The Key Studio Sessions: Attia Taylor finds (then reinvents) her stride

Attia Taylor

When Attia Taylor caught the city’s ear last year, she didn’t even realize people were paying attention. The former Girls Rock Philly! camper (and current GRP volunteer) had been dabbling in GarageBand and experimenting with sound collages at home; the result was an infectious, whimsical EP called Dear Universe. Over the ensuing year, her music simultaneously showed up on the radar of Deli Magazine, City Paper, and our own internet airwaves at the Y-Rock Philly Local. “When you’re doing it by yourself, you don’t really expect that,” Taylor said. So she took a huge leap forward on her next release, the electronic-pop collection Short Stories And Small Glories. “After Dear Universe I felt that I had to do something that was not only better, but that said ‘Oh, I definitely can do this now,’” she said. “I knew that I could do something with Dear Universe, so now I just had to say ‘I’m going to prove myself.’” Proving herself also meant reinventing her songs with an unconventional, accordion-led band, filming a David Lynch-ian surrealist promo clip, writing a collaborative song with Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears, and generally establishing herself as a wellspring of creative energy and ideas—all the while staying active with GRP and her studies at Temple. Last month, Taylor and her band (Anissa Martinez on xylophone and hand percussion, John Romano on bass, Aqila Clement on drums, and Bradley Bergey on accordion) joined us for a Key Studio Session. You can hear the songs below, and listen to our interview with Taylor on the Philly Local Second Shift tomorrow at 10 p.m. on Y-Rock On XPN. If you’d like to catch her music in person, Taylor plays The Fire tomorrow for the Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest, and Johnny Brenda’s on Friday with Oh! Pears.



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