There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Standout Track: No. 2, “Cluck-Cluck,” the title track on Talk It’s debut EP on Teen-Beat Records, the longtime Arlington indie-pop label now based in Cambridge, Mass. Emily Rickman’s twinkling Fender Rhodes keyboard starts things off; soon, the band revs its engine and locks into a groove. John Rickman’s steady drumming helps smooth the tune’s transitions while Emily Rickman and guitarist Andrew Beaujon trade off melodic threads. The sound isn’t easy to pin down, but John and Emily Rickman (the pair is married) settle on calling it krautrock.
Musical Motivation: The band formed two years ago when a friend persuaded the Rickmans to collaborate with Beaujon—John’s former bandmate in Eggs—to open a show for the friend’s band, Mostly Dimes. For now, Talk It is taking a casual approach to making music. “It’s fun, it’s relaxing, you feel good at the end of the practice,” says Emily Rickman.
Ear Worm: “Cluck-Cluck” is the only song with vocals on the EP. With little more than a minute left, the band’s three members pause to sing: “Cluck-cluck/turn it up, turn it up/yeah.” And repeat. When Beaujon needs to remember a new melody, he puts words to it, says Emily Rickman. (Disclosure: Beaujon is a former City Paper managing editor.) For this song, the nonsense chant stuck. “I think there’s a hint of playfulness in our music and we’re all kind of silly when we get together,” John Rickman says.
Talk It performs with The Plums and The Caribbean Dec. 13 at The Dunes.