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Genre-bending World Cafe Favorite Taylor Kelly Announces New Ep, 'the Spins' & Eastern U.s. Tour (July 25 - August 17)

Genre-bending World Cafe Favorite Taylor Kelly Announces New Ep, 'the Spins' & Eastern U.s. Tour (July 25 - August 17)

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Introspective take on jazz, soul, and funk. We love its brass instruments which give the sound excitement.
—LeFutureWave
Taylor Kelly
Beguiling genre-blending ingenue Taylor Kelly flips the script again with “Fit In,” the conscious collective raising second single from her forthcoming Ep, The Spins, which arrives July 19 via Head Bitch Music.

I just want to feel this moment
The rest can just go away
Get it all out in the open
So I can feel okay
OK, OK, OK…


“This song is me trying to relieve myself of the intrusive thoughts that were consuming my brain. The repetitive chords and lead keyboard line really represent me feeling trapped in this spiral- of these thoughts plaguing me and making it hard for me to just live. I wanted to create something that felt more like a stream of consciousness which is why the form kind of runs amok- the second chorus leading to a swirling outro that fades out into the abyss. I wrote this song before even being diagnosed with OCD and as we were working on it in the studio a year later, it was so glaringly obvious that this song stemmed from my suffering from OCD that I decided to include real sound bites of exposure therapy exercises from the therapy I was getting at the time.

The song ends with my therapist asking me how I’m doing (after I’d rattled off my greatest fears for 20 minutes). This song is me trying to escape myself and I wanted to create a bit of surrealism with that which Logan so beautifully brought to life with all of his ethereal synth sounds. The use of all of the percussive instruments (including mouth percussion) toward the end really lent to the chaos I was feeling,” says Kelly.



With influences such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Butcher Brown, Victoria Monét, Emily King, Lianne La Havas, and Erykah Badu, the musically rich exposition was written and co-produced by Kelly (vocals, percussion) features contributions from Logan Roth (keys, Rhodes, bus synths), Zach Guise (bass/key bass), and Eoin Murphy on synths, drum programming and co-production.

“Fit In” is the follow-up to her groundbreaking single “Take Me,” which LeFutureWave revered her “introspective take on jazz, soul, and funk, a musical spectacle that follows a unique structure. We love its brass instruments which give the sound excitement, a highly textured landscape that exudes empowerment.” Both songs appear on ‘The Spins,’ a 6-song journey that’s a re-birth of sorts, intentionally arriving on Kelly’s date of birth, July 19.

Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Kelly continues to be leading light in the vibrant Philadelphia music scene with her deeply personal transfusion of jazz, soul, and funk. Combining her smooth, powerful, technically-informed voice with rich hip hop, electronic textures and complex arrangements, Kelly’s palette is a dynamic blend of moods saturated with melodic contour, intricate harmonies, and authentic, articulate lyricism, her essence establishing a niche strikingly all its own.

Since 2015, the Berklee College of Music graduate has released six projects with her song, “California” nearing a million streams while audience favorites “Maybe” (2021) and “Let You Go” (2023) have been heard on radio stations around the country, including the highly-regarded NPR-affiliate, WXPN 88.5FM in Philadelphia.

Of the new collection, The Spins, it’s her most fully-realized work to date. “The Spins is really me being present with myself. It's me processing the ways OCD had taken over my life with some songs written even before knowing I had the condition. It's a lyrical mouthful alongside very careful attention to detail, with textured sounds like trumpets, strings, a myriad of synths and even sound bites from exposure therapy sessions weaving in and out of the melody. It was important to me to capture all of me and all of my voices. It's truly me bearing all,” said Kelly.

At her core, Kelly has an unyielding, marrow-deep commitment to self-expression through music, truly enjoying every opportunity to transfer this passion to her listeners, whether virtually or in person. Immersive transcendent affairs, Kelly has uplifted, inspired and energized thousands of ardent concertgoers with her spiritually freeing performances. She’s proudly shared stages with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Dirty Loops, Moonchild, Becca Stevens, Monophonics, Neal Francis, Stolen Gin, Giacomo Turra, Lavalove, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Lydia Luce.

In addition to her own gigs, Kelly also curates/hosts IRIS, a new monthly showcase/jam session that highlights femme voices of the past, present and future. Happening every third Wednesday at Silk City Diner in downtown Philly, some of the best and brightest local artists have already taken part, including Zayna Youssef (of Sweet Pill), Suzanne Sheer, Noél Scales, Karlia, Rieko Safiyya, mitamu, and Shan Dae. The June edition is set for June 19th, recognized as Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorating the ending of slavery. Showcasing are Brayla, Queen Jo and April Fool Child.

In late July, she’ll embark on a month-long tour in support of The Spins. Hitting ten cities across seven states, Kelly will bring her unique take on jazz, soul, and funk to strongholds including Chicago, Columbus, Baltimore, Richmond, Bethlehem (PA), Geneseo, NY (near Rochester), Syracuse, and Pittsburgh.

Sunday, July 28, she’ll celebrate the release of the EP with a big hometown show at Johnny Brenda’s, an LGBTQ+ friendly venue in downtown Philly that’s a favorite of foodies and music lovers. Also on the lineup are Chicago-based collective Human Bloom and Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist Rachel Andie.

As a warm-up to the summer run, Kelly was hand-picked to play the Dollar Bank Main Stage at Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 6. Other main stage acts on the 10-day festival included Ben Folds, Ozomatli, Los Lonely Boys, Say She She, Martha Redbone, Pokey LaFarge, Nicole Zuraitis, Jon Muq, Lizzie No, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Sugarhill Gang & The Furious Five.

Tour Dates

7/25- Baltimore, MD- The 8x10 (with Grayson Moon + Ray Winder)
7/27- Richmond, VA- Révéler
7/28- Philadelphia, PA- Johnny Brenda’s (with Human Bloom, Rachel Andie) EP Release
8/01- Columbus, OH- Old Towne East Arts (with Mistar Anderson + Ebri Yahoe)
8/02- Rensselaer, IN- eMbers Station
8/03- Chicago, IL- Subterranean (with Human Bloom + Jennifer Hall)
8/04- Pittsburgh, PA- The Cellar, PGH Winery (with INEZ & Back Alley Sound)
8/07- Bethlehem, PA- Musikfest (Main Stage)
8/16- Geneseo, NY- Drumroll
8/17- Syracuse, NY- Funk N Waffles (with Sing Trece)

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Track Listing

Sometimes; Take Me; Fit In; Ain't It Funny; Attention; The Spins

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Album information

Title: The Spins | Year Released: 2024 | Record Label: Self Produced


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