Anne by Joseph Shabason

Yeah this is a good one. Anne was composed for Joseph Shabason’s mother in honour of her struggles with degenerative illness. The personal and familial turmoil of this experience crinkles the edges of these milky instrumentals. There is a feeling of tender, quiet sadness to the likes of ‘Forest Run’ that is extremely moving. Musically Shabason's second LP is pitched somewhere between Freetown Sound-era Blood Orange and Loke Rahbek/Frederik Valentin’s Buy Corals Online.

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Anne by Joseph Shabason
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8/10 Clinton 15 November 2018

This could be one of those important records that straddle a few genres in order to bring something new and unique. It's a moving requiem for the composer's mother who is fighting Parkinson's disease (the same illness that took my wonderful grandmother). Though Shabason is a saxophonist by trade his instrument barely features in the tracks I am listening to  - and if it does it's swarmed in effects and sonic junk. 

The album is strangely both moving and challenging. Tracks like 'Forest Run' are full of sweet, comforting chords but feature shards of sound and noise that interrupt the becalmed soundscapes.  Ambient master Gigi Masin makes an appearance on 'November' and it sounds remarkably like his own work  - particularly his 'Nylon Dollar', as on other tracks it's a mixture of beauty and discordance. Masin's choppy keyboard sounds are married with oddball vocoder sounds from Shabason that put a fly in the beauty but never overrule it and a gorgeous muted trumpet shows glimpses of Shabason's background in jazz. 

A totally fascinating listen.  

9/10 Gregor Customer rating (no review), 4th June 2019


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