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“Her music is defined by its warm tenderness—twangy guitars, cooing vocals, supportive keys—but she doesn’t necessarily want to be your caretaker.” – Paste
“Pure bedroom-folk, luring you into finding yourself lost with yesterday’s thoughts, occupied by today’s choices, and captivated by tomorrow’s chances.” – The 405
“With diaphanous piano flourishes and a steady pulsing rhythm of electronic drums and melancholic R&B bass, [it] blooms like a plant requiring little light.”- Under the Radar
“It’s impeccably crafted, each word hitting like a frustrated realization.” – Stereogum
“Engrossing…like a memory you weren’t aware needed retrieving.” – Gold Flake Paint
The Great Escape is celebrating the announcement of the First Fifty acts playing 2020’s festival with a series of gigs across two days in East London next month. Oakland-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Vick, aka Boy Scouts, will perform on Thursday November 14th at London’s Sebright Arms with support from Nardeydey and Hana Vu. The show is presented by Amazing Radio and tickets are on sale now.
Written in the wake of a breakup, Free Company is the latest album by Boy Scouts. Out now, Free Company confronts the pain of loss head-on beneath its weightlessly catchy melodies. The record was given 8.1 by Pitchfork and described as “generous and gorgeously empathetic”. Vick is currently on a nationwide US tour supporting the LA-based Jay Som.
See below for more information on Boy Scouts, the new album Free Company, and links to recent singles “Hate Ya 2”, “Get Well Soon”, and “Expiration Date”.
Free Company may be an album about “good old classic heartbreak,” as Vick puts it, but it relishes the process of healing just as much as it carefully weighs the grief. With sunny vocal harmonies, bright electric guitars, and shuffling up-tempo drums, Free Company doesn’t show its hand right away. It asks you to look past its sheen and take in Vick’s deeply contemplative lyrics, which add dimension to her sun-soaked arrangements.
The album’s opener, “Get Well Soon” reckons with the difficult epiphany that comes when you’ve worked overtime to help someone you love, only to realize they won’t meet you in the middle and help themselves. “It’s a hard thing to say. You’re hoping somebody will eventually feel better, but there’s also this weird new distance between you. You can’t do anything else, but you still really hope that they’re OK,” Vick says.
Raised in California’s Central Valley on country music and The Carpenters, Vick picked up her first guitar in fourth grade. She started writing her own songs not long after, inspired by acoustic guitar-wielding radio icons like the Dixie Chicks and Michelle Branch. For Vick, writing and recording songs is a little like journaling, a way to make sense of the present and shuttle it off into the past. But her intimate compositions soon attracted a strong following of listeners. She may have been writing for herself, but she struck a far-reaching chord. Vick started playing shows around California, opening for bands like Soccer Mommy, Palehound, and Vagabon. In March of 2019, she played her first SXSW and in September she embarked on a nationwide US tour with Jay Som.
With a keen ear for melody and a palpable sense of empathy, Vick picks apart all the confusing and contradictory ways that people glance off of each other while moving through their lives. Her music is an invitation to shake off the weight that has been dragging you down, to lighten your step and keep moving forward no matter what lies ahead.