Worse Things – Adam Taylor Young

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Adam Taylor Young appears to be just as much a music enthusiast as he is a musician. His music oriented tumblr http://memorymemory.tumblr.com/ is just as inspired as the music he creates, and it isn’t often one gets this level on insight into an artist’s taste and influences. I’ve personally learned about a handful of groups that I’ve spent a lot of times listening to, such as Pajama People and Stoner Showers, who are both deserving of their own respective posts, through his blog and I find myself checking it daily. While Memory is in and of itself worthy of being written about, Young’s music is by far the most compelling of his projects. He combines surfy laid-back guitar hooks with a simultaneously poppy yet dark style of songwriting. Of what I’ve been able to listen to of his vast catalog, “Worse Things” not only is a great introduction to his music but is also a brilliant song. The song is so simple that the few nuances refine and elevate what would otherwise be a pop track something very interesting. The manner in which the drums and organ slowly fade in at slightly different rates in the intro gives the song an initial eerie tone that is retained through the whole song. The guitar compliments this almost sinister vibe by sounding very carefree and thoughtless. The vocal melody, like many groups is clearly influenced by girl groups, but features a single note that occurs in the verse, of which an attempt to describe would be criminal. It has instantly become one of my favorite songs.

Worse Things – Adam Taylor Young