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Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

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Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

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  • In the wake of many contemporary electronic artists and DJs citing the Fourth World concept as influential, Jon Hassell returns forty years since its creation with his first new album in almost a decade to rightly take his place as the sound's originator.
  • Having started off his musical career studying under Karlheinz Stockhausen and producing his earliest recordings in collaboration with Terry Riley and La Monte Young, fold into that his groundbreaking ambient recordings with Brian Eno, and it goes without saying Jon Hassell is one of the most important artists of his generation. The album's first single Dreaming perfectly sets the tone with his trumpet notes morphing themselves like liquid around the free rotation rhythms, harvesting an equinox of dream theory jazz.
  • Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) launches his new imprint Ndeya, a platform set up by Jon to explore the outer reaches of his Fourth World sound and also to act as a vehicle that will venture far beyond its borders.

Listening to Pictures is 40 minutes of nuanced, shimmering impressionism, understated yet intensely powerful. Fragments of performance are sampled and manipulated into startlingly unexpected forms. Shape-shifting is what Hassell has always done, of course, but on Listening to Pictures he has taken the practice to a new level.
5/5 All About Jazz

Hassell is making the most forward-looking and experimental music of his career. Dense, endlessly mutating music that rewards multiple listenings.
Contemporary Album of the Month The Guardian

The most striking thing about Jon Hassell’s first new album in nine years, is how effortlessly contemporary it sounds. That unhurried, muted trumpet is still pre-eminent, reasserting Hassell as electric Miles Davis’s most imaginative heir. Much here could be mistaken for new work by a producer like Flying Lotus or Oneohtrix Point Never, no mean feat for an 81 year old.
4/5 Mojo

Magnificent comeback from the Fourth World pioneer
9/10 Uncut

Release date Australia
June 14th, 2018
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