Stream new album II in full
9th May 2017
L.A. Takedown are today streaming their new album, II, in full. Listen to it now via Noisey HERE before its release on 12th May via Ribbon Music.
Led by Los Angeles-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Aaron M. Olson, the seven-piece band delivers a guitar-driven take on synth-pop that manages to nod both respectfully and irreverently at the genre's forebears while building something entirely new. Noisey has the album streaming in full, which you should definitely go check out. Before you do, however, you would be smart to observe Olson's advice on optimal listening conditions.
Courtesy of Aaron M. Olson, here are some instructions for experiencing II:
1) Turn down the lights, fire up a doobie, and get into this record.
2) Drive out on a desert road in the dead of night, roll down the windows, turn the heater on juuust enough, and blast this album.
3) Repeat option #2 but along a coastal highway instead.
4) Get some headphones on and suspiciously stake out a bank. (Please don’t actually commit any crimes.)
5) Have a special somebody over, light some candles, pour a couple glasses of red, turn on this album and see where the evening goes.
6) Put this album on, mute your TV, and watch the Planet Earth series.
7) Put this album on and think of things to do while listening to this album.
*for optimum listening experience please turn volume up to a high but comfortable level.
LISTEN TO II VIA NOISEY
In addition to a string of West Coast shows, L.A. Takedown will be celebrating the release of II with a special album release party at TOWN Pizza, Los Angeles on Friday, May 12. The event will feature an L.A. Takedown DJ set, limited edition L.A. Takedown pizza and screen-printed pizza boxes, and the new album spinning its entirety from 10pm.
L.A. TAKEDOWN TOUR DATES
Wed. May 17 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
Fri. May 19 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat. May 20 - Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
Sun. May 21 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Tue. May 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Thu. May 25 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Fri. May 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
II is available to pre-order now on limited edition translucent green vinyl, CD, and digital download.
II track list
01. The First Thing...
03. L.A. Blue
04. The Valley
05. Bad Night at Black's Beach
06. City of Glass
07. Blue Skies (on Mars)
10. Night Skiing
11. The Most Crucial Game
12. The Last Thing...