Has depression ever beaten you down to the point where you don’t feel like getting up? Have you ever personified these feelings as two men in bodysuits punching you in the forest before dragging you away? If you’re answer is yes- hell, even if it’s no- you’ve got to check out Aaron Taos’s new single “Loneliness,” accompanied by an official video that’s as imaginative as it is complementary to the song. Loneliness is written for a place we’ve all been before: life gets you down to a point where you begin to feel alone in a crowded room. The simple 6/8-time guitar arpeggio’s play like an olden times ballad underneath Taos’s solemn vocals. The second chorus becomes soulful and captivating as the melody jumps higher, and the bridge/outro is a fuzzy, nostalgic sonic wave complete with a drawn-out guitar solo that gives the notes time to seep in. The official music video, co-directed by Taos and Mike Curry, is quite the perfect visual pairing for “Loneliness,” featuring a lone Aaron playing his song in the forest amidst red smoke, before two physical manifestations of his struggles come to beat him until he’s bruised and take him away. Much like a film and its score work to bring each other to new heights, so, too, do this song and music video. The result is something very worth witnessing.
FROM THE ARTIST:
“Loneliness” is a song I wrote when I was going through a really rough patch. 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.
I directed the video with my friend Mike Curry. The depiction of loneliness in the video is pretty clear 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). I produced the song and it was mixed by Andrew Sarlo who works a lot with Nick Hakim and Big Thief. I respect those artists a lot and knew he would do a great job of maintaining the gentleness of the track’s sonics.
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