JOYFULTALK (by Kyle Cunjak) (1)

Photo: Kyle Cunjak

JOYFULTALK’s Jay Crocker is a master of out-sounds, crafting unique sonic worlds out of homemade and modified instruments alongside fellow creative whiz Shawn Dicey. Today we’re excited to share GIGA)PUDDY, a 39-minute mix of original material that digs deep into Crocker’s unique take on DIY electronics. Here’s a description in Crocker’s own words:
“GIGA)PUDDY is a collection of solo improvisations. It is a playful documentation of the soft transition from darkness to light when winter lets go and spring melts the ice and softens the ground. It is an interpretation of this fundamental change through the lens of immediacy, the evolution of palette in context with an exploration of process. NO MISTAKES. NO WRONG TURNS. NO TURNING BACK FROM THE LIGHT.”



Revisit JOYFULTALK’s 2018 LP Plurality Trip:


“Every sound and sample feels custom-built here, tailor-fit into the layers (and layers, and layers) that compose its seven tracks…It’s the sort of experimental electronica that rewards deep dives and layer-by-layer excavations. And to that effect, it’s well worth the effort: Plurality Trip is fascinating wormhole to get lost exploring the nuances of.”
“The richness of ideas, and the unique sounds that Joyfultalk awaken with their music displays the extensive capabilities of Crocker and Dicey. Through Plurality Trip the duo manages to create an album that stretches between genres, creating connective tissue to build its own distinct identity. It is a work that relies on its atmospheric strength, exploring the mystical locations of Nova Scotia’s South Sore in a cinematic way.”
“The record draws from dark trance, techno and dub as well as Krautrock, shifting, turning and evolving with every micro-shift, fusing the influences of the organic and the inorganic. The result is totally mesmerizing.”
The Line of Best Fit
“Invigorating stuff, jumping from the atmospheric, almost ecclesiastical notes of ‘Future Energy Fields I’ to the thumping, woozy beats of ‘Monocult’. ‘Real life VII’ sounds like an extraterrestrial radio transmission that reaches a crescendo of bleeps, fuzzes and alarm-like arpeggios.”
Electronic Sound (September 2018 issue)