The second solo album by Rebecca Foon, composer and cellist from Esmerine, Thee Silver Mt Zion and Set Fire To Flames.
Features special guest Warren Ellis (Nick Cave, The Dirty Three) contributing his inimitable violin (and pump organ) on the album's four instrumental tracks.
Working with engineer Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes), Foon has produced a song cycle that alternates between wordless instrumentals and lyric-driven pieces, balancing austere, organic intimacy and lush, multi-layered expansiveness.
The analog warmth of Lasek's naturalistic rock production anchors Saltland's juxtaposition of dry and processed strings, and the placement of Foon's voice very much within the mix but never veiled or concealed; a voice described as "an instrument of somnolent, gossamer allure which floats gracefully amid the eddying, amniotic music" (Mojo, 2013).
Electronic music strategies, via signal processing and re-sampling, are deployed minimally and judiciously - and all the more powerfully as such.
RIYL: Juliana Barwick, Stars Of The Lid, Olafur Arnalds, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Eluvium, Tara Jane O'Neil, Warren Ellis/Nick Cave soundtracks