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Maria Taylor: Something About Knowing

Author: Adam LaGreca
10/01/2013 | Seen Heard Known | seenheardknown.com | Album Review
Maria Taylor has announced her plans to release her first album after becoming a mother, Something About Knowing, on October 29th. We know her from Dream-Pop duo Azure Ray and her many collabs, but there’s new excitement swirling around this Alabama gal.

Maria Taylor, the under-the-radar iconic songwriter and Saddle Creek staple, playing with bands like Bright Eyes and Now It’s Overhead, will release her most comprehensive and impressive solo work to date: Something About Knowing. While still retaining her special blend of Lyrical-Folk and Dream-Pop, this record has overtones of optimism that compliment big choruses and reverb for a deep, church-like grandness best experienced on vinyl. It seems this record has built more anticipation than her previous releases — and it’s certainly due time, as Ms. Taylor has been putting out high-quality songs both under her own name and as Azure Ray for about a decade. She’s also worked with big-named songwriters, from Michael Stipe to Joshua Radin, as well as had music featured on One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scrubs.

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Something About Knowing, which will be released on October 29th, is a Modern Pop record that has the unusual quality of being substantial: it’s a post-modernity album, a celebration of a new chapter in her life. It is here where Maria Taylor has a very special place as a songwriter, being able to create radio-friendly Pop that has an introspective quality that makes you wish Disney would put money behind it. At the end of the day, we all need to twerk once in a while (see Miley Cyrus); it’s unfortunate, though, that many children are not exposed to a more genuine, gentle, and talented artists. They’d be better for it.



Something About Knowing Album Trailer

With quotable one liners (“you can’t be free until you’re ready”) to up-beat, fuzzy guitar tracks that have a Black Keys feel, this record touches on all the things we’ve known Maria Taylor had the potential for. On the title track, my favorite song on the album, she writes the perfect song. It has lyrical, personal verses that mention her 5-string guitar (she always leaves off the high e-string) and her Beatles’ record; transitioning seamlessly into a beautifully crafted melody for a universally felt chorus that will have you humming the rest of the evening