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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 Asking someone to define  their genre is like asking someone what their high school clique was, entirely outdated  and a little dumb.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.

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"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."

- 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 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

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