Tayls 2021 by Jake Mathews

It’s hard not to crack a smile when listening to Tayls’ new album Have You Ever? I’ve Always. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it party music — the songs cover a lot of complex emotional territory — but each song fully utilizes the talents of a slew of local musicians including members of Creature Comfort, Fable Cry and Molly Rocket. The results are lush and all-consuming, with some songs like “Have You Ever?” recalling the wacky optimism of The Flaming Lips and others like “Better” bringing to mind the charge of Britpop royalty like Oasis. What really lingers, though, is the compelling chemistry between bandmates: They’re having fun, and even better, they’re inviting you to the party.

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