“A lot of recent synth-based artists opt for maximalism, throwing as many sounds and textures into the mix as they can for both variety’s sake and to show off their gear a bit. Montreal-based artist Nick Schofield took the opposite route on his forthcoming album, using only one synthesizer, one effects pedal and a batch of field recordings he made of the natural world. Those simple elements are more than enough to create something soothing and pellucid, meditative and transporting.”

Water Sine is out now on our Backward Music imprint. Pre-order the 180g LP/CD/Cassette/Digital


We’re so pleased to announce that JOYFULTALK has joined the incredible roster of artists at Constellation Records, who will release the band’s sophomore album later this year.

The brainchild of instrument builder and jazz-fried alchemist Jay Crocker, JOYFULTALK offer up new concepts on regionalism and conjure micro-climate trance music. Admittedly influenced by the craggy treelines and flowing rivers of Lunenburg county, Crocker and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Dicey’s gnarled jamscapes render natural spaces in a hazy parallel universe.

Constellation is a Canadian independent record label based in Montreal, founded in 1997, and home to artists like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think, Esmerine, and many more. Their roster is unique in both its composition and spirit, with artists hailing from the Anglo, Francophone, and immigrant communities alike, and defining a kind of adventurous music.

– Read Pitchfork’s Feature on Constellation –

See JOYFULTALK on tour:

May 25 – Toronto, ON: Double Double Land w/ Toshimaru Nakamura & Martin Taxt // tickets
May 26 – London, ON: The Grickle Grass Festival // tickets
May 27 – Montreal, QC: L’Escogriffe // tickets
July 3 – Amsterdam, NL: Sugarfactory w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 4 – Hamburg, DE: Molotow w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 6/7 – Kutná Hora, CZ: Creepy Teepee
July 11 – Newcastle, UK: Cluny
July 14 – Brighton, UK: The Haunt w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 16 – Birmingham, UK: Hare And Hounds w/ Preoccupations // tickets
July 17 – Bristol, UK: The Fleece w/ Preoccupations // tickets