“Lyrically, brilliantly ‘The Ridge’ exudes innocence.” – American Songwriter
“…outstanding music front to back” – No Depression
Toronto music scene staple and musical chameleon, Julian Taylor releases new album The Ridge (Howling Turtle Inc.) this June 19th 2020. The award-winning singer- songwriter decided to present his new record sooner than its fall scheduled release date in the hope that his songs may bring joy to listeners in troubled times –
“I hope people can find solace in this music, it’s meant to draw you in and really touch your heart.”
Composed of eight deeply intimate songs, The Ridge was co-produced by Taylor and longtime collaborator Saam Hashemi, mixed by Hashemi, mastered by Noah Mintz; and recorded at the studio of alt-country stalwarts Blue Rodeo, The Woodshed. Embracing Taylor’s signature cinematic approach to storytelling; The Ridge taps into the vein of shared experience by way of a personal stories with striking effect, creating an aurul result of a songwriter clearly embracing his prime. The raw and honest nature throughout enables listeners a myriad of personally relatable entry points into his enlightening narrative tales.
Each song on The Ridge represents an acoustic-driven mixture of styles that reflects Taylor’s range as a creative force building on the templates forged during his tenure fronting chart-topping collective Staggered Crossing as well as the fine funk and R&B driven foundation Julian Taylor Band. From the hopeful swoon of ‘Over The Moon’ to the tribal-energy landscape that permeates ‘Ballad of the Young Troubadour’, to the Tex- Mex Canadian-Western vibe of ‘Love Enough’.
Taylor’s inherently cinematic approach to his storytelling has a lot to do with his heritage and upbringing –
“It’s an interesting thing to be part Mohawk and part West Indian, because I’ve always had this feeling that I never fit in anywhere,” he admits. “As a mixed person, it’s like, oh, where do you go, and how do you connect with people? That’s all I’ve been trying to do,
and my life experience as a person who is mixed helps me do that. These stories are all coming from a person who tries to fit in, but doesn’t quite fit in. That’s really what my work has always been about — that longing to be a part of something.”
A major label veteran, Taylor’s versatility as a songwriter and musician is signature, from spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory with his band, to delivering captivating solo sets at folk festivals. He is a prolific artist releasing nine studio albums since 2001, three with Staggered Crossing, four with Julian Taylor Band, and two on his own. Taylor has also toured across Canada numerous times, sharing the stage with world-renowned acts including Jeff Healey, Midnight Oil, Collective Soul, Blue Rodeo and many others; plus was personally invited to perform at the Olympic games in Salt Lake City and Vancouver.
1. The Ridge
2. Human Race
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Over The Moon
5. Ballad Of The Young Troubadour 6. Be With You
7. Love Enough
8. Ola Let’s Dance
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