The Fellowship: Sky Blue Vinyl LP
Joseph Shabason

The Fellowship: Sky Blue Vinyl LP

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Label: Western Vinyl
Release Date: 30th April

I got a bit obsessed with a track by Joseph Shabason, it had this liquidity and subtle but gradual expansion of sound that just made me feel at peace and happy. So, I'm mad excited for an album full of those feels because the lead single suggests a sound akin to a nice dewy fresh morning after a decent nights kip. 

For those who dig: Andrew Wasylyk, The Green-House, Harold Budd, Jon Hassell, coming of age soundtracks set in middle class America and sophistopop era Roxy Music.


Across eight tracks that mesh spacious, jazz-laced composition with fourth-world and adult-contemporary tonality, Toronto saxophonist Joseph Shabason sketches an auditory map of the transcendence, unity, conditioning, and eventual renunciation of his upbringing in an Islamic and Jewish dual-faith household. The resulting album The Fellowship bears the name of the insular Islamic community Shabason’s traditionally

Jewish parents belonged to from a time before he was even born; a mental and spiritual push-pull which continued shaping, even controlling, his outlook well into his adulthood. As a listening experience The Fellowship follows a chronological arc that spans three generations covering his parents’ early lives, his own spiritual and physical adolescence, and his subsequent struggle to eschew the problematic habituations of such a conflicted past.

On The Fellowship, as on prior albums that bear his name, Joseph Shabason does what only the best instrumental music makers can: tell a story with emotional clarity that conveys even the subtlest of feelings, all without singing a single word. As wordless as ever-- with as complex a theme as ever-- this album may be his most emotionally articulate yet. Most importantly, those lost in the woods of repression and self-doubt that organized religion can be at its worst now have The Fellowship to help guide them into a softer light.

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