A Common Truth

by Jim Di Gioia

April 5, 2017

A personal sense of individuality is the common thread that links Constellation Records’ artists, both label alumni and those currently on the roster. Cellist and composer Rebecca Foon has left her personal imprint on the works of Esmerine and Thee Silver Mt Zion, but her solo work as Saltland is where Foon best expresses her artistic and personal self.

Foon’s cello playing is at the core of Saltland’s second album, A Common Truth, which fuses “unadulterated, processed, and sampled cellos” as its accompanying press release states. Warren Ellis (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) adds violin and pump organ to the record’s instrumental tracks, lending an effortless nuance to Foon’s already intense and dynamic playing. A Common Truth is also a vehicle for Foon’s climate change and sustainability advocacy. The musical push and pull of its nine compositions mirrors the contentious socio-political debate surrounding these crucial environmental issues.

From the emotional intensity and urgency of its title track to the intimacy and warmth of its instrumentals (closer “Forward Eyes II” saves the best for last), A Common Truth is a deeply personal and profoundly affecting realization of Rebecca Foon’s many selves.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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