It’s been over nine years since Attia Taylor has released music under her own name, but she’s remained plenty busy in the interim. Since that time, the Brooklyn-based, Philly-raised songwriter not only released music with her band Strange Parts, but started her own magazine, Womanly, which focuses on the intersection of art and women’s health. Now, she is set to release Space Ghost on Philly’s Lame-O Records, a collection of career-defining songs which span nearly her entire creative life, capturing an artist with intention and a knack for exploration.
If the name Space Ghost sounds familiar, you may have seen the late-night Adult Swim show of the same name, a kind of faux-talk show hosted by a superhero by the name of Space Ghost. It might seem like a strange choice for an album that explores, among other things, trauma, growth, and adolescent struggle. But for Taylor these kinds of cartoons were an essential balm during times when the world seemed hectic and uncertain.
“For me, I just got wrapped up into the story and the art and just the quirkiness of it all,” Taylor tells me during our recent phone conversation. “It was definitely escapism for me because I was living in a world that was at times very scary, or violent, or lonely.”
It’s a wonderful example of how art of any kind can serve to heal, distract, or inspire and, in turn, help create something as enjoyable as Taylor’s new record. You can read the entirety of our conversation below and hear Taylor play songs from the record at her album release show this Thursday July 7 at Johnny Brenda’s.