With a distinctively mysterious aura, Cory Tauber takes listeners on a captivating journey through the mind of a truly independent artist. Giving off a profoundly, resolute poetic vibe with tortured, yet beautiful breathy vocal inflections and impassioned guitar strumming, he speaks his heart, but leaves just enough room for the audience to wonder about his life experiences, making for an enchanting, almost intoxicating listening experience.
Offering simple, yet insightful lyrics, Tauber’s music immediately resonates, demonstrating a deep introspective understanding of himself in his soul-searching compositions. Free of pretense, but still allowing enough ambiguity for interpretation, he provides a charming, more profound side that has shown growth since he first started his solo project in Santa Barbara, CA in 2008.
As a singer/songwriter/producer, Tauber has constructed a sound set list inspired by his experiences, his environment, new people in his life. Key influences include Rocky Votolato, Villagers, Patrick Watson, David Bazan, William Fitzsimmons, The Beach Boys, and his own brother, Sean Tauber. With a plethora of varied inspirations, Tauber incorporates a diverse combination of sounds and styles in his own work. With an emphasis on strong, compelling melodies, he instills a sense of restlessness, sorrow and defiance in a number of his songs. However, he also offers more upbeat tracks showing moments of joy, growth, and confidence, in addition to imparting his own messages, and glimpses of his own beliefs.
Playing eight years as a drummer in various original and cover bands, Tauber picked up a guitar within the last three years out of a necessity to create and write song melodies; a void that drumming couldn’t fill. Using Logic Pro, an acoustic guitar, a keyboard, and various percussive instruments, he began writing, inspired by the world around. Bouncing around from an assortment of song styles, he landed somewhere in the realm of indie, alternative with a hint of folk. While starting to play solo sets at open mic nights at the James Joyce in Santa Barbara, Tauber began with a simplistic writing style, allowing the single guitar and vocals to create his sound, but has grown to create much more dynamic and intricate arrangements. But all signs of evolution aside, it’s his passion for music that continues to permeate through his songs, producing ballads that are both truly original and unarguably a comfortable listen.
Tauber currently is touring in Europe, launching off at the Port Elliot Festival in the UK with the The Common People, for whom he handles percussion and vox. Traveling around to both promote the release of his brand new EP “Ok. Today.” in addition to finding new inspiration for free musical expression, Tauber is constantly exploring different styles and genres; taking the dark, crooning artist to have a deeper connection with himself and his music.
Tauber appears simple, needing only a guitar and a surfboard, but within there lies an array of multifaceted, intricately balanced layers that exude through his music. Serenading hearts with his delicate finger picking; strumming a stream of heartrending experiences to share with the world, he exists as an artist that has experienced true joy and true pain. Each carefully played note drips with agony, wild desire, and a longing for freedom. And yet, though his songs throb of a tortured soul, there lies an elemental sense of hope; just a peek into his inner workings with an inkling of vulnerability, reeling listeners in to dream his dream.