Well, Baylin's Swift-produced Little Spark will drop on Jan. 17 via Blonde Rat, and she just debuted the lead-off single, "Holiday," at MTV Hive. It's a remarkably stirring little pop number, ensconced in the sort of mellow heartache that '60s and '70s baroque-pop, AM-pop and trad-pop artists made their home. Of course, that's not especially surprising, as Swift's solo records are known for their Nilsson-esque, subdued beauty — the rubbery bass line, warm tones and roomy arrangement of "Holiday" are about as comfortable as an old bathrobe. You may recall that Baylin is technically a Queen of Leon — she's married to eldest King/drummer Nathan Followill — and she drops Music City's name in the first line of "Holiday." From MTV Hive:
“We wanted it to feel like sort of a bummer, but really hopeful in the chorus,” she tells Hive. “Whenever I’m bummed out, there’s nothing that makes me happier than escaping to somewhere warm and pretty, so we wanted a song that sounded like that.”
The other part of the “we” that Baylin refers to is Richard Swift, who collaborated with her on the song — via telephone, which was a first for Baylin. “It was weird, but it was really easy at the same time. We were just ready to write the song — it happened really quickly. Within 45 minutes we had the song down. He cut half the track in Oregon, and sent it to Nashville and I cut the vocals there.”
Hear "Holiday" below.