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Taylor and the Nerds - Touch the Sky #Flyah Review


Having a love for music from an early age, songwriter Taylor Woodward always knew music would be a huge part of his life. During his time studying neuroscience in college, he played in several bands (Ginger Colony, Star-Off, Dry Erase Tracks) and was always building a body of his own work in addition to the songs he performed with these groups. Once the members of Dry Erase Tracks decided to go their own ways, he began producing songs in his apartment as a solo project. Written, performed, recorded, and produced by Woodward, with the help of a few friends for drumming and backing vocals, the songwriter poured as much as he could into the songs. Before long the “Insecurity Blanket” EP was finally born. The record is a testament to one's ability to rise above difficulty and reach new heights. 
With the release of the “Insecurity Blanket” EP, Taylor and the Nerds brings a new feel to some classic genres. Lush with addicting progressions, heavy pop undertones, and an indie but soulful vocal approach, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie pop anthems. Although the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them together almost like a concept album would.
The first single, “Touch the Sky”, holds an air of radio pop classics. Complete with catchy vocal melodies, musical hooks, and plenty of musical swells, the song seems to breathe as it plays on.
“One of the song's themes is expressing the way that someone can inspire you.  It's about making it to a mountain top- definitely meant to leave the listener feeling uplifted, to make them smile, to make them want to be better, reach higher.  The song came from a desire to express my feelings to someone I cared about and my inability to communicate them,” explains songwriter Taylor Woodward of his single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding for where Taylor and the Nerds is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“Making this record helped get my toes wet and help me know where I'm at and where I want to go musically.  In the past I've mostly played acoustic guitar, and this album was a fun expedition into the land of electric guitar.  I learned a lot about what kind of tone I want and how to arrange parts.  I'll be starting work on my second album soon and plan to keep exploring that," says Woodward of his production approach for the EP.
Having a love for music from an early age, songwriter Taylor Woodward always knew music would be a huge part of his life. During his time studying neuroscience in college, he played in several bands (Ginger Colony, Star-Off, Dry Erase Tracks) and was always building a body of his own work in addition to the songs he performed with these groups. Once the members of Dry Erase Tracks decided to go their own ways, he began producing songs in his apartment as a solo project. Written, performed, recorded, and produced by Woodward, with the help of a few friends for drumming and backing vocals, the songwriter poured as much as he could into the songs. Before long the “Insecurity Blanket” EP was finally born. The record is a testament to one's ability to rise above difficulty and reach new heights. 
The EP is now available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and Woodward is planning to put a full band together for live performances.

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