Rebecca Foon: Waxing Moon (Constellation, 2020)

November 9, 2020 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rebecca Foon: Waxing Moon

Rebecca Foon has been an integral part of Montreal’s music scene for decades. She’s been part of several notable Constellation Records acts, including A Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire to Flames, Esmerine, and Land of Kush, in addition to releasing solo electro-acoustic work as Saltland. Waxing Moon is her first album under her own name, and it’s significantly more song-driven than much of the bands she’s known for. After opening with a piano-and-strings instrumental which sounds more heavily orchestrated than it really is, most of the songs (except the last, which is a reprise of the first) are dark, dusky neo-classical folk with strings, pianos, organs, drones, double/electric bass, vocals, and usually no drums. Most of these are lyrical, but “Another Realm” is a gorgeous 3 minutes of cinematic suspense with just oooohs rather than lyrics. “Wide Open Eyes” is closer to an atmospheric ’90s alternative pop song, with just a bit of drumming keeping the pulse. The next few tracks are slower and more placid, with “Vessels” (featuring guest duet partner Patrick Watson) being the most stirring. “This Is Our Lives” starts out feeling like it’s the first part of an epic, then it ends up turning surprisingly devotional and hymn-like.

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