Efflorescent: Echoes Live 22
Efflorescent captures the essence of Echoes from the dream pop of Smoke Fairies and The Mynabirds to ambient classical works by Slow Meadow and Jami Sieber. Two of the leading finger-style guitarists in the world, Tommy Emmanuel and Jesse Cook are here as well as an icon of Echoes, Loreena McKennitt. Bella Gaia’s stripped down performance rendered a one-of-a-kind version of “One World” with violinist Kenji Williams and pianist and singer Kristin Hoffmann playing live. Ben Neill fires up his mutantrumpet in fractured cycles and The Album Leaf deposits a prime electronic rock track that supercharges the opening of the album. The Great American Canyon Band and SHEL bring a moody country inflection to their dream-pop songs. Indian raga meets psychedelic improvisation with guitarist Steve Kimock and echoes of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti are heard in the sound of Silencio.