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CST163 180gLP + art print • 180gLP • CD • DL
Release date: 06 May 2022
"Juxtaposes interstellar synth and choir samples with clanging gamelan bells, fractured beats, untamed saxophone wails and gnarly guitar lines… like Bill Laswell on acid." - Record Collector
“Complex, melancholic, and chaotic.” – The Quietus
“In recasting Crocker’s compositional technique over a broader range of source material, the record uncovers a dialogue with Black musical traditions that have long animated Joyfultalk and undoubtedly influenced its contemporaries on the East Coast, from improvisation to indie rock.” - Musicworks
“Crocker et son ensemble de musiciens issus de la scène de Calgary offrent de foisonnants amalgames entre jazz et rock expérimental nourri aux synthétiseurs, alternant les harmonies spirituelles rehaussées par des chœurs et d’assourdissantes déflagrations de rythmes et de guitars.” – Le Devoir
JOYFULTALK returns with its third album for Constellation; another vibrantly divergent stylistic take on the analog materiality and sensibility of electronic composer-producer Jay Crocker, whose previous two records forged trance-inducing polyrhythmic intricacy, each from a distinct angle and sound palette, each enlisting a single instrumental collaborator. Familiar Science rallies contributions from a larger cast of musicians into a looser, cosmic recombinant combo—still shot through with JOYFULTALK’s singular mixing desk kinetics, but this time deep-diving into gnarled and twisted, spliced and diced out-jazz. Crocker draws inspiration from 1980s M-Base music and Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic funk period, while his own prior history as an improv guitarist also resurfaces for the first time in many years—an element in this polyvalent artist’s chemistry set that hasn’t appeared prominently in his own music for over a decade.
180gLP Art Print Edition includes two 9.5"x12" art prints of the original cover art paintings by Jay Crocker (mail-order exclusive/edition of 100).
CD comes in custom mini-gatefold artboard jacket with black inner dust sleeve.
Eric Hamelin • Drums
Nicola Miller • Alto saxophone, flute
Dan Meichel • Tenor saxophone
Chris Dadge • Drums
Kyle Cunjak • Upright bass
Composed and produced by Jay Crocker.
Mixed by Jay Crocker and Rick B.
Mastering by Harris Newman at Grey Market.
Cover art by Jay Crocker.