RIYL: Geotic, Gaussian Curve, Visible Cloaks
Label: Western Vinyl
Why do good people suffer?¬† Why are we naturally so imperfect?¬† Toronto saxophonist and composer Joseph Shabason¬†doesn’t¬†know the answers¬†to the tough questions.¬†¬†His thoughts are woven into the sublime calm of his music.¬†¬†Anne is a tonal essay on degenerative illness, specifically about Shabason’s mother (from whom the album takes its name) who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.¬† Weaving delicate synth loops and his¬†rich saxophone timbre with audio interviews¬†of his mother, Shabason creates a¬†white flag of humility and vulnerability towards a¬†truly devastating hardship where there are no answers.
First available track Forest Run is a¬†perfect¬†example of how Shabason can¬†articulate so much with so little.¬† I hear similarities in the synth loops with Will Wiesenfeld’s¬†Geotic project.¬† Heartbreaking and inspirational simultaneously, Anne is comforting in the reminder that we aren’t in control.
Western Vinyl has a beautiful limited pressing of the album on ‘whale blue’ vinyl.¬† Listen to Forest Run below and pick up the vinyl after the ‘buy’ link.
LP comes with mp3 download.
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