The debut release of a collaborative project ( feat. the members of The Black Heart Rebellion and Annelies Van Dinter ) is available now.
Photo credits: Stefaan Temmerman
The fruitful collaboration between The Black Heart Rebellion and Echo Beatty’s Annelies Van Dinter on the People album was the beginning of a new musical story. After the end of TBHR Alexander, Annelies, Emeriek and Pieter went deeper in their quest to write music reflecting the true emotions of the musicians. After about one year of free improvisation, TAKH created something truly unique. The idea was very simple: to release the result of the collaboration without pre-orders and announcements. As organically as their collaboration came together, according to the band.
Consisting of five tracks with textures ranging from deep bass drones to vocal harmonies. By using an extensive set of instruments such as an Indian harmonium, Irish buzuki and native percussion, they succeeded in creating their own musical world. All songs are written simultaneously so that a general atmosphere can prevail throughout the record. Without the intention of writing a concept album, there is a recurring theme present on this record of rebirth.
“Based on films such as The Sea of Trees, Infinity Pool, Apocalypse Now and You Were Never Really Here, the paintings of Bosch and the work of Jim Jarmusch we find themes that delve deeper into the various developments in a person’s life.” – explain the collective talking about the conceptual component: “The question of how to deal with a new identity and of how it relates to the old one and its known environment are subjects that have found a place in the melancholic sound and lyrics on the album.”
Thanks to the references and inspirations mentioned earlier, it has also become a record that evokes many images in the listener. When referring to the lyrics these images can be ‘gentle as the waves that hit the sand’(Drôme) or hopeful (a sky of azure blue to start anew and crow under – Azure Blue), but also frightening and lonely (All rise, come to feast the filth has been released. Come see and feel the downfall with me – Hair of a Horsetail).
The image on the cover of the album is a photo of the Ratitovec mountain ridge in Slovenia, made by D. Appeldoorn on behalf of TAKH. The image was later edited by Corbin Mahieu to create a feeling of Unheimlichkeit. A place that feels familiar but alienating at the same time.
2. Unabashed And Knowing
4. Azure Blue
5. Hair Of A Horsetail
TAKH’s self-titled debut LP is out now via Consouling Sounds. Available on CD and vinyl.
TAKH found its origin back in 2015, when The Black Heart Rebellion invited Annelies Van Dinter as guest musician on the record ‘People When You See the Smoke’. A common love for doom and gloom, together with the raw approach of music that wrenches the soul, makes them write new music together. Inspired by the likes of Swans, Low or Woven Hand, they challenge themselves to focus on pure intensity, not shunning the experiment and questioning what truly moves them in life.
– Alexander Maekelberg – Guitar
– Annelies Van Dinter – Drums / vocals
– Emeriek Verhoye – Bass
– Pieter Uyttenhove – Keys / vocals
Strings on Drôme by Patricia Vanneste.
All music by TAKH 2020 – 2022