Step Back, Slow Down
Yorkshire's very own Christopher Taylor has won several awards including the Akademia Best EP title for material from Chasing Rainbows EP. This pushed the talented popular rock n roll song writer into new arenas, and following this new drive and motivation comes the first single from the next EP. Curiosity is going to be incredible, having been given the nod from the right places at the top of the pile, Taylor can confidently tackle the musical directions mapped out before him. Step Back, Slow Down perhaps a sign of how it's had to be since finding a foothold on the music mountain.
It begins with a roomy drum fill that rolls out the carpet for a country and western influenced guitar and banjo like chord melody. It seems that a bottle neck is used to give the strings that flowing metallic river sound we know from sounds across the Atlantic. A crisp and human voice dances in expert tones around the progressive tune. The chords reveal expressions of depth while remaining buoyant on stable and predictable rotations. When things change for a chorus style shift in energy, it's precise and hardly noticeable until we're there. From one end to the other, this track has been crafted on many levels, allowing for steadiness and a continual dynamic to flow simultaneously.
The story of the song is about neglecting life to an extent, possibly in order to establish some kind of musical career, or anything else that takes dedication, time, and emotional energy. It's okay to push ourselves out to sea on the various projects we take on, and yet as this song so wisely explains, don't let it take over your life. I am expecting a great EP to come shortly, complete with a fantastic collection of cleverly written numbers many will commit to memory. Listen To Christopher Taylor on Soundcloud.