released: 15 Oct 2007
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Since hanging up her shoes from her first love; ballet, Pauline Taylor whirled her way through the UK dance scene in the late 90’s performing on some of the biggest dance anthems of the time and touring and singing with the pioneers of electronica in the late 90’s; Faithless.
Receiving critical acclaim from her first self titled album which included “Constantly waiting” and “The Letter” she now takes her blend of “folkin Soul” and “Urban Camp fires” to her third and most eloquent and articulate album “Up” on fledgling independent label Fred.
After a short spell away, Pauline returned to the London live circuit in 2003 with an astounding opening set for Morcheeba at Somerset House. This followed a major publishing deal with Warner Chappell in 2005 resulting in her second album “A Simple Life” sparking major interest from critics and artists alike. From the back of the acclaim on her second album, Pauline has written and featured on both albums for Dido, Paulo Nutini, P*nut, Spice Girl Mel C and her songs appear in Hollywood films: “Cruel Intentions” with Sarah Michelle Geller and “A life Less Ordinary” with Ewan McGregor.
2007 has seamlessly put Pauline’s enriching, heartfelt tales on a pedestal at some of the biggest UK shows, supporting Paolo Nutini on his UK wide tour including the Brixton Academy and Carling Academy, Glasgow.
Her third album is a lyrically reflective diary of her sleepless nights, gigging and watching people flirt and dance under the social lubrication of the English Shores. The first single taken from the album “Up” released Oct 8th, is a hedonistic soul train ride through the blues and secrets of sleepless nights with Pink Floyd inspired echoing bass snippets cropping up to keep you realizing it could be past your bed time.
The opening track “Drama Queen” tucks you in with an impulsive immersion of soul baring and directness which pulls you in with a Supergrass laden classic intro likened to “Late in the Day” with Ms Taylor getting the red checked table cloth out, playing with the posture and sunward sitting of a picnic among Sunflowers and Pear trees. Trumpets of the apostles carry the ceremony away to a cloudy walkway towards a harmony of comforting guitar riffs and tales of outward bound lovers and over reactions.
With a comforting hand Pauline notes an introspective take on herself in “Deeper” and soars to outlooks and travels with a rolling subtle arpeggio through “Go Somewhere” A moonlight twinkling Harp cascades along a river of regret and optimism in “Kick yourself” with deft hint of jovial melancholy.
“The Moon and Me” coasts along on a luminary jaunt with a star gazingly beloved chorus drifting along a progressive, moonbeam guitar strumming rhythm. The album is beautifully crafted and completed with the radiant and buoyant “Hackney Crystal”. A springing summer acoustic guitar blends with a flirty piano line and Pauline Taylor’s vocals smile and flutter with harmony and swiftness, browsing through a culmination of visions of young and old revellers gracing the beer gardens and cafes of a vibrant city.
Pauline Taylor has created an album of astute and deeply mesmeric poetry and harmony. An earnest and melodious Indian Summer album.
Produced by Matty Benbrook and Pauline Taylor. Mixed by Grippa and Matty Benbrook. Recorded @ The Red Room.