"Rebecca Foon’s second album as Saltland is a bona fide stunner. Potentially one of the most beautiful records you’ll hear this year. It makes sweet misery out of melody while articulating a forlorn yet rousing sense of hope." – The Skinny ★★★★
"Bountiful and expansive...[Foon] crafts a complex and dense soundscape so rich in detail that repeated listens always reveal further treasures. This is a quietly powerful, and intensely beautiful, record whose contemplations will bed themselves in your mind and hopefully move you towards caring about the issues raised as deeply as she clearly does." – MusicOhm ★★★★
"A Common Truth, offers meditations on climate change, unfolding in spellbinding passages that entrance with deeply resonating, emotional dispatches on the realities facing the natural world, healing warmth and cosmic awareness." – Exclaim 8/10
We are thrilled to celebrate the release of A Common Truth, the second album by Saltland, the solo project of veteran Montréal cellist and composer Rebecca Foon. The album 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.
See our release page for full information and to purchase the album. You can also support this release by ordering it digitally on Bandcamp.
A Common Truth can be streamed from Spotify and Apple Music.
Head over to Tiny Mix Tapes for a stream of Saltland's "A Common Truth" ahead of the album launch on 31 March 2017. "Expect to be overwhelmed" by the suite of "gorgeous" cello arrangements by Rebecca Foon, as well as by contributions from veteran mood-maker Warren Ellis on violin, pump organ, and loops.
Pre-order CST 123 here. Or hit up your favourite independent record store as of 31 March!
"Ultimately, this music communicates not only a sense of grief but also one of hope, perhaps hope in an afterlife, as the religious language of the album and track titles suggests. Patton has created something deeply moving with The Infected Mass. It's a rare example of an ambient work successfully engaging with themes often reserved for other mediums, and it has the potential to profoundly shake its listeners."
Exclaim • 9/10
"...there's a deftness of touch and an elegance to it that is utterly beguiling. The use of human sounds such as the flow of blood means that there's life all over this album, even in the moments when death comes rushing in and that is somehow reassuring. Ultimately, what you bring to this album is going to affect what you get out of it and when you walk away from it, you will feel different."
MusicOhm • ★★★★1/2
"A truly powerful experience to truly immerse oneself in, and one that feels completely unforgettable."
Echoes and Dust
We are pleased to celebrate the release of Winnipeg-based composer Matthew Patton's new project, The Infected Mass by Those Who Walk Away. This haunted and profoundly emotive requiem of minimalist composition is an immersive listening experience, claiming pause and inviting surrender to an expansive sense of time.
See our release page for full information.
You can also stream from Spotify and Apple Music.
A 12-page 12"x12" booklet of evocative artwork by Neil Farber and Micheal Dumontier, alumni of the Royal Art Lodge in Winnipeg, is available with the 180gram audiophile vinyl as visual accompaniment to the aural experience – and as a beautiful standalone object, printed on 100lb uncoated paper.
Scroll down to see each page of the booklet, or view a .pdf version here.
Montreal's beloved instrumental quintet Esmerine will be taking the stage in a handful of European cities this May. It has been nearly three years since the band last crossed the pond for live performances; they've since been busy with various personal projects and focusing on unique events here in North America. Be sure to catch them as they lithely weave their way across choice material from Lost Voices, the Juno-winning Dalmak and La Lechuza.
Meanwhile, refresh your gaze with their 2016 video for 'The Neighbourhood Rises' from Lost Voices. Montreal's Clyde Henry Productions created this video by individually filming the band members in performance and then projecting footage onto constructivist-inspired sculptures of the band. These “puppets” were then animated by hand to synch, frame for frame, with the live performances projected upon the sculptural forms.