Premiere: Indulgent Infatuation in Yellow Shoots’ Entrancing “Desert Rose”

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Sultry and slippery, Yellow Shoots’ vibrant new single “Desert Rose” is an intoxicating musical manifestation of intimate connection and pleasure.

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There’s nothing quite like lust done right, so let’s cut straight to chase: Sultry and slippery, Yellow Shoots’ vibrant new single “Desert Rose” is an intoxicating musical manifestation of intimate connection. Loneliness and attachment blend with passion to paint a picture of experiential love – that in the moment charge we can surely all relate to.

I can be your lover
Golden steed in your life
Tumble weeds surround ya
The wind blows in the night
Ohh ya taste so other
Lick ya sweet honey dry
Desert rose I found ya
My loves here end of time
Listen: “Desert Rose” – Yellow Shoots

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Desert Rose,” the latest single off Yellow Shoots’ upcoming debut album everything (independently out later this year). The artist moniker for Philadelphia-born, Brooklyn-based Greg Matthews, Yellow Shoots is one of those special musical identities that refuses to fit neatly into any one box. Previous singles such as “wild fire” and “everything” mix funk, rock, psychedelic and electronic elements in ways similar to the likes of recent Atwood-acclaimed artists NoMBe and Malena Zavala – just like them, Yellow Shoots effortlessly presents something new and intriguing, while paying respects for those who’ve come before.

Yellow Shoots - Desert Rose

Desert Rose – Yellow Shoots

In the case of “Desert Rose,” Yellow Shoots takes after Prince with a heavy funk flare smothered in subtle and not-so-subtle sexual nuance. Many artistic renderings of primal desire revel in passion; Yellow Shoots endeavors beyond this to deliver a multi-dimensional exploration of love as an often transient experience, limited like any good story to a beginning, middle, and ending.

Cut me loose I can be your friend
Desert rose humming in my ear
Cut me loose fill me in your spine
Love my do love me bonafide
This pleasure…

This pleasure,” Yellow Shoots sings over and over again, crying for ecstasy. Tickling more than just our ears, “Desert Rose” indulges in the realization of our fantasies, and our inherent need to feel connected to more than just ourselves. It posits, through illustrative lyricism, that our instinctive urges are about more than just the momentary lapse into euphoria, and rather based on longer and more meaningful partnerships.

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Yellow Shoots © Joe Chernus

I can feel ya purple
Purple light in my brain
Tumbleweeds surround ya
You just roll roll on roll on by

“‘Desert Rose’ is a song I wrote about infatuation, loneliness and the natural cruelty of the world,” Greg Matthews tells Atwood Magazine. “Having an infatuation or magnetic pull to someone often takes you on an unpredictable journey into the unknown… I think when we become consumed by an emotion, everyone and everything around us seems to feel like, what I call “tumbleweeds.” “Tumbleweeds” are just everyday encounters that appear lifeless and only seem to contribute stale or negative energy. The song talks about finding your rose in a desert, how it feels joyous. But the reality is that your desert rose or so called love can shrivel up faster than it can bloom, turning it into another rolling, tumbling weed… bringing you back to that desolate land of loneliness and detachment.”

He continues, “Overall, I wanted to make the production and vocals open, yet trance-like. A lot of purple and reds in this tune with the Oberheim synths I used.… I also wanted to add a lot of sporadic guitar solos to meander, giving it a sort of late ’60s feel.” Through his progressive fusion of R&B and other influences, Yellow Shoots lures listeners into another world. “Desert Rose” seduces us with aching thirst, imploring us to surrender to passion and pleasure – to make the most of what we’ve got.

I can feel
The tiny space in your heart
The tiny space in your heart
Is over filled, for me, for me

A conscious or subconscious homage to Prince and a standout in its own right, “Desert Rose” finds Greg Matthews continuing to hone his voice as Yellow Shoots. It presents an exquisite and evocative portrayal of our complex connection to and need for love.

And for those who aren’t as philosophically inclined, it’s also an infectiously catchy embrace of romance. Stream “Desert Rose” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and pre-save on Spotify it via the link below; Yellow Shoots’ new single is out on all platforms this Friday, May 4, 2018!

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com