FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
NASHVILLE (September 9, 2021) – Taxiway releases the lush, sweeping ballad, “Prime Meridian” on September 23 on Seven Plates Records. “Prime Meridian” revolves around wanderlust with a narrator who dreams of traveling abroad, while his financial status prevents him from doing it on a whim. The single is off the album, Absence, due out November 5.
“Prime Meridian” honors all the underpaid workers within the travel industry who clean hotel rooms, wash dishes, and prepare or deliver food. Many of them work in restaurants or hotels they cannot afford to enjoy for themselves. With the lyrics, “I’m gonna see the other side of you” the narrator looks at Prime Meridian as an opponent, as some kind of wall standing between him and a life of adventure, and he’s determined to surmount it. Taxiway founder, Michael Aurand says, “Freedom to see the world is a privilege not awarded to the majority of us. There are dreamers among us who don’t have the time, money, or even physical ability to explore foreign places the way others can. The freedom to travel can feel like an exclusive club to many people, a party to which they were never invited.”
The album is bookended by songs where the narrators feel unseen, unnoticed, and unappreciated. The characters in these songs aren’t just looking to leave; They want other people to *feel* their absence. The songs and atmospheric music that accompanies them, invoke the lonely, unfamiliar world of airports, hotels, offices, and empty city streets, centered by narrators whose lives are in a state of transit.
Absence Track Listing
- Nobody’s Watching
- Prime Meridian
- Four Star
- House Upon the Sand
- Sweet Rosalita
- Ten Miles High
- Irish Goodbye
- How to Fake Your Own Death
Taxiway began as a lo-fi bedroom solo pop project in early 2020. The idea came in late 2019 from a Spotify playlist Taxiway founder Mike Aurand created to listen to while traveling. Aurand says, “My wife Emily and I used to strategically choose which song we’d each listen to while our plane was taking off. It was a sort of ritual for us, the official start of whatever trip we were taking.” The comprised playlist consisted of chill electronica, trip-hop, jazz, and occasional singer/songwriter tunes. In late 2020, the project evolved into a trio with Joseph Jared (bass) and Caila Singleton (drums). They played their first show as a three-piece band at the Springwater Supper Club on July 21, 2021, which also happened to be Aurand’s three-year wedding anniversary.
Nov 6 – The Cobra, Nashville (Record Release Show)