Official Press Release:
Today, Winnipeg's Taylor Janzen announces she'll be releasing her debut album, I Live in Patterns, on January 20th via Arts & Crafts / Glassnote Records. Taylor celebrates with the release of the title track featuring Southern California singer-songwriter Alix Page.
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I Live in Patterns is an album that chronicles Taylor’s past few years, and learning to live with the emotional patterns that surfaced. She saw the world shutting down shortly after the release of her 2019 EP Shouting Matches and then a return to touring with both X Ambassadors and Del Water Gap. Since then Taylor has shared singles “Something Better,” “Push it Down” and “Designated Driver,” which along with seven new tracks, will make up her debut album.
Taylor offers more on the album; “I Live in Patterns has been a long time in the making. It is an encapsulation of my growth as an artist and a human over the past couple of years. While making this record, I realized how episodic and repetitive my own struggles can feel and while certain things may get better over time, I don't know if they ever fully go away. While those struggles may fade or improve over time, they often present like an old injury that acts up every once in a while, like emotional patterns rather than a complete, linear thing of the past. The album is an exploration of learning to accept my own set of emotional patterns and how to adjust around them, rather than fight them. Whether that means accepting that some aspects of my brain chemistry are not leaving any time soon, or recognizing that certain things I learned as a child may always have a part of me, I believe that it is important work for my own artistic and personal journey.”
Along with the album announcement, Taylor has also shared the title track which features Alix Page, her very first collaboration. On how that came to be, she shares,
"'I Live in Patterns' is one of my favourite songs I have ever written. Like many of my songs, I wrote it by myself as a coping mechanism for dealing with my brain. I wanted the song to capture the feeling of walking around a suburban neighbourhood at night, feeling like garbage, and listening to your internal monologue running over and over. Because this song is so incredibly personal to me, I wanted to expand this narrative a bit to include what someone else would be thinking about in this scenario. Essentially, I wanted to include someone else's internal monologue for once. This is where Alix comes in! I have been so obsessed with her voice and songwriting for a while and she was generous enough to contribute to the song. She wrote her own verse and added such a painfully beautiful new perspective to the song and I feel like it really pulls the song together."
Growing up, Taylor wasn't encouraged to speak through her feelings, so turned to songwriting as an outlet. As a result, with each song, we're granted an intimate and almost painstakingly brazen glimpse into the most heart-wrenching pages of her diary. She writes candidly, touching on the topics of mental health and emotional abuse, noting that, “the music that I write is very honest, so it speaks for itself.”
Janzen’s debut EP, Interpersonal, garnered praise from the likes of Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and The New York Times. A year later in 2019, her second EP Shouting Matches gained recognition from Exclaim!, NYLON, Paste, Noisey, i-D and more. Taylor then kicked off 2020 as an Official Artist at SXSW where she performed at the Rolling Stone Emerging Artist Showcase and NPR featured her in their coveted Austin 100. She has since been heard across the Sirius XM Alt Nation airwaves and shared stages with Del Water Gap and X Ambassadors as well as slots on Lollapalooza.
“I Live in Patterns (ft. Alix Page)” is available to stream on all platforms now.
I Live In Patterns - Track List:
1. Sunday Morning Introduction
2. Fingers Crossed
3. Push It Down
6. Something Better
8. Designated Driver
10. It’s Alright
Praise For Taylor Janzen:
“The powerful simplicity of a voice, a guitar, a restrained melody and a raw emotion has been rediscovered by songwriters like Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and now Taylor Janzen." - Jon Pareles, The New York Times “Produced and mixed by Mike Mogis (Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes), Janzen transitions comfortably into the bigger sound, and creates a fine-tuned sound that’s a little bit folk, a little bit rock, but not at all forced—it feels like she’s found exactly where her literal and lyrical voice is meant to flourish." - NYLON “With her stunningly sparse melodies and minimalistic guitar riffs, 20-year-old Taylor Janzen may seem softly spoken, but her staggering lyrical narrative and deeply personal writing sends a resounding message." - NOISEY “Sombre but never downbeat, her hushed tones and fragile take on Americana is worth filing alongside the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, but - truly - she's working in her own lane." - CLASH