Taylor Janzen returns with new single “What I Do” produced by Luke Niccoli, mixed by Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, and mastered by Joe LaPorta (David Bowie).
‘"What I Do…" is a song I wrote about being in a serious relationship and suddenly realizing that your issues are affecting someone else for the first time, and not entirely knowing how to change that. Musically, it’s a bit of a departure from my previous songs, so for the music video we decided to show how one artist can explore many different forms as that’s always something that should be celebrated. Asking someone to define their genre is like asking someone what their high school clique was, entirely outdated and a little dumb. So that’s exactly what we decided to show in the video.’
The Winnipeg artist first garnered praise from the likes of New York Times with her debut EP, "Interpersonal", which was mastered by Greg Calbi (Julien Baker, Arcade Fire, Big Thief), and co produced by Taylor. Earlier this year, Janzen released her second EP "Shouting Matches" recorded for the first time with a full band and in a studio environment. With further praise from Exclaim!, NYLON, Paste, Noisey, i-D and more, Taylor kicked off the year 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.
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.”
“The thing is, my personality isn’t as depressing as my music is,” adds Taylor. Often tweeting about Dennis Quaid (whom she interviewed for Paste Magazine), her cat Rory Gilmore and the occasional Paramore cover (one of which went viral with 25k+ retweets and got the endorsement from Hayley Williams herself), every little thing Taylor shares with the world is magic, shining a light and finding beauty in even the darkest, and seemingly mundane moments.
"Taylor Janzen sets her warm, expressive voice against a ringing electric guitar, but otherwise leaves her sad words largely unadorned as she sings frankly and with remarkable clarity about dysfunctional relationships and mental health. It's an approach that situates her alongside like
minded breakout stars like Stella Donnelly and Phoebe Bridgers, as well as Paramore's awesome Hayley Williams, who's sung Janzen's praises online."
- Stephen Thompson, NPR
"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."
"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."
"Sombre but never down beat, 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