The High Llamas Talahomi Way on LP
Available on Vinyl for the First Time in Several Years!
With the January 2016 release of Here Come the Rattling Trees, the first new High Llamas album in nearly five years, it seems like a fantastic time to bring back vinyl pressings of the preceding two Drag City High Llamas albums, Can Cladders (2007) and Talahomi Way (2011).
It's been a smooth and fruitful 15 years for High Llamas; starting with the release of Buzzle Bee in 2000, there's been new original work from the band every several years. The often-quiet, highly-manicured intention of their music means that it may come off to the naked ear as unchanging – but a listen back to the electronica of Buzzle Bee or the stark chamber-pop arrangements of Beet, Maize & Corn will realign your aural lobes. It is actually and instead the case that from album to album, High Llamas are always changing their focus by infinitesimal degrees in order to arrive at the goal of their most current work.
In this fashion, 2007's Can Cladders can be seen to have a soulful, R&B-beat-oriented bias to its roll. By the same token, 2011's Talahomi Way sets the controls – gently – for a more laid-back, lite-pop sound. Along the way, Sean O'Hagan uses touches of Brazillian music, arrangements redolent of film soundtracks, and, of course, the sudden and delightful blossoming of the perfect pop song to vary the modulations within the High Llamas' signature sound.
Available for the first time in several years, Can Cladders and Talahomi Way are back in the vinyl groove where their classic sounds truly belong!