Taylor Mac – Never Wanted You – Single Review

The US acoustic-rock project Taylor Mac releases the single Never Wanted You on the 17th through Russian Winter Records.

Taylor Mac - Never Wanted You - artwork

Taylor Mac – Never Wanted You – artwork

The listener finds themselves drawn, like iron to a magnet, as the stunning vocal wraps around the room.

The unhurried song, which is essentially only acoustic guitar and voice, is layered with inflection, melody and harmonies which belie the sparse framework creating an immersive composition and finds the audience wanting to hear more – though there isn’t, at this juncture any more than the one song (available on bandcamp) to discover, nor website or even social media page.

I am looking forward to coming back to Taylor Mac with enthusiastic anticipation.

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Note To Amy – Here They Come Now – Video

Note To Amy from The Netherlands release the LP Life Is Not Enough through Russian Winter Records on the 21st November.

Note To Amy - Life Is Not Enough - artwork

Note To Amy – Life Is Not Enough – artwork

In advance the lead single Here They Come Now – track  six of the twelve (there is a bonus thirteenth track on the Vinyl version of the LP) is being released on today.


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MR. KITO originally from France is Eric Michot long based in Cape Town –  South Africa, an alt-indie creator.

MR KITO - alt indie from South Africa

MR KITO photo by Tahirih Michot

An interesting blend of sounds come to mind on hitting pay with MR. KITO – New Wave, Kwela and Berber immediately spring to mind. Put simply, I love how my windows are bending as I turn up the volume and stretch the sub-woofers and on that basis you know I couldn’t help but be captivated – even to the extent that I had to place a couple of speakers facing each other and watch the glass placed in-between dancing to the beats.

Far more importantly, it is the combinations of influences that marks out MR. KITO as a sound I suggest you spend some time getting to know. Instantaneously engaging the listener with percussion that surges through the arteries. Although deploying loops to create the basic structure,  the infrastructure and finishing is filled in with instrumentation and vocals which build to a Cathedral performance, whilst still retaining a connectivity with the audience. Giving the listener plenty to engage the mind without ever focussing on one idea.

A highly experienced music producer Eric Michot only began this project in 2012 and he has used his knowledge to craft sounds which have the ability to transcend the anticipated flows, without it ever stepping into the experimental.

Interestingly I was sent the introduction by the USA indie label Russian Winter Records on a personalised email address rather than the current own label Presence Records – so it may well be that publishing may extend far wider in the next few months and that would be of benefit to the broader world of music. I could, nay should, have waited to email back and forth to be able to give you the run-down, but I enjoyed it so much, like an excited child, I couldn’t wait to share MR. KITO with you.

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