Look around you. In recent years ambient music has changed and encountering Jon Hassell’s fourth world design has become easy. Most of the time there’s no feeling, no narrative, a nothingness of ideas through layers and layers of pastiche and boring bedroom music. This is not bashing. Just a reminder that sometimes the information trap delays an understanding of how good music really is.
“Cavalcante” is the new release by Funcionário (born Pedro Tavares). You’ll find Jon Hassell in these eleven pieces. And yes, sometimes you’ll think about ambient music. Most of the time you’ll wonder about what is really happening. And why it’s only now you’re hearing about this twenty-something musician from Setúbal, Portugal.