Published Jul 10, 2015Musician Nick Taylor has left his mark on all kinds of artistic projects across Toronto since the late '90s, working as a musician, songwriter and filmmaker. But he's ready to make his solo musical debut with Navigator, and Exclaim! has got your exclusive first listen to the album.
Taylor's resumé boasts a pretty impressive string of musical accomplishments, including playing with bands like Deep Dark United, Lenin i Shumov, Blackeyes, the Dirty Hearts, the Old Soul and a current gig in soul-rock outfit Steamboat. On Navigator, though, he's stepping out from the sidelines and taking full control of his sound.
And while Taylor's definitely at the helm throughout, his collaborative creative spirit hears him teaming up with guest musicians like Emilie Mover, Lisa Lobsinger (Broken Social Scene), Ronley Teper and Caitlin Smith. The record was recorded at the Gas Station on Toronto Island, and was co-produced and engineered by Darin McConnell (the Beauties).
Songs range from tried and true roots rock ("On the Corner," "Don't Say a Word") to more elaborate, orchestral numbers woven together by folksy fingerpicking ("Kings," "One Last Song") to gentle, carefully crafted folk-pop songs ("The Dark Doves," "The Lakes"). The collection blends together seamlessly, delivering moments that are simultaneously "haunting and soothing, traditional and experimental," and you can hear those moments right now in the player below.
Navigator officially lands on July 17 through Exit Sign Music.