In the times that we are all currently living in, which is a scary and weird one, the power of music can sometimes preoccupy ourselves into forgetting some of our problems for a bit. During a time of reflection that we are all currently undertaking, musicians around the world are also taking this difficult time to put out new music that reflects what we’re all feeling in a creative way. Here are some brand new songs that have been released this past month from some of our favorite artists.
“Levels Of Concern” – Twenty One Pilots
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun of the popular alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots released their latest song “Levels of Concern,” which is already hitting the airwaves, earlier this month. The song’s lyrics reference the anxiety that is created by the pandemic. The band’s music video for “Levels of Concern” was filmed in Joseph’s and Dun’s home while under the national stay-at-home orders. Joseph and Dun donated a portion of the proceeds from their new song to Crew Nation—a global relief fund for live music crews that is helping to financially support them.
“Better Days” – OneRepublic
OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder was inspired to write “Better Days,” which will be featured on the band’s upcoming fifth studio album Human, while in quarantine himself. Interestingly enough, Tedder and some of his bandmates were exposed to someone who had coronavirus while touring abroad in London. “Better Days” talks about—you guessed it—the better days that will eventually be ahead of all of us once we get through the pandemic. Through September, a portion of the streams of “Better Days” will be donated to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund to help artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the virus.
“Six Feet Apart” – Alec Benjamin
Singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin released his new song appropriately titled “Six Feet Apart” earlier this month. The song examines the effects of social distancing and how life as we know it has changed in just a few months time. Once the song was released, a lot of people on social media have commented that they can painfully relate to the deeply personal lyrics that Benjamin sings in his new ballad.
“Lay Your Head On Me” – Marcus Mumford
Although not directly tied to the coronavirus pandemic, Marcus Mumford from the band Mumford & Sons has teamed up with DJ Major Lazer and singer-songwriter MØ for the song “Lay Your Head On Me.” Most of the songs lyrics reflect what a lot of people are feeling these days. The song’s music video, which was released just last week, includes 177 clips from 28 countries showcasing worldwide solidarity in the midst of the global pandemic while also celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.