In the last of her teen years, 19 year old Winnipeg artist, Taylor Janzen may seem softly spoken, but her deeply personal writing sends a resounding message. Earlier this week, the Winnipeg artist releases her highly anticipated EP, "Interpersonal." Mastered by Greg Calbi (Julien Baker, Arcade Fire, Big Thief), and co-produced by Taylor, most of "Interpersonal" was recorded in the cold throws of winter, in the basement of a friends house in Winnipeg.
The EP is centered around personal experiences with fluctuating mental health, with each song written sporadically over the last few years.
"I chose to release these specific songs together because they all follow the theme of how our relationships with the people around us effect our mental health, and vice versa," explains Taylor. Taylor had a religious upbringing in a small town outside of Winnipeg, attending a small school up until graduation. Her family and friends and those around her never talked to one another about difficult things they were experiencing in life, and if they ever needed help, they turned to religion for answers. Unable to talk through her issues in mental health with the people closest to her, Taylor turned to songwriting as an outlet and, as a result, with each song on "Interpersonal" we're granted an intimate glimpse into her psyche. She writes candidly, musing that, “the music that I write is very honest, so it speaks for itself.”
Taylor adds that, “The thing is, my personality isn’t as depressing as my music is.”
Like any modern 19 year old Taylor can be often found tweeting about Dennis Quaid, her cat and the occasional Paramore cover. We recommend listing to this EP on a night alone, maybe over a candlelit diner. The EP is soft, but it explores the landscape of emotions that seem to plague all young adults in the modern world. Listen to her EP below.