JOYFULTALK announces festival performances at MUTEK SF, Sónar Reykjavik, and Kazoo! Fest
Plurality Trip is out now on Constellation
Nova Scotia sonic experimentalists JOYFULTALK are thrilled to present a new video for the track “Peace Fight,” which premiered on PopMatters. Created by artist and animator Brandon Blommaert, the video showcases his distinct animation style while perfectly matching JOYFULTALK’s sense of digital curiosity. “In a series of dreamy tableaus, a character reaches out to a friend who is lost on their own planet (simulation). The main protagonist tries to summon the lost friend to bring them back to reality but in doing so causes more harm than good,” describes Blommaert.
JOYFULTALK is also excited to announce a series of spring tour dates, including festival appearances at MUTEK SF and Sónar Reykjavik.
Experience their otherworldly DIY electronics at the following live shows:
JOYFULTALK SPRING 2019 TOUR DATES
10 April – Guelph, ON @ Kazoo! Fest 11 April – Ottawa, ON @ House of TARG 25 April – Reykjavik, IS @ Sónar Reykjavik 2 May – San Francisco, CA @ MUTEK 4 May – Calgary, AB @ King Eddy 5 May – Edmonton, AB @ The Rec Room
RIYL: Laurie Spiegel, Harmonia, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Suzanne Ciani, Haxan Cloak From a secluded outpost on Nova Scotia’s mystical South Shore, junked-analogue duo JOYFULTALK conjure micro-climate trance music. The brainchild of instrument builder and alchemist Jay Crocker, joined by multi-instrumentalist Shawn Dicey (Ox, Lab Coast), JOYFULTALK offers up instrumental compositions that flow like wordless rivers and glitching fields of electric grass, through a bric-a-brac vocabulary of handmade electronics. Their music channels a sonic regionalism influenced by the craggy treelines and babbling brooks of Lunenburg county, with gnarled jamscapes rendering natural spaces in a hazy parallel universe, navigating the astral plane by way of their rugged Maritime environs. Following a fabled career as an avant-improv regular and go-to homespun producer in Calgary throughout the early aughts, Crocker relocated to a grandiose, piecemeal residence tucked into the treeline along the Petite River in Crousetown, a blink-and-you-miss-it Nova Scotia hamlet, in 2011. Without a social outlet or music community, Crocker began inventing his own musical partners –The Pink Dolphin, The Cheadle: a cast of modded synths and cobbled instruments – to salve his isolation and elicit his sense of creative unbalance. The resulting sonic conversations became JOYFULTALK’s acclaimed 2015 debut full-length MUUIXX, (released on the essential and adventurous Drip Audio label) – a record lauded for its unlikely Cluster-meets-RZA grooves. Following these smatterings of high praise, various Canadian and European live dates alongside such acts as Micachu & The Shapes and Holy Fuck, the creation of the Planetary Scoring System (Crocker’s own conceptual scoring methodology) and the construction of BIBELOT (a custom- built, gallery-ready set of sixteen ceiling-mounted music boxes), listeners are now graced with Plurality Trip, the second full-length album offering from JOYFULTALK. Plurality Trip is an extension and refinement of the duo’s junkshop practices, drawing from contemporary dark trance and techno, while rooted in the outré swamps of krautrock and the refracted webs of noise and dub. Though heavier than its predecessor, the weight is never debilitating – Crocker and Dicey roam the shadows with rugged tones that reveal an expansive core. Pulled into a half-sped ghettotech mirage, woozy on new-age overdose, the listener may be lulled into a key-run reminiscent of Mahmoud Ahmed before eddying into a whirlpool of industrial jank. Heady and skitteringly kinetic, Plurality Trip unfolds like a fever dream shot through with dappled forest light and darkening skies. The result is a superbly idiosyncratic and invigorating take on avant-trance music with few comparisons.