Plurality Trip

CST133    180gLP / DL     Out 24 August 2018



Stream the first single “Monocult”:
Apple Music


The sonic landscapes conjured by JOYFULTALK reflect a curiosity; a tinkered lightfield of forward motion, a maniac’s grove. The brainchild of composer and instrument builder Jay Crocker, JOYFULTALK is without a doubt the most forward-thinking musical act to emerge from the rural outpost of Crousetown, Nova Scotia. Along with fellow Calgary transplant and 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.
After 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 in the treeline along the Petite River in Crousetown, a blink-and-you-miss-it hamlet, with his family in 2011. Without a social outlet, economic stability, or any music community to partner with, Crocker began inventing his own musical partners (The Pink Dolphin, The Cheadle, etc.), a cast of modded synths and cobbled instruments to help realize his own stirring sense of creative unbalance. The resulting material became JOYFULTALK’s acclaimed 2016 debut full-length MUUIXX, released on the essential and adventurous Drip Audio label, which has been critically lauded for its unlikely Cluster-meets-RZA micro-grooves.
Following a smattering of high praise, various Canadian and European dates alongside acts such as Micachu & The Shapes and Holy Fuck, a couple of home plumbing jobs, some gnarly car repairs, 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 have been graced with Plurality Trip, the second offering from JOYFULTALK.
Plurality Trip is an extension and refinement of the project’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. Thanks for listening.





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



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27.05.18 Montréal, QC L’Escogriffe
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