There’s nothing more exhilarating than being a daredevil in love, and Windsor, ON-based pop newcomer Tayler Lynn paints a soaring vocal landscape of all the beauty and breathlessness in her new single, “Play It Safe” – check it out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enE3h0IyF1A&t=1s
With moody guitar, bold piano, and sweeping, cinematic lyrics, “Play It Safe” begins in the wee hours of an abandoned party – “Glittery dust on the hardwood floor/ Solo cups from the night before” – and follows two people just beginning to fall in love on a wild adventure. Instead of helping with the party cleanup, the lovers hop on a train and leave the city, heading up North into nature. And the narrator? She knows it’s reckless but she can’t help herself – even though it feels like falling off a cliff:
I know that this ain’t safe
But we never played it safe
So inch a little bit closer
Not too far
Or we’re gonna drive over in the lake
“I’m just a girl who makes music in her bedroom hoping that my songs can make at least one person feel less alone,” Tayler says of her process. In fact, music began as her therapy, ever since she discovered her namesake Taylor Swift’s music at the age of eight.
“I’ve struggled with anxiety and mental health since I was about 10 years old, and I was bullied a lot in school,” she confides. “So, music has been the only thing that has helped me cope. I would write songs during class at school, in the middle of the night, and pretty much any free time I got. I kept them to myself for years – six years, to be exact.”
Now 23, Tayler’s released more than 20 songs on YouTube and Spotify – some that she’s produced herself and others, like “Play It Safe,” produced by Justin Dow. With her confessional style, crystalline voice, and relatable and evocative lyrics, Tayler is a new talent to watch.
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