One of my biggest pet peeves with modern pop is with a lack of ambition and with artists not living up to their full potential. However I have no quarrels whatsoever with the immensely talented pop singer/songwriter Taylor Noelle. Born and raised in Los Angeles before bringing her skills to Nashville, her debut EP is everything that pop acts should aspire to be. Each and every track quite easily deserves a place in the list of top songs of the year, and each for its own unique reasons. The slick and soulful ‘Too Good’ is full of attitude as Taylor slowly wraps you around her finger, whilst on the opposite end of the spectrum the fragile folk of ‘I Fall’ is the kind of beautiful balladry you’d expect from a bona fide Disney princess. ‘Won’t Waste My Time’ features some subtle latin hints and a smooth bluesy breakdown, and the dream pop soundscapes, cascading piano and infectious bass lines of ‘Covers Me’ makes the perfect backdrop for Taylor’s gorgeous vocals. This captivating young artist displays the kind of effortless range and diversity that modern pop is so desperately missing, which makes her music all the more special.
Fans of Hannah Grace, Emeli Sande, Gabrielle Aplin and Adele should check out her debut EP Out of My System.