The compelling black and white offering was captured on a whim while Taylor was recording at OmniSound Studios in Nashville. “My friend Noah Barlass was in the studio the day I cut this, and he decided to shoot a quick video of the moment. It was just spontaneous.” It was glorious serendipity. The songstress uses an economy of motion in this solo performance with guitar to quietly command attention. There is an aura of epiphany when self-examination and self-expression collide, and Taylor presents as a striking, rarefied solo presence as she sings:
This distant gaze
Has got me spinning
I feel awake After years
Of sleeping in (T.Rae)
“Taking Space” is the closing track on MAD TWENTIES, Taylor’s debut album. The decision to end the project with a live, raw and acoustic performance was made to shine a light on her musical roots – and the video is a true companion piece. “This song still breaks my heart,” she confesses. “I was at the lowest point of my life … I had just stepped out of a serious six-year relationship, I had been unemployed for months, and the pandemic was still terrifying.” For Taylor, it was the first time she’d ever been truly alone, and it was edifying. “It was time for me to do the inner work,” she acknowledges. Now on the other side of that introspection, and with a well-received newly released album out in the world, she feels nothing but immense gratitude for that period of time. “I feel ready to take on whatever this next chapter has to offer.” The “Taking Space” track is available for purchase now on Spotify.
This is the third video to issue from Taylor’s much-heralded album. The disc has tastemakers weighing in, and recent media coverage includes: No Depression, Alternate Root, Americana Highways, 100 Percent Rock Magazine, TN Jazz & Blues, Making A Scene, Campfire Tales, Stacy’s Music Row Report and New Zealand-based The 13th Floor. MAD TWENTIES is now available for digital purchase, and vinyl copies can be ordered from Taylor’s website or this online store.