JON HAS­SELL

Lis­ten­ing To Pic­tures (Pen­ti­mento Vol­ume One) 9/10

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Mag­nif­i­cent come­back from the Fourth World pi­o­neer

For Jon Has­sell, it seems noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble. A for­mer stu­dent of Stock­hausen (along with fu­ture mem­bers of Can), Has­sell played on the orig­i­nal record­ing of Terry Ri­ley’s “In C”. Since then, his own richly ex­per­i­men­tal work has been com­ple­mented by col­lab­o­ra­tions with Brian Eno, David Syl­vian, Peter Gabriel and other such kin­dred spir­its. Lis­ten­ing To Pic­tures is Has­sell’s first al­bum since 2009 and fea­tures his char­ac­ter­is­tic ex­per­i­ments uni­fy­ing world mu­sic, min­i­mal­ism and elec­tron­ics. High­lights – there are many – in­clude “Ndeya”, where Has­sell’s elec­tron­i­cally treated trum­pet sits along­side Her­mann-es­que strings on a bed of twitchy, elec­tronic glitches. Mas­ter­ful.

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