Friday, 13 June 2008

The Rosie Taylor Project

Like Belle and Seb taking it down a notch The Rosie Taylor Projecthave the balance between pretty noise and evocative lyrics. Slow-paced but not to the point of ennui they don't drag the listener to the end of songs but rather ramble down a country lane with them, pointing out interesting wild-life along the way. Not one for the post-punk lovers then but I bet if Byron were alive he'd listen to these; it's romanticismfor the 21st Century. "Sun on My Right" grapples with acoustic guitars and brass instruments with duel vocals harmonising (very Slow Club). Nostalgic and summery and tender and folk inspired are all ways to describe this band yet looking a bit further and melancholy refrains seep through as trumpets and achingly maudlin vocals wind across each other. It's versatile music, catchy enough for a summers day yet with sad nuances for the heartbroken to be heart warmed.
"A Good Cafe on St. George Street" sketches lovely scenes in front of the listener showing storytelling skills nearly to rival Johnny Flynn; melodic lullabies with glittering riffs which meander over trumpets, electric keyboard, bass, french horns and drums. It would be easy enough to lump them into the 'alt-folk' genre but there is more to them that that- their songs sound like Noah and the Whale's "Mary" or Laura Marlings "Shine" but the use of trumpets and the downplaying of the acoustic guitar at times means they take on a new edge and a more lo-fi sound. Best song "A Few Words of Farewell" is magic and melancholy affair and possibly the slowest of their offerings; it's focus relies more on the lyrics than musical content here but it works well ("A blank space where the fragments lay") and the vocal harmonies take over.

Defiantly goose bump inducing and possibly tear reducing they play on human emotions with not only their lyrics but with their pretty-pop music too. Lovely.

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