Lissy Taylor’s ‘Mayday’ commands the listener’s attention; whether that’s the rallying call of those huge guitar riffs or the haunting sound permeating her emotive vocals. Balancing the dark and the dreamy, Taylor reflects on those times where doubt is in abundance and self-worth is lacking. The video is a visual portrayal of those darker thoughts with Taylor’s bold presence at the centre.
Speaking about the moment that ‘Mayday’ comes into being, the Stoke-based songwriter shares:
“When I wrote Mayday I was fighting an internal war. I felt hopelessly misunderstood and alone. I think there is strength in recognising that everyone has their own struggles that aren’t always visible. Writing Mayday helped me understand my own struggles with mental health and I hope it will help other people in the same way.”
Born in 2000, Taylor began her forays into music like many of us, by playing cover songs on her guitar. Aged 14, Lissy moved to Kentucky where after only a few days at her new school, experience the fiercest of American snow days… a snow day that last one week, then another and then another. In these seemingly unending days of snowstorms and isolation, Taylor turned to her guitar playing her favourite cover songs until they inevitably lost their appeal. This is when an idea struck her, why not try to write an original song? Taking a familiar chord structure, this is how the lonely British girl found a friend, a confident, a diary of sorts.
Over the years, Lissy Taylor continued to refine and distinguish her songwriting, resulting in the cross-cultural style with those riddle-esque lyrics. Perhaps more influential than this catalytic moment is the following years of being driven around the flat expanses of Kentucky, swapping songs with her music-obsessed friends who introduced Taylor to The Doors, Lana Del Rey and Cage The Elephant.