Look who’s here!

Hooray! My long-awaited Hudson Taylor CDs are here! The EP has been on Spotify for a few days already, but having it in hand makes it real, somehow.

Here’s my quick review (rundown?) of the Feel It Again EP.

“Run With Me” – If I hadn’t already  liked the song, the adorable video would have won me over. Rescue dogs. A VW camper van. Harry in a headband. What’s not to like? The song gets stuck in your head quite nicely, too.

“Easy Baby” – This is the one I’m least familiar with, so I’m going to have to listen a few more times and let you know later.

“Travellin'” – I love this song. I have a whole story made up in my head about it, that Alfie wrote it about Gabrielle (his love) and being a traveling musician (his other love), and how she encourages him to go on the road (and she knows how important it is for him because she is a touring musician as well). *Sigh* It’s so sweet. And on tour, Alfie sang, “Here I am, in Portland, Oregon!” which was a very nice touch.

“Old Soul” – This is slow and beautiful and dreamy. The video is so, so good; it shows Harry and Alfie walking and busking through Europe, Harry being silly and Alfie mostly serious. It’s funny; ever since I met him more than four years ago — when he wasn’t even old enough to drink — I’ve described Alfie as an “old man.” He just has this kind manner and seems so incredibly sweet, like a doting old granddad. It’s hard to describe. I mean it as a tremendous compliment.

“Feel It Again” – When I first heard this, months ago, I thought, “Wow, they are going in a whole new direction!” It was such a bigger sound than anything on the first album. The video is pretty (but silly) and the song is incredibly catchy.

So that’s the record! Signed and everything; I’m getting quite the collection. I can’t wait until they come back to Portland with a full band and play all these songs live.

New music from Hudson Taylor!

It has been a long while since I’ve written about my favorite Irish brothers, Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor, and far too long (over two years!) since their debut album was released.

But the wait is over for us all! The lads have just released an incredibly catchy new single, “Feel It Again.” The production is more slick (a full band! horns!), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; I love love love stripped-down Hudson Taylor (shout-out to the original “Hideaway” video), but a few of the songs on Singing For Strangers may have been a bit under-done, even for me.

In addition, though I’ve loved Harry and Alfie’s gorgeous voices and beautiful music for four years now, I’ve felt that they had their fair share of songs with a clunky or cringe-worthy lyric.  As would be expected now that they are not just kids anymore, “Feel It Again” impresses me as a more mature work, lyrically. (There may be a few too many “la la la’s” for some folks, but I’m one who protested the cutting of “And I don’t want to let you go” lines from eight to six in the official “Chasing Rubies” single, so I’m fine with it.) I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Continue reading “New music from Hudson Taylor!”