Maria Taylor - "Clean Getaway"/"Lost Time"

It’s hard not to be overshadowed in a week that sees new releases from Arcade Fire, Son Volt, The Tragically Hip, Jesse Malin, and Bright Eyes, but slipping in under the radar is Lynn Teeter Flower, a new album from Maria Taylor. According to Saddle Creek:

With Lynn Teeter Flower, Maria Taylor is taking her songcraft to new heights, mixing together soaring guitars, bubbly electronics, feathery farfisa organs and sugary layers of vocals into the sweetest confection of an album you'll hear all year.

The songs for Lynn Teeter Flower, an album named after a family friend in Maria's native Birmingham, Alabama, were written in between tours for 11:11. The collection reveals a woman settling very well into her role as a solo artist, peeling back some of the layers of the last album to reveal a more organic sound, one that resembled the hundreds of shows she had done all over the globe in support of 11:11 over the course of the last year.”

By far my favorite song on the album is “Lost Time”, which I have posted about before. After a wild first night we decided to slow things down, to “just see what happens”, start by trying to be friends. With the perfect combination of honesty and beauty, it didn‘t take long to realize this one's a keeper. We’re going steady.

MP3 :: Lost Time

Another song I‘m crazy about, although I have no idea how to keep it a secret from “Lost Time”, is “Clean Getaway”. Taylor’s voice is a lovely instrument here, conveying a vulnerable and tragic lonliness, and the song possesses a bare, lo-fi charm that suits the isolation of the lyric.

MP3 :: Clean Getaway

These 2 songs are not really representative of the album as a whole, as much of it employs the aforementioned “bubbly electronics” that make some of it sound like it’s shooting for VH-1 countdowns and Jewel playlists over at iTunes. But it is all very pleasant and listenable, and might be something your girlfriend adores, so check it out. Saddle Creek has the album streaming here. New Yorkers can catch Maria at one of the following upcoming shows:

03.16, Fri, New York, NYMercury LoungeKCRW Presents

03.17, Sat, Brooklyn, NYSouthpaw


Maria is on an extended tour right now, so check out further dates at her myspace.

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