Canadian producer and songwriter, Tails has teamed up with Australian singer-songwriter Benji Lewis to release their new single, “is that ok?“. The track continues to showcase the evolution of Tails’ sound, which finds him leaning into the indie/alt-pop world of Benji Lewis. Listen to the track now below.
The collaboration came to be when Benji sent Tails a new vocal idea that came to him earlier this year, says Benji. “I had been listening to some of Tails music a fair bit around that time and was really liking the vibe and emotion it brought with it. I thought that my idea could fit into what he was doing so I sent it over. He got back to me saying he definitely wanted to work on something with it. I remember the first demo sounding really cool and being so ready for it to come out ever since.”
The result is an immersive, attention-grabbing Indie Dance tune overflown by feelings of longing and nostalgia. Tails perfectly invigorated Benji’s emotive vocals by incorporating organic guitar progressions and basslines, immersive soundscapes, and a minimal yet punchy, head-bopping drop, delivering another captivating song and a compelling addition to his unique and versatile discography.
With a mission to always stay innovative and authentic in his music, the sonic developments that can be heard in Tails’ new single can partly be attributed to a change in his creative process, Tails shares. “Lately, most of my songs start by playing a progression on my guitar and sketching some general melodies with my voice! I’ve been getting very interested in boutique synth plugins and gear that have been making their way into my creative process.”
But “is that ok?” could’ve never been the song it is today without Benji’s vocals, which were crucial to get Tails started on the song in the first place. On the meaning of the lyrics, Benji shares, “It’s about remembering, thinking over and over again about this person you had something really special with. In a way I’m telling them that I’m still feeling this way after some time has passed, hoping that it’s ok with them as we did continue trying to be friends after things ended. Feelings and attachment can be crazy, some don’t ever go away I’m finding.”