Cellist and composer Rebecca Foon is a big, albeit gentle, noise in the Montreal music community. As well as being a solo artist under her own name and as Saltland, she was a member of Silver Mt. Zion and chamber ensemble, Esmerine. Her new solo LP, Waxing Moon, sees her writing some haunting songs that are both despairing and hopeful, concerned with climate change and personal heartbreak.
Vinyl LP £21.60 CST149LP
180g vinyl LP on Constellation housed in 100% recycled 20pt CCNB paperboard jacket with 12” x 24” art print poster.
- Includes download code
CD £12.06 CST149CD
CD on Constellation housed in mini-gatefold jacket.
Well. I’m back -- a reason for celebration both here and afar of course -- but enough about me. Here, right here, is ample scope for celebration in the form of new music from Rebecca Foon. Her new disc has literally just materialised on my / our shared desk here at reviewers’ corner. ‘Waxing Moon’ is a welcome solo return for composer and cellist Foon (notably of Esmerine and others) via those laudable Canadians at Constellation HQ.
Here, although renowned for her work on that most elegant of upright stringed instruments, Foon mainly coaxes ghostly melodies from her piano and the voice she was born with. Don’t these two sound lovely together though... The disc begins with a haunting instrumental ballad, ‘New World’; but then, we get to hear Foon’s vocal cords enriching the reverberating guitar and weeping strings of ‘Pour’ and ‘Another Realm’ respectively. The tracks on this new record have a delicately minimal quality -- when a violin appears, it complements the piano counterpoint perfectly. It’s never swamped in a mass of strings; no chocolate box sounds here! ‘Ocean Song’ demonstrates how beautiful and true a few simple elements can sound when placed next to each other: in this case it’s voice, piano and double-bass.
There are more upbeat, ‘rockier’ moments, too. ‘Wide Open Eyes’ is driven by guitars, electric bass and a 4/4 kick-drum, with that voice as the cherry on the cake. It’s a moment which caught me by surprise, the track being as indie as it gets for a Constellation artist. 'Vessels' reminds me of Julia Holter at her most constructively jazzy. The strings on ’This Is Our Lives’ are heartbreaking. Title track ‘Waxing Moon’ is yet another gorgeous slow-burner -- voice, droplets of piano and gentle electronics wafting in, like mist drifting across a moonlit moor -- like the rest of the record before and after it, it gives me chills. In a good way. Not in an icy draft around your ankles way, to be clear. Wintry though, definitely. All very appropriate for a record themed around climate change.
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