Missing that real-life human connection in quarantine? Tayla Parx is right there with you.
You may not instantly recognize Tayla‘s name, but you most definitely know her work: The rising singer-songwriter-actress has already penned a bunch of hits for our favorite pop stars, including four of the biggest songs of the past two years; “Love Lies” by Khalid and Normani, “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande, and “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco.
And if that wasn’t enough, Tayla‘s also been building up quite the pop career of her very own with the release of her fantastic debut album, We Need To Talk, last year. Now with major acclaim by her side, she’s gearing up to release her sophomore album, Coping Mechanisms, beginning with the first single: “Dance Alone,” a welcomed, well-timed serenade for the dance floor, produced by a team of hitmakers Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman (H.E.R., J. Cole, Mac Miller) and Oscar Görres (The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Charli XCX) – and it is nothing short of spectacular.
In a statement alongside the timely pop throb, Parx says the song is a reflection on the energizing nature of human connection, which is something many of us are missing right now: “‘Dance Alone‘ is about that deep desire to connect with someone in order to cope. We all have that special someone who makes us feel things where we literally ache for them or feel for them,” Parx says. “It’s about human connection, which we all desperately need right now, and how we realize we are not alone.”
“I don’t wanna dance alone/ I don’t wanna dance alone…,” she earnestly coos on the anthemic chorus, backed by a swell of shimmering synths, soaring strings and disco bass plucks. “I’m not ready to go home/ Not until the lights come on/ So meet me right here/ Meet me right here/ Meet me right here/ Meet me right here…“
It’s short and sweet, but undenibly better with each play, and a promising continuation to where she left off with We Need To Talk. Like Sia and Julia Michaels, there’s no reason she can’t catapult to superstardom and still continue strongly with the songwriting thing. There’s no questioning that Tayla Parx can write hits for our faves and have her own, too.
Tayla Parx’s “Dance Alone” is available on all streaming services now!