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ACL 2017 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year (Dec 2017)

ACL 2017 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year (Dec 2017) | Jilk | Scoop.it

2017 was the most tumultuous year in recent memory, and we’re still trying to make sense of it all. One thing we do know: the year produced a lot of great music, much of it related to the hopes and fears of a troubled world. These artists value diversity over similitude, creativity over stagnation, open borders over closed. The very existence of their music is a statement of forward movement. Even as everyone around them seemed to be losing their heads, these artists turned thought and emotion into music, offering reflection, inspiration and encouragement. We’re extremely grateful for all the music we receive at A Closer Listen. Art is a powerful voice for good, and even wordless music can speak volumes. This year, seven staffers each chose a different favorite album, but when the votes were tallied, a previously unseen connection emerged. Our #1 album makes a strong case for empathy across beings and borders. Our #2 album speaks to the importance of positive socio-political action. Our #3 album is a statement of strength from a powerful new female artist. Each of these reflects a major global movement. We’re very proud of this year’s choices, and hope that you enjoy our chart. Thank you to all of our labels, artists and readers for your love and support. And now, A Closer Listen presents The Top 20 Albums of 2017!




15) Jilk ~ Joy in the End (Project Mooncircle) Starting with “The End of Joy” but ending triumphantly with “Joy In The End”, Jilk return with a more fleshed-out line-up and a message of hope to soothe troubled hearts. But to reach the light we must travel through darkness, and in the nine tracks between the extremities do Jilk display songwriting palpably matured from 2016’s In Need of Tess EP. The whimsical and abrupt genre skipping during Jonathan Worsley’s solo reign is diminished by the band in favour of a more focused entwining of Jilk’s folktronic and orchestral DNA strands. The result is a singular meeting of intricate and glitchy rhythms full of positive energy with ambient horn and synth passages that paint more-sombre landscapes. The usual scattering of vocals across the set has mixed results, but the shorter and subtler refrains succeed in further massaging the heart during this surprisingly touching journey. And, when it ends, a whisper from early in the set drifts through the mind: Everything’s going to be okay. (Chris Redfearn-Murray)

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Joy In The End, BBC Music Introducing in the West - BBC Local Radio September 2017

Joy In The End, BBC Music Introducing in the West - BBC Local Radio September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Joy In The End BBC Music Introducing in the West


This week Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt catch up with the band Jilk to celebrate the release of their album Joy In The End. Plus Komposa and Jolene perform three tracks live onstage at Bristol Doors Open Day. And UKID run through their pre-gig rituals before they take to the stage at The Pilton Party


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Novatines Medicine UNSIGNED. 

Lionface No Hope State (Gunship remix) UNSIGNED. 

Soeur Left Living UNSIGNED. 

Adam Giles Levy Someone Else UNSIGNED. 

Jilk Clavoline PROJECT MOONCIRCLE. 

Jilk Mum, There's Someone In The Garden PROJECT MOONCIRCLE. Jilk Green Creepers PROJECT MOONCIRCLE

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JIlk - Joy In The End - YooDJs.com - проект music mission :) September 2017

JIlk - Joy In The End - YooDJs.com - проект music mission :) September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Бристольская команда Jilk выпустила новый альбом "Joy In The End' на лейбле Project: Mooncircle, микс с участием артистов, повлиявших на их творчество



Bristol team Jilk released a new album "Joy In The End" on the label Project: Mooncircle . Here and jazz percussion and electronics, all that fell in love with the previous EP «In Need Of Tess». And also the guys recorded a mix with the participation of artists who influenced their work, Stars of the Lid, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise, Opiate, Prefuse 73, Susumu Yokota, Nick Cave, David Bowie, DNTEL, Thomas Knack, Mogwai, Talk Talk, Mogwai, Talk Talk, Xela and Radiohead.

