“What You’re Looking For” is the newest single from Canadian singer/songwriter Bree Taylor and should serve as evidence of the quality awaiting listeners with her upcoming debut EP. Taylor first garnered notice for her singing talents before her seventh birthday when she joined the school choir and, since then, has devoted herself to pursuing her musical dreams. She’s likewise shown a wider range of appeal than many might have suspected thanks to her upcoming television appearance on the globally distributed show RiseUp TV, set to debut in the spring of 2018. Taylor delivers a lights out vocal performance with this new track, but her songwriting is clearly every bit as noteworthy thanks to how it balances the personal with the universal and makes deep inroads with listeners thanks to its stellar production as well. “What You’re Looking For” is exactly that if you are searching for an entertaining musical experience that has something substantive to say.
The substance comes from the eloquent vulnerability she brings to bear on the song. It’s a direct lyric, but it’s one that approaches near poetry thanks to its skill for pointed self expression and the obvious sincerity behind every line. She isn’t afraid to put herself on the line. It’s equally interesting how there’s very little recrimination or bad feelings in the song, yet it obviously throbs with a bit of heart ache that’s impossible to ignore. This kind of subtle tastefulness, nonetheless, carries considerable emotional weight. It shares the same aesthetic applied to the arrangement – there isn’t a single wasted word and, as a result, it aids Taylor’s efforts to bring emotional weight to her performance. There’s no wasted motion during this performance. The excellence of the lyrics makes it easy for a world class singer to knock this out of the park.
The arrangement revolves around a spartan assemblage of instruments. The rhythm section stays in the background during the verses, but it emerges in full with each chorus. The drumming, in particular, takes on a hard hitting character without ever sounding too heavy handed. Taylor adorns the remainder of the tune with synth and keyboard textures that strike just the right balance with the song’s other elements. There’s a warm radiance coming off the electronic instruments that we don’t always associate with that particular sound and it makes for a well rounded listening experience. The song’s length of just under four minutes keeps things focused but allows Taylor’s arrangement an opportunity to establish atmosphere. Bree Taylor’s second single more than realizes the promise of her first. “What You’re Looking For” is an enticing glimpse into what music lovers are in store for upon the release of Taylor’s upcoming EP. This is a major talent in the making and we can expect to hear Bree Taylor’s name for years to come.