A Playful Love Loop
Shalisa Taylor’s new single tells the story of a playful off-and-on relationship. Setting aside the pop beats from her recent singles, “Tumbling Down” is as soul as it comes. Cheeky basslines and a mid-tempo acoustic band serve as the soundtrack to this love loop. Figures like Norah Jones have been an inspiration for Taylor’s mellow vocal performance.
“The storyline is based on this person that you know deep down is no good.”, Taylor explains. “But the excitement that they bring drags you back to them, over and over.”
Unlike more soul-influenced artists like Melody Gardot, Shalisa Taylor’s sound is still pop. Her songwriting process reflects this: The catchy, bouncy melody of the chorus came first. “I wanted the song to have a cheeky and playful tone and tried to play with opposites throughout.”, she tells us.
The song was produced by Fabian Santacruz, Taylor’s steady collaborator for several years. Her acoustic pop sound has evolved throughout their work together on her first EP, and recent singles like “Right” and “One”. These two songs earned Taylor 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 “Tumbling Down” in May. The song is part of a series of singles with a similar aesthetic approach.