CD Migration [Takka Takka] (CD 1325468),
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Migration [Takka Takka]

  • 1. Monkey Forest Toad
    2. Silence
    3. Takers, The
    4. Everybody Say
    5. (The Optimists Were Right)
    6. Homebreaker
    7. Fall Down Where You Stand
    8. Lion in the Waves
    9. One Foot in a Well
    10. (The Optimists Were Wrong)
    11. Change, No Change
    12. You and Universe
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EJ00402

  • Credits
    ProducerSean Greenhalgh
    EngineerCharles Burst

    Personnel: Olga Bell, Charles Burst (piano).
    Recording information: Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY.
    Takka Takka have clearly done some growing up in the two years that separated their debut album, We Feel Safer at Night, and their second full-length release, 2008's Migration. While there was a charming modesty to their first album that suited Gabe Levine's songs, Migration sounds considerably cleaner, tighter, and more confident, with a greater reliance on keyboards and electronics, a firmer and more adventurous rhythmic pulse, and a newly sophisticated production approach. The folk-rock influence that wove its way through We Feel Safer at Night is still there, but Migration draws from a broader and more varied palette; the spare textures of "The Optimists Were Right" suggest Brian Eno's ambient period, the casual but breezy vibe of "The Takers" recalls early Aztec Camera, and the ringing, rhythmic guitar texture that dominates several cuts makes it seem as if Rene Planchon and Drew Thurlow have been checking out some old King Sunny Ade LPs. Many of these influences seem to evaporate as soon as they come into clear focus, but there's no mistaking that steady touring and additional experience in the studio have allowed Takka Takka to take their game to a new level, and the greater sophistication and stronger craft serve Levine's songs well. Migration's melodies are every bit as strong as the songs on the debut, but the arrangements and production give them the chance to reveal more layers, and the expanded range of tonal color and imagination makes Migration a more challenging and rewarding experience all around. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.112) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir sophomore effort develops an atmospheric, rhythmically sophisticated sound that recalls the late-'70s work of Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno."
    CMJ - "'Monkey Forest Road' opens the album with echoing vocals, tinkling noises like falling icicles and pounding drums that quicken and build tension..."
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