The LA transplant is finding his voice after years of helping artists hone their own.
Ahead of next Friday’s release of his sophomore album, Love’s Last Chance, Taylor McFerrin has shared his latest single.
Premiering today, “Love and Distance” is a tender and warbled gap-closer rooted in the emotional (and literal) mileage of a road warrior’s marathoning and the strain a relationship can endure between pin-drops. Sonically, the track falls somewhere square between Kool & The Gang’s astral-plaining “Summer Madness” and the half-muted heartbreak of Slum Village’s “Fall in Love,” as McFerrin washes a mid-tempo strut with warm and wah-ed clavichords and a cool, almost dispassionate, confidence.
Via email, McFerrin explained “The days leading up to leaving on a big tour are always strange because you never want to leave on shaky ground. That feeling will linger the entire time you are away. I wrote this song from the perspective of being in those last days, trying to do and say everything perfectly. You want to come home with the vibes still lovely.”
The track arrives on the heels of two lead singles in the new album’s campaign, anchored by the dissolving two-step glimmer of “Memory Digital” (featuring Anna Wise,) and the cosmic disco explorations of “Now That You Need Me.”
Listen to Taylor McFerrin’s “Love and Distance” below.