The project of Oakland-based LGBTQ artist TaylorVick, ‘Wayfinder’ has a warm, expansive style that recalls the raw punctures of LucindaWilliams and AlexG and shows Vick to be a fearless seeker shedding light on the unanswerable.
In the thick of lockdowns, both Vick and long-time collaborator Stephen Steinbrink independently found themselves wanting to work on a new Boy Scouts album. They decided to pursue it despite logistical challenges, traveling up to Anacortes, Washington to record at The Unknown. Working slowly, they invited a roster of collaborators to join them over time, including Vick's brother Travis and JaySom'sMelinaDuterte. The effects of working in a new space and with more people can be heard across the bold, assured ‘Wayfinder’. Strands of slide guitar, organ, and strings ring under her affable, expressive voice, bolstering layers and layers of harmony.