Familial legend has it that Taylor Brooke taught herself to play the piano by the age of 2. By 6, she picked up the violin, and as a teen, she learned how to use production software to turn her loose ideas into fully formed songs.
“Things spiraled from there,” the native Washingtonian, now 24, says of her ascent into artistry. “Eventually I had a ‘you have to do this, this is what you need to do’ [moment] — a spiritual calling toward it.” That spiritual awareness permeates her work as OG Lullabies, on songs both metaphysical and astrological.
“We’re getting so close to eternity / Every night when our bodies meet / We’re closer to infinity than one,” she sings on June’s “Drift” EP. Elsewhere, she instructs her audience, “Listen for the groove in the cyclic nature of life and moons.”
The EP is full of tales from one planet under a groove: swirling concoctions of glitchy, twitchy electronic beats, twinkling keys and swaths of violin, contrasted with gentle vocals that have the spine-tingling tone of ASMR videos.
Impressively, considering all the dense layers at play in her music, an OG Lullabies show is a one-woman affair.
“I wanted there to be something very obvious that’s a reflection of the solitude in the creative process,” she notes. When she performs, all alone with her gear, she envisions herself as “a projection that someone has pressed the ‘go’ button on.”
And go she does, singing and playing in pursuit of universal truths. “‘Drift’ came about as a collection of songs that I worked on and jammed with to feel better,” she explains. “I went through a lot of stuff, and focusing on those sounds got me back to a higher place.”
Show: July 11 at 7 p.m. at Dwell D.C. $5-$10 suggested donation.