Vernal Equinox (2020 reissue)
Bonafide otherworldly milestone record that has been polished up to allow its soothing & startling sonic tinctures to ooze back into the collective unconscious once again.
Hailed as one of the 50 best ambient albums of all time by Pitchfork, ‘Vernal Equinox’ was the first commercially released work by Jon Hassell, originally put out by Lovely Music in 1977. It is also the debut of a pioneering new form of music that would become known as “fourth world”: a subtle blend of field recordings, electric jazz, ambience and global music influences. Hassell’s trademark FX-soaked trumpet is carefully embellished by a studio ensemble including the master Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos and David Rosenboom on synth. The result is a quiet, meditative and highly original work of outstanding beauty. “Like all great albums, one moment you are just relaxing into the textures before being rudely jolted back into a darker and much more challenging place.” – Louder Than War
- Toucan Ocean
- Viva Shona
- Blues Nile
- Vernal Equinox
- Caracas Night September 11, 1975