The world has been has been put into the equivalent of an induced coma. Physical distancing. Stay at home orders. Non-essential businesses shut. And while the recorded music industry has also ground to a halt, it still has a lot of momentum. Let’s hope it has enough to sustain us through these next difficult months.
1. Kings of Leon, Going Nowhere
Recommended If You Like: Going nowhere, I guess
It’s been about four years since Kings of Leon released their WALLS album, so they’re overdue for some kind of new music. Like everyone else, though, they’re trapped at home because of the coronavirus and have obviously been inspired by this isolation. “Stay safe. Stay home,” the band says, “We will see you as soon as we can.”
2. Major Lazer feat. Marcus Mumford, Lay You Head on Me
RIYL: Songs that remind you that this too shall pass
It’s possible that this song was inspired by our current situation, but even if it wasn’t, the sentiments expressed are of those of comfort and hope. Yes, it’s a semi-odd cross-genre collaboration, but it works well. And it’s soothing, too.
3. LoveLeo, Rosie
RYIL: Snakes, DeLoreans, weird eye make-up
LA’s LoveLeo had something of a viral hit towards the end of last year with a track called Boyfren. This second single is bound to attract attention with its strange visuals, too. The song? It’s slinky, earworm-y, and will strike a chord with anyone who has used a dating app.
4. Nothing But Thieves, Is Everybody Going Crazy?
RIYL: A reminder that the world is nuts
This is the first piece of new music since the Southend (an area of London) group released their 2018 EP, What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way. The producer behind this one is Mike Crossley, who is known for his work with Twenty One Pilots, The Gaslight Anthem, and The 1975). Very smooth, this,
Billy Talent, I Beg to Differ (This Will Get Better)
RIYL: Encouraging music for anxious times
This is not any kind of new single from any upcoming Billy Talent album, but given its sentiment, it’s a timely release. I quote: “When you feel so lost, that you don’t belong, well I beg to differ. As time goes on this will get better. And you can’t go wrong if your will is strong enough under pressure. As time goes on this will get better.”
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