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Live Gig Video: Hudson Taylor share acoustic version of current single ‘Feel It Again’

 
By on Tuesday, 14th November 2017 at 4:00 pm
 

Irish brother duo Hudson Taylor have a new single out, ‘Feel It Again’. It’s the first new material since their 2015 debut album ‘Singing for Strangers’. You can read our review of the LP through here. Now, Dubliners Harry and Alfie have a special live recording of the acoustic version. Watch it below. ‘Feel It Again’ is available now from Warner Music. Also included below is the original promo video for the single, which came out in September. In addition to Irish dates this month and next, the pair have five dates scheduled for the UK in January; all their live dates up ahead are listed here on their Facebook. For more Hudson Taylor here on TGTF, go here.

 

Album Review: Hudson Taylor – Singing for Strangers

 
By on Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Hudson Taylor Singing for Strangers album coverBrothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor picked up their craft from a young age, busking on the streets of their hometown of Dublin. With that experience in mind, along with the success they’ve since had across the UK and Europe, the pair’s debut album ‘Singing for Strangers’ has managed to capture their endearing presence and disarmingly beautiful folk-pop.

Amidst their young years, their warming collection of handclaps and triumphant harmonies exude a charming maturity, first highlighted by ‘Just a Thought’. A racing piano melody and rousing choruses keep their opener light and bouncy, leaving it all too easy to draw comparisons with fellow Irish gents, Kodaline. The same goes for the blissful hooks and anthemic choruses of ‘Chasing Rubies’ and ‘World Without You’. However, the duo can, and do play the aces up their sleeves.

On ‘Butterflies’ they produce a resplendent folk ballad, a gorgeous arrangement of genteel acoustic guitar chords and yearning lyrics. It gives you the first notion of how versatile their sound can be: it’s timeless if you wish to coin the cliché, but there’s a sense of honesty and growing confidence through the record. “Wish I could have told her I’m freaking out” and “when I broke into her heart, I threw away the key” cry the vocals on ‘Night Before the Morning After’; by the time you reach ‘Weapons’ however, they’re shouting out to shed any secrets and “put down your weapons”.

From this confidence comes the blistering Americana inspired ‘Battles’. They’ve found a different pool of influences, channelling fiery folk this time, as their love story transpires and burns vehemently. “We are tied to the truth….the tie that binds me to you” they spout with fierce delivery, as they do battle with your emotions in the album’s closing stages.

Their call to arms is followed by another burst of personal defiance, as the tempo-shifting, blues inflected ‘Don’t Tell Me’ carries similar gusto. It feels a little repetitive and relentless, but nonetheless they manage to create some impact; it’s not as punchy as the track’s predecessor, but it’s got all the right intentions, even if it doesn’t have the same vigour and lunging refrains. ‘For the Last Time’ and ‘Off the Hook’ go on to highlight their stripped-back heritage; it’s something of a sobering and delicate come down after the radio friendly first half of the album.

In all, Hudson Taylor’s debut is a brief moment to sit back, mull over their many EPs and think “well, aren’t these chaps going to be about for a long time”. The production of their songs has become more elaborate and grandiose, but, the songs remain straightforward and heartfelt. Though it is not a re-education of folk music, nonetheless it’s an incredibly enjoyable explanation of where modern folk has got too; and in a number of places, where it’s heading too.

7/10

‘Singing for Strangers’, the debut from Irish brothers Hudson Taylor, is out now via Polydor Records.

 

Bands to Watch #307: Hudson Taylor

 
By on Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Irish singer/songwriter duo Hudson Taylor, comprised of brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor, have slowly but surely gained a steady following of fans with their energetic, heavily harmonic brand of folk pop, inspired by classic folk rock acts like Simon and Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills and Nash. They officially declared themselves a band in 2011 and have since released 3 EPs (‘Battles’ and ‘Cinematic Lifestyles’ in 2012 and ‘Osea’ in 2013), as well as touring in support of Kodaline and Jake Bugg.

Hudson Taylor’s latest single ‘Chasing Rubies’ is due for release via Polydor Records on the 19th of October, just as they are finishing another round of support shows with Bugg. Like their previous songs, ‘Chasing Rubies’ is an energetic, lovelorn track featuring infectiously singable melodies and the type of seamlessly blended vocal harmonies that are best achieved by finely tuned sibling voices (think of Swedish duo First Aid Kit or fellow Dublin-based sister act Heathers).

The brothers show the full depth of their songwriting skill with the darkly dramatic ‘Battles’, a stomping Mumford-esque track about competing for a lover’s affection. In the accompanying video, featured below, they temper their fiery, vengeful lyrics, “I will lift her love and I’ll break your spirit / I will dig a hole and I’ll throw you in it” with imagery of colorfully costumed children playing battle in the woods. The children’s wide-eyed innocence contrasts sharply with the final line in the song’s chorus, “only time will tell if we’re all just cynics on the run / if we’re all just cynics come undone”.

Hudson Taylor are currently working toward a full LP release tentatively planned for early 2015. You can listen to a full playlist of their music on their YouTube channel, or sign up to their e-mail list to receive a free download of their jaunty acoustic track ‘Strangers’. Better yet, catch them live on their just announced headline UK tour scheduled for February 2015.

 

Hudson Taylor / February and March 2015 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 3rd October 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Irish brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor, better known simply as Hudson Taylor, will follow their September 2014 tour in support of Jake Bugg with their own headline tour of the UK and Ireland in early 2015.

The 21-date Singing for Strangers Tour will include shows at Shepherds Bush Empire in London and the Olympia Theater in Dublin. Tickets go on general sale today, the 3rd of October. Below the tour date listing, check out a live performance of Hudson Taylor’s upcoming single ‘Chasing Rubies’, due for release on the 19th of October.

Sunday 1st February 2015 – Edinburgh Caves
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Wednesday 4th February 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Sheffield Plug
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 8th February 2015 – Birmingham Library
Monday 9th February 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Cambridge Junction 2
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 13th February 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Sunday 15th February 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Monday 16th February 2015 – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Wednesday 18th February 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 19th February 2015 – Bristol Trinity Centre
Friday 20th February 2015 – Liverpool Academy 2
Saturday 21st February 2015 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Monday 23rd February 2015 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Tuesday 24th February 2015 – Dundalk Spirit Store
Thursday 26th February 2015 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Limerick Dolans
Sunday 1st March 2015 – Cork Savoy

 
 
 

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