“It took me a really long time to think that way. To really think that the way I felt about things was actually worth hearing about. I’ve always had a lot of confidence in my ability to create melody and soundscapes, but it’s always been a struggle for me to write directly from experience. I’ve always kind of felt like the art isn’t mine, that I’m just this beacon that it contacts and comes through. It’s never really felt like my own actual life experiences were really worthy.”
What makes Milk Mountain so powerful as a record is that it offers a glimpse into an identity in flux — Cochrane in transition not only as a songwriter, but a person who is learning to accept who he is and what he is looking for in his personal, romantic relationships. Placing himself as an artist into the songs front and center, rather than writing through fictionalized characters, Taylor came to terms with who he is in his own life. On the song “Jealous,” he straddles his changing sense of self in order to explore his emerging identity as a polyamorous person.