Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Harrogate, UK, artist, Christopher Taylor. The single, Everything To Me, was released on November 25, 2022.
Everything To Me is about someone who is struggling with what’s going on around them, it seems there’s no escape. However, there is a very special person who helps to make the problems go away. It is a simple, upbeat and positive declaration of love to the person who is “Everything To Me”.
When the song begins, we were reminded a little of The Eagles. Coming straight in with the full band, Everything To Me takes on a kind of “Take It Easy” feel and left our team smiling and nodding. The song is a full band singer-songwriter style track which draws influences from folk, soft rock and easy listening.
Taylor’s vocals are very clear in the mix and every lyric is easily audible. Reminding us in many places of Paul Heaton (Housemartins and Beautiful South).
We love the incidental guitar lines between the vocal lines, helping to keep the listener interested. There are some sweet little licks that really add to the overall feel of the song.
The layered vocals and harmonies in the choruses are a nice touch and add an extra dimension, blending well with the lead vocal and sitting just right in the mix so as to bolster the lead but not dominate.
From a production perspective, we felt that a couple of small EQ cuts in the vocal track around 800Hz and 1.5kHz would reduce some slightly ‘honky’ and ‘nasal’ tones. A tiny high shelf boost in the top 2 octaves would add to the brightness too. Finally, a light compressor/limiter and maybe 4-5dB of make up gain would add to the warmth in the track as well as raise the volume to match similar releases. As always, these are just a few ideas from our ears.
Christopher Taylor’s, Everything To Me, is a folk-infused easy listening track which will melt away the troubles of the day and remind you of your loved ones. A pleasant listen.