Talahomi Way

Talahomi Way

by The High Llamas


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Talahomi Way

The aural equivalent of a late spring breeze, Talahomi Way finds Sean O'Hagan and the rest of the High Llamas in a decidedly dreamy state of mind. Interludes like "Angel Connector" drift in and out softly and sweetly, making the band's previous album Can Cladders sound downright heavy in comparison, and the lush strings and genteel brass and woodwinds on tracks such as "Wander, Jack, Wander" and "To the Abbey" feel like they have as much in common with Burt Bacharach and Nelson Riddle as they do with Brian Wilson. Interspersed with these reveries are fine examples of O'Hagan's pop-craft: "Berry Adams" opens the album with an alluring sparkle; "Take My Hand" captures seaside romance in two-and-a-half minutes; "Talahomi Way" reconfigures the Llamas' Stereolab-ish side into a serene travelogue; and "Fly Baby Fly" flirts with Baroque pop and soft rock. As with almost all High Llamas albums, Talahomi Way's details can speak louder than its actual songs, but this isn't a criticism: here, O'Hagan and crew use those details to make an album that is equally pastoral and meticulous, and listening to it is like visiting a perfectly arranged topiary garden.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2011
Label: Drag City
UPC: 0781484046929
catalogNumber: 469

Album Credits

Performance Credits

High Llamas   Primary Artist
Sean O'Hagan   Organ,Banjo,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Spinet,electronics,Guitar (Nylon String),Group Member
John Eacott   Trumpet
Michael Kearsey   Trombone
Rob Allum   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Harriet Davies   Violin
Marcus Holdaway   Organ,Piano,Cello,Vocals,Spinet,fender rhodes,Group Member
John Fell   Bass,Percussion,Group Member
Dominic Murcott   Marimbas,Vibes,Group Member
Steve Hamilton   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pete Aves   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Group Member
Jo Haynes   Vocals
Brian Wright   Violin
Elspeth Cowey   Violin,Viola
Melissa Kenny   Harp

Technical Credits

Sean O'Hagan   Composer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
High Llamas   Arranger
Dan Osborn   Layout
Joe Watson   Engineer
Dominic Murcott   Engineer
Jeremy Glogan   Artwork,Paintings

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