Van Tassel release aims for tranquility amid struggle

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>Hailing originally from Bridgewater, Van Tassel has acted in a supporting role both in Canada and abroad in cities such as Paris and Istanbul for a number of popular musical artists including Doug Paisley, Great Lake Swimmers, Amelia Curran and David Myles.</p><p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p>

An acoustic and electronic musician-producer hailing from Bridgewater is hoping to bring a little tranquility to a tumulturous time.

"There's a lot of really ugly shit happening in the world, and I wanted to make a really beautiful album," Joshua Van Tassel said in a media release April 17, showcasing the lead single from his forthcoming LP, Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion.

The lead track, Their Love Was Alive Before They Were Dead, is accompanied by a video featuring Andy Maize of the Skydiggers and his partner Andrea Nann, artistic director of Dreamwalker Dance Company.

"Every day we are exposed to scenes of despair, ugliness, and struggle. Our minds and hearts need some form of replenishment, and what better way to get then to look into the eyes of someone we love," Van Tassel said in the release.

Van Tassel grew up LaHave, where his parents still live, and spent his high school years at Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater. His website suggests he's quickly becoming known as a "go-to producer," having made albums for David Myles, KIRTY, Dean Drouillard, Christine Bougie, Megan Bonnell, and Gypsophila.

His original Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion won both an ECMA and Music Nova Scotia Award for Electronic Album of the Year in 2014.

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