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Echoes Top 25 for September-Ambient Leads the Way

October 6, 2008

Digitonal tops the Echoes Top 25 for September, and will no doubt be near the top for the next several months. But right behind is Marconi Union, topping their own record as the highest placing digital download recording on Echoes. October’s CD of the Month, Sumner McKane’s nostalgia-tinged ambient americana masterpiece, What A Great Place to be, is already near the top in September at #4. New Entries include Darshan Ambient, Jeff Pearce, General Fuzz, Anja Lechner & Vasillis Tsabropoulos , Peter Kater, and Wolfert Brederode.  Over-all, another month of chilled moods and exotic grooves from across the Echoes spectrum. It’s been a good year, and it’s not over yet.  You can read print reviews and hear audio reviews with music from several of them,  including Sumner McKane, Digitonal, Marconi Union, Ron McFarlane, Michael Brook & Djivan GasparyanOttmar Liebert, Solas, and General Fuzz.

John Diliberto

ECHOES TOP 25
SEPTEMBER 2008    

1. Digitonal Save Your Light for Darker Days Just Music
Read the Review!
2. Marconi Union A Lost Connection MU Transmissions
3. Ronn McFarlane Indigo Road Dorian
4. Sumner McKane What A Great Place to Be Don’t Hit Your Sister Records
5. Darshan Ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes Lotuspike

6. Michael Brook/Djivan Gasparyan Penumbra Canadian Rational
7. Ottmar Liebert The Scent of Light Spiral Subwave Records Int’l
8. Solas For Love and Laughter Compass Records
9. William Ackerman Meditations Compass Productions
10. Fernwood Almeria Self Released
11. Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Tim Story Inlandish High Wire Records

12. Niyaz Nine Heavens Six Degrees
13. Jeff Pearce Rainshadow Sky Jeff Pearce Music
14. Jesse Cook Frontiers Koch Records
15. David Cullen Guitar Travels Solid Air
16. General Fuzz Soulful Filling Self Released
17. California Guitar Trio Echoes Inner Knot
18. Peter Kater Cloud Hands Point of Light Records
19. David Arkenstone Echoes of Light and Shadow Gemini Sun Records
20. Joan Jeanrenaud Strange Toys Talking House Records
21. Anja Lechner and Vasillis Tsabropoulos Melos ECM Records

22. Michel Banabila Traces Tapu Records
23. Forastiere Why Not? Candyrat Records
24. V/A Harp Guitar Dreams Harp Guitar Music
25. Wolfert Brederode Quartet Currents ECM Records
Digitonal’sSave Your Light for Darker Days

was the Echoes CD of the Month
for September 2008

 
 
 
 
 

 


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Echoes Top 25 For August: Ottmar Liebert Leads and Electronica Returns

August 28, 2008

Ottmar Liebert’s The Scent of Light, our August CD of the Month tops the Echoes Top 25 for August, but electronica and ambient music make a comeback after a few months off. They include Marconi Union who repeats their Top 5 performance with A Lost Connection, a download only release.  Joining them are Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard’s Farscape, Darshan Ambient’s obviously ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes and Sumner McKane’s What A Great Place to Be, are all electric/electronically based albums that debut in the Top Ten this month.   There are nine new entries this month in the Top 25.  Go to the Echoes Blog to read reviews and hear audio reviews of many of these recordings, including Marconi Union, Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard, Biomusique, California Guitar Trio, Sacred Earth and David Pritchard.

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR AUGUST 2008

1. Ottmar Liebert The Scent of Light Spiral Subwave Records Int’l Read the Review!
2. Jami Sieber Unspoken: The Music of Only Breath Out Front Music CDBaby
3. Marconi Union A Lost Connection MU Transmissions
4. Don Peyote Peyote Dreaming Don Peyote Recordings/Interchill
5. Gerry O’Beirne The Bog Bodies and Other Stories Self Released
6. Joe Euro Souvenir Joe Euro Music Buy From CDBaby
7. Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard Farscape SPV Recordings
8. Darshan Ambient From Pale Hands to Weary Eyes Lotuspike

9. Biomusique The 10,000 Steps Kosmic Music

10. Sumner McKane What A Great Place to Be Don’t Hit Your Sister Records
11. California Guitar Trio Echoes Inner Knot
12 Kevin Bartlett Glow in the Dark Aural Gratification
13. Sacred Earth Wind of the East Red Feather Music

14. Rodrigo Rodriguez Beyond the Times KZN Records
15. V/A Perceived Distances Dataobscura
16. Steve Roach Empetus Projekt
17. Ronn McFarlane Indigo Road Dorian
18. Hans-Jaochim Roedelius & Tim Story Inlandish High Wire Records

19. David Cullen Guitar Travels Solid Air
20. David Arkenstone Echoes of Light and Shadow Gemini Sun Records
21. David Pritchard Vertical Eden Morphic Resonance Music
22. Niyaz Nine Heavens Six Degrees
23. Joan Jeanrenaud Strange Toys Talking House Records
24. Forastiere Why Not? Candyrat Records
25. Fernwood Almeria Self Released
Ottmar Liebert’sThe Scent of Light

was the Echoes CD of the Month
for August 2008

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Echoes Top 25 for July: Marconi Union first Download recording to crack Top 5

August 5, 2008

Ambient chamber music still dominates the Echoes Top 25 for August, but for the first time, a download only album cracks the the Echoes Top 5. That CD is the purely ambient A Lost Connection by Marconi Union. Their album, Distance, from 3 years ago was among our favorite CDs that year, and A Lost Connection was definitely worth the wait. The album is full of plaintive electric guitar lines draped across a mesh of subtle, insinuating beats, synth pads full of melancholy and glitchy effects dropping in from the fringes. This album is more poetic and almost classical in spots compared to their first two albums. The mellotron-like flutes of the “Endless Winter” lend a somnolent chamber music sound across the insistent, but downtempo bass thud. Expect to hear that  song frequently on Echoes Winter Solstices to come and A Lost Connection frequently on Echoes. Right now, the only place to get A Lost Connection is from the Marconi Union website.

