Canada has a quiet but rich history of bands performing what I can only describe as instrumental post chamber indie prog, and with Crossworlds, Joshua Van Tassel has cemented his place alongside the likes of Bell Orchestre, Torngat, Ferriswheel, Esmerine, Do Make Say Think and Godspeed You! Black Emperor among others. Looking forward to diving into the story behind the music!
Favorite track: Chapter 2: The Old Woman.
The new album from Joshua Van Tassel with accompanying novella written by Jordan Crute and Joshua Van Tassel and featuring illustrations by Geordan Moore. "Crossworlds" is a concept album with 9 pieces written to serve as a score for the tale of an Old Woman who is left to defend her small island from a force not of this world.
released October 12, 2018
Written, produced, and mixed by Joshua Van Tassel
All Songs SOCAN Copyright and Publishing Backward Music
Recorded by Chris Stringer and assisted by Alex Gamble at Union Sound Company
Additional recording by Joshua Van Tassel at Dream Date Studio
Strings arranged and recorded by Drew Jurecka at Small Dog Sound
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering
Location and hydrophone recordings were made in West La Have, Nova Scotia, Port Rexton Newfoundland, and Toronto, Ontario
David French – saxophone, flute
Michael Eckert – pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar, piano,
Dean Drouillard – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Korg MS20, piano
Robbie Grunwald – accordion, piano, celeste, Juno 6, Micro Moog, Mini Moog, Prophet 600, Fender Rhodes, Arp Odyssey
Devon Henderson – electric bass, Moog Sub 37, piano, vibraphone, percussion
Drew Jurecka – string arrangements, viola, violin,
Chris Stringer – acoustic guitar
Joshua Van Tassel – drums, percussion, vibraphone, celeste, piano, many effects pedals, Prophet 600, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Therevox, Organelle, OP-1, Mellotron, Harpsichord, Arp Odyssey, Korg Minilouge
James Ervin - trumpet
Alex Gamble, Jordan Crute and Linda Couto – cutlery, instrument cases, chairs