A Common Truth
CST123 180gLP • CD • DL OUT 31 MARCH 2017
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Constellation announces new album by Saltland, A Common Truth, out on March 31st, 2017.
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It’s with great enthusiasm that we are announcing Saltland’s new album, A Common Truth, to be released on March 31st. Saltland is Rebecca Foon, cellist, composer and veteran member of Montréal’s tight-knit independent music community (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Esmerine, Set Fire To Flames).
A Common Truth invokes an aural engagement with climate change and the multiple and complex emotional, social and political resonances it solicits. Her own dedicated work as a member of Sustainability Solutions Group cooperative, as founder of the conservation charity Junglekeepers, and as co-founder of Pathway to Paris contributes to the impactful palette of Foon’s cello work on this immersive and restorative work of austere warmth.
A Common Truth features guest Warren Ellis (Nick Cave, The Dirty Three) on the album’s four instrumental pieces, and it was recorded by The Besnard Lakes’ Jace Lasek.
“Foon’s voice [is] an instrument of somnolent, gossamer allure which floats gracefully amid the eddying, amniotic music.” – Mojo [4/5]
“Crafted with immense care, Foon’s recording eschews dramatic dynamic contrasts for a subtler brand of entrancement and features music of integrity refreshingly free of affectation or trendiness.” – Textura
Working with engineer Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes), Foon has produced a song cycle that alternates between wordless instrumentals and lyric-driven pieces, balancing austere, organic intimacy and lush, multi-layered expansiveness. The analog warmth of Lasek’s naturalistic rock production anchors Saltland’s juxtaposition of dry and processed strings, and the placement of Foon’s voice very much within the mix but never veiled or concealed; a voice described as “an instrument of somnolent, gossamer allure which floats gracefully amid the eddying, amniotic music” (Mojo, 2013). Electronic music strategies, via signal processing and re-sampling, are deployed minimally and judiciously – and all the more powerfully as such.
A Common Truth also importantly channels other strands from Rebecca’s life: the record is about climate change and marks an attempt to musically translate a complex mix of emotional, social and political resonances in this regard. The album’s atmosphere and pace is guided by the coexistence of optimism and despair, resolve and resignation, the intimacy of the local/personal and the hope of the global/collective. Foon has devoted much of her life in recent years to working for decarbonization, land conservation and renewable energy – as a member of Sustainability Solutions Group cooperative, as founder of the conservation charity Junglekeepers, and as co-founder of Pathway to Paris, an international concert series bringing together musicians, writers and activists to help raise consciousness toward implementation of a robust international climate agreement.
Rebecca Foon’s new Saltland album A Common Truth is a compelling coalescence and fullest musical expression of the inspiring trajectories charted by this committed and renowned artist, activist and organizer. Thanks for listening.
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And have a listen below to the first audio excerpt, “I Only Wish This For You” for find it on Spotify here.