Dinner Music: Takeshi's Cashew
Surf, psychedelic, cosmofunk, oh my
Takeshi’s Cashew recorded their debut album, Humans in a Pool, in a small DIY studio outside of Vienna in 2020. The group is made up of six musicians, all influenced by different things — 60s surf rock, pop music, Turkish folk music, African funk, disco. Despite the difference in influence, the group managed to bring it all together to record an album full of life. “I think this album represents the first phase of experimenting with our diverse musical approaches and unconventional instrumentation,” the group said in an interview with Kiyi.
Humans in a Pool is teeming with different sounds. There’s flutes, drums, electric guitar, space-y synths, native horns, birds chirping. Some moments, it feels lighter, as if you are immersed in a street fair in Turkey. But, later in the album, it feels as though you enter another dimension, like if Berghain were on Arrakis, particularly, when Warner Herzog shows up on There is No Harmony.
Humans in a Pool - Takeshi’s Cashew
Pair this album with:
Mushroom rigatoni. Creamy, creamy mushroom pasta. This is a great transitional dish, perfect for eating outside under some bistro lights.
Turkish meatballs. These meatballs can be thrown on top of the pasta or eaten as an appetizer before (especially if you make them early, fridge them and serve them slightly cold). Bonus points for making a lemon-y tahini dipping sauce.
Dry Hop Pét-Nat by Field Recordings. Sparkling Chardonnay! It’s crisp and creamy, but not buttery and oaky. It’s got all of that California sunshine. The bubbles go great with a creamy sauce. You can buy this online, but many natural wine shops will have it and I’ve noticed Whole Foods is starting to carry this winemaker more often.
Thank you, thank you. Have a great weekend.