WMC Action News 5 Memphis

By Amelia Carlson

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Memphis-born, and now Nashville-transplant, Cory Taylor Cox’s third studio effort Extended Play is coming out soon. 

Cox’s release is an excellent indie rock collection of songs.  From the 2009 to the reverb-heavy electric sound of Memphis Kids, this EP is full of heart, skillful musicianship, and personal lyrics.  Definitely recommended for an early evening on the patio with a few drinks or lying on the floor with some headphones and staring at the ceiling.

The opening track Memphis Kids is a favorite for me.  It’s as if Marc Cohn wrote indie rock today.  What I love most about songs written about Memphis is the name-dropping of favorite locations around town and the people that occupy the city. This song mentions everything from the midtown alternative scene to Poplar Avenue, Shangri-La Records to B.B. King.  Cox’s love of Memphis shines through on this track. 

Another favorite track on Extended Play is the tribute For a Gentleman.  Written for a friend of Cox, who seemed to help him out through a tough time, and offered a different perspective on life and politics.  It’s a very touching tribute to someone who’s always been around and features a simple two guitar, two vocal setup.  The vocal harmonies match the heartfelt lyrics. 

You can get a preview of Extended Play on Cory Taylor Cox’s website, along with his other albums (which I would recommend).  If you’re a fan of meaningful lyrics, matched with simplistic indie rock sounds, this EP is definitely worth your time.