The second preview of the forthcoming new Jon Hassell album, Unknown Wish is an extraordinary piece of music even by the out-there standards of the fourth world pioneer.
Billowing in on a gaseous cloud of voice, strings and stuttering IDM-style percussion, it possesses an undeniable filmic quality, the kind of music you can imagine soundtracking one of the gigantic billboard adverts in Bladerunner or even further forward into a post-human world.
The arrangement is incredibly loose without slipping into dissonance and all of the musical elements retain a beautiful harmonic interplay. This is one of the tracks Jon Hassell sent to his long-time friend and collaborator Brian Eno during the making of the two pentimento albums which Eno picked out for special comment, remarking "it really is one of the most mysterious, seductive and enchanting things you've ever done. Never heard anything at all like it."