RIYL: Geotic, Gaussian Curve, Visible Cloaks
Label: Western Vinyl
Why do good people suffer?Â Why are we naturally so imperfect?Â Toronto saxophonist and composer Joseph ShabasonÂ doesn’tÂ know the answersÂ to the tough questions.Â Â His thoughts are woven into the sublime calm of his music.Â Â 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.Â Weaving delicate synth loops and hisÂ rich saxophone timbre with audio interviewsÂ of his mother, Shabason creates aÂ white flag of humility and vulnerability towards aÂ truly devastating hardship where there are no answers.
First available track Forest Run is aÂ perfectÂ example of how Shabason canÂ articulate so much with so little.Â I hear similarities in the synth loops with Will Wiesenfeld’sÂ Geotic project.Â 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.Â Listen to Forest Run below and pick up the vinyl after the ‘buy’ link.
LP comes with mp3 download.
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