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"bridge jumping acoustic pioneer."

Along with his pioneering work in the chaotic speed-jam-noise group volta do mar, Phil Taylor has made a name for himself as a creative, intricate and artful guitarist earning acclaim in Alternative Press and Giant Robot while playing festivals like South by Southwest.

Recorded in a state of travel, 48507 illustrates the divergent forms of beauty in oso's artistry. From the dizzy acoustic serenade of the opening track "wade the tide" to the rollicking folksiness of "stand for your sleep"...there is a sense of triumph as well as despair, of both longing and arrival. The stark intimacy of field recordings are juxtaposed the allaying sweep of cello and the swift cascading of guitars. Call it post-glitch folk art, call it organic traveling music, call it what you will. We call it a grand relection of adventure and the warmth of the human spirit. - lost at sea magazine


"rising from the ashes..."

of repscted math-rock practitioners volta do mar, guitarist phil taylor has created oso, a literal bear of a band displaying the same musical eclecticism that earned his previous porject its devoted cult.

On its debut 48507, the group proves capable of leaping from acoustic folk to neo-king crimson art-rog-rock in a single bound. His touring partners are an extension of that diversity: he's shared the road with everyone from indie hereos mates of state, wolf eyes, murder by death, to the gambian national army band and the UK street dance champions. Seeing them live is definitely worth the time-from how often they skip genres, it's like seeing five concerts in one. - ventura county reporter


Discography

oso- lonesome tunnel hum these strong arm drones

oso- 48507.

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Bio

oso is becoming known for their technical virtuosity as instrumentalists, and the comradery and fiery energy of their live performances.

oso has toured the united states, set up on and performed as quartet on street corners, played gypsy inspired melodies in alley ways. Phil played with the Gambian army band while in west africa, setting up in villages without electricity, afro-beat inspired riots and women kicking sand on amplifiers. He spent this past summer traveling around the uk and ireland, performing in dublin, cork, london, and was nominated for a best 'street performer' award at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Can conclude that he is indeed the best unicycle guitarist in the world.

Tim's compositions have been featured by the Ensemble for Contemporary Music and the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology, as well as providing music for plays and dance performances in Santa Barbara. Multiple pieces have received prizes in composition contests, and his engineering and computer skills have added layers of sound to albums he has produced.