Since their Baybeats Music Festival performance in 2009, Taken By Cars have been heavily promoting their debut album, with many gigs in and out of Metro Manila.
With changes happening within the band (Isa and Siopao got married!), the band managed to find time out of their personal lives to head into the studios to write and record ‘Dualist’, their highly anticipated sophomore album, with the help of Mong Alcaraz (of Sandwich and Chicosci) and Shinji Tanaka (Soundcreation Studios) doing production and engineering duties.
The journey of their personal experiences and changes were translated into a more upbeat and personal album, with elaborate musical layers to each their songs and a maturity in their songwriting and the arrangement for all the songs on the album.
For those who have heard of their debut album, Endings Of A New Kind, you can expect a more enjoyable audio experience, a richer sound, intricate beats over lush vocals and lyrics that remain in your head long after the song has ended. Dualist still retains the feel-good, dance vibes of Endings Of A New Kind while adding more intricate facets and layers to their song crafting and songwriting.
Overall, I really like their sophomore album, with favourites from the album being Intermission, Unidentified, Sea Bass and This Is Our City.
Taken By Cars will be launching Dualist on June 10, 2011, 8pm at Home Club. Tickets would be sold for $15 Admission + 1 drink & $25 Admission + DualistCD + 1 drink at the door. Be there for the one-night only launch!