Working with acclaimed producer Josh Tyrrell (Seal, Van Morrison, James Morrison, Lana Del Rey) Henry Taylour has discovered a unique ambient Indie-Folk sound which shines across his new EP ‘Aftersun’. The third single to be taken from the EP ’Proserpina’ is another demonstration of Henry’s unique take on Folk music, bringing together elements of indie and pop along with his trademark poetic lyricism to create cinematic, awe-inspiring soundscapes that are packed with emotion and atmosphere.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Introspective, cinematic, narrative
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
I usually come up with titles, or slightly abstract ideas, this may include some lyrics, which I then try to fit to music. I think in my more recent writing I have focused more on the vocal melodies than just the narration of the story. As a result, I often end up with a lot of sections of songs, which I then need to tie up to make sure I have something to show for the ideas that are floating around. I think I have started to move towards more of a fictional approach to storytelling, that allows the listener more freedom to try and find a story of their own in the songs. That has the potential to be way more interesting than what might be going on literally in my own little world!
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
To begin with I was a much bigger fan of live music. The way it allows songs to be raw, imperfect, and the connection between all of the people in the room is amazing. I have really missed this over the last few years, and I hope it can continue to regrow in the near future. That being said, I have started to love the recording process, as it has provided me the chance to grow a lot of these songs from a solo work, and to try different things. The current battle I face is to try to keep some of the authenticity and imperfection of live performance whilst also creating a sound that is interesting.
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
Start earlier! Sometimes I have been hesitant to pursue my passions because I did not know that I had the ability or capacity, but it really does not matter. Don’t waste time wondering, you will find out more about yourself during the journey, and the earlier it begins, the more chance you have of succeeding.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
‘Proserpina’ is based on a Greek Myth, and it’s a pretty cool story that seems to have stood the test of time. The duality of the characters is great when you read the different interpretations, as it is unclear whether the villain (Pluto) is someone who should be seen as all bad. I think my interpretation attempts to show him as a fallible character, as perhaps we all are, who is driven by the motive of love, something most people would see as a positive force.