|“uplifting, reflective, and spiritual” – Bandcamp|
“an alchemist of sound” – Backseat Mafia
Composer/producer Jay Crocker turns to exuberant noise-tinged polychrome electronic avant-jazz on his third JOYFULTALK album for Constellation Records, Familiar Science. The first single, Take It To The Grave, is “powered from a foundry of scorching locomotive beats that wrestle with Crocker’s lithesome harmolodic guitar” (Backseat Mafia).
– watch ‘Ballad in 9’ video // listen // pre-order Familair Science on LP/CD/DIG –
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.
– watch ‘Take it to the Grave’ video // listen
– listen to ‘Blissed For A Minute’ exclusively on Bandcamp Weekly –
The material on this new LP revisits Crocker’s early musical years as a jazz/improv guitarist in Calgary’s out-music scene of the 2000s, laying down new licks on Familiar Science alongside bass, synth, midi sequencing and stacked wordless vocals, while splicing and dicing additional guest recordings.