Taylor Simpson wants to see what’s really there in his new single and video Lies Beneath (ft. Eden Sterling) — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The first single from his new EP Long Time Coming, What Lies Beneath is a redemptive anthem, the music pushing Simpson forward even as the singer-songwriter contends with feeling stuck at crossroads. Even as he wrestles with the long shadow of grief on the the track, Simpson doesn’t stay down for long:
“Focused on moving forward
Pushing past this blurry state
Open up all the doors, setting out to a different shore
Realizing it’s never too late.”
Joined by guest vocalist Eden Sterling, the music serves as a balm for his soul, and perhaps yours too.
Simpson is an indie folk-rocker from Toronto. Shortly after releasing the well-received full-length debut Learning to Live With Precious Time, in early 2022, he returned to the studio to record the six new tracks for his just-released New Sights In A Familiar Place EP.
While his debut encompassed his earlier life experience, his latest work, recorded at Stone Roof Studios in Woodbridge, has a more immediate focus, finding him negotiating the pandemic, new relationships and fresh losses. While candid about his growing pains, a resolute optimism pervades the tracks on New Sights In A Familiar Place, produced by Simpson’s friend and fellow musician Adriano Loparco.
“I want to create a safe space/community for my listeners, who may be dealing with similar issues in their lives. Whether it’s mental health related, relationships, alcoholism, losses (loved ones or love itself) or anything in that realm.” Simpson, no stranger to loss, says of the collection. “I want them to know they’re not alone and there are so many others that are willing to listen and help.”
Simpson makes good on that wish, demonstrating through his words and music, how to move gracefully through life’s contradictions and challenges. His songs bristle with acoustic and electric guitar, steady drums and potent lyrics which leave his audience members in a state of nostalgia whilst dancing, singing and clapping along.