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Bristol band Jilk share their most collaborative album as a collective - Guestlist September 2017

Bristol band Jilk share their most collaborative album as a collective - Guestlist September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Leftfield and experimental label Project Mooncircle release the new album from Bristol band JILK. Entitled Joy In The End. Following on from their EP In Need Of Tess, Joy In The End comes out worldwide on limited handmade postcards (including a download code), available now! Band members Jonathan Worsley, Cags Diep, Terry Owen and Neil Gay have shared the ideation process every step of the way, releasing their most beautiful set of compositions yet. 


Through an apocalyptic narrative, the album explores themes of hope found in desolation and the eventual and inevitable cyclical return of loss and joy. An album for the current worrying times as well as the personal joys that can combat those worries. This is Jilk’s most collaborative effort as a collective to date. The influences and styles are eclectic; strings, guitars, synths, brass, voice, percussion, noise, concrète and glitch meet to create an overwhelmingly alluring set of compositions. Delicate electronic textures frame neo-classical arrangements while heart-wrenching vocals and guttural bass lines drive the album forward through 11 tracks of folktronic, drone based walls of sound. In an attempt to best capture their influences, Jilk created a mixtape (which can be found on their Soundcloud page) that gives listeners an idea of how they got to this sound. 


The mix includes Stars of the Lid, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thomas Knack, Tortoise, Prefuse 73, Mogwai, Talk Talk, Radiohead, DNTEL, Xela, David Bowie and Susumu Yokota. “We’re so happy with this as a release because it's so personal. We made it in our homes, recorded it, produced it, mixed it. Many hours of furrowed brows and tired ears. It has something from all us in there and is truly a document of what you can do with a lot of heart and not much money,” say Jilk about the forthcoming album. Catch Jilk at their album launch on the 15th of September at ‘The Cube’ with Mesadorm and Kayla Painter.

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Listen to Jilk's 'Mum There's Someone In The Garden' - The Good the Bad and the Indie September 2017

Listen to Jilk's 'Mum There's Someone In The Garden' - The Good the Bad and the Indie September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Bristol-based JILK have released their new album Joy In The End via Project Mooncircle. Amassing an assorted collection of praise from influencers such as Red Bull Music, DJ Mag, XLR8R and Clash Mag, their music is receiving great traction from significant platforms, including BBC Radio 1’s George Fitzgerald and BBC 6 MUSIC’s Gilles Peterson. Following on from their EP In Need Of Tess, Joy In The End comes out worldwide on limited handmade postcards (including a download code) and digital on the 1st of September. 


Band members Jonathan Worsley, Cags Diep, Terry Owen and Neil Gay have shared the ideation process every step of the way, releasing their most beautiful set of compositions yet. Through an apocalyptic narrative, the album explores themes of hope found in desolation and the eventual and inevitable cyclical return of loss and joy. An album for the current worrying times as well as the personal joys that can combat those worries. Catch Jilk at their album launch on the 15th of September at ‘The Cube’ with Mesadorm and Kayla Painter.

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Jilk's 'Green Creepers' is a triumph in electronica - Bound for Sound September 2017

Jilk's  'Green Creepers' is a triumph in electronica - Bound for Sound September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Bristol-based band Jilk have released their new album Joy In The End with Project Mooncircle. Jilk is Jonathan Worsley, Cags Diep, Terry Owen and Neil Gay. In order to share their songwriting process, they shared a mixtape (which can be found on their Soundcloud page) that gives listeners an idea of how they got to this sound. Following on from their EP ‘In Need Of Tess‘, ‘Joy In The End’ comes out worldwide on limited handmade postcards including a download code. The band’s essence has been refined with the support of Project Mooncircle as well as collaborative effects with Kayla Painter, Haiku Salut, James Sampson and Ed Apollo. 'Green Creepers' is the latest track to be shared from the album. Soft vocals are wrapped in arresting instrumentals and sound effects, creating a beautiful soundscape.

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Listen// Sinister title, nervous optimism | Fresh Beats 365 September 2017

Listen// Sinister title, nervous optimism | Fresh Beats 365 September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

The new release from Jilk is nervously uplifting.


We won’t beat around the bush: JILK‘s latest offering, Mum There’s Someone In The Garden, is a strange one to make heads and tails of. The band’s indie-electronica sound has garnered a lot of high profile hype, but this track takes it to a new level. Striking an uncertain balance between sinister sounds, sweet horn and string sections and a jittery electronic energy, the track as a whole feels simultaneously upliftingly beautiful and depressingly bleak. This is hardly a surprise though; the track features as the band’s first cut from its latest album Joy In The End – an album that is composed to reflect the state of the modern world and to highlight both the crippling melancholy and the moments of hopeful optimism. And it’s impossible to say, based off of this track alone, that the band has done anything less than exceed themselves in achieving this.

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Jilk – Mum There’s Someone In The Garden | Acid Ted September 2017

Jilk – Mum There’s Someone In The Garden | Acid Ted September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

The UK’s Jilk offers Mum There’s Someone In The Garden from his new Joy In The End album. Out today. It’s a lovely delicate tune, full of chocolate box glockenspiel, strings and an ambient drone backdrop. It has that slightly glacial post rock quality of something by Sigur Ros and the classical sheen of Nils Frahm. Happily, the ‘someone’ in the garden turned out to be Boba Fett and you weren’t on his bounty list. Result. Available now on Spotify or Beatport.

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JILK "GREEN CREEPERS" | PREMIERE - noctismag September 2017

JILK "GREEN CREEPERS" | PREMIERE - noctismag September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Premiering here today, ethereal track “Green Creepers” is just one of the latest offerings from Bristol based band, JILK. Releasing their album, ‘Joy In The End’ with Project Mooncircle, the bands essence has been refined with this support; along with collaborative effects with Kayla Painter, Haiku Salut, James Sampson and Ed Apollo. The album is released worldwide on limited handmade postcards and via digital outlets today and can be purchased here. Collectively, Jonathan Worsley, Cags Diep, Terry Owen and Neil Gay, who form JILK, have shared the ideation process every step of the way. 


The release is their most beautiful set of compositions yet, and manages to hold a melancholic undertone, whilst being uplifting. Through an apocalyptic narrative, the album explores themes of hope found in desolation; “We’re so happy with this as a release because it’s so personal. We made it in our homes, recorded it, produced it, mixed it. Many hours of furrowed brows and tired ears. It has something from all us in there and is truly a document of what you can do with a lot of heart and not much money”, say Jilk about the forthcoming album. 


 This is their most collaborative effort as a collective to date. The influences and styles are eclectic, and each element fuses to create an overwhelmingly alluring piece of music. Delicate electronic textures frame neo-classical arrangements, while heart-wrenching vocals and guttural bass lines drive the album forward through 11 tracks of folktronic, drone based walls of sound. ‘Green Creepers’ is a track that begins with a twisted approach. As the vocals seep in there is a haunting quality that sets the pace for the rest of the track. You’d be forgiven for thinking that JILK created a stream of noise, because they do, but it’s refined. It’s their own. The band have moved audiences with their honest layering of sound.

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Mum There's Someone In The Garden -  Jamz Supernova - BBC Radio 1Xtra Aug 2017

Mum There's Someone In The Garden -  Jamz Supernova - BBC Radio 1Xtra Aug 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it
Sian Anderson sits in for Jamz
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Jilk - Mum There's Someone In The Garden -  BBC Introducing in the West - BBC Local Radio June 2017

Jilk - Mum There's Someone In The Garden -  BBC Introducing in the West - BBC Local Radio June 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Stevie Parker live on the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull.


