AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER JULIAN TAYLOR RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “SEEDS”. THE SONG IS THE FIRST SINGLE FROM TAYLOR’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM, “BEYOND THE RESERVOIR”, SET FOR RELEASE IN OCTOBER.
Toronto based singer-songwriter Julian Taylor has released a new single, “Seeds” via his label Howling Turtle, Inc., with distribution via Warner Music/ADA. “Seeds” which was produced by Saam Hashemi and Julian Taylor and recorded at The Woodshed in Toronto, is the first single from Taylor’s forthcoming album, and he is pleased to announce the title of the album – “Beyond The Reservoir” – and its release date, October 14, 2022. The song, which is about identity and feeling comfortable in one’s own skin, centers around the thought-provoking sentence: “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”
Says Taylor of the song: “In the beginning stages of the pandemic in Canada, there was the Kamloops discovery of the unmarked graves near a former indigenous residential school. And then the suffocation of George Floyd happened. The actual prompt to write the song ‘Seeds’ was initiated by a text that I received from my cousin around that time, and it just read: ‘They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.’ I started writing the song based on that. We were all going through a really tough time. We were locked down and the pandemic had fully set in at that point. I felt like it didn’t have to be a Black thing, it wasn’t just an Indigenous thing, it was just a human thing that people were feeling, and that song spoke certain overall thoughts of what was going on in everybody’s life.”
Joining Taylor, who played acoustic guitar, piano, and hand drum, on the song were Derek Downham
(mandolin, ukulele, banjo, acoustic guitar, Fender Rhodes, piano), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), Miranda
Mulholland (fiddle), Gene Diabo (drums, congas, percussion), Barry Diabo (electric bass), and Saam Hashemi
(piano), with Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther providing backing vocals, and a string arrangement by
Michael Peter Olsenis performed by Aya Miyagawa, Sarah Valasco, and Eslin Mckay (violin), Maxime Despax
(viola), and Erika Nelson (cello).
Taylor plans to release additional singles prior to the album’s release, and they will be announced, along with
more information about the forthcoming album, next month. Taylor soft-released a song from the album prior
to “Seeds” when he shared the video for “Murder 13” on his social media in May in conjunction with his
appearance at Folk Alliance International.
The 2022 single releases and album release follow on the heels of a standalone single Taylor released in the
fall of 2021: a cover of a song called “100 Proof” written by a friend of his, Toronto-based musician and award-winning music teacher, Tyler Ellis. The single bridged the gap between “Beyond The Reservoir” and his award-winning 2020 release, “The Ridge”, which scored him worldwide critical acclaim and eight award nominations in
2020 and 2021, including two Juno Awards, the Polaris Long List, and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, in
which he won Solo Artist of the Year.
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