To my ears, there’s a very short distance between the classical Ahn Trio and the ambient Marconi Union.  In that light, ambient chamber music remains strong, although only 10 out of 25 discs fit broadly into that camp, compared to 14 last month. The Ahn Trio, Ronn McFarlane, and Jami Sieber remained important players this month.  Ottmar Liebert’s The Scent of Light made an impressive debut at #14. Look for that to be number 1 for August since it’s our CD of the Month.   You can read a Print Review  here, including an Audio Review with music.  Over all, there was a 50% turn-over in the Top 25 for August.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

ECHOES TOP 25 FOR JULY Wind of the East 1 – Sacred Earth (Peter Kater, Joseph Fire Crow, Arvel Bird) – Wind of the East (Print Review or Audio Review)

 Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac 2 – Ahn Trio – Lullaby For My Favorite Insomniac <Listen>

Marconic Usnion Lost 3 – Marconi Union – A Lost Connection

The 10,000 Steps 4 – Biomusique – The 10000 Steps <Read Review or Listen>
Guitar Travels5 – David Cullen – Guitar Travels 

Echoes of Light and Shadow 6 – David Arkenstone – Echoes of Light and Shadow

Glow In The Dark 7 – Kevin Bartlett – Glow in the Dark

Indigo Road 8 – Ronn McFarlane – Indigo Road

Traces (Music for films & documentaries)9 – Michel Banabila – Traces
Unspoken 10 – Jami Sieber – Unspoken < Listen>

lidor11 – Eldad Lidor – Closer
Inlandish12 – Hans-Joachim roedelius & Tim Story – Inlandish

Echoes 13 – California Guitar Trio – Echoes (Read Article)
The Scent of Light14 – Ottmar Liebert – The Scent of Light (Print Review or Audio Review)

15 – Skala – Tundra
Dreaming of Revenge16 – Kaki King – Dreaming of Revenge
Rivers Arms17 – Balmorhea – Rivers Arms

UTTR18 – Under the Radar – I Was There But I Can’t Remember When
Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow 19 – Hammock – Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
20 – William Ackerman – Meditations

Nine Heavens 21 – Niyaz – Nine Heavens
22 – Fernwood – Almeria
Vertical Eden23 – David Pritchard – Vertical Eden
Strange Toys24 – Joan Jeanrenaud – Strange Toys

Peyote Dreaming 25 – Don Peyote – Peyote Dreaming

Echo Location: Ottmar Liebert’s The Scent of Light-Echoes August CD of the Month

July 30, 2008

Nouveau Flamenco creator goes wide-screen on The Scent of Light

(You can hear an audio version of this Echo Location with music.)

Ottmar Liebert would be the last person to call his music straight-up flamenco. His rhythmic strumming interspersed with intricate finger picking and Spanish rhythms comes from that tradition, but Liebert’s approach is more languid and less florid than most flamenco players. That’s one reason why he called his debut album, Nouveau Flamenco when he burst on the scene in 1990. It conjures up the southwestern desert landscapes of his home in Sante Fe more than sensual Spanish dancers. Nouveau Flamenco

Liebert has taken an introspective and experimental path that flies in the face of music purity and even fans’ expectations. He’s recorded an album of classical music with orchestra, Leaning Into the Night, that featured original tunes and compositions by Ravel, Satie and Puccini. That CD was something of an about face from his 1990’s love affair with electronics. He got the remix treatment on Euphoria, where Steve Hillage, Steve Be Zet and Aki Nawaz brought electronic beats to his music. That was followed up by his psychedelic epic, a double CD called Opium that was a Nouveau Ambient Flamenco journey. Opium

The ambient influence has remained a subtle force in Ottmar Liebert’s music. He uses electronics to gently shape the acoustic space around his guitar and band, Luna Negra. That’s evident on his new CD, The Scent of Light. The Scent of Light

The music on The Scent of Light builds slowly, each piece carving out a contemplative space until before you know it, the dynamic has completely changed. A centerpiece of the album is “Silence, No More Longing.” It’s an 11 minute excursion that builds from solo guitar, to multi-tracked guitars adding ambient electronics, bass, percussion, and finally unleashing a quiet electric storm from guitarist Stephen Duros.

In many ways, The Scent of Light is a direct descendent of his 1993 CD, The Hours Between Night and Day. Like that album, many of the songs here are inspired by Liebert’s travels, and he went beyond his standard ensemble line-up for more lush, evocative arrangements full of ambient shadows and environmental sounds.

The Scent of Light is full of subtle, but unexpected touches. There’s the reverse percussion echoes on “Firelight,” the call and response guitars of “The River: Writing in Water,” and the tamboura drone and tabla that comes in through “Candlelight.” The mellotron flutes and reverse guitar bring “Moonlight” to a haunting close as it dissolves dissolving into birds and wind. Liebert takes you from a world of interior ruminations to exterior vistas.

Ottmar Liebert is calling The Scent of Light his best album ever. I’ll need more time for that kind of assessment, but it’s certainly one of his best. It’s our Echoes CD of the Month for August.  We’ll be featuring it in a special show on Monday, August 4.  Check www.echoes.org for for more information.  A separate review of The Scent of Light  will be live on the site shortly.

John Diliberto,  July 30, 2008                                                                                                              (((echoes)))


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