"Plurality Trip is an immersive experience, in turn, spiritual and droning, filled with introspective soundscapes that could also function as morbid club hits." – KEXP
CST134 180gLP • DL
Release date: 24 August 2018
Following 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 into the treeline along the Petite River in Crousetown, a blink-and-you-miss-it Nova Scotia hamlet, in 2011. Without a social outlet or music communit,, Crocker began inventing his own musical partners (The Pink Dolphin, The Cheadle): a cast of modded synths and cobbled instruments to salve his isolation and elicit his sense of creative unbalance. The resulting sonic conversations became JOYFULTALK's acclaimed 2015 debut full-length MUUIXX, (released on the essential and adventurous Drip Audio and Backward Music labels) - a record lauded for its unlikely Cluster-meets-RZA grooves.
Following these smatterings of high praise, various Canadian and European live dates alongside such acts 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 are now graced with Plurality Trip, the second offering from JOYFULTALK.
Plurality Trip is an extension and refinement of the duo'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.
Package includes a 12"x24" poster and 320kbps MP3 download card.
"Kill Scene" written and performed by Jay Crocker and Shawn Dicey.
"You Death March" performed by Jay Crocker and Shawn Dicey.
Mastered at Grey Market in Montreal by Harris Newman.
We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le government du Canada et le Conseil des arts du Canada de leur soutien.