Echoes Top 25 for July 2013.

Queens of the Stone Age, reinvented, Leads Echoes Top 25

UNQOTSA… Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age made Number One on the Billboard Top 200, but Olivier Libaux‘s Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age was Number One on Echoes.  Libaux’s UNQOTSA in which he creates intimate, melancholic versions of tunes from this raging heavy metal band, is one of the surprise albums of 2013.  With an incredible cast of singers, including Inara George, Susan Dillane and Clare Manhchon, Libaux has made this music his own.  It shouldn’t be too much of surprise though.  Libaux is co-founder of the French cover band, Nouvelle Vague which has been turning punk and new wave tunes into Bossa Nova, lounge and folk songs for years.  It was the Echoes July CD of the Month.  You can read a review and listen to complete tracks here.

Coming behind Libaux is the unexpected collaboration between Jah Wobble, former bassist with Public Image Limited, and the ambient band, Marconi Union.  They created a great CD of space dub music called Anomic.  Give a listen to their Echoes Interview.  Wobble is a riot.

Interestingly, eleven of the Top 25 artists have never made this list before.  Here’s the complete list.


  1. Olivier LibauxUncovered Queens of the Stone Age (Music for Music Lovers)
  2. Jah Wobble & Marconi UnionAnomic (30 Hertz)
  3. TrickyFalse Idols (False Idols)
  4. Signal HillChase the Ghost (Sun Sea Sky Productions)
  5. Richard BoneImages from a Parallel World (AD Music)
  6. Azam Ali and Loga R TorkianLamentation of Swans (Terrestrial Lane Productions)
  7. Still CornersStrange Pleasures (Sub Pop)
  8. NorthcapeExploration and Ascent (SunSeaSky)
  9. Tom CaufieldNature and the Constant Illusion (Bohemian Embassy)
  10. Roger Eno/PlumblineEndless City/Concrete Garden (Hydrogen Dukebox)
  11. Lightning DustFantasy (Jagjaguwar)
  12. Laki MeraTurn all Memory to White Noise (Just Music)
  13. Brian KeaneCopper (OST) (Valley Entertainment)
  14. The National Trouble Will Find Me (4AD Records)
  15. Three FieldsSky (EP) (Installed Worlds)
  16. William TylerImpossible Truth (Merge Records)
  17. Bill FrisellBig Sur (Sony Masterworks)
  18. MelormanWaves (Sun Sea Sky Productions)
  19. MreeWinterwell (Mree Music)
  20. Jeff GreinkeScenes From A Train (Infectious Music)
  21. Seven SaturdaysSeven Saturdays (Lunada)
  22. Rachel Zeffira The Deserters (Paper Bag)
  23. ArboreaFortress of the Sun (Esp Disk Ltd)
  24. Sigur RosKveikur (XL Recordings)
  25. HooverphonicThe Night Before (Columbia Europe)

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