"Jeremy Taylor possesses a writing talent that easily places him alongside Neil Finn and Dave Dobbyn."
- Christchurch Star
Jeremy Taylor is perhaps one of NZ's greatest unsung singer / songwriters. Performing solo since 1991 and ex-frontman for respected band Cinematic [over 2000 albums sold locally], Taylor has finally dropped the solo album his fans have been waiting some ten years for, the wonderful 'Black Balloons', released on NZ's very own She'll Be Right Records.
The self-produced album was largely written in the UK and recorded in Chch and Charteris Bay on the Banks Peninsula by Olly Harmer with additional recording taking place in Island Bay, Welli, with David Long [ex-Muttonbirds] and finally, mixed and mastered by Mike Gibson [Fur Patrol, Trinity Roots] at Inca Productions, also in Welli.
'Black Balloons' has a distinctly melancholic flavour, with influences from singer / songwriters such as Neil Young, Gene Clark and Joni Mitchell, alongside more contemporary artists such as Red House Painters, The Smiths and My Bloody Valentine. Album tracks range from the expansive opening track 'If You Want Me To Burn' to the sonic attack of "Idiot Heart" and "Duress", right through to the delicate "Little Doll" and "Blessed".
The album features the talents of a wide assortment of musicians, with a core cast including Cinematic's Andrew Friend and James Guthrie, alongside Stereobus guitar whiz Francis Hunt, former Breathing Cage drummer Shane Bolingford, ex-Pumpkinhead bassist Vaughan Watson, Breathe keyboardist Steve Gallagher and ex-Puffins Jeremy Lake and Lindon Puffin. Keep as eye out for live performances by new band Jeremy Taylor and The Wasted Years!
Over the last couple of years Taylor has also collaborated with a variety of local musicians for shows at Welli's Bar Bodega, including Lindon Puffin, Phoenix Foundation, Stylus 77 and Stereobus. He has accompanied Bic Runga on a promotional trip to Australia and his solo work as seen him support the likes of Lloyd Cole, J Mascis [Dinosaur Jr], Julia Deans [Fur Patrol], Glenn Tillbrook [Squeeze] and Phoenix Foundation.
'Black Balloons' is a remarkably touching album of handcrafted alt pop music and deserves accolades beyond the underground.