Flood & Burn
Stylish New Recording By Sean Taylor
A beautifully crafted album before a note of music played Flood and Bur states it is quality as the pleasure of exploring the cover. With its insightful and thoughtful haiku
A thumbprint of moon – Impressed into a corner – Of cold turquoise sky
Sean Taylor the master of modern folk is a talented singer/songwriter. Flood & Burn is no different. The folk vibe reaches across the Atlantic and adds a touch of Country, punch of Blues and creamy swirl of Jazz. This is the history of roots music pulling together cultures and melding the new tone to create the sound that reflects the now in a journey that music has culturally undertaken back through the mists of time. Music is a river of sand picking up tones and colour from every pebble it flows over.
Opening with Codeine Dreams, we are floating on a cushion of Joe Morales Saxophone, the song holds you transfixed in its mellow haunting and at the same time the disturbing beauty of dreams. From the first track the album is full of confidence and by the time the last notes fade it is no wonder that Sean Taylor says “Flood & Burn may be the best thing I have ever done,” We definitely have no argument with that statement. The tempo changes and the sound filling out with Troubadour and special guest Leonard Cohen’s band leader Roscoe Beck’s Double Bass. We are wandering with a troubadour of many songs and tunes with its country vibe and winding roads we have no idea what is around the corner a foot tapping number. Following this is Run To The Water which is full of blues hues making the water shimmer and a place you would definitely want to run to. Sean’s vocals throughout have a distinctive cadence, rough, and travel wearied with more than a hint of Tom Waits in lyrics and delivery. Sean is a singer-songwriter that explores each word and placing it carefully within the lyrical tale unfolding. As we pass the half-way mark on a musical and emotional journey no one wants to rush the album is definitely one to sit back and savour as we have the title song with its percussive guitar reflecting Sean’s vocal tones.
Back with country blues we have A Bad Case Of The Blues as Waits meets Townes Van Zandt. Hana Pirhana’s violin adds a bittersweet tone, with the hints of Eastern European folk music running through as Sean’s vocals pick up the sadness.
The penultimate track is the only cover that Sean has slipped in as a personal favourite, Heartbreak Hotel, featuring Eliza Gilkyson on backing vocals and slide from Andre Moran. Closing out with Better Man, written by Danny Thompson full of the power and majesty of his chosen instrument the double bass that squeaks, hums and vibrates behind Sean Taylor’s vocals. The perfect ending to an album whose chords and lyrics linger as the speakers fall silent. Flood and Burn – an album with different styles and tempos ensuring the listener’s interest is maintained from the first to the last note with his stunning guitar playing. Sum up the album – The guitar sings and the vocals growl simply intoxicating!
Flood & Burn Stylish New Recording By Sean Taylor
EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….
- Codeine Dreams
- A Good Place To Die
- The Cruelty of Man
- Run To The Water
- Life Goes On
- Flood and Burn
- Beautiful Mind
- Bad Case Of The Blues
- Until The End Of Time
- Heartbreak Hotel
- Better Man
UK Tour Dates
11th Holbeach Hurn, Garden House
17th Belper Queens Head
25th Oxford Old fire Station
26th London Green Note (Band Gig)
3rd Worth Mantravers Square & Compass
4th Wooton Under Edge Under The Edge Arts Centre
11th Saltburn Saltburn Blues Club
17th Bangor ( Wales) Blue Sky Café (Band Gig)
18th Peterborough Shakedown Blues Club
24th Gatehouse of Fleet 9Scotland) The Mill
8th Chesham The Drawingroom
22nd Barry (Wales) Barry West End Club (Band Gig)