Talon David’s ascent in the music world began in earnest with 2021’s thirteen-track collection Miscellaneous. Music has surrounded the young Nashville, Tennessee-based songwriter all her life and she’s sung since childhood, but it wasn’t until David’s high school years awakened her songwriting talents. She’s been prolific ever since, penning each of the aforementioned album’s songs, and continuing to write fantastic material with her new single “Love at a Distance”.
She’s working with co-author and 2021 Tennessee Songwriter’s Association International Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Thornton Cline on this new single. It doesn’t mean, however, that the voice listeners encountered on her debut and subsequent singles is diluted in any way. A Hall of Fame songwriting talent such as Cline possesses both the talent and necessary imagination to satisfy themselves artistically while also tailoring the final result to the singer’s skillset.
David has a lot to work with. There doesn’t appear to be anywhere her voice can’t go and she moves effortlessly through a wide range with confidence and feeling. David and Cline present her considerable singing skills in the best possible light. The vocal arrangement is elaborate, yet precise, and never hits false with listeners. The crystalline gentleness present in David’s vocal highs finds its equal in her soulful lows.
David and Cline’s musical arrangement is certainly spartan. The percussion and light acoustic guitar presence do not seek to fill every available second with sound and allowing the song ample room to breathe helps enhance its atmospherics. The song takes an unusual approach to incorporate percussion, but it’s successful and gives “Love at a Distance’ an exotic flavor. It is seemingly little facets like this that set David’s new single apart from more commonplace fare.
If labels are necessary, Talon David’s “Love at a Distance” falls comfortably into the folk or singer/songwriter category. It is a measure of her artistic growth that David is performing at such a high level so early in her career and a songwriter the caliber of Cline, with his extensive back catalog of songs and other work, wouldn’t pair themselves with a subpar songwriting partner. These two have discovered something special.
The lyrical content is conversational, yet eloquent. It is true to itself, first and foremost, but invokes universal emotions any listener will relate to. This is another of the song’s strengths. It has broad-based rather than niche appeal. Listeners of any age, with any musical preference, will recognize David’s talents. She’s far more than another pretty face or another anonymous folk singer.
If “Love at a Distance” can be considered a prelude to a forthcoming second full-length album, Talon David’s future looks brighter than ever. She is further along than many similar talents and has chosen her collaborators with the same care and distinction defining her music. Its warm sound draws listeners in without compromising its credibility. It is a rare feat for any modern musical artist and all the more impressive from someone so young. Long may she continue to play and sing.