Video: Kuky Tala – “Talátur”

Chilean psych-folk great Kuky Tala just released a hypnotic music video for stunning track “Talátur”. You can watch it above. Listeners may remember the track from last year, when we premiered it under Kuky Tala’s former moniker Tigermilk. The video was directed by Chilean artist Felipe Prado, who in the past has worked with Alex Andwanter, Javiera Mena, and Francisca Valenzuela. As for Kuky Tala (formerly Tigermilk), she is currently composing the opening music for the Altazor Awards, the Oscars of Chile.

The track itself, as entrancing as anything, remains the same in terms of description. “Talátur” immediately transports listener to a distant, exotic locale; a resonating drum maintains a tribal-like consistency, as Tala projects her warm and soothing voice over a series of acoustic flutters and unique instruments. How unique are they? One of a kind. Many of the sounds on “Talátur” come from homemade kid’s instruments, handcrafted elements, and household trinkets.  When the drums assume a gentler, more tropical-sounding pace – like just before the one-minute mark – it often provides room for these fascinating sounds to breathe. “Let the rain fall down”, she sings during the haunting chorus, a pop reprieve from the scenic and involved instrumentation.

“Talátur” was mixed in New York by Nathan Larson, better known by his works on bands like A Shudder To Think, The Cardigans, and A Camp, and making music for celebrated films like “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Storytelling” and more recently “Our Idiot Brother”. He also worked quite a bit on the new James Iha album, featured here. The final mix was done by Tom Biller in his Los Angeles studio. He’s known for his soundtrack work alongside composer Jon Brion for film, and also his production work on albums for bands like Warpaint, Karen O and many more.

Stream Kuky Tala’s two tracks, “Talátur” and “Turi”, below:


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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