languages from Azam Ali and Akara, and wordless voices from Julianna Barwick.  Check out the top 25 below.

ECHOES TOP 25 for SEPTEMBER

  1. Darshan AmbientLittle Things (Lotuspike) iTunes
  2. Azam Ali and Loga R TorkianLamentation of Swans (Terrestrial Lane Productions) iTunes
  3. Mree Winterwell (Mree Music) iTunes
  4. EklipseElectric Air (The End) iTunes
  5. Akara – The World Beyond (Merkaba Music) iTunes
  6. Emiliana TorriniTookah (Rough Trade Us) iTunes
  7. Olivier LibauxUncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music for Music Lovers) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  8. Raygun BalletBig California (Mars Arcana) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  9. ClannadNadur (Arc Music) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  10. Endless TapesEndless Tapes EP (Endless Tapes) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  11. GungorI Am Mountain (Hither & Yon) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  12. Ane BrunSongs 2003-2013 (Balloon Ranger Recordings) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  13. Clara HillWalk the Distance (Tapete Records)
  14. v/aLittle Darla has a Treat for You Vol. 28: Lucky 2013 (Darla Records) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  15. The Joy FormidableSilent Treatment EP (Canvasback/ATL) Uncovered: Queens of the Stone Age - Olivier Libaux
  16. Tired PonyThe Ghost of the Mountain (Universal UK)
  17. Naming GhostsNaming Ghosts (Penfield Music)
  18. Jeff GreinkeScenes From A Train (Infectious Music)
  19. ShambhuDreaming of Now (Acoustic Shine)
  20. Agnes ObelAventine (Pias America)
  21. Acoustic EidolonAncient Lovers (Acoustic Woods Records)
  22. Julianna BarwickNepenthe (Dead Oceans)
  23. AustraOlympia (Domino)
  24. DIANAPerpetual Surrender (Jagjaguwar)
  25. v/aPossibilities of Circumstance (Projekt)

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Bombay Dub Orchestra Returns

September 26, 2013

Bombay Dub Orchestra & Emiliana Torrini Release first new albums in five years.

TalesIt’s been a longtime waiting for new music by east-west-electronica mavens, Bombay Dub Orchestra.  The team of Garry Hughes & Andrew T.  MacKay created some of the definitive world fusion music of the new millennium with their self-titled debut and 3 Cities, both of which were Echoes CD of the Month picks.  With electronics and Indian music as the core of their sound, they travel to further flung climes with Tales from the Grand Bazaar bringing in middle eastern elements from Turkey and living up to the “Dub” part of their name with appearances by Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, rhythm icons of Jamaican reggae.   Their seamless blending of orchestra, electronics, global instruments and modern grooves makes them true inhabitants of the 21st Century global village.  We’ll hear music from them today.

Emiliana Torrini - Tookah

Emiliana Torrini – Tookah

We’ve also got new music from Emiliana Torrini, the Icelandic singer with the un-Icelandic name.  Her father is Italian and Emiliana currently lives in Italy.  Like Bombay Dub Orchestra, it’s been five years since her last album of new music although we’ve heard her quite a bit this year on Olivier Libaux’s Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age.   After moving into abstracted terrain with Me and Arini in 2008, Torrini returns to melodic form with Tookah, a word that looks and sounds like hookah, but has nothing to do with that, I think.

So lighten up yourself and take a toke on the Tookah tonight on Echoes.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

Little_Things_CoverSign up for Echoes CD of the Month Club.   CD of the Month Club members will be getting Darshan Ambient’s Little Things 10 days before its released.  Follow the link to the Echoes CD of the Month Club and see what you’ve been missing.

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Queens of the Stone Age Reinvented

July 1, 2013

NOUVELLE VAGUE CO-FOUNDER RE-IMAGINES
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
On UNCOVERED QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Hear Olivier Libaux’s Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age tonight on Echoes.

I initially heard Olivier Libauxs CD Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age without knowing the source material.  In fact, I didn’t know there was source material.  I just instantly fell in love with these haunting, languid songs that sounded like refrains from the last call at the bar.

UNQOTSAThen I discovered that all the songs were covers of tunes by Queens of the Stone Age.  This hard-rocking alternative band has a sound that borders on Heavy Metal. Their latest CD …Like Clockwork was a number one album in early June.

You may not know Olivier Libaux.  He’s one of the two men behind Nouvelle Vague, the French project specializing in covering punk and new wave songs in a style that hovers between bossa nova and lounge music.  They get seductive dream pop singers, often female, to transport these songs into a dark room of recessed lighting and shadows.

For his new solo album, Libaux leaves most of the Bossa behind and focuses on a single band.  Queens of the Stone Age may appear to be an unlikely source, but no more surprising than his previous choices of songs by The Saints, New Order and The Sex Pistols.  You may love the source material or hate it, but however you feel about the originals, leave those opinions at the door.  Olivier Libaux accomplishes a sublime re-imagining of this alt-metal band’s music on this new CD.

If you don’t know Queens of the Stone Age, just assume that all the originals sound like Rush on a bender with Black Sabbath.  The tunes come from albums titled Era Vulgaris, Songs for the Deaf and Lullabies to Paralyze.

Olivier Libaux

Olivier Libaux

Libaux’s gift for finding the melodic nuance underneath the guitar aggression is evident on the first song, “River in the Road” sung by Rosemary Standley from a band called Moriarty.  Backed by a  portentous eight-chord piano sequence of doom coupled with a delayed single hit on a tambourine, Standley sings it like a wise woman who has seen too much of the world, sacrificing herself in your protection.

“Burn the Witch” is a gorgeous tune that belies its title with Libaux’s finger style guitar and gentle shakers underpinning Clare Manchon’s (from Clare & the Reasons) recasting of QOTSA’s song of hidden lies and coercion. Instead, she turns into a plea for help in troubled world.  Likewise, Libaux turns “I Never Came” from a vicious song of rejection to a torch song of doom sung by Alela Diane.

There are two songs that keep me coming back.  The first is “In My Head, sung by Susan Dillane. A story of unbridled love, she sings over a hallucinatory soundscape of electronic effects, tremulous stings and finger-style guitar, in a delirious love dream.

The other song is “Go with the Flow.” Easily one the most jubilant tracks on the album, it’s a rollicking circus of sound played over a bouncing groove, with vocals provided by Iceland’s Emiliana Torrini.  The sound effects of a cheering audience are used as a musical element that amps-up the elation. A similar mood can be found in the deceptively happy “Medication,” a song about drugs that sounds more satisfied than it should be with its “Woo-hoo” chorus sung by Katherine Whalen.

Olivier Libaux

Olivier Libaux

For those who loved the Bossa Nova style of Nouvelle Vague, it shows up on “No One Knows” with vocals by one of the queens of cool singing, Inara George, from the band The Bird and the Bee.   With a Brazilian groove draped in strings, it’s more “Girl from Ipanema” than “Iron Man.” George also returns in the more classically tinged “Hangin’ Tree.”

Cover tunes abound these days and entire cover albums aren’t unusual, but Olivier Libaux raises the bar with sensitive, largely introspective, and wholly seductive reinventions of Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age.

(Go to John Diliberto’s Spotify account for a playlist with all the original Queens of the Stone Age songs).

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