A Separation of Being is the third album from Joyfultalk (aka Jay Crocker). It comprises of a three part suite which blends together polyrhythms and minimalist compositions all borne out of Crocker's use of bespoke home made instrumentation. A mesmeric deep listen that brings to mind Steve Reich and Penguin Cafe Orchestra as well as more out-there composers such as Actress and Laurie Siegel.
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And here we have it, at last: the third instalment in an ongoing series of instrumental experimentation being brought to us, this very moment, by Jay Crocker aka Joyfultalk. 'A Separation Of Being' is the latest LP from Crocker and his second for that brightest of lights in the Canadian Cosmos, Constellation Records; a three-part suite which brings together Reich-ian Minimalism, Japanese ambience and gyrating strings to make one coalescing, coruscating and cracking whole.
Those interweaving strings on 'Part I: I’ve Got That Trans-Dimensional Feeling Again', by the way: those were arranged and played by Jesse Zubot who has appeared on Destroyer’s records, amongst many others. The strings make welcome appearances throughout the trio of tracks presented here; they make 'A Seperation Of Being' sparkle even more brightly than the sun on one of North America’s Great Lakes in July. They add an extra layer of warmth and comfort to Crocker’s carefully constructed instruments and pointillist poly-poly-polyrhythms.
Many rhythms, melodic arcs and twinkling folkways come together on this disc in a way in which Reich, Terry Riley and Laurie Spiegel would surely approve. This is one snazzy, scintillating and deceptively complex record to indulge in. Sit back in your armchair, engage ‘deep listening’ mode and sink slowly in.
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