Stop-motion visuals and soft-swirl dream-pop.
So-Cal pop diva Hayley Taylor premieres "Slow Motion" on Popdust. The song is from her forthcoming album, How The Light Gets In, slated to drop in the latter half of 2019.
Co-written and produced by John Morrical, according to Taylor, "'Slow Motion' is about the journey to find love and a place in the world to call home...and part of that journey is balancing the desire to have great adventures and embrace the freedom of youth, while yearning for roots and a deep connection with others."
Born in Michigan, Taylor grew up in L.A., where at the age of 4 she began training as a classical pianist. It wasn't until much later, while in college, when she started playing guitar that she totally succumbed to the magnetic pull of music. Her songs have surfaced in commercials, films, and TV, including How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars, Rush, MTV's Real World, HBO's Crashing, and Royal Pains.
Slow Motion by Hayley Taylor (featuring Justin Chatwin) youtu.be
"Slow Motion" opens on Taylor's velvety vibrant voice, infusing the tune with tantalizing wisps of nostalgia. As the depth and resonance of the harmonics escalate, the flow of the music takes on a shimmering iridescence carried along by the propelling rhythm.
The lyrics mirror Taylor's desire to dilute the passage of time.
"Oh, let's start at the ending and live life in slow motion, slow motion / Oh, our love will never be, will never be broken, be broken / I want to live my life in slow motion."
The video, directed by John Poliquin and featuring Justin Chatwin, was shot in Toronto. When the video opens, the visuals shift from dreamily protracted to stop-motion, providing a lingering impact. As the images advance, chains of events and moments accelerate, assuming an alarming transience.
Wonderfully wrought, "Slow Motion" delivers an infectious flowing soundscape crowned by Hayley Taylor's beguiling voice.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
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