Photo: Kyle Cunjak


Constellation is excited to welcome JOYFULTALK to the roster. The brainchild of instrument builder and sound alchemist Jay Crocker – joined by multi-disciplinary artist Shawn Dicey – JOYFULTALK is a junked-analog duo operating from a secluded outpost on Nova Scotia’s mystical South Shore. Influenced by the craggy treelines and flowing waters of their local environment, they conjure micro-climate musical explorations within gnarled jamscapes that render natural spaces in a hazy parallel sonic universe.
Following the acclaimed 2015 debut album MUUIXX (on the excellent and adventurous Drip Audio), JOYFULTALK has performed across Europe & Canada at avant-garde festivals and clubs alongside such acts as Micachu & The Shapes and Holy Fuck, presenting compositions of analogue tongue that flow like wordless rivers and glitching fields of electric grass through a bric-a-brac vocabulary of handmade electronics.
We’ll have more to share later this spring about the gleaming new JOYFULTALK album (which Constellation will be releasing in late summer) but in the meantime, much of this new material will be previewed in the duo’s live sets slated for Canada and Europe this May and July.


25.05.18 Toronto, ON Double Double Land
26.05.18 London, ON Grickle Grass
27.05.18 Montréal, QC L’Escogriffe
03.07.18 Amsterdam, NL Sugarfactory
04.07.18 Hamburg, DE Molotow
06.07.18 Kutná Hora, CZ Creepee Teepee
07.07.18 Kutná Hora, CZ Creepee Teepee
11.07.18 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK Cluny
14.07.18 Brighton, UK The Haunt
16.07.18 Birmingham, UK Hare and Hounds
17.07.18 Bristol, UK Fleece



“Dazzling originality” – Tiny Mix Tapes
MUUIXX will blow your fucking mind.” – Noisey
“One of Canada’s most exciting musical minds.” – Musicworks Magazine



JOYFULTALK “Buschbabies” official video


Photo: Kyle Cunjak


Jay Crocker is an artist, composer, producer, arranger, instrument builder, multi-instrumentalist, and musical explorer residing on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Originally from Calgary, Crocker has performed and recorded with countless artists including Buffy Saint Marie, Calexico, Chad VanGaalen, and many more.
Crocker started his production career in 2005 in Tucson, Arizona, mentoring under esteemed analog producer Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Neko Case, Iron and Wine, Richard Buckner) during the recording of his album Below the Ocean Over. Since then, Crocker has become a sought-after producer for artists across Canada. He has produced over thirty records including the Polaris Prize-nominated self-titled record for Ghostkeeper, Reuben in the Dark’s critically acclaimed Pulling Up Arrows, and NoMoreShapes’s free jazz recording Creesus Crisis, among many others. Since moving to Nova Scotia, Crocker has been working out of his home studio, Prism Ship, producing recordings for artists such as Mauno and Jon McKiel.
Over the past decade, Crocker has been creating instruments of various sizes and sophistications in conjunction with experimental compositional methods. His latest homebuilt instrument is called the BIBELOT. Part instrument and part installation, it is a set of sixteen auto-composing, ceiling mounted music boxes with custom-built drives, loops, lights, and amplifiers. Using a hybrid rotation system (called the Planetary Music System) that is circular instead of linear, Crocker composed for the BIBELOT machine “Future Fantasy, 1960.” The installed machine and its music creates a sanctuary space reflecting the natural constancy of change and a sonic portal of limitless combinations. A major achievement for Crocker, BIBELOT will be installed at Moncton’s Galerie Sans Nom from 18 May through 29 June.
Jay Crocker’s BIBELOT


Through individual and collaborative projects, Shawn Dicey has continually explored a wide array of media and venues in a practice spanning over a decade. A mostly formal entry into music combined with a decidedly informal approach to art and performance has led to Dicey’s involvement with groups of musicians, artists, and creators on projects across many genres and styles. Often centred on experimentation, interactivity and multi-disciplinary exploration, Dicey’s energy follows many paths.
Involvement with artist-run centres and residencies in Calgary, Toronto, Halifax, and Germany has produced groups of works incorporating painting, performance, video, sound and soundtracks, sculpture, and found objects. Dicey co-created and toured a well-received installation as a member of Sophie Farewell, funded by the Alberta Council for the Arts. However You Do It… Consider The Stars showed first at Calgary’s inaugural Nuit Blanche, with further showings at arts festivals in Charlottetown, Halifax, Sydney, and Atlanta.