Rocketown Records' artist
Taylor Sorensen refers to common
themes such as love, revolution or rock 'n' roll, he has anything but their
common definitions in mind. The 23-year-old rock singer cuts through the
surface to find the true significance of such often-cheapened words. It is
this naïve, unfaltering belief in the timeless that makes his thoroughly
modern music stand out to audiences fortunate enough to hear it.
Sorensen's full-length debut, The Overflow (a follow-up
to the aptly titled October 2003 EP, The Fill), is an impressive 11-song
display of why this Adrian, Michigan native has developed an adoring following.
"My music is about love, the love that let the nails go through the hands
of Jesus," Sorensen says. "That love applies to a kiss or to serving in an
AIDS-stricken country or to playing music. It's a love that makes these things
holy, that makes them sacred, that makes them the gospel. It's a love that's
revolutionary because the gospel is revolutionary."
Produced by Dave Perkins (Over The Rhine, Chagall Guevara)
and the production team of Sam Ashworth, Taylor Harris and Matt Slocum (Sixpence
None the Richer), the songs on The Overflow range from the anthemic "Love
Somebody Else" to the elegant and emotive grandeur of "Red Fone" to the
hook-laden love song, "Upside." Also, Sixpence's Leigh Nash provides guest
vocals on "World Keeps on Spinning," a song to encourage the beat-up and
downtrodden to keep going because home is just around the corner.
"More than anything, I hope The Overflow spurs anyone
who hears it go do something. I'm not naïve enough to believe that's
going to happen with everyone. But if this record causes just one person
to go shovel the driveway of a disabled neighbor-to go do love-then it's
not in vain."