Perth-based multi-disciplinary artist Ta-ku today shares his first official single in two years, “Cruel” out via Future Classic.
A collaboration with Panama, the track arrives after the acclaimed beatmaker shared his downtempo version of alt-pop star BENEE’s hit “Glitter” earlier this year.
“Cruel” opens to Ta-ku’s effortlessly affective vocals amid a tonally rich piano accompaniment. Ta-ku’s trademark ease and authenticity in his vocal delivery, matches up with an R&B-laced beat produced in collaboration with Panama, that is definitive of Ta-ku’s celebrated repertoire: sharp yet brimful with emotion.
A mellowed and introspective take on the give and take of relationships and their consequences, “Cruel” arrives today with a fitting visual accompaniment illustrating Ta-ku’s perceptive composition and creative direction he has become lauded for.
Ta-ku on the song: “Panama and I have always shared musical circles and I have admired his music for many years from afar. Through mutual friends we linked on this song & it all happened so quickly. The song really resonated with me & the idea of the cruelty that can result from giving your heart so freely to others sometimes.
‘Cruel’ is a direct song about relationships, describing an antagonist who tends to make up their own rules & makes the other feel like they are suffering. Although feeling (overly) sensitive at times, the song describes being on the receiving end of when a person turns on you in the heat of a moment or during an argument.
Dealing with those raw feelings and processing them can be hard and alienating at times. Even relationships of the past stick with you and the love you had for certain people stays in your heart. It feels like I’m looking at life and people and feel like I’m moving slowly (being left behind or playing catchup – I want to be part of it but can’t). Sometimes it’s easier to convey our feelings through music instead.”
An avid collaborator, producer, visual artist and photographer, Ta-ku has released multiple EPs, visual projects and held various photography residencies around the world. After building a cult music following across the last decade, he is now one of Australia’s most sought-after beatmakers, with his distinct and emotively-rich style of production picking up millions of streams and fans from around the globe.
Following the release of his highly acclaimed Songs To Break Up To, and sequel Songs To Make Up To, Ta-ku teamed up with Wafia on (m)edian, which saw them take the collaboration to the likes of triple j’s Like A Version and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.
The Red Bull Music Academy alumni and now Creative Director of creative studio, Pretty Soon, has also taken his passion for photography global, showcasing his 823 exhibition in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Tokyo.
A warm and soul comforting play for a winter’s night, “Cruel” is an exciting first taste of more new music promised from Ta-ku featuring some of his favourite contributors and musical family members, past and present. Tune in today and let Ta-ku’s intricate composition provide soothing introspection.