Down the Lane of Love Memories
Shalisa Taylor presents us with “Street”, a song to remember lost love. With its mid-tempo and lively harmonies, it evokes the nostalgia of shared places. Minimal acoustic pop with mellow vocals, inspired by artists like Norah Jones.
“A personal experience inspired this song.”, Taylor tells us. “I was walking around an area I hadn’t been to in a while, and all old memories blossomed up.”
While the narrator remembers, she also wonders. With soft vocal harmonies, the chorus seems to ask questions that remain unanswered. Who did what, and what led the relationship to its end?
The upbeat pop mood of the song might remind you of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”. But this isn’t a love declaration – It’s rather a reflection of the past.
“Street” was produced by Fabian Santacruz, Taylor’s steady collaborator for several years. She sent the recordings from Stockholm, and Santacruz crafted the sound in Barcelona.
Taylor’s recent singles earned her a feature on renowned Swedish blog Popmuzik and Portuguese outlet Caesar Live N Loud, among others.
In 2017, her song “Fight” debuted on Swedish radio station P3. The single featured on their program for unsigned talents for several weeks. This captured the attention of Gothenburg-based Rexius Records, which has been her label ever since.
Shalisa Taylor is currently preparing for the release of “Street” in June. The song is the last of a series of singles with a similar aesthetic approach.
With her mellow, silky voice and a songwriting style based on introspective impressions rather than linear stories, Swedish singer/songwriter Shalisa Taylor brings a fresh approach to the vocal-based musical lineage known from artists like Norah Jones and Adele.
Born to a musical family, Taylor’s characteristic voice and stage presence were honed through her years as a member of choirs, musicals and other ensembles. Parallel to this training, she developed an inclination for writing that resulted in a creative process where songs usually originate as written words. The final sound is often influenced by the piano, her main songwriting tool.
But however word-oriented her creations might be, her approach is by no means narrative: Her lyrics are “more about thoughts and feelings I have, rather than events with a concrete storyline”, as she explains. This provides her music with an intimate atmosphere where the text acts as a complimentary color to a soothing morning palette.
Taylor’s sound has definite hints of soul, but it also evokes a soft spot between the sophisticated style of artists like Sam Smith and the outlook on youthful love by Scandinavian singers such as Sigrid or Miriam Bryant. Add her personal view on what could be described as “introverted Nordic nostalgic”, and you got the perfect soundtrack for an early autumn promenade.
Shalisa Taylor’s debut as a solo artist with the release of “Fight” in 2017 got to top 10 on Swedish radio station P3, playing on their program for unsigned talents for several weeks.
She got signed to Rexius Records later that year, releasing her single “Yours to Keep” and a self-titled EP soon after. Her music has been featured on Spotify’s Evening Commute playlist and blogs the likes of Popmuzik (Sweden) and Caesar Live N Loud (Portugal).
Taylor is currently preparing for the release of “Tumbling Down” in May, part of a series of singles with a similar aesthetic approach.