Australia’s most recent creative export Ta-Ku made his Los Angeles debut at NeueHouse. Bridging art work and décor from a minimalist approach, the Perth native packed the gallery space environment with mixed beats showcasing his latest EP ‘Songs To Make Up To.’ A small collection of photographs adorned the east and west walls without any specific correlation to another. Contrary to the emotionally driven title, every song evoked a space like sequence for the audience, highly associated with dream wave visual projections that provided a soothing ambiance.
Accompanied by live drumbeats and soothing keys, Ta-Ku forced the crowd to feel and relate beyond the term of emotion but resurrected the dormant passion stitched from a previous catastrophe. Slow tempos and long melodies fused flawlessly into simple beat rhythms resulted in a synchronized sway session from the audience. Between songs, Ta-Ku thanked the Los Angeles crowd by overcoming the stereotype of last minute cancelations, citing the constant reminder of indecisiveness and commitment from the local crowd. Three tracks into his set-list, Los Angeles native Wafia took center stage with his first collaboration. Her vocal range took control of the show while speeding the down tempo approach into an accelerated melody support.
JMSN, (Jameson) continued the local scene collaboration, delivering a strong ballad ultimatum about a declining relationship. ‘Love Again’ reached a few silhouette faces in the crowd to participate in the chorus, with high-pitched keys guiding the passive tones. Alina Baraz finished the guest appearance participation delivering a slow yet fluid vocal range during ‘Down For Me’. The verbose chorus was executed coherently with Ta-Ku’s brisk beats. Closing the night, Wafia was invited back to stage to deliver a duet with Ta-Ku channeling a gradual alliance of Kanye West and Estelle’s ‘American Boy’. With the effortless transition, the romantic ballad closed the forty-five minute performance with a major splash in the west coast.
Ta-Ku’s ability to invigorate an audience begins with the first beat until the final echo effect. With mild vocal participations and talented collaborations, his Los Angeles debut proved to be nothing short of dazzling.
Photos by: JACOB GAITAN