Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's All About The Chase

Okay, readers, I want to level with you - somewhere in the 90s, the radio thought it would be awesome to inundate people with Complaint Rock (it may not be an official genre, but you know it when you hear it), and I kind of tuned out the negativity in favor of more grounded lyrics and a "glass half full" positive outlook (because there's always room for the punch to be spiked).

Now that we are well into the 2000-teens, I still look for that positive sound and catchy hook that keeps me listening.

Enter Danielle Taylor's The Chase.

With upbeat compositions (seriously, check out the eponymous track from her new EP and tell me you can't have this play on any given morning and not want to take on the world - that's how contagious the enthusiasm is!) and smart lyrics (listen to the cadence and rhyme scheme on Jump Into The Unknown to hear how perfectly it matches the picture the song is painting), and you'll get a good idea of what Danielle Taylor's music is about.

But it's not just about the lyrics - there's musicianship to be appreciated, as well. I'm partial to anything featuring keyboards and vocals, and what Taylor does with those two is really enthralling. From grand chord progressions to runs and little nuances to punctuate the lyrics, Danielle Taylor's EP call to mind hints of Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, and, and, is obvious that in addition to her immense creativity, there is an analytical part of Danielle Taylor's brain that hears things, breaks them down, and then reconstructs them so they become a part of her world - the way chefs will taste a great dessert and then figure out the methodology that created it.

I encourage each and every one of you to pick up Danielle Taylor's The Chase over on iTunes. Yes, I know you can hear all of her tracks on SoundCloud and Spotify, but if you like what you hear, kick some money to the artist. Free is always great, but if we don't support the artists that create the music we like, then they can't afford to make new music, and we're left with Complaint Rock (or its modern equivalent).

In the meantime, you can check out all of Danielle Taylor's work on her website, and keep up with her latest touring news over on her Facebook Page, Instagram, and Twitter.

Listen now, folks! You NEED this EP in your lives!

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