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A new single from Julian Taylor – ‘Weighing Down’

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Julian Taylor is living proof of that saying that an overnight success can be decades in the making. After signing with Warner Music in 1999 as a member of Staggered Crossing, Julian and the band scored a top 10 rock hit with “Further Again” and had a few good years touring and releasing singles as a major label act. But they never really made a breakthrough.

Julian would spend the next 20 years toiling away in relative obscurity as both a solo artist and frontman of his eponymous band.

Then, in 2020, he released The Ridge, a lovely, atmospheric roots album dripping with nostalgia for childhood. It was like a balm for the early pandemic blues, and it scored Julian two richly deserved Juno nods and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Solo Artist of the Year.

After nearly 25 years on the scene, Julian had finally arrived, and he hasn’t left yet.

The Ridge’s follow-up, Beyond the Reservoir, has proven to be equally affecting, with its powerful political numbers like “Seeds” – written in response to the discovery of children’s remains on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School – and “Murder 13,” about the structural oppression facing Black children in Toronto (told through the murder of one of Julian’s childhood friends).

And now we have “Weighing Down,” the first single from Julian’s new album, Pathways, due on Sept. 27.

This time, the focus is – if I may use a grossly overused term – self-care. The slow, easygoing track, flavoured with pedal steel, is all about learning to be less hard of ourselves – a topic for our times if ever there was one. And the intimate, understated vocal and roots production continue the winning formula of Julian’s previous two releases.

“Weighing Down” might be about relaxation, but Julian’s showing no signs of slowing down.

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