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Review: Taarka, “Making Tracks Home”

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Review: Taarka, “Making Tracks Home”

Making Tracks Home is the perfect record to play on a lazy afternoon sipping on sweet tea and daydreaming. David and Enion Pelta-Tiller are easily in step and match each other both musically and vocally.”

Artist: Taarka

Album: Making Tracks Home

Genre: Folk / Bluegrass

RIYL: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Elephant Revival

Taarka Making Tracks Home

Husband and wife David and Enion Pelta-Tiller make up the musical core of Taarka, a Colorado gypsy-folk-bluegrass duo that plays a full musical hand on their new album, Making Tracks Home. Taarka’s music is a mixture of traditional folk instrumentation and more far-off foreign influences, featuring a mean fiddle and well-matched mandolin. Those far-off influences, hence the “gypsy” in the aforementioned description, reach into Celtic, a decidedly European folk sound and even klezmer. The duo’s extensive background, reaching back to 2001, provides a strong backbone for this sixth studio album while they play with different sounds within their brand of folk.

The feature single, “Heart and Song,” is a bit of a mystery; this would widely be considered a much more radio-friendly version of folk-pop, and does seem to stand apart from the rest of the songs on the record. Because the depth of the musicianship is shown in grander display further in (especially on the fantastic Celtic fiddle-ridden “Trip to Duncan” and delightful “Bouncing Tale”), it perhaps serves as a bridge for those who don’t normally gravitate towards rootsy folk to take a listen to this duo. It’s a good song, just a subtler dose of what makes this duo tick.

Both David and Enion are vocalists that strike a wonderfully warm balance of skill and strength; David provides a rich, steady baseline while Enion weaves in and out of melodies with ease. On tunes like “Old Waterford Town” and “The Lark and the Owl” it’s great to hear consistent vocal harmonies, and I would have loved to hear more of that to fill out the album. Their voices work so well with each other that it’s a shame not to capitalize on that magic a bit more. Enion’s vocal turn on Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio” also provides a highlight to the album, another fantastic bridge to draw fans of the Welch/Rawlings pairing in to hear their work.

Making Tracks Home is the perfect record to play on a lazy afternoon sipping on sweet tea and daydreaming. David and Enion Pelta-Tiller are easily in step and match each other both musically and vocally. The mandolin and fiddle work are outstanding, and the inclusion of the instrumental tracks is a wise decision. There is a warmth and subtlety to their style and tone, exactly what you would expect as you’re “making tracks home”.


Taarka website: http://www.taarka.com/

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