Sydney indie-folk Taryn La Fauci has a story tell. With her incredible vocals, there’s something mesmerising about her music when you hit play on one of her songs. Listening to her latest single, “Life of Song”, her heartfelt nature to write lyrics are reflective of her soul, sharing her deep and darkest fears and only making sense of them through the magic of music. Taryn was kind enough to share with us her Top Five Albums, written by amazing female musicians that influenced the writing process and the creation of her upcoming debut record Cycling.
1. Brooke Fraser – Flags
Flags was Brooke’s third Studio Album and the one that has had the most impact on my songwriting. Her first album, which I purchased when I was 13, was the first album I bought with my own money and the first collection of songs that really made me want to pursue songwriting. I’d always loved singing and learning instruments but discovering that she wrote, played and crafted all her own songs really drew me in.
Her songs have always had a great depth, clarity, and purity to them and I deeply respect how much thought and importance goes into each song – not just lyrically but musically as well. As social media wasn’t large when I first started listening to her, it was only years later that I learnt of her faith and so going back and listening to her albums makes me see each song in a new light. I love that music can do that, it may not change but you do; how you listen to it can grow and expand over time.
2. Patty Griffin – Living With Ghosts
A Canadian friend introduced me to her work in my first year living in Sydney. I had just started learning guitar and this album became a real cornerstone as I began to learn songs. The record is so raw and personal and I love that she was 32 when this debut studio album was released. You can hear that she had something to say from a life already lived and these songs had come directly from that.
I am really drawn to music that has something to say and that creates a really strong reaction. Though this type of music isn’t necessarily on high rotation for most people all the time, it can be really life-saving or helping through times where music can lift you above the every day. It also gave me hope in my own progression, that it was never too late to start releasing albums. It is an album I continually come back to and definitely my favourite album of hers.
3. Beyonce – Lemonade
It has always been a goal of mine to write a concept record. After the release of the EP, I wanted something more than a random collection of songs. I wanted to make a piece of work that had a commonality that threaded and weaved through each song. When Lemonade was released, I became obsessed with how this was so successfully created by one of the biggest female pop artists in the world.
Every time I listened to this album from start to finish, I loved that every song had a place and a reason for its placement, which became my main aim in the creation of my album. I also really respected how it was creatively woven into a full-length film that told the story visually. It was such an intricate and well-thought-out piece of work and being able to listen to an album like a story was so interesting and intriguing.
4. Beth Orton – Sugaring Season
I walked past this album in ‘HUM’ on King Street, Newtown and though I had never heard of Beth Orton, I decided on a whim to buy this album. There was something about the packaging that I loved and though I didn’t fully appreciate it at first around the time Karl Broadie (my mentor and producer of my first EP) was diagnosed with cancer, I suddenly fell deep into this record and its production. I loved that she wrote most of the songs late in the evenings once her daughter was asleep, ‘the hours when spiders mend their webs and you could feel the tenderness, fragility, and warmth of these songs.
Beth worked with Producer Tucker Martine in Portland, Oregon and I researched everything about him and how he loves to work with textures, soundscapes and making sonically synced records! I loved it so much, I wanted to create an album with him, even researching flights, times of years and costs (all before even contacting him). I am so glad I could make my record with Ryan K Brennan, but I am grateful for the inspiration this record was to me and how much comfort it gave me in such a difficult time.
5. Nadia Reid – Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs
I have just recently discovered Nadia Reid’s work and both albums released to date are wonderful. I have been alternating both albums in my car for months and I never grow tired of them. Though I stumbled onto Preservation first, it wasn’t until I saw her live at The Golden Age Cinema in April that I bought her first album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs and began my high car rotation of it. I continue to listen to both of these albums from start to finish and it is so refreshing to have albums like that in your brain whenever you are driving.
Singing in the car whilst driving has always been such a welcomed, quiet and generating time for me and friends will concur that if I like an album, then it can stay playing constantly for a long time. I was also in awe of her live show and found her so captivating that on my way home, all I wanted to do was go home and practise more guitar so I could play my instrument as well as her.
Check out Taryn La Fauci’s “Life of Song” below!
Cycling will be released on June 30