Taylor’s dark take on modern folk music shines a light on the creative vision that saw him brooding for months, trying to put his demons to bed.
“A lot of these new tracks come from a sense of loss and it's a bit of a heart strings album. There's a lot of heart ache on there. This is more like just sitting in the corner of a dark room and brooding. It reminds me of one particular room where I spent many months; this is putting things to bed.”
Taylor's band, including guitarist Nick Stewart and drummer Geoff Green and Scott French (mandolin, ukulele, trumpet, melodica) released their sophomore album, 'To Bed With You', in June.
“I think we wanted to experiment a little bit more. The electric guitar features a little more heavily and I think with our first record we were probably a little bit folkier than we are now. This album's a little bit rockier, it's certainly heavy folk. We kind of wanted more of a produced sound.”
The band strayed from the path of their first album, opting to be more heavily involved in the post-production process of creating 'To Bed With You'.
“I learned a lot being so close to the production this time around. I had a hands-on approach and because we allowed ourselves plenty of time in the studio, it gave us time to experiment. With our first album the whole idea was to keep it really raw and organic. This time we started doing things that we wouldn't regularly do. And I guess I've always been more drawn to the darker, sadder sounding songs as a listener as well as a writer.
“Obviously this record came from a dark place, but it often takes great pain to create great music.
“I felt like I was going around in circles doing the same thing over and over in particular relationships and it just got to a really dark place. Ultimately I would like to start writing something with a little bit more joy, so this collection of songs are kind of deliciously dark, but the idea was to get them together and put them to bed.”
Taylor headlines Live At Bond at Bond University Sunday October 27. ‘To Bed With You’ is available now.