Pre-Passovah: Saltland

In the weeks gearing up to Passovah Summer Fest 2013, we’ll be posting Q&A’s from festival performers.  The local promotion/production outfit has some really A+ programming this year.  Check out the full line-up on their site here.

Our first Q&A comes from Constellation artist Saltland:

“a project led by Montreal-based cellist Rebecca Foon, best known as co-founder of contemporary chamber group Esmerine and member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion,Set Fire To Flames, The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary and Fifths of Seven. Foon began composing solo work in 2010, featuring multi-layered cello and hushed, stark vocals that explored the intersection of drone, no-wave, improv, dream-pop and minimalism. Joined by Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Esmerine) on percussion, programming and signal processing, Foon’s live performances in Montreal and abroad over the past two years have seen her sound progress towards gently rhythmic and electronic territory as well.”

We asked Rebecca to fill out our tried + true artist questionnaire (in digital format this time):

What is the name of your band:

What is the story behind your name:
Could not get this landscape out of my head while composing the music.



Latest recording:
I Thought It Was Us But It Was All of Us, Constellation Records

Describe the vibe feel of the recording:
Intimate homegrown ethereal dream-pop

What have you been listening to lately:
nick cave, james blake and sam amidon

What is your craziest most memorable/fave tour story: 
forgetting my cello bow at the laguardia aiport pre show - and buying a 
$40 temporary bow at sam ash that day. Then finding my bow the next day 
at laguardia.

What's your pre-show routine:
Good food (but not too much - ha!) and stretching

and post show:
a glass of wine with friends

What did you do last wednesday:
swam in a lake

Who would you love to share a bill with:
james blake

Dream collaborator:
brian eno

Most crucial equipment for music making:
loop pedal

What do you love most about montreal:
the people

any upcoming shows:
north american tour in nov 2013

Quick listen:

Another track as well as many others from Passovah artists are also available for free/by donation on the Villa Villa Nola-released festival compilation here.

All PWYC proceeds from festival and compilation benefit the IWC (Immigrant Workers Center) in Montreal.

Saltland will be performing live Friday, August 9th at Il Motore as part of Passovah’s Summer Fest 2013.