- ARTIST: Joshua Van Tassel
- TITLE: Crossworlds
- CAT#: BKWRD019
- FORMAT: Digital
- RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2018
Crossworlds is a novella and concept album featuring nine pieces written to accompany the tale of an elder woman who is left to defend her small island from a force not of this world. This is the fourth record from Toronto producer/percussionist Joshua Van Tassel.
Each piece was carefully scored to a classic Maritime sea monster tale with a science fiction twist; released as a hardcover book with illustrations by Geordan Moore (Quarrelsome Yeti) and writing by Jordan Crute & Van Tassel. Combining underwater field recordings from Newfoundland, new instruments created at the National Music Centre, orchestral strings, and some of the country’s best session musicians, Crossworlds is an entirely unique and compelling accomplishment.
“While one can’t eat this project, it feels like a bulging bag of sweets. In a literal and literary sense, this is a library book you can keep.” – a closer listen
“expertly arranged with a theatrical sensibility that makes you feel completely enveloped.” – Piano & Coffee co.
“rich orchestration” – The Line of Best Fit