I put together two albums (this one and "Tell Me That It's There") which are essentially compilations of a lot of the songs I wrote between 2006 and 2011, before forming The Amends with Drew, Chris, and Shay. I really love a lot of these songs, despite the varying levels in quality of recording and singing. None of these songs were professionally recorded-- it was generally just me, my laptop (using Audacity and M-Audio), and a variety of instruments. In many ways, these represent me learning how to be a songwriter (if that's what I am now). A good chunk of the early ones are about a particular breakup, which actually was the catalyst for learning how to create songs-- as unbearably emo as that may sound. If you listen to The Amends, you may recognize some shared DNA in a few of these.
If you download the whole album, there are also three bonus tracks-- the first version of The Amends' "Dandelion Man", a very different version of "Why'd You Come Back", and the title track.
Brief notes on some songs:
"Rescue What You Can" starts the album, but it was the last song of these I wrote. Like its subject matter, it's kind of a schizophrenic song, jumping from a hip-hop bassline to garage to southern rock. The verse lyrics incorporate/pervert Richard Brautigan's great poem, "The Pill Versus The Springhill Mine Disaster". We had already formed The Amends by the time I recorded this. We actually played it live a couple times with Drew on vocals and lead guitar (a big improvement), and if you download the whole album there's a version of The Amends playing it live as a bonus track. If you're into that kind of thing.
"Alright" came from me trying to blend art forms. I wanted to make a short story, a poem, and a song all in one-- and then tack on a punchline at the end. Who knows If I succeeded (but I do know the second half is a bit rushed)
"Suck You Dry" is probably the only vampire/work metaphor-song I'll ever write, but no promises.
"Vu Deja" and "Table It" contain my favorite lyrics I've written, for very different reasons.
"The Lakehouse" is probably a bit much.
"The Bird Woman" is inspired by "This Building Is A Starship". You should Google it if the name intrigues you. If it doesn't, then don't bother because it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
"Won't Look Back" was one of the very first songs I wrote (the only one of the batch that isn't quit embarrassing enough to keep locked away forever), and that's kind of how it sounds.
I included "They Can't Make Statues Of Us All" as a bonus track because I love the song but hate the recording of it more than the others. The levels are all over the place, and my voice is worse than usual. This may come back in a different version in the future with The Amends.
released May 20, 2012
All songs written, performed, sung (fairly weakly), and recorded (fairly shoddily) by Tyler Taylor, except:
- "Winter" contains a violin riff similar to the "Deadwood" TV theme
- "Rescue What You Can" adapts lyrics from Richard Brautigan's "The Pill Versus The Springhill Mine Disaster".