08 NOV 2013 Philadelphia PA • Underground Arts (w/Moonface)
09 NOV 2013 New York NY • Le Poisson Rouge (w/Moonface)
And check out a new minimalist video made by my friend and awesome visual artist Brad Todd – for the song “ICA” from the Saltland debut album:
Thrilled to announce the debut Saltland album has officially hit the streets.
If you are not finding it at your local indie record store – assuming you are lucky enough to have one close by – you could suggest that they order it in for you! (And here’s an awesome indie record store locator from the fine folks at RSD.)
Mail-order the album direct from my label at CONSTELLATION.
Constellation sells MP3 and FLAC albums direct from their webshop, but here’s your link for iTunes
Please consider these other indie sites that I wholeheartedly support:
FLIGHT 13 (DE)
GREEN HELL (DE)
NORMAN RECORDS (UK)
Some of these sell digital; all of them have the CD and 180gLP, at shipping rates that will be a little cheaper (to USA) or a whole lot cheaper (to Europe) than from Constellation’s warehouse located in my hometown of Montréal, Canada…
Epic visions of cosmic North Americana from cellist Rebecca Foon, founder of Esmerine and former member of A Silver Mt Zion and Set Fire To Flames. Constellation bill her debut as Saltland as existing at the intersection of drone, no-wave, improv, dream-pop and minimalism, and point out that it was cut at her home-studio in Montreal, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a washed-out, lo-fidelity set; it’s quite the opposite, a bold, widescreen work, engineered by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire), that feels like the work of a composer and musician at the height of her powers. Handling vocals and bowed cello herself, Foon is backed up by her Esmerine compadre Jamie Thompson on percussion, programming and signal processing, with a supporting cast of players that includes Colin Stetson (Bon Iver) and Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream). From’ I Thought It Was Us’, which sounds like This Mortal Coil doing big, blowsy jazz-rock, to the sumptuously arranged, moonlit chamber-folk of ‘But It Was All Of Us’, there’s plenty to get your teeth into here.
Constellation released a free MP3 from the album to celebrate the release date today. “Treehouse Schemes” is a special one for me and a great example of the collaboration with Mark Lawson on the mixology side of things! You can listen and download it from the Soundcloud player above. Constellation had these nice words to say…
I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us, the debut album from Rebecca Foon’s Saltland project, is available now. To mark the occasion we’re offering “Treehouse Schemes” as a free MP3 – one of the more deliberately structured songs on the record, a beautifully paced and melodically direct composition that rallies several of the album’s guest players. Little Scream’s Laurel Sprengelmeyer contributes cascading guitar chords, Mishka Stein holds down the walking bassline and Jess Robertson deploys bass flute tones that swirls around the mix courtesy of Mark Lawson’s signal processing and production tweaks. Laurel and Jess join Rebecca on vocals for the song’s choruses as well.
I also want to thank some blogs and zines that have given the album their support and these kind words.
“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… The album’s natural tone manages to feel both intimate and epic.” • Textura
“Beautifully arranging musical strands together with caring fingertips, Saltland effectively link many stylistic thoughts until they are left as one, dark entity living amongst the corners of thin, silver threads… ‘I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us’ sparkles with an amazing amount of courage.” • Fluid Radio
“An intricate and understated approach, blending soft, tender vocals with strings, drones and electronica. ‘All of Us…’ is at its most impressive on pieces like ‘Unholy’, which showcase Mark Lawson’s masterful engineering. Foon’s hypnotic vocals are intoned against a backdrop of seamlessly-mixed live and electronic percussion, delayed guitars, and droning strings; the whole merges dreamily into a single horizon, recalling the lush textures of Tara Jane O’Neil.” • The Skinny (4/5)
“The compositional style may be classical, but the delivery is modern and mesmerizing. Foon turns out to be a surprisingly sweet singer, one whose voice itself is a lozenge.” • A Closer Listen
“With Foon’s hushed vocal tones and the layered production, there is a dreamlike aspect to the sound and a familiar quiet melancholy, but the subtle details and breadth of instrumentation give a satisfying depth and texture.” • Rock-a-Rolla
Saltland is playing a few shows in May just before the official release date of the debut album.
05/04/13 MONTREAL QC Sala Rossa ^
05/05/13 BROOKLYN NY Littlefield *
05/06/13 MONTREAL QC Il Motore *
05/10/13 LONDON ON The APK #
05/11/13 GUELPH ON Silence #
05/12/13 TORONTO ON The Great Hall (Conversation Room) *
* Saltland solo, opening for Moonface
^ Saltland trio, opening for Colin Stetson
# Saltland trio
SALTLAND BOOKING INFO
Exclaim! magazine is featuring a full album stream of the record this week.
The Exclaim! album stream is scheduled to expire on 15 May…
Fernando and Christian created this lovely video for the song “Unholy” from the debut album.
They do all sorts of interesting work and you can contact them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
The video was edited by Maryse Latulippe, with camera and lighting by Alain Dufour.
The whole team is based in Montréal.
Saltland is my new project.
I compose, play cello and sing on these songs.
“ICA” is one of the first pieces I wrote and performed live.
It will be part of a debut album being released by Constellation on May 14th.
Saltland evolved out of early “solo” work and shows I started playing in 2010.
Jamie Thompson (who I also play with in Esmerine) has been involved almost from the beginning, on percussion and processing.
The album was recorded and co-produced by Mark Lawson.
Lots more news soon.
Meanwhile thanks so much for stopping by.