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Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

by Jon Hassell

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atmosphere012 Completly unique artist and huge respect to come out with such experimental albums. Really love the jazziness of Manga Scene. Favorite track: Manga Scene.
Dr. Reality
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Dr. Reality A work of freakish art, a collage of soundscapes from across the planet colliding through Hasssll's uniquely eerie and ambient brand of abstract trumpet-based composition. Transportative, unique and timeless, this album has become one of my favourites of the last several years Favorite track: Ndeya.
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Andrew Garton I have lived with Jon's music and atmospheres my entire adult life. In fact, I first heard Jon's work in my late teens and it has accompanied me ever since. There are gaps in listening, but when ever one returns, it is extraordinary how varied these atmospheres are and still explored, discovered, unearthed. Thank you...
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Dreaming 06:08
Picnic 05:58
Slipstream 02:54
Al Kongo Udu 05:12
Manga Scene 05:44
Ndeya 07:06


pen·ti·men·to / noun
Reappearance in a painting of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.

First new album in nine years by a musical visionary and hugely influential figure in new music. Forty years since its creation, Jon Hassell's Fourth World aesthetic remains a powerful influence on modern electronic music. Continuing his lifelong exploration of the possibilities of recombination and musical gene-splicing, fragments of performance are sampled, looped, overdubbed and re-arranged into beguiling unexpected shapes. Hassell applies the painterly technique of ‘pentimento’ to the arrangements, teasing out texture by the overlaying of sound upon sound, or a carefully timed reveal of the delicate bones pinning the frame of a track together.


released June 8, 2018

The release of this new album also sees the launch of Jon’s own label, Ndeya (pronounced “in-day-ya”), which will be a home for new work as well as well as selected archival releases, including re-presses of classic sides and some astonishing unreleased music.


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Jon Hassell Los Angeles, California

Jon Hassell pioneered a musical ethos he dubbed 'Fourth World', a mixture of traditional Indian Vocal style - which Hassell adapted for the trumpet - and advanced electronic techniques, a style which manifested itself in his seminal first album 'Vernal Equinox'. His career since then has seen many influential solo works as well as collaborations with Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, amongst others. ... more

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