8 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Steve Taylor’s dreamy, folky, solo songs recall a long lost time when most everybody wore their hair long. “Reality” opens his 2008 solo debut with a strolling rhythm, handclaps, vocal harmonies, and some soulful backing vocals provided by Dina Howard (who has also played with Farmer Dave Scher). Where many of today’s California canyon-rock enthusiasts look back on bygone twang for inspiration, Taylor’s love for all things Laurel and Topanga is more rooted in the singer/songwriters of the era such as Carole King, David Crosby, and James Taylor. But there’s also a deep love for Memphis soul as evidenced by “Felicity” which sounds a little like Shuggie Otis recording for Stax. The title-track resonates with sun-flared AM radio gold of the early 1970s as vintage tones warble from an old Wurlitzer while acoustic six-strings intertwine with the watery notes of a lazy electric slide guitar under Taylor crooning like a young Graham Nash.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Steve Taylor’s dreamy, folky, solo songs recall a long lost time when most everybody wore their hair long. “Reality” opens his 2008 solo debut with a strolling rhythm, handclaps, vocal harmonies, and some soulful backing vocals provided by Dina Howard (who has also played with Farmer Dave Scher). Where many of today’s California canyon-rock enthusiasts look back on bygone twang for inspiration, Taylor’s love for all things Laurel and Topanga is more rooted in the singer/songwriters of the era such as Carole King, David Crosby, and James Taylor. But there’s also a deep love for Memphis soul as evidenced by “Felicity” which sounds a little like Shuggie Otis recording for Stax. The title-track resonates with sun-flared AM radio gold of the early 1970s as vintage tones warble from an old Wurlitzer while acoustic six-strings intertwine with the watery notes of a lazy electric slide guitar under Taylor crooning like a young Graham Nash.

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