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Jilk - Mum There's Some In The Garden on Nemone's Electric Ladyland - BBC Radio 6 Music May 2017

Jilk - Mum There's Some In The Garden on Nemone's Electric Ladyland - BBC Radio 6 Music May 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it
With Leftfield and Tube & Berger
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ACL 2017 ~ Top Ten Electronic Dec 2017

ACL 2017 ~ Top Ten Electronic Dec 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Two types of electronic music battle on this page: the smooth and soothing v. the jagged and challenging. 2017 was an especially good year for electronic music, as new genres seemed to develop before they could be named. Industrial music made a comeback in an array of new forms. Those willing to venture beyond the safe environs of EDM found a remarkable spurt of growth in the alleyways. Yet there were also signs of crossover, as one of our top picks (Bonobo) poked its head into the pop realm, albeit more for its vocal aspects than its instrumental base. In a fractured world, anything that brings people together is a sign of hope. If we can dance together, perhaps we can dream together as well. And now, A Closer Listen presents the Top Ten Electronic Albums of 2017!


Jilk ~ Joy in the End (Project Mooncircle) “Everything is going to be okay.” The words need to be repeated, and on “Let’s Still Be Weird Right”, they play on an infinite loop. Jilk takes the listener’s hand from “The End of Joy” to “Joy in the End”, acknowledging the weight of the world while offering consolation and encouragement. The album makes a case for hope in a time when hope seems lost: a wonderful statement that seems even more apt at the end of the year. (Richard Allen)

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Jilk releases ‘Become the Build’ as part of latest album “Joy In the End” - This is the Antidote September 2017

Jilk’s most collaborative effort as a collective to date, Joy in the End has landed. As part of promoting the LP that was released on September 1st via Project Mooncircle, they have shared the single ‘Become the Build’. The influences and styles of the LP are eclectic; strings, guitars, synths, brass, voice, percussion, noise, concrète and glitch meet to create an overwhelmingly alluring set of compositions. Delicate electronic textures frame neo-classical arrangements while heart-wrenching vocals and guttural bass lines drive the album forward through 11 tracks of folktronic, drone based walls of sound. “We’re so happy with this as a release because it's so personal. We made it in our homes, recorded it, produced it, mixed it. Many hours of furrowed brows and tired ears. It has something from all us in there and is truly a document of what you can do with a lot of heart and not much money.” say Jilk about the forthcoming album.

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Bristol Live Magazine - Gigs of the Week - 18th January to 24th January

Bristol Live Magazine - Gigs of the Week - 18th January to 24th January | Jilk | Scoop.it

Jilk + Solarference + Ogives – Crofters Rights Bristol’s own Jilk take post-rock, jazz and ambient electronica and slather your senses with layers of anti-tedium lotion. It’s fair to say ‘senses’ in the plural, because if you can’t see, feel and taste their soundscapes, then you’re probably asleep. That said, there are soothing moments too. As you can probably imagine, those are not on songs like ‘Mum, There’s Someone In The Garden.’ More info…

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Jilk {Clavoline} - Soundjuicer September 2017

Jilk {Clavoline} - Soundjuicer September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Taken from Jilk's album Joy In The End, the video for Clavoline was created by Kayla Painter. Band members Jonathan Worsley, Cags Diep, Terry Owen and Neil Gay have shared the ideation process of the album every step of the way, releasing their most beautiful set of compositions yet. Through an apocalyptic narrative, the album explores themes of hope found in desolation and the eventual and inevitable cyclical return of loss and joy. An album for the current worrying times as well as the personal joys that can combat those worries. This is Jilk’s most collaborative effort as a collective to date. The influences and styles are eclectic; strings, guitars, synths, brass, voice, percussion, noise, concrète and glitch meet to create an overwhelmingly alluring set of compositions. Delicate electronic textures frame neo-classical arrangements while heart-wrenching vocals and guttural bass lines drive the album forward through 11 tracks of folktronic, drone based walls of sound.

