Underneath layers of murky tones, ethereal synths, mesmerizing harmonies and modern grooves is Taxman. A Colorado native, now based in New York, Taxman recently underwent a period of major transition in her life following a breakup, and a change in scenery. This combination resulted in the creation of her unique personal sound, as evidenced on her stunning debut EP, Chromatic. CLICK HERE to listen to the impactful first track from the collection, “Pressure” via MiLK.
Taxman’s pursuit of music began at a young age. Growing up in a musical home, she was constantly surrounded by instruments to experiment with, and the expansive landscape outside of Boulder, CO to draw her inspiration from. Upon moving to New York City, Taxman was immediately struck by its energy, and the constant presence of the fashion and art worlds. Over the years, she worked with many collaborators in search of finding the perfect combination of her unique sound and the right words to say. After a long period of exploring different soundscapes and possibilities, Taxman landed in a place that was more vulnerable yet had a clear message.
A serendipitous meeting with REFS producer, Zach Lipkins, provided her with the exactly the outlet she needed to realize the full potential of her sound. The result of their collaboration is a collection of songs detailing the competing emotions that one experiences at the end of a relationship and the beginning of something new. Chromatic is as much a forward-leaning memento of self-discovery as it is an ode to legendary female vocalists of music’s past, and introduces Taxman to the music scene as an artist without compromise or artifice.
Zach Lipkins said “Listening to the EP back to front gives you a sort of narcotic effect. It surrounds you… That depth and calm – the anxious tranquility… it’s what makes this project what it is. At once, she’s embracing the void, and staying connected to her roots.”