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Saltland


Country of origin:

Canada

Type of music generally:

Instrumental, ethereal, ambient

Status:

Most recent release, A Common Truth (2017)

See also:

Saltland's site

Comparisons:

Glasser, Heather Duby, Lanterna, The Moon Seven Times, Cat Power

Covers/own material:

Own

Recommended first album:

I Thought It Was Us But It Was All of Us

Recordings:


I Thought It Was Us But It Was All of Us

Release info:

2013—CST094-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Rebecca Foon—voice, cello, pump organ
Jamie Thompson—drums, percussion, programming

Guest artists:

Mishka Stein—bass (2-6, 8)
Laurel Sprengelmeyer—guitar (1, 3, 8); backing vocals (1, 3, 6-8)
Jess Robertson—bass flute (1, 3, 8); backing vocals (1, 3, 7, 8)
Sarah Neufeld—violin (1, 8)
Colin Stetson—saxophone (1, 2)
Richard Reed Parry—guitar (4); backing vocals (3, 7)
Kaveh Nabatian—kalimba, trumpet (4)
Bruce Cawdron—glockenspiel, percussion (6)
Alex Chow—violin (7)
Sarah Pagé—harp, dulcimer, backing vocals (7)
Mathieu Charbonneau—keyboard (8)
Mark Lawson—keyboard (6); programming (1, 8)

Produced by:

Mark Lawson and Rebecca Foon

Comments:

It's a little hard to finger, which is probably why I'm listening to it so much. Atmospheric, but a bit crunchier than most ethereal stuff. Hints of non-Western stuff. Vocals that are used as an instrument so there's hardly any distinction between vocal and instrumental tracks. I'm very much reminded of Lanterna and The Moon Seven Times. There's a bass lick on "But It Was All of Us" that I finally figured out reminded me of something from Morcheeba's 'Big Calm' (though I'm not sure yet what song). "Colour the Night Sky" reminds me of something I haven't figured out yet. If I had bought this last year I'm pretty sure it would have been on my 'Best of 2013' list. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Kind of Glasser meets Kendra Smith—dreamy. One of my top discs of 2013. (Neile)


A Common Truth

Release info:

2017—Constellation—CST123

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Rebecca Foon

Guest artists:

Warren Ellis—violin, pump organ, loops (1, 4, 5, 9)
Jace Lasek—guitar, MS-20 (3, 7, 8)
Ian Ilavsky—backing vocal (4)

Comments:

Similar to the debut album I Thought It Was Us But It Was All of Us, but subtly different. Moody, atmospheric, maybe somewhat darker and edgier. It's intense and compelling. That's not a great description, but rest assured, it is a great listen! (JoAnn Whetsell)

The songs are a touch more ethereal and instrumental, and it doesn't quite grab me as much as I Thought It Was Us But It Was All of Us, but still a worthy (and different!) addition to the music I listen to. (Neile)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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