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REBECCA FOON — WAXING MOON (21st Feb., 2020)Canadian flag REBECCA FOON — WAXING MOON (21st Feb., 2020)   REBECCA FOON — WAXING MOON (21st Feb., 2020)
■⇓    Saltland is a project led by Montreal~based cellist Rebecca Foon, best known as co~founder of contemporary chamber group Esmerine, the climate change coalition Pathway to Paris, and former member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire To Flames, The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary and Fifths of Seven.
⇓■    Toto album je zdaleka nejpřirozenější nahrávkou, jakou jsem kdy vytvořila a nejpřímějším nasměrováním emocí, které jsem kdy vložila do hudby. Jsme v době obrovského smutku a strachu, protože lidstvo a všechny vnímající bytosti čelí neuvěřitelným nedůvěryhodným informacím o naší společné budoucnosti. Toto album směřuje mou lásku k našemu nádhernému světu a je vyjádřením osobního žalu, který jsem zažila během posledních pár let v mém vlastním životě, uprostřed zoufalství nad naší umírající planetou, která čelí hromadnému vyhynutí. Vytváření této hudby pro mě bylo způsobem, jak na určité úrovni komunikovat za souhru mezi mikro / makro, výměnu mezi snahou žít v každém vzácném okamžiku a zároveň procházet krásou, chaosem a bolestí společného života, duchovním světem, který nás obklopuje. Jak se nás může dotknout nejočekávanějšími magickými způsoby a lidským bojem o to, jak reálně skutečně pozitivně ovlivnit dobu  — se vší nadějí a ztrátou naděje, která s tím souvisí. Vytváření této hudby mě zachránilo na tolika úrovních a proto doufám, že to na chvíli poskytne nějaké spojení s jinou sférou pro mne dostupnou. Jsem tak vděčná. S láskou a nadějí na obnovitelný, slušný a spravedlivý svět.
⇓■    “This album is by far the most raw record I have ever made, and the most direct channeling of emotions I have ever put into music. We are in a time of enormous sadness and fear as humanity and all sentient beings are faced with incredible unknowns about our collective future. This album channels my love for our beautiful world and the personal heartbreak I have experienced over the last couple of years in my own life, amidst despair over our dying planet facing mass extinction. Making this music was a way for me to communicate on some level the interplay between the micro/macro, the exchange between trying to live in each precious moment while navigating the beauty, chaos and pain of being alive together, the spirit world that surrounds us and how it can touch us in the most unanticipated magical ways, and the human struggle of how to truly make a positive impact in these dire times — with all the hope and loss of hope that comes with it. Making this music has saved me on so many levels, and I hope it can provide some connection to another realm for a moment as it did for me. I am so grateful. With love and hope for a renewable, equitable and just world. xoxo” — Rebecca Foon   Rebecca Foon studio
Location: Montreal, Québec, Canada ~ NYC
Album release: 21 February 2020
Record Label: CST Records
Duration:     41:48
Tracks:
01. New World   5:28
02. Pour   4:07
03. Another Realm   3:25
04. Ocean Song   4:17
05. Wide Open Eyes   3:47
06. Waxing Moon   4:23
07. Dreams To Be Born   4:15
08. Vessels   4:43
09. This Is Our Lives   5:15
10. New World Reprise   2:08
PACKAGING NOTES:
■⇓    Deluxe 180gram vinyl pressed at Optimal (Germany) comes in a 20pt/400gsm jacket with matte UV varnish, black flood on the inside, and an audiophile polylined black paper inner dust sleeve. Includes 12”x24” art print poster and two 12”x12” inserts all printed on uncoated archival 140M paper. Includes digital download. 
■⇓    Artwork by Brigitte Henry.
CREDITS:
■⇓    All songs written by Rebecca Foon except “Wide Open Eyes” written by Jace Lasek, Richard Reed Parry and Rebecca Foon
■⇓    Produced by Rebecca Foon and Jace Lasek
■⇓    Recorded and mixed at Breakglass Studios in Montréal
■⇓    Mastered by Corwin Fox
■⇓    Artwork by Brigitte Henry
GUESTS:
Jace Lasek — organ, guitars, synth, vocals, drums (tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Richard Reed Parry — double bass, vocals, acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Mishka Stein — electric bass (tracks 3, 4, 5, 8, 9)
Sophie Trudeau — violins, vocals (tracks 3, 9)
Patrick Watson — vocals (track 8)
DESCRIPTION:
■⇓    Rebecca Foon, the composer and musician behind Saltland and Esmerine (and former longstanding member of Silver Mt. Zion) presents a new album entitled Waxing Moon. While best known as an incomparable cellist crafting textural soundscapes and instrumental chamber~rock in the aforementioned projects (and more recently recognized for her creative and organisational work as cofounder of Pathway To Paris), this new collection of songs finds Foon emphasizing piano and voice with striking intimacy and elegance, showcasing a captivating evolution in her always resplendent songwriting. The climate crisis has profoundly framed Foon’s political and artistic life for many years now, and Waxing Moon finds her writing and singing her most arrestingly direct yet poetic words, tapping universal and personal heartbreak in both despair and hope.
■⇓    With Waxing Moon, Rebecca sets side the Saltland moniker — her electronically~tinged string~centric project from the past five years – to release this more personal new work under her own name. The album’s ten songs are predominantly minimal and delicate, immersive and hauntingly beautiful — with vocal~driven tracks booked~ended by piano~based instrumentals, along with one up~tempo guitar~driven number („Wide Open Eyes“) that closes out Side One. While piano figures most prominently on the record, Foon continues to play cello on several tracks, complemented by gentle touches from a close coterie of musical guests including Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson) on acoustic and electric basses, Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You Black Emperor) on violin, Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) on electric guitar, and Patrick Watson as co~vocalist on the dreamlike „Vessels“. Foon co~produced the album with Lasek at Montréal's Breakglass studio and it sounds glorious.
■⇓    Waxing Moon is Rebecca Foon’s first eponymous release: a sublimely stunning, bracingly intimate, glimmeringly full~hearted new chapter in her celebrated musical catalog. Thanks for listening.
Website: https://www.rebeccafoon.com/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebeccaFoon 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccafoonmusic/ 
Label: http://cstrecords.com/   Saltland grainy steps