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On their new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, New York-bred band TAUK offer anunsettling but ultimately exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential toupend our world. With its dynamic sense of tension and cinematic mastery of mood,TAUK’s all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz proves to be theperfect backdrop for such explorations, giving way to an album that’s both powerfullyhypnotic and intensely thought-provoking.“We’re all very much interested in A.I., and this idea of machines getting out of thehands of the people trying to control them,” notes TAUK guitarist Matt Jalbert, whosebandmates include bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummerIsaac Teel. “This album felt like a good setting to tell that kind of story, but in a waywhere we could have fun with it and let the listener escape into a whole other world.”Equally inspired by classic sci-fi like Blade Runner and more recent films like ExMachina, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak embeds that narrative into TAUK’s most sonicallyadventurous, emotionally expansive work to date. A continuation of their early-2018 EPShapeshifter I: Construct, the new album picks up its predecessor’s narrative threadwith “Prelude”: a fantastically unsettling intro track whose frenetic keyboard work andchilling vocal samples set the tone for what’s to come. “The idea is that in the EP you’reseeing the construction of this being, and in the album you’re seeing it break out andbecome something that you can’t ignore anymore,” Carter explains.From there, TAUK charge forward with the driving rhythms of “Recreational Outrage” (atrack laced with the ominous throb of a robotic heartbeat), the futuristic soundscape andheady grooves of “CMF 9000,” the gauzy reverie and glorious chaos of “Checkmate,”and the bright melodies and soulful guitar sprawl of “Convoy.” One of the album’s mostmesmerizing moments, “Let It Ride” builds a brilliant tapestry from its luminouskeyboard tones, kinetic guitar work, and kaleidoscopic rhythms. And on “Upside Down,”TAUK close out Shapeshifter II: Outbreak with a thrillingly epic burst of unfetteredexperimentalism.Free-flowing yet elaborately composed, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak came to life incollaboration with TAUK’s longtime cohort Robert Carranza—a Grammy Award-winningproducer/mixer/engineer also known for his work The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, MarilynManson, and Taj Mahal. In a departure from their previous releases (including 2016’sSir Nebula), the band shunned the typical studio environment and holed up for weeks ina long-abandoned, century-old home that Teel describes as “the Jumanji house meetsAddams Family meets Amityville Horror.” Located in their homeland of Long Island, thehouse turned out to be the ideal spot for their makeshift studio, allowing for a creativity-enhancing seclusion. “Overall the whole process was incredibly organic—there were noconstrictions as far as time or space, nothing ever felt forced,” says Dolan. “There was agreater feeling of possibility, and it ended up being a really liberating experience for allof us.” Jalbert adds: “The location definitely added to the vibe of everything we weregoing for. It was like we set up a laboratory in the middle of nowhere and shut off therest of the world, which really helped get us into a specific headspace.”

True to its thematic terrain, Shapeshifter II: Outbreak endlessly blurs the boundariesbetween organic and electronic, with TAUK broadening their sonic palette to include avast spectrum of synth sounds and programmed effects (such as those exquisitely eerievocal samples heard in “Prelude”). And in sculpting the album’s intricate arrangements,TAUK called on such esteemed musicians as The Naughty Horns, Ghost-Note’s NateWerth (a percussionist who’s also played with David Crosby, Q-Tip, and Snarky Puppy),and Juan Alderete (longtime bassist for Racer X and The Mars Volta).Throughout Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, TAUK reveal the potent chemistry theydiscovered in childhood, when longtime friends Dolan, Jalbert, and Carter formed theirfirst band in seventh grade. After playing together in various projects, the trio broughtTeel into the fold in 2012, cementing the final lineup. Since then, TAUK have sharedstages with acts like Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, and Lettuce, appeared atfestivals like Electric Forest and Bonnaroo, and earned acclaim from major outlets likethe Washington Post (who praised TAUK for “creating a hard-charging, often melodicfusion that—thanks to a penchant for improv—offers limitless possibilities”). As Teelpoints out, the band’s incessant touring over the years has significantly strengthenedtheir musical connection. “The four of us as individuals are all very animated souls inour own right,” he says. “We each have our ideas and our perspectives, and when it allcomes together, it creates this collective statement that takes on a life of its own.”In creating Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, TAUK made that statement more deliberate andimpactful than ever before. But while several upcoming videos and the vibrant artworkof illustrator Raul Urias add a new dimension to the album’s concept, the bandpurposely maintained a certain open-endedness in its execution. “People tell us allkinds of stories about what our songs mean to them, and it’s always cool to see howwide the gamut of those stories is,” says Carter. “What the song means to me might notbe the same as what it means to you, but that’s one of the great things about this wholeexperience. There’s room for everyone to develop whatever narrative they want.”

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