Joshua Van Tassel is a man of many hats. Born in rural Nova Scotia, he’s studied music across Canada with stints in his home province of Nova Scotia as well as Ontario and Alberta. Something of a musical chameleon, he’s acted in a supporting role for such diverse artists as Doug Paisley, Great Lake Swimmers, Amelia Curran, Megan Bonnell, David Myles, Royal Wood, Sarah Slean, among others. Joshua is also quickly becoming known as a go to producer, having made albums for David Myles, KIRTY, Dean Drouillard, Christine Bougie, Megan Bonnell, Gypsophila, and more.
With his solo career Van Tassel has a built a reputation as a producer and composer of electro-acoustic music that is both highly sophisticated and easily digestible. His music, which has been featured on the Outdoor Life Network’s program “Departures” and “Descending”, is a tapestry of traditions; the familiar plucking of folk music floats amongst drum machines and ambient field recordings, driving bass lines melt into flowing synth melodies. His self-titled album has received critical acclaim from the CBC, The Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, was chosen as one of the top albums of 2011 by CBC Radio 2?s ‘The Signal’ and was nominated for a 2013 ECMA Award. His new album “Dream Date” was released to critical acclaim in April 2013, earning a Music Nova Scotia Awards and a second consecutive ECMA nomination for Electronic Album of the Year. His most recent effort “Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion” won both an ECMA and Music Nova Scotia Award for Electronic Album of the Year.
“Come for the music, stay for the cyborg fish armies, giant gorillas and Daniel Craig. They all come to play in Joshua Van Tassel’s amazing new album Dream Date”
Laurie Brown, Host of CBC2′s The Signal
“Already being a big contender for Best of ’13, Dream Date is truly an album to keep your attention and have you back for seconds.”
Found Sound Review
“Whether it is the Kid A-inspired sounds of Sneaky Beard or The Warmest Heart, Van Tassel’s uncluttered approach to making music is one that demands your attention.”
Ken Kelley, Music Nerd Chronicles
“Dream Date est une bande sonore qui évoque la nuit, tant dans son urgence que dans sa quiétude, mais surtout dans sa sagesse.
“Dream Date bénéficie de l’instantanéité de la pop, mais se démarque grâce aux arrières-pensées sonores meublés subtilement par les couleurs des climats.”
“Quite possibly the most haunting song we’ve heard this year.The alchemy is remarkable”
John Sakamoto, #1 on the Toronto Star Anti Hit list
“And 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.”
Sarah Greene, NOW Magazine
“Joshua’s songs maybe be born from the tradition of folk, but refuse to align to any of the standard definitions….From start to finish, Joshua keeps you engaged but when he hits his stride you hear an artist with the potential to stand side by side with the talent he normally sits behind.”
“Joshua Van Tassel has made music that feels like I am guided by the magical lady of the lake. It’s a trip I don’t want to end. Ever.”
Get in touch – joshuavt at gmail dot com