“Kinda Political, But Mostly Sad” by Tayler Lacey: EP Review
Good evening bitches, welcome to The Local Embrace. Tonight I’ll be reviewing a the new EP by a super awesome local music scene friend of mine, Tayler Lacey, released on July 20th, 2022.
- How did you discover the epicness of Tayler Lacey?
Like a good amount of people I know, I met Tayler Lacey through playing shows in Northern Utah. The first show we played together he did some folk punk cover and that’s the kinda shit I get sold on instantly. It didn’t take me long after that to find his recordings. There’s a pretty decent plethora of things to enjoy here.
2. How good are the lyrics??
Tayler Lacey’s lyrics are super dope, what I consider to be a great blend of emotionally charged lyrics with political overtones. “Kinda Political, But Mostly Sad,” simply carries on the tradition. This time around it seems like there’s a bit more of an emphasis on the emo side of things and that’s never a bad thing.
3. How good are the instrumentals???
I love how it’s going on this one. There’s lots of diversity in Tayler’s playing style I think, especially as far as acoustic artists go. On top of that, he includes all the instruments one could possibly want for a project such as this, and anything similar. It’s also notably important to mention that the banjo in the third song, “The Measure Of A Man,” is folk punk as fuck.
4. How good are the vocals????
Not really anything to complain about here either. If you know me, you know I LOVE when a singer has a unique voice, like Pat The Bunny or Brian Sella or the chick from Looming. Tayler Lacey’s voice is incredibly different and it’s near impossible to think of anyone whose voice is comparable to his particularly, and I listen to too many artists. MAYBE Ellie Goulding. That being said it’s silky and soothing, giving his very forward lyrical style a certain sense of vulnerability.
5. How is the length????? Too long????? Too short?????
I’m pretty sure this is my first time reviewing an EP so now for my opinion of them. I think they’re always too short. But the existence of the EP is an excellent strategy because they’re usually just long enough to keep the listener wanting more. a good majority of them are worth listening to as well. “Kinda Political, Mostly Sad,” is no exception.
6. How cohesive is this EP??????
With the release in question, the lyrics are definitely the most cohesive part, carrying on the themes that the title suggests, existentialism, political rage, stuff like that.
7. How Diverse is this EP???????
The way the instrumentals are laid out takes the duration of the EP through a great array of emotions, every song getting a sense of different feeling then the last. That is an awesome way I feel to keep the listener from getting bored. Repeat after me, COHESIVE DIVERSITY, the mothafuckin key, ain’t that just the way to be?? Hoodly doodly dee.
8. How accessible is “Kinda Political, But Mostly Sad,” by Tayler Lacey????????
This is by far the most accessible thing I’ve reviewed thus far. This music is pulled off in such a way that I think very few fans of any kind of acoustic music would dislike this. And I’m talking fans of old country, folk punk, singer-songwriter, acoustic emo, anything you can think of that has a notable amount of acousticness.
9. Did this EP hold my attention?????????
Without a doubt!!!!!
10. What is the best song on “Kinda Political, But Mostly Sad,” by Tayler Lacey??????????
Track #2 Chekov’s Gun
Up in this bitch we love a heart-wrenching tune, and “Chekov’s Gun,” most def wins that reward for this release. The beat is super minimalist, super crisp snaps going ham throughout giving a groovy undertone to all the emo-ness. Melancholy guitar and sorrowful piano spirals around on top of it all, making for a pretty satisfactory “crying in the corner of the square dance floor” type of bop.
Well there ya have it. Really can’t give this one anything but a perfect 10/10 erect penises reaching for the everlasting skyline. Really enjoyed this one, and this isn’t even the type of music I usually seek out. But you can’t deny when something’s good. From hearing most of his music and the few interactions I’ve had with Tayler, I just love his dedication, I love what he stands for, keep on keeping on bro! Never stop!
Tayler Lacey. Salt Lake City, Utah. Folk singer in Salt Lake City. Putting the Yee in your Haw.
Right above is links to Tayler’s music! As of now this EP is not on bandcamp yet which is why I included the Spotify link. So please follow him on both and check out the stuff you can buy to support him!
I don’t know what I’m doing next but you’ll stay tuned if you know what’s good for you.