Free-thinking Nova Scotia composer, musician and visual artist Jay Crocker (aka JOYFULTALK) channels Minimalism, Japanese environmental music, Maghrebian rhythmic modes and other numinous folkways to create his most focused, vibrant work to date.

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Based on a monumental, kaleidoscopic graphic score, A Separation Of Being is translated from two-dimensional page to trans-dimensional aural life using an array of homemade instruments, crowned with a majestic string arrangement written by Crocker and performed by Polaris and Juno winner Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Destroyer).

“There’s an appealingly alien quality to JOYFULTALK’s third album, a sound that drifts beyond familiar reference points” – UNCUT

“[An] elegant example of contemporary minimalism… Owing much to the composer’s own ingenuity, A Separation Of Being was made by just one person and an acoustic sideman, and makes densely assembled music sound feather-light and, yes, joyful.” – The Quietus

“A Separation of Being is a giant step forward, both in concept and execution… Utilizing a refreshingly organic approach and a unique sense of inspiration and bravado, Crocker’s latest release under the JOYFULTALK name is full of passion, intensity, and unbridled joy.” – PopMatters

“One of the year’s most interesting electronic experiments to date.”Vancouver Sun