The singularity – a.k.a. the technological singularity—is a hypothetical point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization. I’m intrigued by the choice of name of the artist we have the pleasure of introducing you to today – Julian Shah-Tayler aka ‘The Singularity’. His new single is called ‘Evolution’, which makes sense given the inspiration for his on moniker. But is this evolution? Based on the music along, I would say yes without hesitation.
This track is superb, danceable, invigorating, and sexy – a welcome kickback to younger, more innocent, simpler days, when romance, movement and atmosphere seemed to be connected kinetically. A much-needed respite from the pandemic- and fear-based social spacing realities we are experiencing today.
‘Evolution’ entails a collaboration with MGT (Tricky, The Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Ashton Nyte, The Wonder Stuff). This one is for those who have been through hard times in love and the need for new experiences.
Hailing from Leeds, England and now based in Los Angeles, singer, writer and producer Julian Shah-Tayler makes electro rock new wave ‘intellipop’ for the 30th century. This song was written, produced and performed by Julian and recorded in his TARDIS home studio in Los Angeles, with additional guitars by Mark Gemini Thwaite and Gene Micofsky.
“Evolution is about the difficult process of evolving towards loving kindness through the layers of love and loss in a society that cares nought about the human heart, and more about ‘norms’. It is about holding on to the pure ideal of the heart despite the cynicism of the intellect,” says Julian Shah-Tayler.
Having spent much time as a touring musician, Julian has experienced the pain of meeting and “breaking up with” people every night. “Each human contains great beauty within, and it is impossible to disregard a connection however brief once made,” notes Shah-Tayler.
After completing a philosophy degree at York University, Julian moved to London as a singer-songwriter with classical training on piano and self taught on guitar. After several abortive record deals with music industry legend Alan McGee, he joined the hip electro clash outfit Whitey as co-writer/ guitarist, recording many of those songs in his nascent home studio.
After parting ways with his bandmates, Julian moved to L.A. to launch his own project The Singularity. There, he has had considerable success with TV and film licenses, known for his work on ‘Plush’, ‘Riot on Redchurch Street’ and Disney’s ‘Maleficent’. He won a Golden Trailer award, along with Daisy O’Dell, for his work with Lana Del Ray on the trailer for the latter film.
In addition to scoring music with O’Dell for the two-time Emmy winning ‘Actors on Actors’ TV show, his music has been performed for Robert De Niro, Bill Clinton and Martin Scorsese via the Unite for Humanity charity at the Oscars.
Julian also recorded a unreleased album with Joaquin Phoenix and Antony Langdon (Spacehog), as well as directing Island Def Jam artist Kerli 4 for songs he co-wrote with Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama, Shakespear’s Sister). His remix of Nico’s ‘These Days’ with Daisy O’Dell was featured as KCRW’s “one to watch”. He also cofounded the ‘Art Angeles’ charity, teaching underprivileged kids music in Watts.
When he is not writing and recording original material or producing other arists, Julian Shah-Tayler is selling out venues with his David Bowie tribute band ‘The Band That Fell To Earth’, his Depeche Mode tribute band ‘Strangelove’ and moonlighting as singer-keyboardist in The Cure tribute band ‘The Cured’
Shah-Tayler is currently working with the legendary Robert Margouleff (Stevie Wonder, Devo) on his next album. We’ll need to sit tight and wait that one out. In the meantime, ‘Evolution’ will be released on August 21 across digital outlets such as Apple Music and streaming platforms like Spotify.
Written, Produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Julian Shah-Tayler
Featuring Guitars by Mark Gemini Thwaite and Gene Micofsky
Recorded at TARDIS Studio, Altadena
Artwork by Julian Shah-Tayler
Cover photos by Eva Wolfe-Warden
MGT (Mark Gemini Thwaite) and Gene Micofsky
Video edited by Julian Shah-Tayler
Muse filmed by Raphael Colantonio
Also check out his previous single ‘Secret’