SINGLE REVIEW: Butterflies – The Hope State

Canadian folk-rock artist, The Hope State (moniker of Taylor Johnson), has released his second single from EP ‘Skeletons‘.

Titled ‘Butterflies‘, Taylor elaborates that the track is “about that feeling you get when you first meet someone, that feeling in your stomach that won’t go away. The story also mirrors as a battle with drugs and the crushing guilt that comes with that. Being so sick of yourself, but not knowing how to stop and hoping for a transformation“.

Second single to be released from EP ‘Skeletons‘, ‘Butterflies‘ follows up from the release of ‘Just Survived‘ which was released earlier this year.


For most, the track is gentle yet lyrically honest. Johnson’s vocals are softly cohesive with the well-layered elements of strings and guitar played throughout, while still enabling a sense of ethereal emotion to come through.

Indie-infused, parts of the track come across a tad bit rockier than your typical folk release. Well saturated with steadily built drums, the chorus and ending are powerful, and there’s seamless transition from the rest of the song.

Butterflies‘ is available on Spotify along with the rest of the ‘Skeletons‘ EP.

You can find The Hope State on Facebook, Instagram and their website.


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