Joe Talia Tint

Now available from Black Truffle Records

Black Truffle

Forced Exposure (USA)

Kompakt (EU)

Tint is the first new solo recording from Joe Talia in over a decade. Australian-born but now based in Tokyo, Talia is known to many listeners as a drummer (frequently collaborating both live and in the studio with artists such as Oren Ambarchi and Jim O’Rourke) and as a recording and mixing engineer responsible for dozens of releases across the fields of contemporary experimental music, wayward pop, and jazz. Alongside James Rushford, he is also responsible for one of the most legendary releases in the Kye records catalogue, the creaking electronic morass of Manhunter (2013).

Lovingly crafted over many months in his tiny Tokyo studio, Tint is an album-length electroacoustic suite that brings together Talia’s expertise as percussionist, studio engineer, and performer on analogue electronic instruments (primarily modular synth and Revox tape machine). Ranging from minimalist austerity to kosmische lushness, Tint refreshingly refuses the dark and moody sonic palette of much contemporary electroacoustic music in favour of an airy, at times almost weightless sound-world of gliding tones, skittering percussion, and burbling field recordings. Drawing inspiration from Jean-Claude Eloy’s epic concrète love letter to Tokyo, Gaku-No-Michi, Talia makes extensive use of his own recordings of his new home, but removes any sense of audio verite, abstracting them into transparent glosses of outdoor ambience or unidentifiable chimes and creaks. Flowing seamlessly between distinct episodes, Tint is compositionally controlled while retaining a sense of played spontaneity, eventually building to a maelstrom of analogue synth zaps and tape manipulated percussion that reflects Talia’s deep engagement with the relentless yet constantly shifting dynamics of free jazz.

Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.

Stunning photographs by Joe Talia and album design by Stephen O’Malley



Selected discography  

Oren Ambarchi Hubris - Editions Mego 2016

Oren Ambarchi Knots Live - PAN 2015

Food Court Food Court - Kye 2015

Richard Pinhas, Oren Ambarchi Tikkun - Cuneiform Records 2014

Jim O'Rourke/John Duncan Yeah - iDEAL 2014

David Shea Rituals - Room40 2014

Ned Collette & Wirewalker Networking in Purgatory - Bronze Rat 2013

James Rushford & Joe Talia Manhunter - Kye 2013

Oren Ambarchi Audience of One - Touch 2012

Ned Collette & Wirewalker 2 - Fire Records 2012

Andrea Keller Quartet Wave Rider - Jazzhead 2012

James Rushford & Joe Talia Paper Fault Line - Bocian 2011

Oren Ambarchi & Joe Talia Hit & Run - Touch 2011

Francis Plagne Tenth Volume of Maps - Lost and Lonesome 2011

Andrea Keller, Genevieve Lacey, Joe Talia Three Lanes - 2011

Ned Collette & Joe Talia Long You Lie, 7" - Escobar 2011

James Rushford & Joe Talia Palisades - Sabbatical 2009

Ned Collette & Wirewalker Over the Stones, Under the Stars - Dot Dash 2009

Andrea Keller Quartet Galumphing "Round the Nation - Jazzhead 2009

Ned Collette Future Suture - Dot Dash 2007

Andrea Keller Quartet Little Claps - Jazzhead 2007

Joe Talia In/Exterior - Holding Pattern 2006

City City City The Perimeter Motor Show - Remote Control 2005