Jon Hassell - Unknown Wish
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Jon Hassell's Unknown Wish

Reuben Raj

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.

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Jon Hassell

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."

Written By: Reuben Raj Reuben is a film and digital photographer who is driven by music in his head. Often seen lurking behind a camera inside the pit of a concert or wandering the streets of China with a blond, Reuben harbours intimate feelings for vinyl records and his Hasselblad SW/C from 1965. He is also the founder of Radio 13.