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Kathleen Taylor / Press

"There’s an immediate closeness to Kathleen Taylor’s music, driven by an unadorned approach and a simplicity of style that enables her songs to reach the listener with nothing at all to get in the way. A voice that expresses her lyrics cleanly and powerfully, a gentle finger picking guitar style that adds just enough brokenbydesignfrontcovergraphicsbut no more. And that’s what you get with her album, ’Broken By Design’ – something beautiful but incredibly simple, pure and precious, and a fine piece of American folk. For sure, on ‘Broken By Design’ Kathleen has the help of some excellent musicians but this is essentially a ‘one-woman’ album as she pours herself through the songs. There’s her special touch for finding and expressing a melody that once it arrives stays with you and lingers long-time. Equally, there’s her gift for writing and delivering lyrics that not only make their point but make you think...."

“Kathleen Taylor is a songer songwriter from Colorado, and while some of the essence of that State comes through on the songs here, there is more than a little hint of English folk songs in this her third CD... The album opens with "As Of Old", a charming lilt through a life with little asides here and there very much in the style of our own Kate Rusby. All songs are Taylor's own and the lyrics are often poetical and certainly clever. The title song for example has the great line "You look at life just like a problem you would vaguely try to solve". Musically the arrangements are sparse but top quality with accoustic guitar by Taylor herself with violin and background vocals by Jacob Lawson with other contributors chipping in with flute and upright bass. "I've Never Walked With You" is a gentle but unsentimental love song which realises that it is not always love at first sight. The songs whilst not obviously catchy slip into you consciousness rather more readily than you may imagine”

"Een Amerikaanse vrouwelijke singer-songwriter uit Gainesville, Florida, dat is hoe we Kathleen Taylor wellicht het best kunnen definiëren. Ze doet voor haar folkliedjes allerlei inspiratie op uit de dingen die ze in het dagelijkse leven om zich heen kan waarnemen, net zoals ze Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen en Simon & Garfunkel, haar muzikale voorbeelden uit de kindertijd, destijds had zien doen om hun liedjes te creëren. Toen ze gitaar had leren spelen probeerde Kathleen Taylor al gauw haar eigen songs te componeren, zowel op het vlak van tekst als van muziek. En dat lukte haar wonderwel, waardoor ze in 2006 een eerste plaat ”Songs For Mothra” kon uitbrengen met liedjes die werden opgedragen aan haar pas overleden moeder. Twee jaar later volgde met “Defy The World” een tweede studioalbum en daarna duurde het opnieuw twee jaar voor de release van album nummer drie “Wondrous Potions”. Nu is Kathleen Taylor terug in de spotlights verschenen naar aanleiding van het uitbrengen v

"Artists like Gainesville, Fla.’s Kathleen Taylor — and for that matter, every other woman on this list so far — are testament to everything that’s right and wonderful about this modern DIY era, wherein truly original independent artists with enough get-up-and-go can share their music with the world without having to rely wholly or even in part on third party (i.e., record label) support. Like her aptly titled 2008 full-length debut, Defy the World, Taylor’s Wondrous Potions is a rapturously beguiling mix of precocious quirk, sweet naiveté and — just when your guard is down — cunning intelligence and a pinch of wicked menace. It’s all about as weird as a psychedelic trip through a Grimm’s Fairytale..."

"Niet te verwarren met James Taylor’s zus Kate, die reeds decennia eerder als singer-songwriter actief is in een aan haar broer en Carole King verwante stijl, is Kathleen een betrekkelijke nieuwkomer die met Wondrous Potions haar tweede cd aflevert met tamelijk eigenzinnige rootsfolk. Een exponent van moderne alt.folk waar regelmatig alt.country elementen doorheen stromen, is Kathleen Taylor zonder twijfel geheel van deze tijd en paart sterke liedjes en een dito stem aan een onverschrokken eigen stijl, die misschien nog niet helemaal uitgekristalliseerd is maar juist daarom veel aanknopingspunten biedt om verder te volgen."

"Kathleen Taylor ids een jongedame die van geboorte uit Californie is, opgroeide in Colorado en Florida maar nu als thuisbasis Austin, Texas heeft. In 2007 maakte ze al een cd “Songs For Monthra”, een collectie demo’s waar ze een ode bracht aan de songschrijvers die haar moeder bewonderde: Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Townes, Bob Dylan. Deze plaat is haar tweede dus. Ze deed zelf de productie en liet zich bijstaan door een schare muzikanten uit Austin. Ik zie niet onmiddellijk een naam die een belletje doet rinkelen. Wel zie ik een heel aantal ongewone instrumenten opduiken om de songs in te kleuren: tuba, “musical saw”, ukelele, vibrafoon, trombone..."

"Everything about this debut by Austin-based Florida transplant Kathleen Taylor - from its strikingly original songs and production to the battalion of marching frogs on its cover - is an exhilarating breath of fresh air. Taylor's voice as both a writer and singer is steeped in richly poetic whimsy; but the production and arrangements here, rife with instrumental flourishes like tuba, vibraphone, banjo, musical saw and cricket chirps, transform her music into something truly extraordinary. The opening "Satellite Cats" plays like Paul Simon at his most playful crossed with Lewis Carroll, and "Defy The World" just gets weirder and more wonderful from there, like the soundtrack to a surreal fairy tale. Fittingly, its plenty dark, too, with songs like "Cul-de-sac Apocalypse" and "Old Enough to Know Better" that shimmer and shiver like ghost-lit fever dreams. Best of all, though, is the title track, a personal battle cry as rousing as it is sonically inventive. Defy the world, indeed."

Richard Skanse - Texas Music Magazine

"There is a gentleness to Kathleen Taylor. It can be heard in the twinkle of her vocal delivery, the wide-eyed wonder of her lyrics and the warmly plucked acoustics of her guitar and banjo work. The world at large is the palette she paints from with words and a wisdom. Vocally, Kathleen has a teasing quality. It is voice where childhood innocence meets adult experience. ‘Defy The World’ is her second effort. The album combines influences as diverse as the instrumentation which brags melodica, tuba, vibraphone, omnichord, baritone guitar, trombone and french horn in its arsenal. The title track is a march with a chorus that is a call to arms as it waves a lyrical banner. Ignoring what the mirror and the chatter of doom-sayers tell her, Taylor keeps a focus on the end game as horns and rhythm propel the song along..."

The Alternate Root Magazine