If you think Drake is the master of songs to break up to, you’re wrongly mistaken. In his recently released and accurately named EP, Ta-ku proves to be the heavy weight champ of capturing the overwhelming despair associated with heartbreak. His songs ‘I Miss You’ and ‘We Were in Love’ bring a beautifully uplifting sound to misery that not many have even come close to matching. Trying to imagine the heartbreak that he’s experienced to be capable of such a sound is unthinkable, though I am forever grateful to whatever broad broke his heart so deeply to cause him such sorrow turned musical magic.
Ta-ku seemingly seduces your senses with ‘I Miss You’. He samples lyrics from Willow Smith’s “Summer Love” creating a heartbreaking conversation between the female voice and the pitched down vocals presumably depicting a male’s voice that dances around a simple string-sounding melody hooking your heart on a string and leaving it to dangle.
“We Were in Love” starts off slow as he samples breathing noises and weaves them into a melody that turns into tear-jerking vocals that imitate the heavyhearted bass line. The subtleties of Ta-ku’s melodies are what prove that emotion doesn’t need to be induced by in-your-face dynamics and outrageous hi-hat effects, but can be felt naturally in the vehement ambiance carefully constructed with each kick of the bass drum.
In his remix to Ginger & The Ghost’s “One Type of Dark” Ta-ku proves his versatility as an artist, and that there’s no limits to his ingenious and innovative sounds. The Indie tune turned R&B tear jerking pairs the sweet yet edgy vocals of Ginger & The Ghost with a delicate string-like melody that explodes into an orchestra of emotion. The synthy bass line rattles as it captivates the ears in a collision of ingenuity.
The Aussie Native’s goal in releasing ‘Songs To Break Up To’ was to “produce a cinematic musical journey for the broken hearted. A concept EP that would hopefully resonate with different people for different reasons,” and boy, has he done just that!