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Exclusive Interview: 5 minutes with Jilk | The Playground  - September 2017

Exclusive Interview: 5 minutes with Jilk | The Playground  - September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it
Exclusive Interview: 5 minutes with Jilk In Interviews, Magazine by pg-admin14th September 2017Leave a Comment Jilk are an experimental electronic band based in Bristol, England. Gaining an assorted collection of praise from influencers such as Red Bull Music, DJ Mag, XLR8R and Clash Mag, their music has also received great traction from significant platforms, including BBC Radio 1’s George Fitzgerald and BBC 6 MUSIC’s Gilles Peterson. Band members Jonathan Worsley, Cags Diep, Terry Owen and Neil Gay have shared the ideation process every step of the way, releasing their most beautiful set of compositions yet. Through an apocalyptic narrative, their new album Joy In The End explores themes of hope found in desolation and the eventual and inevitable cyclical return of loss and joy. An album for the current worrying times as well as the personal joys that can combat those worries. We caught up with Jilk on creating, recording and producing heartfelt music:

 Set the tone for us. Why the arts? Art, especially music provides a totally unique experience and cannot be bettered. It speaks above most other things and has consistently been a source of emotional catharsis and intellectual stimulation for as long as we can remember. Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea? Different tracks happen in different ways. Sometimes it’s very much an idea or an inspiration that forms in a more metaphorical sense and sometimes it’s a found sound captured outside of the studio – and sometimes it’s just from pure play and exploration. 

 Does your material feature any collaborations? Yes the album has lots of our friends on it – drumming, singing, playing sax and bass. Collaboration is very important to our creative process – it’s essential that we can work with pallets and techniques outside of just our own abilities. Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage. We like to create a very intimate atmosphere with our gigs – quiet but close. We’re awful at stage banter so there isn’t much direct interaction but we like to make up for that with a deep musical connection with the audience. We like to think they are 50% of what is happening in the room – like a ritual that both audience and band are complicit in. 

 What techniques do you experiment with to get your original sound? Lots of granular synthesis – we like to take sounds, instruments and textures and pull them apart, or get inside them. Really drill down to the tiny elements that live inside larger longer sounds. Anything is a sample and anything can be sampled. Also not having any fear around using different textures or instruments – disparate sounds can be married together if you work at it. Intangibility is wonderful in this sense. 

Take us through a day in the recording studio. We use file swapping techniques a lot so we’re rarely in the same space but when we are we like to set up in unusual rooms with interesting reverb – places that will infuse the recordings with their own character and atmospheres. We sometimes have a definite idea of what needs to happen and sometimes we’re just playing or improvising. We’ll set several mics to pick up different aspects of what’s happening and capture the mistakes and serendipitous moments. Sometimes it’s a very lonely process with each of us sat in different dark rooms staring at the same grain of sound looping over and over and forever tweaking. 

 Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”? We all came to music in a different way at different times – I think it’s always been there – whether realized or not. In that sense it wasn’t a conscious choice but something that just happens and cannot be stopped. 

 What do you keep close by while you’re playing a set? Drinks and the stage exit. 

 Any emerging artists on your radar? Kayla Painter is awesome and doing really interesting things with form and dynamics. She released a great tape EP this year that’s worth checking out. 

 What gets your creative juices flowing? Other musicians doing interesting and stimulating things – films, books – more and more books make us want to make music. There’s an interesting notion of getting the texture of the written word and trying to translate that to non-verbal sounds. 

Take us through your collection of gear, tech or software that accompanies your creative expression. On stage we have a laptop running some MAX/MSP patches that allow for sample manipulation of specific stems or loops. Also some soft synths and a small bespoke software that allows us to mix stems and the bits of the tracks we can’t do live. Then we have a vibraphone, trombone, xylophones, guitars and loads and loads of pedals….too many pedals. For the studio we use lots of bits of software and hardware – mainly pro tools and logic but lots of hardware synths and anything we can stick a mic on. 

 Any side projects you’re working on? Just Jilk at the moment. 

 How have you refined your craft since you entered the industry? We’ve got better at recording and mixing – we mixed the whole album ourselves and recorded everything ourselves. Although we’re not against working with a separate engineer we enjoy exploring that side of the process ourselves and find it very empowering to be in charge of that element. We’re better at it from a technical perspective as well as an artistic one. 

 Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you this year? The album has taken a lot of energy and we’ll spend the rest of the year enjoying seeing it out in the world. We’re going to gig it as much as possible because performing the tracks live is very different to the record and we’re excited to share that. The way that we write means that we have a lot of material stored away – so at some point we’ll start shaping that into our next release. 

 Jilk’s new album titled Joy In The End was released worldwide on September 1st via Project Mooncircle.
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Jilk 'Become The Build' - xlr8r September 2017

Jilk 'Become The Build' - xlr8r September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Bristol-based band Jilk have just released their new album, Joy In The End, via Project: Mooncircle. Following last year's stunning six-track EP In Need Of Tess, Joy In The End features all the hallmarks we've come to love from Jilk, namely synesthetic atmospheres, jazz-like percussion, and future-leaning electronics. The band have a way of crafting stirring songs that, while conjuring poignant emotions, keep one foot in the experimental world. Joy In The End dropped on September 1 on limited handmade postcards (including a download code) and digital and can be grabbed here. In support of the LP, Jilk have offered up the achingly beautiful cut "Become The Build" as today's XLR8R download, available via WeTransfer below. 


 Jilk also put together a mix full of their influences, featuring artists such as Stars of the Lid, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thomas Knack, Tortoise, Prefuse 73, Mogwai, Talk Talk, Radiohead, DNTEL, Xela, David Bowie, and Susumu Yokota. You can hear that here.

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Jilk: ‘Clavoline’ | Podcart September 2017

Jilk: ‘Clavoline’ | Podcart September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it
Bristol is arguably one of the most musically rich cities in the UK. Thanks to collectives like Howling Owl, bands like Spectres and Lice and previous pioneers Massive Attack and Portishead, I have always felt it has been a sibling to our own beloved Glasgow in that respect. Jilk are the latest band to be pinned to our listening post, with their new album Joy In The End is on the horizon, the most recent single ‘Clavoline‘ has been revealed as a heady taster. For all its encased fragility, there are also melodic strands flourishing here into a trembling and hushed lullaby. This is a new breed of folktronica that carries the legacy of the likes of Múm and Marble Sounds in its own unique way.
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Fall Music Preview: Electronic - A Closer Listen September 2017

Fall Music Preview: Electronic - A Closer Listen September 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

To dance is to forget one’s problems and to underline the vibrant nature of life. Our Electronic Preview points in the direction of the club, but even if one can’t get out there in public, there’s always the living room, the lawn, the car. Let’s say you were a robot beached on a distant island. Wouldn’t you still have a locked groove in your electronic heart? We know we would! The best beats of the season are waiting to be discovered in the largest of our five fall previews.


Rich’s Pick: Jilk ~ Joy in the End (Project Mooncircle, 1 September) We’ve waited a long time since the scheduled release date of 9 June, but finally the new Jilk album is here, and it’s a modern classic. The album, available as a series of postcards plus digital code, is yet another expression of hope in troubled times. Elie Weisel’s quote says it all: Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. On this album, the quartet travels from “The End of Joy” to “Joy in the End”, touching on many other emotions along the way. Through it all, the music conveys a sense of deep engagement, operating as a panacea for the heart. The label will follow this release with another four days later, as Submerse‘s Are You Anywhere waits in the on-deck circle.

