Migration

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Ernest Jenning
  • UPC: 600064784023
  • Catalog Number: 40
  • Sales rank: 333,370

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Takka Takka Primary Artist
Bryan Devendorf Track Performer
Charles Burst Piano
Lee Sargent Track Performer
Sean Greenhalgh Track Performer
Gabe Levine Group Member
Conrad Doucette Group Member
Grady Jurrens Group Member
Drew Thurlow Group Member
Olga Bell Piano
Rene Planchon Group Member
Technical Credits
Emily Lazar Mastering
Charles Burst Engineer
Sean Greenhalgh Producer
Takka Takka Composer
Gabe Levine Artwork
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