Discovering Emotional Landscapes: Inside Bec Taylor and the Lyrebirds ‘Limbs & All’

In the quiet corners of Canberra, Australia, a musical alchemy is at play. Bec Taylor and the Lyrebirds, have emerged as a beacon of alt-folk-pop brilliance, sculpting their sonic canvas with tender care and boundless creativity. With their sophomore offering, “Limbs & All,” this quintet unfurls a tapestry of moody, folk-pop gems, delving into the depths of loss, grief, and joy with a poignant sincerity that resonates deeply with the listener.

At the heart of this musical odyssey lies the evocative songwriting prowess of Bec Taylor(vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, Hammond organ, felt-muted piano, percussion), a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller extraordinaire. Throughout “Limbs & All,” Taylor’s pen dances across themes of love, longing, and the intricacies of human connection with a poetic elegance that is as captivating as it is profound. Each lyric is a brushstroke, painting vivid portraits of emotional landscapes that linger in the mind long after the music fades.

Bec Taylor and the Lyrebirds

The magic of “Limbs & All” lies not only in Taylor’s lyrical wizardry but also in the exquisite chemistry shared amongst the Lyrebirds. Comprising a diverse ensemble of talent including Sam McNair (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo), Sophie Chapman (vocals, bass guitar), Grahame Thompson (drums, cello), Hannah Beasley (vocals, Wurlitzer piano), Matt Dixon (pedal steel guitar), Jacqui Bradley and Donal Baylor (violins), the band weaves a sonic tapestry that is as rich and multifaceted as it is soul-stirring.

The opening song “Go On Without Me” is a poignant exploration of loss, distance, and the struggle to move on. The lyrics craft a vivid narrative of a relationship’s end and the emotional aftermath, set against the expansive backdrop of the Australian landscape. Next up, “Photograph” offers an introspective look at memory, forgiveness, and the complexities of human relationships. The lyrics weave a narrative that oscillates between moments of clarity and confusion, all captured through the metaphor of a photograph.

“Wormhole” is a hauntingly introspective song that explores themes of memory, regret, and the inescapable pull of the past. The lyrics are infused with a sense of yearning and emotional intensity, capturing the listener’s imagination through vivid imagery and poignant repetition. The following track, “Fall from Grace” is a richly layered song that delves into themes of redemption, self-discovery, and the acceptance of one’s flaws. By intertwining the familiar strains of “Amazing Grace” with contemporary lyrical reflections, the song bridges past and present, personal and universal.

“Glasgow” is a heartfelt exploration of longing, distance, and the hope of rekindling a lost connection. The song’s lyrics vividly portray the emotional landscape of two people separated by time and space, yet bound by memories and a shared promise. “Pedestal” is a profound exploration of betrayal, resilience, and the struggle to break free from deceptive relationships. The song’s lyrics employ visceral imagery and metaphors to convey the emotional turmoil and gradual realization of the narrator’s plight.

Bec Taylor – Photo by Tony Mott

Moving forward, “Whisky” captures the intoxicating and often tumultuous nature of a passionate romance, drawing on vivid imagery and the metaphor of whisky to convey the intensity and transformation that comes with such an experience. “Anchor” is a deeply evocative exploration of refuge, resilience, and the transient nature of intense moments. The song masterfully blends nautical and aeronautical metaphors to illustrate the themes of stability and escape, creating a rich tapestry of imagery that resonates with the listener.

“You Can Tell Me Everything” is a poignant exploration of regret, empathy, and the power of open communication. Through its introspective lyrics, the song delves into the themes of missed signs, the weight of unspoken burdens, and the promise of renewed connection. This alt-folk-pop track blends emotional depth with an inviting melody, characteristic of the band’s reflective and intimate style.

The album’s closing song, “Goner” is an evocative and hauntingly beautiful exploration of unexpected love, vulnerability, and the tumultuous emotional journey that follows. The song’s lyrics weave nautical metaphors and vivid imagery to create a narrative that is both deeply personal and universally relatable.

Throughout “Limbs & All,” the band’s meticulous attention to detail is evident, from the organic instrumentation to the crisp mixing, mastering and production. All recording and mixing was done by Louis Montgomery with some additional mixing on “Photograph” was done by Marshall Cullen at Damien Gerard Studios NSW. The album was mastered by Andrew Edgson at Studios 301. Each note is imbued with a sense of purpose and intentionality, resulting in an album that is as sonically immersive as it is emotionally resonant.

“Limbs & All” displays the transformative power of music to heal, to inspire, and to connect us in ways we seem to have forgotten. With this release, Bec Taylor and the Lyrebirds have firmly established themselves as torchbearers of the alt-folk-pop genre, crafting a sound that is as timeless as it is timely. They will sweep you away with their enchanting melodies and lyrical wizardry on “Limbs & All”.


Rick Jamm

Journalist, publicist and indie music producer with a fervent passion for electric guitars and mixing desks !

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