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Joy In The End Album Review at Juno Download 2017

Joy In The End Album Review at Juno Download 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it
After a cracking debut over a year ago, the wondrous shade of Jilk once again falls over the Project Mooncircle imprint, this time guided by an even more bleak set of sounds and textures. Entitled Joy In The End, the LP opens with a startling set of drones which swiftly morph and build into something a lot more concrete. The thing is, there is no one genre which shapes this LP; it s made up of a many different components and styles which are housed and tamed beautifully by Jilk. Soft drum machine beats, meandering ambient soundscapes and placid voices make for a deeply pleasing listen which bursts into life with each new listen. Joy In The End
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First Look: Jilk - Clavoline | Tap The Feed August 2017

First Look: Jilk - Clavoline | Tap The Feed August 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Some new music for you and just in time for the bank holiday weekend. Bristol quartet Jilk are due to release their new album Joy in the End via Project Mooncircle on 15th September and have unveiled the video for album track ‘Clavoline’. Originally one producer, Jilk has grown into a collective over the last 10 years to produce ethereal electronic music like no other. Following on from their EP In Need Of Tess, the new album pushes the boundaries even further to produce Jilk’s most ambitious work to date. Through an apocalyptic narrative, Joy in the End explores themes of hope found in desolation and the eventual and inevitable cyclical return of loss and joy. An album for the current worrying times as well as the personal joys that can combat those worries. The stop motion animated video for ‘Clavoline’ was created by fellow Bristol producer Kayla Painter who took inspiration from Michel Gondry and Hayao Miyazaki’s work using flowers. Talking about the song and video concept, Kayla Painter, said: “The track has an air of both misery and hope which I wanted to visually represent, so I choose to work with dried flowers for the animation. “Some of the flowers were picked when I had started the shoot, and then left to dry, so the pink petal you see changes states throughout which gives the video a real sense of life decaying. As the lyrics mention death I wanted to represent that but also hint at the beauty left behind by things that were alive.”

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Jilk ~ Joy in the End - A Closer Listen August 2017

Jilk ~ Joy in the End - A Closer Listen August 2017 | Jilk | Scoop.it

Jilk has been one of our favorite electronic acts since their inception, and Joy in the End is the quartet’s new magnum opus. It’s not only a great electronic album; it speaks to our troubled times with a sense of optimism and hope. There’s no overlooking the effect that this year’s events have had an impact on composition. The most powerful albums stare despair in the face, and reject it. Even a perfunctory look at the titles indicates a gradual progression from “The End of Joy” to “Joy in the End”, but the journey isn’t quite that easy. There are many challenges to overcome along the way, and Jilk holds our hand whenever we need it. While the album is chock-full of potential singles, the most representative piece is its longest. At nearly 14 minutes long, “Become the Build” remains in ambient mode for most of its existence, as if tumbling thoughts, uncertain where to settle. Only after eight minutes have passed does a beat emerge, leading the way for a dual switch to the timbres of modern composition and electronics. It’s as if an unseen protagonist chose to stay in bed longer than usual, facing the hardest decision of his life: to give up or go on. In the end, life wins. The curtains are thrown back. The sun fills the room. Lyrics are few and far between, but a few make an impact. At first, the line “I’m sick of all the tweet tweet” seems to refer to the “Birdies” of the track’s title, until one realizes that modern society is facing government by tweet: a horrible, reactive style of leadership. The song’s bird tweets remain welcome, while the electronic type (even on an electronic album) do not. The bandied ping-pong ball serves as a metaphor for battling viewpoints. In light of this contrast, the line “all you want to do is howl” (from the sweetly imagined “Green Creepers”) makes a sad sort of sense. The warmth of the violin behind the chorus softens the blow. As if to cut the tension, the ensuing track “Mum There’s Someone In The Garden” revisits the cheerful play toy of “Periscopes”, a reminder of cheerful memories not yet faded. The closing brass represents the high point of the album’s ebullience. By this point, we’re hearing echoes of everyone from múm to early aMute. When “Let’s Still Be Weird Right” launches the loop “Everything is going to be okay” from speaker to speaker, we begin to relax. The repetition has the intended effect, even as it fades beneath a bank of beats and strings. “Ryeleaze Empties” continues to cast a spell with chimes and orchestration. Maybe everything will be okay. The contrast between the album’s opening fog and its closing sun is a testament to the distance traveled. Jilk implies that we can get there as well, if only we continue to hope. With Joy in the End, they operate as a beacon, guiding the way to safety. (Richard Allen)

