• jon hassell Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (CD, £10.50)

    The first new album in nine years from musical visionary and hugely influential figure in new music, Jon Hassell.  Continuing his lifelong exploration of the possibilities of the studio, fragments of performance are sampled, looped, overdubbed and re-arranged into beguiling unexpected shapes.  Hassell applies the painterly technique of ‘pentimento’ (the reappearance in a painting of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over) to the arrangements, teasing out texture by the careful overlaying of sound, or a carefully timed reveal of the delicate bones pinning the frame of a track together.  Smeared, gauzy, gorgeous atmospherics to perfectly soundtrack any vertical or horizontal listening experience.  CD in jewel case with printed outer slipcase and 10 page booklet.

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