Lisa Frankenstein (2024)South Park Fuer Kinder nicht geeignet (2023)Saving the Gorillas: Ellen’s Next Adventure (2023)Mooned (2023)Poor Things (2023)Becoming Nawalny – Putins Staatsfeind Nr. 1 (2024)Through my Window Ich seh dich an (2024)Treasure Lies Luegen haben kurze Beine (2020)L’Événement (2021)Wann kommst du meine Wunden kuessen (2022)

Joshua Van Tassel – The Recently Beautiful (2023) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Joshua Van Tassel – The Recently Beautiful (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 27:35 minutes | 292 MB | Genre: Modern Classical, Ambient
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Backward Music

The ambient music upon which Joshua Van Tassel has built his reputation has often been pushed by large concepts: the life cycle of a giant squid, a sci-fi folk tale, a custom score for craniosacral therapy. Those compositions lean long, psychedelic, grandiose—music for the sonic intellectual.

For the follow-up to 2020’s Dance Music Volume II, he’s taken a new approach, smaller in scope without sacrificing focus: lullabies for adults, arranged for a quartet, written at night while the rest of his household slept, not a one crossing three minutes. The result is The Recently Beautiful, a collection of hushed dream fodder and gentle aural nightcaps.

“I wanted to feel the feeling of listening to really beautiful deep music, but for a really short time,” says Van Tassel, who wrote a song at the end of every night for nearly two months straight to arrive at these 13. “You can sink into that: that was a beautiful moment in my day. And you can have it again.”

Other than reverb added in post, what you hear is what was played, and captured—the mournful interplay of minor notes on “Blown Clean Through,” the climax and denouement of “Smiles Displaced,” the minute-long rainfall of “Unity Rain,” the symphonic lift of “We’d Leave Together,” crickets duetting with strings on “We See The Same Moons.”

Before he returned home to rural Nova Scotia with his young family, he recorded these songs in Toronto alongside Robbie Grunwald (piano) and Drew Jurecka (violin and viola), with Van Tassel on his trademark Ondea. “Robbie and I talked about playing slowly, quietly and consistently, but still have intention and intensity,” he says. “It’s so much harder than loud and fast. The difference between him pressing a key and not making any sound and pressing a key and making a sound—I’d say ‘That’s where you need to be, for the next 10 hours.’”

It was a process of distillation and instinct, a new approach by its maker, who wants listeners to turn to The Recently Beautiful at night to help them process the day via pleasing melodies, delivered with quiet grace.

“Sometimes,” he says, “it feels like there’s not a lot of places to find beautiful things and a place to live in that for a short amount of time.”

So he created one.

“an ambient weighted blanket we can’t wait to slip under” – CBC Music

“extremely atmospheric” – York Calling

“purposefully short and sweet” – Exclaim!

01. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: You Could Be Anywhere (02:29)
02. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Blown Clean Through (01:35)
03. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: When Will You Be You (02:14)
04. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Smiles Displaced (02:22)
05. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Once You’ve Gone (02:42)
06. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Three More Tears (01:34)
07. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Unity Rain (01:06)
08. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Find It Again (02:30)
09. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Song for Robbie (02:22)
10. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: At Least You Tried (01:45)
11. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: Song for Sam (02:11)
12. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: We’d Leave Together (01:44)
13. Joshua Van Tassel – Van Tassel: We See The Same Moons (02:55)


%d bloggers like this: