Earthquakes – Julian Shah-Tayler (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Any music made by Julian Shah-Tayler is always worth studying closely, not least the lyrics. As mercurial and marvellous as the music is, lyrically he always manages to drill down into some unquestionable truth. Earthquakes gets to one of the most fundamental concepts of human existence. Love. And not just passing, changeable, throw-away, transient love. True love and the earthquake that impacts on your life when you realise that you have found “the one.”

These might be concepts that have been well-mined by composers and lyricists since the dawn of time, but few get to the heart of such seismic emotions and world-shattering feelings as Julian Shah-Tayler does here.

And musically it is a consummate blend of drifting ethereality and pop structures, suitably seductive tones and clever use of dynamics and texture across series of soaring crescendos and intimate lulls.

It may be tried and tested territory but you can always trust Julian Shah-Tayler to plough the same musical furrows and, where others seem only to merely shift dirt into new patterns, uncover all manner of sonic gems. Ones that shine with honesty, passion and no small amount of vulnerability.

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