Julian Taylor’s acoustic-driven sounds reflect his range as a creative force, building upon templates forged during his tenure fronting the alt-rocking collective Staggered Crossing plus the funk and R&B-driven foundation he continues to mine with the still-active Julian Taylor Band. Although his songs have appeared on major North American major television shows, his music runs deeper than any hit-making ambitions. His 2020 solo release The Ridge is like an antique chair: expertly built, nostalgic, dependable and comforting. You could call it Americana, or as Taylor does: ‘premium vintage.’ Although joyful, the ridge is also a metaphor for Taylor’s complex background as a dreadlocked person of Mohawk and West Indian heritage. It’s his way of highlighting the importance of innocence in a divided world. He unites the globe with precise compositions wrapped in sounds that veer into country territory with soft pedal steel guitar and fiddle flourishes, underpinned by his rich baritone voice. From the title track’s ruminations on formative days spent on his grandparent’s B.C. farm to hopeful swoons, tribal-energy landscapes and Tex-Mex Canadian-Western vibe mashups, the album’s honest, raw nature showcases Taylor’s inherently cinematic stories.
Biography by Sean Myers