Eric Taylor Escudero was born in São Paulo in the late ’80s, and grew up in a house filled with music. Between the ’60s and ’70s rock and folk influences of his parents’ generation, to more contemporary artists such as Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Oasis and Sigur Rós, Escudero was eventually inspired to write songs of his own, and was involved in several rock bands before making the leap as a solo artist. Based out of Brazil, Escudero released three EPs between 2010 and 2012: Lines We Wrote In Spring (2010), Northern Lights or Summer Skies (2011) and Big City Lights (2012). But in 2014, he finally trekked stateside, and set up shop in Austin to record his full length debut, We Were Young and It Was Morning.
From life in the big cities to the changing of the seasons, Escurdero evokes a diverse range of themes that he taps into with his poetic lyrics. His arrangements vary, and feature instruments like the harmonica, mandolin, guitar, concertina, glockenspiel and violin. “My music is an expression of my ideas and feelings,” Escudero has said. “I hope people can connect with it and find meaning for themselves.”
Today, Elmore is premiering the music video for “We Were Young and It Was Morning Part 1,” a single from his debut LP. The track’s simple lyrics and soothing melodies send you into a spiritual trance. The video is visually beautiful and gives the listeners a sense of his Brazilian roots. “The city of São Paulo is all over my album,” Escudero said. “It influences my music and my ideas everyday. São Paulo is a very unique place to be in. The city, its people, its weather are all never-ending sources of inspiration.”
For more information on Escudero, and to buy his album, We Were Young and It Was Morning, head to his website here. Watch the video for “We Were Young and It Was Morning Part 1” below.
– Emilee Gorshe