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The trio Tajak spent time in Amsterdam 211 to construct this here debut full-length album. Each tracks creates a kind of space / headspace of its own for the listener to dwell inside, most of them with a slightly musty, introverted feel. Tajak have a krautrock feel for texture and rhythm, and play very well with tension and release. Out on Dirty Filthy Records.

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Amsterdam 211 by Tajak
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7/10 Will Staff review, 17 May 2019

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Tajak have released an album called 'Amsterdam 211'. I'm a little confused because it says on Spotify that this record was released in 2011, and yet I've also received info suggesting otherwise. Perhaps it's a psychy ploy to cajole the listener into a confused mindset before they've even begun listening! The album itself does little to allay this confusion but I enjoyed it all the same. I've heard a lot of records with a big scope recently by guitar bands and have really enjoyed them. The Wand album was huge, as was 'Levitation' by Flamingods, and the Fat White Family record to a lesser extent; I sincerely hope this trend continues. Anyway, this Tajak record is another big psych album. 'I'm In Your Head' is an album in itself, containing a myriad of different tempos and tones. I love the mix of styles on 'Amsterdam 211': you've got Can-style krautrock, scuzzy psych that sounds a bit like King Gizz, and plenty of stuff that sounds like Hawkwind and NEU!. Track lengths range from two minute ditties to eight minute opuses.

This album sounds like a trip (wooahhh drugs man!) through the various style associated with psych. There's krautrock, prog, space-rock, noise rock, drone rock, and I could go on. None of the songs really wowed me, however, and when you're aping other styles it's imperative you come up with something insanely good. But still, Tajak have released a fine record here. 


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