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JOSEF SEDLOŇ - NOVINKY NA ALTERNATIVNÍ SCÉNĚ - Tracklist - Radio 1 (Czech)  - Jilk 'Green Creepers' 

JOSEF SEDLOŇ - NOVINKY NA ALTERNATIVNÍ SCÉNĚ - Tracklist - Radio 1 (Czech)  - Jilk 'Green Creepers'  | Jilk | Scoop.it

SINGLY/EPS: - : ROUTE 94 - House & Pressure (House & Pressure EP) / Hot Creations BICEP - Aura (Aura SP) / Ninja Tune HUNROSA - All / Wah Wah 45s MARWAN SABB - Levaloa ft. Ciara / Marwan Sabb free mp3 FOUR PENS - Summer Tragedy (OKAMOTONORIAKI rmx) / Okamotonoriaki JEFF DERRINGER - White Flags (False Flags EP) / Soma FOLAMOUR - Jazz Session for no Future People (Melophrenia EP) / Church INTRUSION - Amongst the Stars (CV313 rmx Submersion) (Amongst the Stars EP) / echospace LAUER - Muscle (Phlipper EP) / Running Back OWNGLOW - Take me ft. Mitekiss (Inside the Silence EP) / Hospital PALM SHADOW - Two Toes (Expert EP) / Carpark DARK SKY - The Passenger / Monkeytown LAPALUX - 4EVA ft. Talvi / Brainfeeder FORT ROMEAU - Reasons (Reasons EP) / Fort Romeau DIMITRI FROM PARIS & DJ ROCCA - Don´t you feel the same (Erodiscotique EP 4) / Gomma ODESZA - Corners of the Earth ft. Ry X / Counter DOMINIK EULBERG & ESSÁY - Dream Machine / Traum Schallplatten SCOTT GILMORE - Subtle Vertigo (Subtle Vertigo Album Sampler EP) / International Feel EJECA - Brava (Brava EP) / Exploris TWO FEET - Twisted (Momentum EP) / Majestic Casual STEVE LAWLER - Crazy Dream (Crazy Dream EP) / Turbo SHIGETO - Detroit Pt II (Detroit Part II EP) / Portage Garage Sounds DAPHNI - Tin / Jiaolong ZOLA JESUS - Exhumed / Sacred Bones LIAR - Searching in Circles (LIAR EP) / Eotrax FLOATING POINTS - Kelso Dunes (single edit) / Pluto TORO Y MOI - Girl like you / Carpark ALBA: - : RIDE - Rocket Silver Symphony (Weather Diaries) / Wichita HIDDEN ORCHESTRA - Alyth (Dawn Chorus) / Tru Thoughts WAY OUT WEST - Lullaby Horizon (Tuesday maybe) / Anjunadeep FLEET FOXES - - Naiads, Cassadies (Crack-up) / Nonesuch COM TRUISE - Iteration (Iteration) / Ghostly International MACEO PLEX - Indigo ft. Jono McCleery (Solar) / Lone Romantic DELTAWERK - Kyte (Passages) / Atomnation PHOENIX - Lovelife (Ti Amo) / Glassnote/Loyauté FIZZARUM - I am still a Kid (Frisson) / Ant-Zen SATOMIMAGAE - Fumi (Kemri) / White Paddy Mountain GEMINI VOICE ARCHIVE - Traces of Chromacity (Paradoxical Chronicles) / Soma BLOCHEMY - Zoien (Rame) / Sun Sea Sky Productions 


 JILK - Green Creepers (Joy in the End) / Project: Mooncircle

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