Aaron Taos follows up this year's august. A/B side – released off the back of a triumphant tour in support of rising star King Princess – with new single "Loneliness", a track that hums with hopefulness and sunlight despite difficult circumstances.
"'Loneliness' is a song I wrote when I was going through a really rough patch," Taos explains of the candid track. "I was in the midst of a bout of depression brought out by a stagnation of my career and wasn't really leaving the house. It was winter, which made things worse. What really helped me feel better was remembering that career/music isn't everything and appreciating the relationships around me, specifically that of my girlfriend at the time. She was a shining light through my dark time, reminding me that as important as your goals are, connection and love is the foundation of feeling good and whole."
Refusing to let the midwinter malaise bleed into his songwriting, Taos successfully boosts our spirits with this uplifting cut; a simply arranged slow jam featuring a steady bedrock of tambourines fuzzy guitar. Breathe deeply, and that optimistic chorus almost feels like summer again. An arching, retro-feeling guitar solo towards the end corroborates "Loneliness"' vintage vibes – it's a track you'll want to whack on your record player, one that could only be enhanced by the crackle of a slightly dusty needle.
"I produced the song and it was mixed by Andrew Sarlo who works a lot with Nick Hakim and Big Thief," Taos continues. "I respect those artists a lot and knew he would do a great job of maintaining the gentleness of the track's sonics."
"Loneliness" follows the release of Taos' A/B side august. and EP Night Thoughts earlier this year. It arrives accompanied by a video codirected by the artist, along with friend Mike Curry. "The depiction of loneliness in the video is pretty clear," Taos says, "with me sitting playing guitar by myself, later on fighting between the good and bad thoughts which is a tiresome endeavor (hence me being physically beaten and dragged off)."