CHARLIE GRIFFITHS, guitarist with British progressive metal heavyweights Haken, recently released his debut solo album ‘Tiktaalika’. With musical roots still firmly in the progressive realm, Charlie draws from his love of old-school 80s thrash, 90s tech-metal and alternative rock. Running the gamut from melodic to avant-garde to straight-up heavy, you might say Tiktaalika bridges the gap between King Crimson and King Diamond.
Today, Charlie has launched a video for the track ‘Crawl, Walk, Run’, which features Danïel De Jongh (ex-Textures) on vocals. Watch it now here: https://youtu.be/wACkrMUS6oI
Charlie comments: “When I asked Tiktaalika artist Dan Goldsworthy if he’d help me create the cartoon elements for the music videos, I had no idea where it would lead. As soon as he sent through his sketches I immediately fell in love with the little guy and we almost immediately started affectionately referring to him as Timmy, thus Timmy Taalik’s Time Time was born! I get messages from parents all the time, telling me how much they and their kids enjoy watching the videos together and singing along – so we thought it’d be fun to release the theme tune as a stand-alone single. Special thanks to my good buddy and Headspace guitar-man Pete Rinaldi on banjo!”
Check out the videos for other tracks from the album below.
Arctic Cemetery (feat. Tommy Rogers): https://youtu.be/nOcJ6ND8Bwk
‘Luminous Beings’(feat. Danïel De Jongh): https://youtu.be/GwE5cgci33U
Digging Deeper: https://youtu.be/KpatvsuG01s
The album includes stunning artwork from Dan Goldsworthy, and will be available as a Ltd CD Edition, Gatefold 180g 2LP+CD & as Digital Album. Order now here: https://charliegriffiths.lnk.to/Tiktaalika
This concept album was 375 million years in the making, with the 9 tracks drawing inspiration from themes of geological time, fossilisation, transformation and humanity’s connections with each other and the planet we inhabit. The Griffiths-penned lyrics are given voice by some of the best vocalists in the business: Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried And Me), Danïel De Jongh (Textures), Vladimir Lalić (Organised Chaos) and Neil Purdy (Luna’s Call).
As well as handling guitar duties, Charlie also takes care of bass, keyboards and on one track, makes his debut lead vocal performance. Of the creative process Charlie explains, “I picked up the 6 string guitar again, which ironically has become the more unusual option for me, after 10 or so years writing with an 8-string guitar for Haken. It definitely sent me into a different creative headspace, with riff after riff seemingly falling out of the guitar. I naturally began forming those riffs into song structures, while simultaneously writing vocal melodies and building the lyrical concept. It was a great form of escapism from my usual environment and I had a lot of fun doing it”.
The album also features a host of guest musicians: Drummer Darby Todd (Martin Barre, Frost, Devin Townsend), Keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) and Saxophonist Rob Townsend (Steve Hackett). “All of the guest musicians took the songs to another level” Charlie explains, “I had everything written and demoed, so the guys could quickly learn the parts, but I gave free rein for them to bring their personality to the party. Darby’s drumming style, is so beautifully improvised and more jazz-fusion influenced, when paired with my riffs, it resulted in something unexpected. It blows my mind that the synth solo Jordan played was the very first take! Capturing that spirit of spontaneity within a structured piece is always very special”.
The album was mixed by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic.