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CST125    180gLP • CD • DL    OUT 5 May 2017



Constellation announces new album by Joni Void, Selfless, out on May 5th, 2017.
Hear “Disassociation (Kyla’s Song)” Via Soundcloud
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We are honoured to announce our fifth release of 2017: Selfless, the Constellation debut of Montreal musician and producer Joni Void, pseudonym of Jean Cousin, and also known as Johnny Ripper.
Selfless is an exploration of catharsis and the escape from entrapments of subjectivity and solipsism, guided by Cousin’s renunciation of any ‘original’ playing or recording of his own, while celebrating intimate community and inter-subjectivity through solicitation of private voice recordings from close friends: Natalie Reid recites her own poem on the hypnotic “Observer (Natalie’s Song)”; Ogun Afariogun (aka Tide Jewel) contributed a freestyle rap recorded and sent by phone on “Yung Wether (Ogun’s Song)”; Ayuko Goto (aka Noah) provided a sound file of whispers for “Empathy (Ayuko’s Song)”; “Disassociation (Kyla’s Song)” is entirely constructed of vocals by Kyla Brooks (aka Nag). The rest of the album’s 12 songs explore a gamut of strategies ranging from the textural, beatless, Satie-inflected opener “Song Siènne” to the pulsing ambient-industrial techno of “Cinema Without People” and “Abjection”, and the kinetic, deconstructed IDM-electronica of “Aesthetics Of Disappearance” and “Agnosia”. 
Selfless is chock full of stand-out tracks that work in isolation but also make for a wonderfully complex, coherent and compelling album of experimental plunderphonics.  Joni Void presents a debut album that balances the freeform spirit of sampledelica with the conceptual, emotive and stylistic specificity of individual songcraft, to glorious effect.  
The Montreal launch of this release will take place at La Sala Rossa on May 7. Jean will share the stage with Kazuki Koga & Valeda. More information forthcoming.