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Birthrite 04:42
Understar 04:02
Passage 04:32 video


The Giant Squid is such an extraordinary and elusive creature that one can only logically assume it originates from somewhere deep in Space.

Understar is the score to one such creature's journey. We follow from its birth, development on its home world, feeding on the remnants of collapsed stars, and eventually its being caught in the gargantuan pull of a black-hole whose end leads to the deepest crevices of our own ocean.

This score is the prologue to a forthcoming full-length work including a short story & visuals, and is the first solo work to be produced out of Joshua Van Tassel's new Dream Date Studio.


released October 30, 2015

Drew Jureka - violin
Bret Higgins - acoustic bass on "All Cosmic Colour"
Michael Eckert - pedal steel guitar on "Birthrite"
James Ervin - trumpet on "Passage"
All other instruments performed by Joshua Van Tassel

Produced/Recorded/Mixed by JVT at Dream Date Studio, Toronto ON
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering, Toronto ON
Art by Ryan Lake //


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Joshua Van Tassel is a Juno-nominated composer, producer & sound maker.

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