Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor

Brad Armstrong

Thu · December 13, 2018

7:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor’s Something About Knowing beckons with the opening track “Folk Song Melody,” a mesmerizing acoustic-with-celestial-atmospherics composition crafted around a wordless singsong passage that’s instantly familiar. “That section says everything without words and the rest of the record fills in the emotions,” she says. And the emotions brimming on the album are bliss and contentment. On the title track, with a molasses flow, Maria names her blessings from the diurnal to the divine. Here she sings: “I got you/I got me/I heard the sweetest voice call me mommy/got my old 5 string/I’ve got everything.” The music is balmy with a sweetly swaying groove, angelic backup vocals, gospel organs, and a shooting star guitar melody. The stunning “Tunnel Vision” is expansive and chiming pop with a lose-yourself-on-the-dance-floor beat.

Something About Knowing‘s spirit of “coming home with confidence” extends from Maria’s personal and artistic peacefulness to the team she picked to surround herself with while making this album. She enlisted producer Mike Mogis, an essential creative foil on her first two records. Her brother Macey Taylor played bass on every song as well as keyboards and piano. And her old high school music pal Brad Armstrong co-wrote, played on, and recorded two tracks in his garage. “There we were back in his garage, only now we both had kids running around, it was really special,” Maria says. Longtime friend and collaborator Andy LeMaster mixed these two songs. Additionally, Maria recorded the track “This Is It” with Lester Nuby, and Daniel Farris – two trusted companions she worked with on her last two records – at home in Birmingham, Alabama.

Maria Taylor has released four solo albums and an EP, and has been lauded for her collaborations with artists such as Bright Eyes, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Moby, David Barbe (Sugar, Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt), and Crooked Fingers.
Brad Armstrong
Brad Armstrong was a principal songwriter and producer of the critically successful and financially disastrous band 13ghosts, which released 6 full length albums between 2002 and 2012 with Birmingham-based Skybucket Records and Atlanta-based This Is American Music. He has been a contributing member of the Dexateens from 2008 to the present.

In 2014 Armstrong moved his family to the Hudson Valley and finished mixing the record he had written and tracked in Birmingham. “Empire” features a lead vocal and harmonies by Maria Taylor (of Azure Ray) and was released by Cornelius Chapel Records in 2016. It had syncs on ABC’s “Nashville” and Audience Network’s “Kingdom” (starring Nick Jonas), including a prominent callback at the open of the Kindom’s series finale. Cornelius Chapel Records reissued a remixed and remastered Empire on vinyl in August 2018.

Armstrong is at work on his sophomore solo release, titled “I Got No Place Remembers Me”, to be released by CCR in early 2019.
Venue Information:
Moroccan Lounge
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012