Aaron Taylor – Still Life
This release had me wondering whether he had been going through a struggle because it came across so damn sincere. I think the experience is much more different when you’ve met an artist in person and know parts of their personal life. I remember listening to this whilst taking a walk wondering if everything was ok with Aaron, it was that real. I love the sounds though, can’t exactly pinpoint and i don’t like to pigeonhole anything but this had elements of New Orleans (must be those horns) and a bit of D’angelo too. I gotta admit that i didn’t know Aaron could sing either, he strikes me as a bit of a James Bond in his approach to life as he is quite a reserved character (based off of two interactions) but chooses instead to express himself through music.
I recall listening to the track Blue feeling like “man… this is some grown folk music” because a lot of modern R&B is filled with side piecing, cheating, liking, blocks and deleting whilst this is a genuine expression of emotion. Blue brought me back to some dark times in previous relationships where expectations were placed on other people to make you happy when you have to be 100% at first. At one point I was listening to this song whilst walking up Blackheath Hill and saying “don’t put your happiness in the hands of someone else, you gotta figure out your own issues. It’s not a fair expectation.” This track was powerful to change both my mood, energy and pace of walking at the time as a lot of us have been in imbalanced relationships and for me the retrospective journey Blue took me on made me understand why I’m so happy these days having found the right person to be happy with.
I really look forward to what else Aaron Taylor has up his sleeve. I know I’m 23 days late but I recommend this to all the fellas who wish to listen to that grown folks love music. My favourite track has to be Easy, it’s just so charismatic and sums me up because I’m not worried about anything tbh and stressing is too hard for me. Try it and see…