Rebecca Foon (Saltland, A Silver Mt. Zion) relegates the cello for first album under her own name, out on Constellation

Rebecca Foon (Saltland, A Silver Mt. Zion) relegates the cello for first album under her own name, out on Constellation
Photo: Brigitte Henry

Oh yeah, we’re way past the stage where it’s clever to make jokes about utensil hybrids. Rebecca Foon has a productive musical career worth recognizing; and even though many of us will recall her name appearing among the credits of classic post-rock albums from A Silver Mt. Zion and Set Fire to Flames, more recently, the Montreal-based primarily-cellist has been showcasing her own voice, literally and figuratively.

In particular, her Saltland project has been active since 2010, and the 2017 album A Common Truth combined processed cello, piano, and Foon’s voice to create feelings utterly in line with the Constellation catalog. Imagine a desolate mind manifested via sheet music.

Waxing Moon takes a somewhat different approach. It’s the first album where Foon uses her own name instead of a moniker, and furthermore, the cello appears to take a notable backseat to the piano when it comes to being the isolated sailboat carrying Foon’s ardent lyrics. Guests on the release include Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), bassist Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson), Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes), and Patrick Watson as co-vocalist on the track, “Vessels.” Sophie Trudeau, the violinist who shares Foon’s post-rock history, also contributed.

Waxing Moon is out February 20, and you can pre-order it here. Check tour dates plus the title track and “Ocean Song” below.

Waxing Moon tracklisting:

01. New World
02. Pour
03. Another Realm
04. Ocean Song
05. Wide Open Eyes
06. Waxing Moon
07. Dreams To Be Born
08. Vessels
09. This Is Our Lives
10. New World Reprise

Live dates:

11.29.19 - Montréal, QC - Le National
12.01.19 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
12.02.19 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
12.03.19 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
12.04.19 - Grand Rapids, MI - Listening Room
12.06.19 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
12.10.19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12.11.19 - Boston, MA - Great Scott

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