You may not have heard of Rebecca Foon, but you’ve undoubtedly heard Rebecca Foon, assuming (like most of us) that you couldn’t help but dive deeper into darkness with the Godspeed You! Black Emperor side projects Set Fire to Flames, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, and (less so on a musical level) Esmerine. The latter project was co-founded by Foon around 2003, and contrary to the tags on various music websites, it represented a mild shift away from the post-rock dystopia essentially trademarked by the former outfits. Foon’s cello remained, but more for the benefit of soundtracking a stroll through a lush and isolated garden than inspiring thoughts about societal ills.
Continuing her astronomical associations, Foon has just announced I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us, the debut release from her brand-new Saltland project. Out May 14 on Constellation, the album contains a degree of previously unforeseen vocal incorporation, as, according to a press release, Foon herself “sings of childhood innocence lost, of tender utopia reveries and downcast dystopic horizons, and the search for soft, stoic strength in a darkening, devolving world.” So, the jury’s out on whether you’ll need to take anti-depressants after listening to this.
The cello continues its reign as the instrument of choice, but this time it’s accompanied by percussion and signal processing from Jamie Thompson (The Unicorns, Esmerine), and contributions from a host of others, including Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson), and Laurel Sprengelmeyer and Jess Robertson (Little Scream). The end result would seem to avoid pigeonholing, with the words “drone,” “shoegaze,” and “confessional folk” all being used in the same sentence, but beauty, on the other hand, seems like something to count on.
I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us tracklisting:
01. Golden Alley
02. I Thought It Was Us
03. Treehouse Schemes
05. But It Was All Of Us
06. Colour The Night Sky
08. Hearts Mend