JOYFULTALKs new album A Separation of Being is scheduled to be released in March 2020. Free-thinking Nova Scotia composer, musician and visual artist Jay Crocker (aka JOYFULTALK) channels Minimalism, Japanese environmental music, Maghrebian rhythmic modes and other awe-inspiring methods to create his most focused, vibrant work to date. Based on a monumental, kaleidoscopic graphic score, A Separation Of Being is translated from two-dimensional page to trans-dimensional aural life using an array of homemade instruments, crowned with a majestic string arrangement written by Crocker and performed by Polaris and Juno winner Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Destroyer).
A Separation of Being provokes ideas of movement, interpretation, and conversational fluidity. The first part of JOYFULTALK’s third album has a sense of movement with the ability to sidestep obstacles. The second part of the album seems to instrumentally reinterpret beatboxing, The third and final part has a conversational quality that leads into an animated group discussion with a gradual return to the original statements.
This three part instrumental suite is airtight. A Separation of Being interlocks arcs of polyrhythmic deep groove with new minimalism rolled out in spellbinding propulsion. The music gathers its warmth from the strings. It's peculiarities are woven in with Crocker’s bespoke instrumentation and analog clockworks. The separation of being here is not division or rupture, but the buoyant free flow of circulatory energies, marked by flourishing melodic rondos of gyrating strings and sonic pointillism. A Separation Of Being is a musical feast for the imagination.
JOYFULTALKs new album A Separation of Being will be available for purchase on all streaming platforms on March 13th, 2020.