Feb 2015 – Los Angeles
Los Angeles based The Singularity ready themselves to release their self-titled debut album.
Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Julian Shah Tayler’s childlike fascination with science, space and the big questions that trouble the human condition has fuelled the creative output of The Singularity since the band’s inception in early 2012.
“Everything burst out of the centre of a supermassive black hole,” remarks Julian, “and we are going back there one day, so let's just enjoy it.” This sentiment pretty much sums upThe Singularity’s manifesto and echoes the ‘party like its 1999’ hedonistic attitude of the artist Julian has been most frequently compared to, Prince.
Taking their name from the Ray Kurzweil book, The Singularity is Near, which heralds a new frontier of indistinguishable integration between man and machine, the sextet has spent the last 12 months shaping Julian’s unique songs into a captivating live experience, which has been thoroughly road-tested across the USA to a loyal and rapidly rising fan base.
Returning to the studio at the end of 2013, the band committed their tour-honed material to tape and the results are now available in an outstanding 10-track work, which features 'Talking in Your Sleep,' a rewire of the new wave power pop of The Cars and The Only Ones; 'Antigravity,' a nod to the recent Afrobeat leanings of Yeasayer and Vampire Weekend; and 'Wetter,' a modern day glam stomper described by former Creation Records head and Oasis and Primal Scream A&R guru Alan McGee as “massive” and easily capable of “[making] Julian a star”.
Although a relatively new incarnation, The Singularity’s swift ascent is a testament to Julian’s dogged determination, a drive initially hatched from the singer/songwriter's past with London based Universal Music signings, Whitey.
Although noted as one of the most promising dance/guitar crossover acts of the early 21st Century, the quartet imploded after just three years through battling egos, disproportionate internal recognition and a record label in an irreversible tailspin.
However, while still together and realising that record sales no longer equated to guitar shaped swimming pools, the resourceful group worked hard to ensure their catchy and innovative tunes were placed in movies, TV shows and advertisements. These efforts quickly paid off and – when their label stopped paying the bills – placements in The Sopranos, House and Entourage (as well as a rather lucrative VISA commercial) picked up the slack.
For Julian a (very) brief stint as Courtney Love’s guitar player followed – as did several months providing “piano, backing vocals and shaky things” for Joaquin Phoenix – before the now LA embedded musician decided to go it alone.
Retracing Whitey’s business plan, Julian set about re-homing slices of his vast catalogue of over 300 songs. Drew Barrymore cast one of his songs in her directorial debut, Whip It, while the producers of Keeping Up with the Kardashians mined his archive for numerous musical insertions. More recently Julian’s recordings have turned up on broadcasts ranging from Popstar to Operastar to NBC Sports.
Julian has also had the honour of receiving a "Golden Trailer" award for his arrangement work on Lana Del Rey's version of "Once Upon A Dream" used for Disney's Maleficent trailer.
As for now, 3 prominent song placements in "Plush", Catherine Hardwicke's new teen erotic thriller and numerous offers to license The Singularity’s album, keep Julian looking to the stars whilst hopefully avoiding any imminent black holes.