"Dark and smoky and a little bit magic."
- Gemma Pike, triple j
"A fresh slice of indie heaven..."
- Wickked Childd
"Always a warming and connected space with Taylah. Your music feels like a warm, grounding and tender hug"
- Claire Mooney, triple j
"Taylah Carroll will command your attention not only with her voice but with her relatable storytelling ability."
- Deafen County
Hallmarked by commanding vocals and seamless transitions between vulnerability and strength, Taylah Carroll’s music is equal parts confessional dreamy alt-rock and indie-folk. Her latest single, 'To Please Ya’, is a tongue in cheek exploration of the artist’s own ‘people-pleasing’ tendencies. The release comes with the announcement of a headline show at The Old Bar in Melbourne on Friday 19 March.
Of the track, produced by Tim Harvey (Jade Imagine, Gena Rose Bruce), Taylah explains, “There’s a naivety to this song and the way that it was written that I really wanted to be translated into the production. When Tim Harvey and I were working on the recording I got to play his beautiful Wurlitzer, which lends a really nostalgic, and playful energy to the instrumentation of the track”.
Taylah has always liked words. To listen to them, to think about them, to write them. It makes sense then, that lyrics are the centrepiece of her craft. With stylistic echoes of Mazzy Star, Angel Olsen, and Big Thief, the singer-songwriter cites Tom Waits, Tori Amos, and Radiohead as key inspirations, the amalgamation of which have her leaning into nostalgia, with one foot always placed firmly ahead.
Growing up in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, it was performance that first captivated the young singer, who would perform at any opportune moment from as early as she can remember. "I would just sing and sing until everyone was sick of me... then I'd find somewhere public to perform".
Though her immediate family are not musical, somewhat comedically, the introspective artist is related to Iron Maiden member Steve Harris, a relationship she laughs at lightly, appreciating the stark contrast for the coincidence it is.
Taylah’s previous single, 'I’m Not Sold' saw her break much ground, garnering industry attention and airplay across triple j, Unearthed, PBS, Triple R, FBi and rage. The track was featured on numerous Spotify playlists including; New Music Fridays ANZ, Indie Arrivals, Chords and Cardigans, Broad Chords, as well as The Guardian's Best New Australian Music playlist.
Taylah’s emotive live performances have led to support slots with; Harrison Storm, with whom she toured nationally, Gena Rose Bruce, Boydos, Powderfinger's Darren Middleton, Olympia, Freya Josephine Hollick and more. Taylah was also invited to play as Feature Artist at Brunswick’s Small Time Studios and performed live with her band as part of Federation Square’s Fed Live Summer Series.