Friday, August 15, 2008

Takka Takka Premiere Video * Dates w/ Oxford Collapse!

Takka Takka
Premiere Video for "Silence" * Announce North East Dates w/ Oxford Collapse!

Takka Takka, a Brooklyn band, gets the guitar-picking patterns on its album “Migration” (Ernest Jenning) from all over: Minimalism and math-rock, Africa and Indonesia, funk and folk and psychedelia, often over beats that sound like rock anthems burnished smooth by the notes pelting above. The band members sing as if to themselves, murmuring glimpses of catastrophe — “You walk around while the city’s on fire too. Fight on.” — and transcendence: “Talk without making a sound. You and universe.” Despite some earthbound moments most of the music is rock as meditation, with orderly repetition trying to keep the deepest fears at bay. - The NY Times

Their sophomore effort develops an atmospheric, rhythmically sophisticated sound that recalls the late-70's work of Peter gabriel and Brian Eno. Crisp guitar melodies weave a delicate latticework with the taut, understated polyrhythms of drummer Conrad Doucette... upbeat numbers such as "Everybody Say" and "Homebreaker" have exceptional charm - Spin Magazine

The unabashedly portentous pan-national approach pays off immediately. (Takka Takka) aims for something new, something occasionally otherworldly. - Pitchfork

New York's Takka Takka have been making serious waves in the indie-rock underground since the release of the band's critically acclaimed new album, Migration, on the Ernest Jenning Record Co. imprint a couple weeks back. Now, after an amazing set at New York's Highline Ballroom w/ Mates of State, the band has just announced they will be performing around the North East w/ their friends in Oxford Collapse!

In addition, the band is happy to unveil their debut video for the song "Silence!"

Watch it here!

In this Amy Finkel-directed video for Takka Takka's "Silence," the Brooklyn quintet's dreamy little song (with guest instrumentation via the National's Bryan Devendorf and Lee Sargent of CYHSY) is transformed into the backdrop for a war between Lilliputian toy soldiers and their various forms of weaponry (cannons, helicopters, guns). It's a bit reminiscent of Ratatat's "Mirando," but played by the plastic cast of Ben Folds's "Hiroshima." Toward the end, a group of woodsy animals who find themselves in the path of destruction get together for a little end-of-the-world party, which can't help but echo Bowerbirds' "In Our Talons." All to say: Very zeitgeist guys. The most interesting move: The miniature war takes place on/against actual bodies and their skin, armpit hair, toes, imperfections, inhalations. Listen closely to the lyrics and you'll get it. - Stereogum

Enjoy and check out the band's upcoming tourdates below!

Tracklist for Migration:
Monkey Forest Road
The Takers
Everybody Say

(the optimists were right)
Fall Down Where You Stand
Lion in the Waves
One Foot in a Well
(the optimists were wrong)
Change, no change
You and Universe

Takka Takka Live!

w/ Oxford Collapse!
Mon Sept 22nd - Boston - TT the Bears
Thur Sept 25th - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Fri Sept 26th - Philadelphia - M Room
Sat Sept 27th - New York - Mercury Lounge

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