Aaron Taos is a songwriter you need to know about right now and here is why. Birthday Boy, his sophomore full length follow up to Night Thoughts is out today. Birthday Boy is ten songs in length and production wise it is a polished contemporary production that crosses genre boundaries with elegance and grace. “Communication” as an instrumental track it would be right at home on 24/7 lofi hip hop radio but with vocals it could become a chill R&B track. “Dazed & Amused” is a more indie rock track that reminds me of The Caesers “Jerk It Out” with its driving rhythms, you might remember “Jerk It Out” from when iPods were just coming out and that silhouette dancing commercial. An agent needs to scoop up Aaron Taos and put him on the festival circuit or at very least opening up for a band similar to Coast Modern. Overall the song sounds like the cool areas of the cities, I can see myself listening to this in the Silver Lake or Echo Park neighborhoods of Los Angeles if not cruising the PCH. Seriously, check it out!
From a lyrical standpoint the songs are mostly introspective philosophies that will give any coffee sipping hipster reasons for broad conversations that might wander around DesCartes and Socrates theories on life and how to live it. This collection of songs are as in depth a listen as you want them to be. Last thought, the “nope” in “Is It Anything” made my girlfriend laugh.
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