Shearwater & David Helpling Interviews, Julee Cruise Remembered On Echoes Weekend Stations.
Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater talks about their new album, The Great Awakening. It’s a subtle work of ambient songs employing nature sounds that Meiburg recorded in South America. Using natural sounds in music, recorded from the environment, has become a staple tactic in music, especially in New Age recordings. But Shearwater has taken a different approach, using nature as both accompanist and soloist. While natural sounds from the animal world populate the record, they sing on a landscape that is often electronic and ambient. And then there’s Meiburg’s voice, singing to you from inside your head. John Diliberto bungles in the jungle with Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater.
Some weekend listeners will also hear from David Helpling. He takes us inside his new double CD that’s just titled IN. The title is simple but the music is an expanse of dynamic ambient orchestrations for guitar and synthesizers. David Helpling talks about the personal meaning of this dramatic sound with John Diliberto on Echoes from PRX.
Read our review of David Helpling’s IN
Plus we remember Julee Cruise, the singer who came to renown as the whispering siren of Twin Peaks. She left the planet on June 9th.