Roger Taylor wrote and recorded his first solo album in eight years after he found himself sitting on a postponed tour with Queen and Adam Lambert in 2020 after the start of the pandemic. Using her “free time,” Taylor began to assemble new hardware throughout the 18-month lockdown to Outsider, the musician’s first solo release since Fun on Earth in 2013.
âFall is a really good word for it,â Taylor says. “It’s slightly nostalgic and nostalgic, and quite mature, a little more adult than my last two albums.”
Ruminating on mortality and the fragility of life, Taylor composed the music in his home studio on the Cornish coast in England, his instrumental essence captured in the opening track “Tides”, against a backdrop of elements and rhythms. more natural.
“Tides just came out of a feeling, âshares Taylor. âMy house is by the sea, and the tides come and go, you can set your watch near them, you can rely on them in a way that they can almost be a friend. It’s about the inevitability of our short term here, of our certain passage.
Outsider covers the introspective, disconnected, regret and survival tactics of “Isolation” and “We All Trying To Get Out”, with KT Tunstall. “It really is the simplest statement,” Taylor says of that last track. âThis is what every life force on earth does, just trying to get out of it, proliferate and exist. It’s everything we try to do, from plants to animals to humans, trying to survive.
All along, stranger tscrolls through a present and ascends into the future, in a more triumphant title song, addressing bullying and not being in the crowd. âIt’s kind of like going back to school, but we’ve all had that in some part of our lives,â he says. “Everyone is a stranger at some point, they feel left out or harassed.”
Shirley Ellis’ 1965 hit ‘The Clapping Song’, later remade by the Belle Stars in 1982, offers more funky pop, while ‘Gangsters Are Running This World’ crosses a political threshold. âAt Queen, we’ve always tried to be apolitical,â Taylor says. âBut when you have the freedom to express yourself as a single person, you can say whatever you want, which I have always tried to do. So many gangsters run countries these days.
Lasting seven minutes, “Journey’s End” draws closer to Taylor’s journey, leaving Outsider in epic state.
“There’s a pretty freakish, pretty fatalistic atmosphere,” Taylor shares. âThese are mostly thoughts of mortality. It’s kind of an acceptance that this is a journey and this journey will end. It’s a very musical piece with a sense of finality, but a kind of optimistic finality.
To support the release of Outsider, Taylor and his band will be playing a 14-date UK tour, starting October 2, which will feature a setlist of his solo career and Queen classics.
âI want everyone to benefit from it,â Taylor says. “I doubt I’ll be doing this much longer, but I’m still able to do it, so I really kiss her.” Will I also play Queen songs? Absoutely! I can’t stand people who don’t embrace a lot of the things they are loved for. Come on, admit who you are.