A Journey into World Fusion and The Royal Arctic Orchestra Echoes Interview This Weekend on Echoes
World Fusion was a big part of the Echoes sound in the 1990s, and while no one was looking it has returned with artists like Tropo, Liquid Bloom, Mamak Khadem and the Zikr Project, among many others. Three world fusion albums are up for New Age Grammys. John Diliberto digs into this sound on Echoes from PRX.
The Royal Arctic Institute. They aren’t a science organization, although two of them are in the medical field. This quintet is creating an atmospheric, guitar-centric sound, like the Ventures gone slowmo and psychedelic. You can hear it on their latest album, From Catnap to Coma. We talk to this band who came out of the punk group Das Damen to something that is definitely not punk. We’ll also hear music from Lis Addison, Mitski, Craig Padilla and Will Ackerman.