Posted in music on October 17, 2012
Takka Takka whose sole announced upcoming show is the Ernest Jenning Record Company CMJ showcase at Grand Victory on 10/19 (with Dinosaur Feathers, Wild Yaks, Miniboone, and Daytona), have announced a new album, their first in four years. Listen to one of its songs, with more info, below...
"A.M. Landscapes" Track Listing:A.M. Landscapes is out 11/20 on Ernest Jenning. In their own words:
1. A Bad Sign (Highs and Lows)
2. We Are Pilgrims No More (The End of Our Traveling Days)
3. When You Leave
4. These Broken Chairs
5. Our Great Escape
6. How To Eat A Wolf
7. All of Our Make Up (Words From the Front)
8. Grave Song
9. Little Child
10. Nonsense Waves
11. Tunnels (Beneath a Buried Landscape)
This time around, longtime Takka Takka members Gabe Levine (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Conrad Doucette (drums and percussion) were joined by Craig Montoro (bass, vocals, trumpet), a native Texan whose resume includes performing on Sufjan Stevens' Illinois album and tour.More dates to be announced. For now you can just catch them Friday night at Grand Victory.
The album is both a logical next step beyond Migration as well as a realization of the band's songwriting and recording ambitions. A.M. Landscapes was recorded at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn and produced by Phil Palazzolo (New Pornographers, Okkervil River) and features performances by Rene Planchon (lead guitars), Palazzolo (guitars), and The National's Bryan Devendorf (contributing, as he did on Migration, auxiliary percussion). The LP also features Michael P. Atkinson, who worked with Levine to produce imaginative orchestral arrangements performed by notable New York-based musicians such as Hideaki Aomori, Alex Sopp, Tim Albright, Kyle Resnick, and the Osso Quartet.
Atkinson's inspired orchestrations appear throughout: sinister saxaphones slither through "We Are Pilgrims No More (The End Of Our Traveling Days)". Bright, athletic horns pump "When You Leave" and "All Of Our Makeup (Words From The Front)" into the stratosphere and dreamlike strings swirl swiftly and deftly through "Our Great Escape" and "Grave Song". Elsewhere, longtime Takka Takka sonic touchstones appear in evolved form: Gabe Levine's vocals are more focused, fierce, and commanding than ever before. The drums remain dry and methodical, and the guitars range from quiet grace to controlled fury, making A.M. Landscapes a logical continuation in the Takka Takka journey.