The euphoric sensation of watching as a fantasy quickly turns into reality is a tough one to adapt to music, but LA-based songwriter Chelsea Jade manages to come remarkably close on her new single “Good Taste.” Abetted by co-producers Luna Shadows and Bradley Hale of Now, Now, as well as backing guitars courtesy of MUNA’s Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin, Jade spins a tale of a romantic encounter paired word-by-word with the ebb and flow of a synth-heavy instrumental occasionally bursting with excitement.
“I met someone at a party while I was living in a hotel for a briefly opulent moment in time,” Jade recalls of the song’s inspiration. “The next night they met me in the lobby and eventually we made our way up to my room. It’s an implicitly sexy situation but we parted without touch. As soon as they left I asked if they wanted to come back and when the elevator opened on the ground floor, they got in and ignited the most cinematic make out plus I’ve ever had. This song is about that encounter. I imagine the first half to be an internal fantasy until the real first touch when the production explodes into maximalism.”
The Frances Haszard–directed visual the track arrives with also manages to sync up with both lyrics and music, with abstract (though fairly euphemistic) illustrations of peaches, flowers, and a welcoming bedspread providing visual themes. “The world already existed—black and white, linear, and basey with augmented senses and ripples of distortion,” Haszard says. “These things translated easily into my frame-by-frame animation with my awkward impressions of 3D and motion. I’m self-taught and a bad teacher so my style suits working with artists who enjoy imperfections and have a sense of humor about what unfolds.”