“The revelatory ambiguous title of Love’s A Dog (October 8, 2013) from Kim Taylor is a knowing indicator of the intelligent, socially-aware and razor-sharp songs that make up the acclaimed Cincinnati-based songwriter’s fifth album in just over a decade. Working once again with studio partner and multi-instrumentalist Jimi Zhivago, Taylor’s first collection of songs since 2010’s excellent Little Miracle is an extension of the rootsy folk and dark pop melodies that have defined her recorded works and mesmerizing, intimate live performances. The husky, mournful vocals. The rich, organic instrumental backing. The sweetly turned melodies that easily veer into haunting balladry (the graceful melancholia of “Bleeding Heart”) and whip-smart and edgy indie pop (the gently funky, early-Tom Waits-ian title track).” –Direct Current Music
Love’s A Dog was also influenced by Kim’s acting debut. In 2011, Taylor was cast as a lead role in Matthew Porterfield’s music-infused drama, I Used To Be Darker. With art mirroring life, she was cast as a musician in the film and paired with actor/musician, Ned Oldham (Old Calf).
I Used to Be Darker made its world premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January of 2013 and went on to screen internationally at the Berlinale in Berlin, Germany in February. The film received positive reviews and was picked up by The Strand distributors for a limited theatrical release in the US beginning October of 2013.
IUTBD was named one of the New Yorker’s best films of 2013.
Taylor’s songs have appeared in numerous TV shows including Flashpoint, Smallville, One Tree Hill and ABC’s Cyberbully.
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