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CD Review
TAUK - Homunculus


Record Label: Tauk
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Review by Sal Serio
June 2013

TAUK is the collective name of four adventurous young musicians from New York City that like their sound to be so entirely free of conventional categorization that they feature no vocals whatsoever. To this end, when I experience a TAUK album or concert, I do not feel compelled to focus on individual songs per se. Rather, I just let the entire experience wash over me, and revel in the shiver of the aftermath.

This is the type of music that fuels one’s inspiration, and turns the faucet of the listener’s creative juices on full blast. It’s effortless to daydream while the unique, shape-shifting, rhythms of drummer Isaac Teel and bassist Charlie Dolan pave the meandering super-highway for keyboardist Alric Carter and guitar player Matt Jalbert to color the trail of journey and exploration in a way that only this quartet’s far out ambitious artistry can.

Do I think you may want to take the TAUK trip yourself? For you pilgrims who live, breathe, and think outside of the box, I would voice the affirmative! But, for you undecided voters? There are some minor comparisons I can make, just to try to throw you, my dear readers, a bone, if you will. I would recommend this release to fans of newer prog/jazz/jam groups in the vein of RAQ, Tea Leaf Green, and Particle. And for you older rockers, I believe followers of improv geniuses from the classic era - let’s say early 70s Pink Floyd, Wishbone Ash, and King Crimson - will unconditionally relate to these jams as well. Just don’t think you’ll be singing along! Although, you may hum a bit. I did.

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