Taylor Knox’s 2015 debut EP, Lines, marked the arrival of a rare breed of singer/songwriter, one whose instincts are naturally attuned to the power pop principles of crunchy guitars, smooth harmonies and tales of teenage heartache.
Knox has grown up since then, and channeled the wonder of this new phase of life into his first—and aptly titled—full-length album, LOVE. Comprised of 11 tracks that would find good company on any playlist containing Big Star, Teenage Fanclub and Tame Impala, LOVE exemplifies Knox’s direct and utterly irresistible approach.
Although he’s honed his sound primarily on his own until now, Knox felt it was the right time to approach his old friend Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas) about producing. Jurvanen, in tandem with co-producer Josh Korody and the mixing team of Gus Van Go and Werner F, added many new facets to Knox’s new material, without erasing an iota of its essence.
Even the most jaded among us would be hard-pressed not to succumb to the wide-eyed innocence of focus track “The Stars,” as well as other standouts “Love Love Love,” “The Sun,” and “Running Into Love,” which feature guest vocals by Molly Rankin of Alvvays. Jurvanen contributes some of his trademark guitar stylings as well, but as on the EP, Knox handles most of the instrumentation himself.
While so much of LOVE sounds effortless, it’s the direct result of the wealth of experience Knox gained over the past decade through playing with a host of Canada’s most acclaimed artists, including Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, Luke Doucet, Hayden, Jason Collett and Alvvays.
With LOVE, Knox has established his own uncompromising artistic voice. You will fall for this album—hard—and in return, it will always be there to give you exactly what you need.