Gray Area Cassette Series 2021

Featuring artists and side-projects from JNR's extended family. 10 albums total, released monthly on digital and cassette, all packaged in a custom laser-etched wooden box set.
Limited to 175 hand-numbered copies.

When should we ship your cassettes?

Includes monthly digital downloads, and monthly shipments of each cassette.
Wooden box will ship mid-year.

List of Bands

Arguing With Hurricanes (feat. Kristian from El Ten Eleven)
Berry (from White Label Series)
Daniel Paquette (from Abner Trio)
Love of Everything (feat. Bobby from Joan of Arc)
Missing Sons (feat. Kristian from El Ten Eleven)
MoogStar (from Swamp Dogg)
Salsa Chest (feat. William from Reptar)
Semicircle (feat. Andrew from Reptar)
Sudden Hex (feat. Jason from Helvetia)
Typical Sisters (feat. Matt from Ohmme)


Sitting here in 2021, it seems as good of a time as any for us to return to our label roots. Most people don’t realize this, but Joyful Noise essentially began as a cassette label. Cassette releases by Joan Of Arc, of Montreal, Dinosaur Jr., Akron/Family, Danielson, and others helped to build this label. Some have even credited us for “pioneering the cassette resurgence”. In recent years we have veered away from the cassette format, but now that Taylor Swift is doing tapes, it feels like maybe we’ve hit kitsch-bedrock. And it seems like a good time for us to embrace the format once again.

The Gray Area Cassette Series features artists and side projects from the Joyful Noise roster, including new projects from members of El Ten Eleven, Joan Of Arc, Swamp Dogg, Ohmme, Helvetia, Reptar, and others.

Containing 10 albums, released monthly throughout 2021 on digital and cassette, this is a year’s worth of adventurous music from JNR's extended family. All 10 cassette are packaged in a custom laser-etched wooden box set, limited to 175 hand-numbered copies.

Subscriptions are just $10/month, which INCLUDES the price of the fancy limited box set. Subscribers will receive downloads on the first Monday of each month in WAV, AIFF, and MP3, and have the option to receive cassettes monthly or all at once (to save on shipping).

à la carte

Although the Gray Area 2021 Box Set is sold out, we're making a small number of each cassette available for purchase à la carte here below. Check back for a new release at the beginning of each month!

Changing Phase of Truth
Changing Phase of Truth
Changing Phase of Truth


Changing Phase of Truth

Echo Frenz
Echo Frenz
Echo Frenz

Love of Everything

Echo Frenz