By Amelia Carlson
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.