Duly timed, emerging dreamy Pop songstress, Taura, releases her single “Stay At Home” this June 5th.
The track comes as the follow up to single “Lucky Girls” which garnered the impress of Complex, Nothing But Hope And Passion, Euphoria and Equate to name a few. In similar suit, “Stay At Home” illuminates Taura’s innate aptitude for song-writing and effortless tact for production.
In light of recent events, Taura has decided to donate 50% of proceeds from the track: 25% to the Black Lives Matter movement and 25% NHS charities, “June 5th was a release date set weeks ago for this track, and as an independent artist I don’t really have the power to move it. I also came to the conclusion that moving it would almost be worse, and would be an act of self-denial, believing that racial injustices will not still be occurring every day in the very near future. Although I do not want to congest peoples feeds and replace vital information about anti-racism, racial prejudices and systemic oppression will not be wiped out within a few months. Whether I release now, or later, these injustices will still occur, and we still need to be taking action. I do however have the option to put the further education I have been met with over the last week to do at least some good, so I will be donating 50% of all profits to charity.”
Speaking on the initial inspiration behind the track, Taura explains; “When I wrote ‘Stay At Home’ we had already been in lockdown for about a month and I was starting to feel really uninspired, so I decided to try and take a positive spin on the idea of staying in. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited for this to be over and to be out of quarantine, but there were definitely times before Covid where going out felt like a chore. This song is about those nights in ‘normal life’, (when you don’t miss your friends like crazy) and you have the choice to go out but you know you’d have more fun at home.”
The dulcet tones of Taura assert this message with its playful themes and airy production, as she narrates the lockdown pleasures of be able to “have sex and drink wine and choose what music to listen to. You don’t have to think about anything, or queue for a toilet or pay £7.50 for a vodka soda. It’s a sexy, romantic, love song, about having more fun at home with the person you adore, than you would anywhere else, with anyone else.”
The single releases with Taura’s official music video, a 90’s inspired throwback that gives an insight into Taura’s personal living space, aptly so given the title of the track.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the video, Taura explains; “I wanted the video to encapsulate the most romanticised idea of ‘home’, enough to entice someone to never want to leave, as the song suggests. We had 4 scenes showing each room of the house, all with a glamourised 90s style to fit the hints of 90s music inspiration throughout the song. The song is a chilled, sexy, love song, and this is the vibe we wanted to portray throughout the video. Considering all these things, I think having no choice but to shoot this from home was a blessing in disguise!”
Born out of the current global pandemic, the video is a truly modern music video and sign of the times with Taura having to use her ingenuity to overcome new hurdles whilst adhering to the new lockdown way of life; “Taking the lyrics into consideration, it feels very fitting that every component of this track was created from home, being written, recorded, produced and filmed during lockdown. Following all government guidelines, Will Warr and I filmed from home, and had co-director Moon and cinematographer Francis Lane on a Zoom call all day. It was a very different way of shooting with a lot of obstacles you’d never face with everyone in the room, but we had a lot of fun and really made the most out of the situation.”
Listen Taura – Stay At Home: https://soundcloud.com/taura_taura_taura/stay-at-home/s-qq3Zx87HEFo (Spotify)
Watch [Official Music Video]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQc9EEd-4nw