Category: CD of the Month

Patrick O’Hearn Transitions Echoes CD of the Month.

Echoes Icon Patrick O’Hearn returns with Transitions, The Echoes CD of the Month for October From the opening notes of “Reaching Land,”  an echoing piano against a delayed pulse, it’s obvious that Transitions is a Patrick O’Hearn album.  It brings up memories of CDs like Indigo and Metaphor with its dark melancholy, hushed lyricism  and synth…

Surrender to Jeff Oster’s September CD of the Month.

Hear Jeff Oster interviewed tonight 02/01/2012 on Echoes.  It’s Ambient Electronica Lounge Sounds from Horn Player Jeff Oster As Echoes September CD of the Month Until recently, you didn’t hear much trumpet outside of jazz in contemporary music. There’s Jon Hassell, Mark Isham and you’re pretty much done.  But lately there’s been a cavalcade of…

Exotica Electronica from Atomic Skunk Echoes CD of the Month

Atomic Skunk turns music into Echoes CD of the Month Gold with Alchemy. You can hear a special show featuring Atomic Skunk’s Alchemy tonight on Echoes. Obvious jokes about the name aside, Rich Brodsky, recording as Atomic Skunk, has with each successive album been developing his own voice, one that merges influences from The Grateful…

Ambient Celtic Music Echoes July CD of the Month.

Secret Garden’s Fionnuala Sherry Takes Tradition Ambient on Songs From Before On her solo debut album, Fionnuala Sherry tackles the old chestnut melodies of her Irish home, but Songs from Before is far from a traditional album.  Instead, Sherry has reimagined these songs, pulling them out of an Irish mist, coaxing them slowly from the…

Summer Brings Winterlight Echoes June CD of the Month

Echoes June CD of the Month: A Perfect CD of Melancholy Electronica by Winterlight Winterlight interviewed tonight, 7-18-11 on Echoes The name is decidedly out of season but the music of Winterlight will soothe a sun-seared mind on the hottest summer day, so maybe it is an appropriate selection for the June Echoes CD of…

Arkenstone Goes Ambient with Echoes Feb CD of the Month

David Arkenstone Enters a Dreamstate with Ambient World: Echoes February CD of the Month David Arkenstone and ambient are not two names I’d expect to see together.  The composer and multi-instrumentalist built his reputation as the sultan of symphonic new age music, mixing synthesizer, orchestras, guitars and more in dynamic compositions that could’ve been off…

Echoes January CD of the Month Agnes Obel – Philharmonics.

Minimalist songs of melancholy from Denmark with Echoes January CD of the Month Agnes Obel – Philharmonics Hear Agnes Obel playing live on Echoes Friday 10/07/11 From the first nursery rhyme piano solo, “Falling, Catching” to the last breathy vocal of “On Powdered Ground,” Agnes Obel’s debut album, Philharmonics,  has captured my melancholy midwinter mood…

Todd Boston Alive-Echoes October CD of the Month.

World Fusion in a Pastoral Mode from Urban Nature Guitarist Todd Boston is a child of Windham Hill records and Shakti and you can hear that with his world fusion duo, Urban Nature and on Alive, his solo debut.  Although to call it solo might be a misnomer.  Boston plays acoustic guitar as well as…

Helpling & Jenkins-The Crossing: Echoes September CD of the Month.

Cinematic music in search of an epic film. The summer of 2010 may not be remembered for many great movies, (Inception notwithstanding), but David Helpling and Jon Jenkins have brought us a great soundtrack.  It’s just that movie will be in your imagination.  Mixing keyboards, guitars and programming, their latest CD, The Crossing states its…