Release Date: May 12, 2017
Record label: Ribbon Music
When you come into an instrumental album you might be left to wonder what kind of message the band is trying to get across, as there are no lyrics to directly guide you. Sometimes the album cover or title gives you some indication, and other times it just leaves you to figure it out for yourself. II, the second album by L.A. Takedown, comes adorned with a cover of a thumb and forefinger proffering a pill, most likely some kind of upper.
Following a cassette on Burger Records and a self-titled LP consisting of a single 41-minute epic, II is the third release by Aaron M. Olson's L.A. Takedown project, and the first recorded with a full band. The group take their name from a 1989 made-for-television crime thriller, and they aim to re-create the soundtracks of that era, but of course it doesn't sound like an exact facsimile.
If you find ornate guitar solos about as attractive as root canal treatment, then LA Takedown's new album may send you into an incandescent rage. But if you've got a predilection for Vampire Weekend's baroque alt-pop, Tame Impala's psychedelica or the hazy bombast of M83 you'll find this a comforting, welcoming destination. LA Takedown describe their music as 'Baywatch krautrock', and there's certainly a hypnotic, sun-dappled quality to both 'Night Skiing' and 'City Of Glass'.