Cate Taylor is an alt folk/country singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. Her career in music started in her late teens. I was surprised to hear that her release Red Dirt is her debut album. She collaborated with Nicola Bell, David Bridie, Greg Hamilton, Nina Rose and John Beddgood.
Red Dirt is an impressive album in myriad ways. The first thing I noticed was just how beautifully recorded and produced the album is. Everything from the drums to the strings seem organic and are warm and rich. It’s the kind of recording where your ears become very happy to hear these frequencies.
The music is emotionally resonant and heartfelt. There is a blend of hope, nostalgia, hope and joy. Often times I found these emotions to be existing simultaneously. The album starts with “Dawn Skies” and you're introduced to acoustic guitars and Taylor’s voice. She sounds natural and similar to the music contains a concoction of emotions. That being said this song felt fairly reflective and like an observation.
“Red Dirt” is definitely a little more dynamic and hopeful in mood. There is also a sense of comfort I was getting when listening to the song. It might be the most single worthy song on the album. I also loved the harmonica in the song. “Into the Garden” is a gorgeous tune with some sublime vocal harmonies. The vocal accompaniment sounds great against her voice. On top of that the guitar parts are beautiful. The minimal “A Poem Or Two” is another great song that combines cascading vocal parts with orchestral strings.
“Day At A Time” felt like the most pop oriented track. The hook is notable and the joyous sound here felt like a radio friendly tune. “Ellery Creek” is another beautiful track and I loved the traditional sort of Celtic vibe I was grooving to at the end.
“A Blackbird's Way” felt like a proper closer that was reflective and perhaps the most melancholy song. The piano parts were a very nice element that adds to the emotion.
Everything about this release felt professionally done from the performance to the recording. It's obvious how much work went into these recordings. The songs are brimming with human emotion that was easy to connect with. Recommended.
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