Joshua Van Tassel Takes Listeners on a 'Dream Date' with New LP
Published Feb 07, 2013Back in the fall, Forward Music Group launched an experimental-leaning sub-label called Backward Music. That imprint's debut compilation included some tracks from Halifax instrumentalist Joshua Van Tassel, who will soon follow this up with his latest full-length. Dream Date is out through Backward on March 26.
These soundscapes evidently have a primate theme, since Van Tassel explained in a statement, "The idea is that you're being led through these scenes [of a dream] by a large (but friendly and gentle) gorilla/yeti-type creature. All of the songs on the album contain sounds from one another blended in some way, and each have a very specific story along with them. Hence the Dream Date title."
Scroll down to watch a comedic, gorilla-themed album trailer. Also below is the percussive album cut "The Sharpest Corner," which overlays folk strumming with electric licks and glittery synth twinkles.
A press release notes that the musician has performed as a sideman with the likes of Doug Paisley, Great Lake Swimmers, David Myles, Royal Wood and Justin Rutledge. This is Van Tassel's third solo album.
1. Come Home Safe to Me
2. The Sharpest Corner
3. The Warmest Heart
4. Sentimental Health
5. Bottom of the Well
6. Sneaky Beard
7. Daniel Craig
8. I Think You're a Salesman