Sunday Times Breaking Act Boy Scouts new album 'Wayfinder' out now on ANTI- Records
(Wayfinder artwork (hi-res here))
Previous praise for Boy Scouts:
"Though Boy Scouts’ backing tracks are hazy and dreamlike, calling to mind tour mate Jay Som, Vick’s writing is direct, sharp, more bee-sting than butterfly.” - Pitchfork
"It's heartfelt, considered and bursting with reflective, emotional experience – displaying a songwriter that has truly begun to hone her craft.” - Secret Meeting
“a beautiful ballad that grounds feelings of guilt and pain by looking to nature” - Stereogum
Recently named as a Breaking Act by The Sunday Times, today Boy Scouts releases new album Wayfinder. The project of California-based LGBTQ artist Taylor Vick, Wayfinder has a warm, expansive style that recalls the raw punctures of Lucinda Williams and Alex G, and shows Taylor to be a fearless seeker shedding light on the unanswerable.
Released via ANTI- (Half Waif, Curtis Harding, The Antlers), the name comes from Sallie Tisdale's book Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying, and she instantly wrote down the word as it prompted her reflection on the ways that music has illuminated the path ahead.
On Wayfinder Taylor’s lyrics assume their fullest shape and stage their biggest scenes, whilst strands of slide guitar, organ, and strings ring under her affable, expressive voice, bolstering layers and layers of harmony. An album that's not afraid to track down what it all means -- how life unspools around the monoliths of love and death, the heavy knots of even quotidian conflict, the task of carrying your own suffering with you day after day, and the challenge of meeting other people out here in the tangled expanse of living.
In the thick of lockdowns, both Taylor and longtime collaborator Stephen Steinbrink independently found themselves wanting to work on a new Boy Scouts album. They decided to pursue it despite logistical challenges, traveling up to Washington to record at The Unknown. Working slowly, they invited a roster of collaborators to join them over time, including Taylor's brother Travis and Jay Som’s Melina Duterte. The effects of working in a new space and with more people can be heard across the bold, assured Wayfinder, which takes place across a wider scale than Taylor's prior work. Strands of slide guitar, organ, and strings ring under her affable, expressive voice, bolstering layers and layers of harmony.
The album includes some of the standout tracks; ’That’s Life Honey’ (video HERE), a tragicomedy about trying to make light of a shitty situation, and comes with a “lost at sea” cinematic video that perfectly captures trying to find your bearings when things feel a bit much. Also from the album is the tender ‘Didn’t I’ (video HERE) with a video directed by Lucy Sandler, whose company Sportscar just did a video for Billie Eilish, and latest single ‘A Lot To Ask’ (video HERE) which is about finding it hard to embody self-confidence, and was made with the help of her brother. It comes with a DIY home movie style video and was filmed in the heat of the Central Valley, California, where they both grew up.
"Why are we alive? Is there a point to any of this? Have I done this before? I was thinking about these questions like that, just playing with these ideas and being curious," Taylor says of the album’s themes. "I Lost that curiosity for many years, and it came back to me in the last year. I started to wonder about these types of things again. It feels better to have curiosity for life."
These queries can sprout from easy, ponderous conversation just like everyday settings can harbour sudden turns of healing, even growth. On Wayfinder, Taylor digs out that potential in even the most ordinary scenes. "Praying to the sidewalk like it holds my fate / Scream into the gutter so it knows my name," she sings on the album's closing track ‘Model Homes’. She hurls her questions at the ground, and they ricochet squarely at the sky, which, in its way, answers.
Wayfinder is out now on ANTI- Records
(Photo Credit: Tonje Thilesen (hi-res here))
Wayfinder - Out 1st October via ANTI- Pre-Order HERE