Aaron Taos “Birthday Boy” DROPPED TODAY!

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!

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“Birthday Boy” is a semi-concept album about growing older.  It’s an album written at a low point in my life during which I was going through quite a bit of self-reflection – mainly surrounding the questions: What do I want? Why do I want it? and Is it truly important? For me, birthdays serve as important milestones for introspection.  With this as the thematic foundation of the album, “Birthday Boy” is a personal exploration through the lens of the expectations we place on ourselves in relation to getting older. 
 
The concept of “Birthday Boy” came about on my birthday last summer. I was sitting alone on a bench in the park by my apartment in Brooklyn, feeling pretty down about where my career and life was. Another year had gone by and all these things that I wanted to accomplish just hadn’t come to fruition.  Through the frustration, I was inspired to be more honest in my writing and take the reins again producing my own tracks – something I hadn’t done since being introduced to the session/cowriting landscape of the music industry following the release of my first EP in 2015.  That same day I wrote the first track on the album, “Birthday Blues.” I hunkered down and spent the rest of the summer writing and recording at the house I grew up in Connecticut, away from the distractions of the city.  In the process, I rediscovered that love and creativity that initially drew to recording and writing my own music in the first place.

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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written by Ian McFarland

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