Listed on the CBC the Signal's Top Albums of 2011
"Quite possibly the most haunting song we’ve heard this year...The alchemy is remarkable. The sense of dislocation is palpable"
John Sakamoto - the Toronto Star writing about "Already Gone"
"From start to finish, Joshua keep you engaged but when he hits his stride – like he does on the airy, electronic heavy “Already Gone” or when he delivers a well paced metamorphosis from a country lament to an atmospheric escape on the closer, “Before You Sleep” – you hear an artist with the potential to stand side by side with the talent he normally sits behind."
"...it’s easy to see why his music has been used in theatre and TV: it’s fresh, accessible sonic experimentation, as inviting as it is unpredictable."
"Toronto musician/composer and producer Joshua Van Tassel has special musical powers. Together with his guitar, his unmatchable drumming skills and fearless electronic experimentalism (as well as his magic wand, obviously) he creates music to soundtrack every part of your day and night. On his latest self-titled album glowing bursts of synths, echoing percussion and stunning melodies collide to create a beautifully complete collection of strange-folk pop lullabies."
released August 9, 2011
Christine Bougie - lapsteel (tr. 6,9) electric guitar (tr. 6)
Burke Carroll - pedal steel guitar (tr. 2)
Joshua Cockerill - vocals (tr. 7)
Dean Drouillard - electric bass (tr. 3,4,6,9) electric guitar (tr. 3,6) keyboards (tr. 4) piano (tr. 7)
Jaron Freeman-Fox - violin (tr. 3,5,7)
Robbie Grunwald - piano (tr. 3) keyboards (tr. 2,3,4)
Bret Higgins - acoustic bass (tr.2)
Kate Rogers - vocals (tr. 8)
Joshua Van Tassel - acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, electronics, piano (tr. 1,4,9), mandolin
All songs written by Joshua Van Tassel except -
"River Running" written by Joshua Van Tassel and Joshua Cockerill
"Already Gone" written by Joshua Van Tassel and Kate Rogers
"Hole in A Wall" written by Joshua Van Tassel and Dean Drouillard
thank you to - all the musicians on this record who were so patient with me and generous with their talents, you're amazing artists and humans; Dean Drouillard for producing the producer, it meant a lot; David Myles for the always open ears and support; Steve Major and Marc De Pape for the beautiful gear; Kate Holden for the love, support, loss of a living room, and handclaps; My biggest fans, Howard and Odette Van Tassel; Ontario Arts Council for their generous grant.
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Joshua Van Tassel www.joshuavt.com
Additional engineering by Dean Drouillard, Jaron Freeman-Fox, and Robbie Grunwald
Mastering by Steven Major at the Verge Music Lab www.vergemusic.ca
Illustration and design by Ryan Lake www.ryanlake.com