Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

Sharon Van Etten, Jeff Buckley , Mazzy Star, Angel Olsen


band members

Taylah Carroll, Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Cassie Kumashov/ Jade McInally, Drums, Sean Gage/ Damian Meoli, Bass, Tim Harvey, Lead Guitar,


Influences

Mazzy Star, Angel Olsen, Radiohead, Tom Waits, Tim Minchin, The Velvet Underground, Father John Misty


Website

www.taylahcarroll.com

Bio

Hallmarked by commanding vocals and seamless transitions between vulnerability and strength, Taylah Carroll’s music is equal parts confessional dreamy alt-rock and indie-folk. Her latest single, 'To Please Ya’, is a tongue in cheek exploration of the artist’s own ‘people-pleasing’ tendencies. The release comes with the announcement of a headline show at The Old Bar in Melbourne on Friday 19 March.

Of the track, produced by Tim Harvey (Jade Imagine, Gena Rose Bruce), Taylah explains, “There’s a naivety to this song and the way that it was written that I really wanted to be translated into the production. When Tim Harvey and I were working on the recording I got to play his beautiful Wurlitzer, which lends a really nostalgic, and playful energy to the instrumentation of the track”.

Taylah has always liked words. To listen to them, to think about them, to write them. It makes sense then, that lyrics are the centrepiece of her craft.  With stylistic echoes of Mazzy Star, Angel Olsen, and Big Thief, the singer-songwriter cites Tom Waits, Tori Amos, and Radiohead as key inspirations, the amalgamation of which have her leaning into nostalgia, with one foot always placed firmly ahead.
 
Growing up in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, it was performance that first captivated the young singer, who would perform at any opportune moment from as early as she can remember. "I would just sing and sing until everyone was sick of me... then I'd find somewhere public to perform".

Though her immediate family are not musical, somewhat comedically, the introspective artist is related to Iron Maiden member Steve Harris, a relationship she laughs at lightly, appreciating the stark contrast for the coincidence it is.

Taylah’s previous single, 'I’m Not Sold' saw her break much ground, garnering industry attention and airplay across triple j, Unearthed, PBS, Triple R, FBi and rage. The track was featured on numerous Spotify playlists including; New Music Fridays ANZ, Indie Arrivals, Chords and Cardigans, Broad Chords, as well as The Guardian's Best New Australian Music playlist.

Taylah’s emotive live performances have led to support slots with; Harrison Storm, with whom she toured nationally, Gena Rose Bruce, Boydos, Powderfinger's Darren Middleton, Olympia, Freya Josephine Hollick and more. Taylah was also invited to play as Feature Artist at Brunswick’s Small Time Studios and performed live with her band as part of Federation Square’s Fed Live Summer Series.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

23 Feb 2021

Triple J
40

The vintage filter of this track can't hold back the indie pop allure of this track. Taylah's walked a precise balancing act.

The vintage filter of this track can't hold back the indie pop allure of this track. Taylah's walked a precise balancing act.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

21 Feb 2021

Triple J
45

Taylah's writing is unforgettable, as she kicks the doors down with every new release that she blesses us with. Yet another notch on her belt of great songwriting, this latest one has a true grit dreamer vibe that makes me want to work in a diner and ride a motorbike into the sunset of the big city.

Taylah's writing is unforgettable, as she kicks the doors down with every new release that she blesses us with. Yet another notch on her belt of great songwriting, this latest one has a true grit dreamer vibe that makes me want to work in a diner and ride a motorbike into the sunset of the big city.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

19 Feb 2021

Triple J
40

taylah's folky rock output here ups the pace to get me striding into the weekend (in my boots and wide brim hat ofc).

taylah's folky rock output here ups the pace to get me striding into the weekend (in my boots and wide brim hat ofc).