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Album Review: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume I) by Jon Hassell
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When I asked Jon Hassell in 2015 about the origins of his Fourth World concept, his answer was straightforward. "Of course I stole it, like all good artists," he said. Taking cues from, among other things, the French record label Ocora, the paintings of Mati Klarwein, Kilton Stewart's book Pygmies And Dream Giants and the movie Bye Bye Brazil, Hassell forged a musical concept that's guided him since his masterful 1976 debut, Vernal Equinox.
Over the last few years, Jon Hassell has re-released his two most celebrated and groundbreaking albums — 1980's Fourth World, Vol. 1 and 1981's Dream Theory in Malaya — bringing the oft-overlooked ambient music legend back into the spotlight.
With his first LP of new music in nine years, Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One), the 81-year-old Tennessee composer shows listeners that he's still an important voice in modern minimalism. On eight tracks over 39 minutes of music, Hassell lays down his crystalline sonic vision ….