For the last 3-4 years I’ve been working on some stuff that sounded a little different to the usual Takeda stuff. It’s been bugging me what I should do with it all; whether I should release it under another name, use them as b-sides etc.
I eventually decided to arrange and release it as a Takeda record. It will be available from 1/7/2013 and a little before if you pre-order it. (http://takedaband.bandcamp.com/)
It’s the first in a series of releases that will appear over the next few years that are a notable departure from the Takeda lineage. They will all bear the “EDO” mark, hence this records title of “EDO#1”.
This incarnation of EDO is a hefty slab of Ambience/Post-Rock/Raga
that I am immensely proud of.
If you haven’t already, head over to Bandcamp and pre-order to be first in line for some exclusive content.
Also, don’t forget to watch part one in our series of short films on our YouTube page.
love & hard times peeps! x
Check out our Vimeo channel to see a trailer for “Takeda - Part 1” which is the first installment in a series of four short films we’re making that document the last four years of Takeda and the various stages of development of our current project. Stay tuned for more info.
On our Soundcloud page now are a few tracks dug up from our cassete archive of demos and stuff (http://soundcloud.com/takeda) dating back from 2008 to 2012. Have a listen. One of them is actually a demo for a song from an EP we are releasing soon! But which one?! Who knows?!
More news on the EP and Arable Land soon. (note abscence of asterisk…)
A clip of a demo for a track from our current project Arable Land.
Takeda are still alive. Although all vital signs seem weak to the casual observer. Here’s a summary of what we’re doing now and will do soon*
Since the begining of 2012 I have been writing and recording new material with a view to it’s becoming an album soon.* I think that this will become the long awaited Arable Land (which, in the time it has lain fallow since it’s conception and initial near-release in 2010, must surely now be some pedestrianised city centre.) It sounds a little like Hufsa, a little like SaRiGaMa but most importantly more like Takeda than either of those.
We also have a new half-member, yet to be fully initiated; in Beth’s now permanent and indefinite absence, John is playing drums on some of the new tracks. This turn of events has given the new material a nice feel and in places a momentum we had hitherto been unable to achieve. (Stay peel-eyed for demos and early mixes soon*)
Phil is currently working on an album all of his very own! I have lent my fingers to a couple of the tracks so far. It sounds like Tinariwen meets Vetiver. (But not in the way that Takeda sounds exactly like that.)
Basically lots of new things and bobs happening but nothing to show for it yet. We are meeting this weekend for a couple of days playing together and we are heading up into the mountains, N.Wales for a week or so of recording etc. in September. Don’t touch that dial.
Lot’s of love and thanks to those of you who are still around to read this. Your stamina, endurance and long-suffering are praise-worthy indeed.
* “soon” - see still-pending SaRiGaMa release… :p