Saltland is Rebecca Foon, a core cello-playing member of Esmerine and Thee Silver Mount Zion. This epic solo album builds up luscious walls of strings and vocals over the course of four long tracks that take the most interesting and beautiful parts of post-rock and apply them to a non-guitar framework. A Common Truth also features Warren Ellis! On Constellation.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 30 March 2017
Rebecca Foon is really the most Constellation of artists doing the most Constellation of things. Her many excellent projects have included doomslaying Godspeed alternates A Silver Mt. Zion, the wonderful and actively explorative neo-classical of Esmerine, post-rock punks Set Fire to Flames and the terrifyingly sharp orchestrations of the Mile End Ladies String Auxillary. Solo as Saltland, she has taken centre stage in pieces that balance bracing cello melodies, choral laments and the landscaped drone that exists between them, as if out of a safe area from Dark Souls.
It’s incredible just how varied ‘A Common Truth’ can be, and to sell it as the work of cellist Rebecca Foon would be a disservice -- after its sorrowful overture, Foon branches the record out into lush songs with decipherable lyrics, electronic fumblings and cinematic piano chords. “I Only Wish This For You” combines hints of many of her previous projects into a brand new destiny, suggesting the droning elements of her own work with crushingly doomy chords and a torrent of cascading noise. Its melody is a getaway scene, its pace fearmongering, juxtaposed with Foon’s calm, omniscient vocal performance.
The record gains its monumental lushness from Foon’s decision to work alongside filmscaper Warren Ellis on this record, who provides organ and violin to for her compositions, as well as added loops -- you can hear the record’s elements rushing in and out of scenes, though you never necessarily feel like you’re hearing the exact same moment again. Rather, the instruments repeat like harsh weather blowing through a wind chime, knocking it about simply because it’s there.
Lovers of cello, dark ambient, doom naysaying and musical euphoria, please listen up.
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