Ta-Ku
Songs to Break Up To


3.5
great

Review

by Tony Li USER (36 Reviews)
December 29th, 2013 | 19 replies | 1,457 views


Release Date: 10/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The light at the end of the tunnel wavers and flickers, but does not go out.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It would be nearly impossible to review a Ta-Ku album without mentioning the word "vibes". In this or any other context, "vibes" has come to signify a hazy feeling that contains in it emotions submerged under a heavy layer of ambiguity; throughout Songs To Break Up To's roughly thirty six minute runtime, Ta-Ku provides an abundance of these so-called vibes. They're stitched together elegantly to form an opaque soundscape awash in melancholy, and while the haziness of it all potentially leaves listeners the opportunity to take their own personal interpretations of what they hear, there is no doubt that the prevailing theme of love and loss will anchor any high-flying propositions.

The breakup, the severing of deep bonds and the permanent changing of the status quo between two human beings once close only in the way that lovers can be, is a stunning spectacle. It heralds inevitable change and the uncertainty of the future, and Ta-Ku paints a heady picture with his beautiful but almost despairingly moody compositions. Each track carries with it the reminder that there comes a point where language is not an adequate descriptor of emotion, only for that gap to be seemingly bridged by the delicate keys, wistful strings, and world-weary synth pads. This is the aural equivalent of a brooding mindset burdened with lovesickness, and the subtle yet effective hooks make the whole affair even harder to forget. Whenever the diced vocal samples or the hushed vocalists come on, I cannot help but mentally invoke the instance one person hears their former partner's voice for the last time, and I even find a sort of ironic fittingness with the track "Moving On"; it can barely be said that it's the most upbeat song on the record, for it's still rich in a kind of sadness that could only accompany the feeling of loss, but it is somehow imbued with a certain hopefulness that transcends its slow pacing. Such is the difficulty of qualifying and quantifying a Ta-Ku creation, because these aren't simply artificial creations, they are reflections of events in our own lives. It is hard to describe the sounds without describing the feelings that permeate them so thoroughly.

Songs To Break Up To is at once volatile and firm, despairing and optimistic, vague and shockingly clear. It's an album that is deeply personal, yet it is able to resonate almost universally with humanity - because while we live in a society of relationships, marriages, and love affairs, we also live in a society of breakups and mistakes. As it stands, Songs To Break Up To is an endearingly nostalgic package of opposites, making it even more of a genuine reflector of the process that is degenerating love.



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Azn.
December 29th 2013



5563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty feelsy album

lo and behold, the contender for sputnik's "cheesiest review of the year" award
criticize at whim, constructively plz


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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2013



3344 Comments


Been meaning to check this for some time, will probs read review soon

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2013



10003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3 | Sound Off

aww a review for this. made my day.

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Azn.
December 29th 2013



5563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:D glad to hear that omaha!



Calc
December 29th 2013



12004 Comments


so uhhh, what kind of music is this?

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2013



10003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3 | Sound Off

dubsteeehp

Azn.
December 29th 2013



5563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

electronica/ambient i suppose



Calc
December 29th 2013



12004 Comments


see i woulda thought hip-hop cuz of the stuff around the review. glad i asked.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2013



10003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3 | Sound Off

actually it is primarily instrumental hip hop, yeah. I also feel it's partially Dubstep but I may be mistaken

Calc
December 29th 2013



12004 Comments


so its like Vanilla's release from this year?

Azn.
December 29th 2013



5563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

>genres

yeah instrumental hip-hop, knew I was missing something there

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2013



10003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3 | Sound Off

they're both instrumental hip hop but this is more Dubstep oriented

or something

Calc
December 29th 2013



12004 Comments


interesting.

Azn.
December 29th 2013



5563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

check it out yo

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2013



2714 Comments


funk soul brother

tommygun
December 29th 2013



23588 Comments


good rev, pos

this shit is pretty alright

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Azn.
December 29th 2013



5563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thankses

Check his other albums too

EaglesBecomeVultures
December 30th 2013



5192 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

check out atu if you like this guy, he's much more interesting imoimo

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Nikkolae
March 10th 2014



4768 Comments


Late NYC just fucking owns, this is on Fly-lo level good goddamn

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