When you look at the history of rock and roll, you see that California is a recurring subject in songs. It seems that the state is some sort of muse for songwriters. Matt Taelor is among the latest to be inspired by The Golden State with his new single "California" - premiering exclusively here.
The song begins with the sound of waves and seagulls before Taelor sings about a flight from JFK to L.A., where he gets a different view. In the first chorus, Taelor makes a statement that sums up the California experience as well as anyone ever has. He sings, "California, I couldn't warn ya before it got a hold on you." It's hard to deny that California has that effect on a lot of people.
The melody of the song is fittingly upbeat and sunny. The style of the song is similar to Matthew Sweet. It is a rock song with pop elements. Taelor, however, does something unusual. He ends the song with an instrumental break that has a pretty psychedelic sound. Not only is the instrumental break a little different than the rest of the melody, but also it gives the song the feeling of a demo because it ends so abruptly. Taelor has obvious talent as a songwriter, and he shows in this single that he's not afraid to steer away from the traditional song structure. His talent and his willingness to try something different should serve him well. It's fair to say that if you like Matthew Sweet, you'll probably like Matt Taelor.