The long-awaited seventh, full-length cinematic studio album, Chaos Companion, from electro-prog quartet TAUK is finally here. The collection, complete with nine instrumental tracks, takes listeners on a celestial journey reminiscent of 70’s film scores, 80’s video games, 90’s R&B and modern dance music. The newest offering from the band elevates their sound to new heights as they seamlessly blend futuristic electronic elements with old school rock, funk and soul. Through the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing remained constant: the music, and amidst this uncertainty and struggle, TAUK's Chaos Companion was born.
Listen to Chaos Companion in full, out everywhere now: smarturl.it/ChaosCompanion
Yesterday, HeavyBlogIsHeavy shared "New Age Trip," a track that drummer Isaac Teel says is inspired by Sci-Fi movies and video games with a locomotive feel and tangible momentum.
"Dormammu," another notable track from the album, merges TAUK's organic sound with digitally composed EDM. Bassist Charles Dolan describes the unique fusion as, "a trap drum machine-meets-Led Zeppelin sound & beat, with builds and drops along the way. A danceable and anthemic journey accompanied by syncopated and soaring sounds of Eric Bloom (Trumpet) and Ryan Zoidis (Saxophone) of The Shady Horns (Lettuce, Soulive)."
As the world slowed down due to the pandemic, the band suddenly had more down time to explore new creative avenues and ultimately evolve. "Songs like 'Moon Dub' and 'The Let Out' demonstrate a blend of hip-hop and electronic sounds that bring TAUK's sound into new territory," explains keyboardist Alric Carter.
Carter continues, "These songs are presented with a different approach where we used a lot more tracks and layers to create a more cinematic sound. A lot of our material has been live performance-based, but with this album, we used Ableton Live and digital audio workstations to expand our musical palette."
Beyond sonically experimenting, the band broadened their approach visually with directors, Dani Barbieri and Sophia Conger to launch a new era of TAUK. With cinematic videos to match their fresh cinematic sound, the band found a new groove they are bringing to stages throughout the U.S.
Experience the brand new songs and favorites from the band's back catalog this fall when TAUK tours around the Southern and Eastern U.S. The band recently announced a three-show October run through Missouri as well as a pair of New Years Eve shows in Charleston, SC. A full list of dates and corresponding support can be found on the band's website and below.
Keep up with TAUK via the band's Facebook & Instagram. Shop new merch, including Chaos Companion apparel and vinyl, at hellomerch.com/collections/tauk. And don't miss Chaos Companion, now streaming on your favorite platform.
TAUK ON TOUR
9/30 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met ^
10/01 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place ~
10/02 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl ~
10/8 - Martinsville, VA - Rooster Walk Reunion Music Festival
10/9 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
10/12 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford +
10/13 - Little Rock, AR - The Rev Room
10/14 - Columbia, MO - Rose Park
10/15 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House *
10/16 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom !
10/19 - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall +
10/20 - Huntsville, AL - Sidetracks Music Hall &
10/21 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn %
10/22 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Druid City Music Hall $
10/23 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse $
10/26 - Indianapolis, IN - HI-FI @
10/27 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater @
10/28 - Memphis, TN - Railgarten &
10/29 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East =
10/30 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater #
10/31 - Falls Church, VA - The State Theatre #
12/10 - Miami Beach, FL - North Beach Music Festival
12/29 - Harrisburg, PA - XL Live
12/30 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry
12/31 & 1/1 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House
2/4 - 2/6 - Tuscon, AZ - Gem and Jam Festival
3/4 - Philadelphia, PA - Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
^ w/ Eggy
~ w/ paris_monster
+ w/ Subcontra
* w/ FiLiBuSta
! w/ Level Up
& w/ Captain Midnight Band
% w/ Waker
$ w/ The Orange Constant
@ w/ Cycles
= w/ Three Star Revival
# w/ LITZ