British singer-songwriter George Taylor has shown from the jump that he can build worlds inside your headphones. Having written songs since the tender age of 13, Taylor first introduced us to his song-crafting ability with his 2016 single “Give It Up.” And now, Taylor returns with “Roses,” an expansive ballad that exhibits the artist’s acute ability to create space with sound.
“Roses” arrives as Taylor’s first release of 2019 and seventh single over a span of three years. Within the first 20 seconds of the track, it becomes clear that he is a master of spatial manipulation. Just as a seasoned photographer fiddles with their camera’s aperture to shape the shot’s depth of field, Taylor deliberately positions haunting vocal backgrounds behind a soporific drum beat to generate a cavernous arrangement that conveys the singer’s complex emotions.
Lyrically, the track details Taylor’s struggle to move on from a past love. He elaborated,
“‘Roses’ is a song about fighting with yourself to try and feel something that’s no longer there. It’s wanting desperately to make something work and simultaneously knowing you can’t. It took some time for me to finish this song and I eventually had to escape from London to do that. I ended up recording and finishing the song in a magical place called San Pancho in Mexico. While I was there, I finally felt like I had space to look back on my life at home with a better perspective. For me, this song also builds a bridge between the songs I have released in the past and the direction I want to take in the future.“
Between the song’s poignant lyrics and torrential momentum, “Roses” crafts a mosaic of sound and emotion that undoubtedly marks the beginning of a noteworthy chapter in Taylor’s career. Keep an eye out for more from the prolific songwriter, and check out an exclusive first listen to “Roses” below: