Many musicians have had extra time to work on new pop music while in quarantine—a solace for those of us who have been kept indoors. Whether these albums were planned for release during the unprecedented pandemic or were released in light of the circumstances, a lot of new music has topped the charts since quarantine began, providing us all with workout jams, and work from home anthems.
Many believe music has healing properties, and artists have used this time as an opportunity to share their gifts with the world to attempt to inspire and emotionally heal. Here are some of the best new albums released during this quarantine time.
Future Nostalgia—Dua Lipa’s long-anticipated new album—asserts her dominance in the pop world as a budding icon. The music is a wonderful and eclectic mix of disco, electro and dance-pop and is perfectly feel good for this trying time in our nation’s history. Lipa writes music from the heart and fuels the positive energy we all need right now in the light of national pandemic.
Lauv is an extremely popular pop star that emotes wonderfully and has been writing catchy, “emo” songs for years. The new album is vulnerable and emotive and pairs really well with our given circumstances. This album is an excellent everyday listen and pairs well with breaks from work and other daily To-dos.
The former One Direction member’s second studio album is rather feel-good and pairs well with calm, chill vibes and good company. It has a theme of overcoming painful heartbreak and feels refreshing and new. His music is a nice mix of R&B and rock and utilizes piano and guitar really nicely.
The Weeknd really steps out with this new album, which diverts from his previous musical genres. The new album is more experimental and is full of electro and pop flair while also keeping the artist’s regular melancholy integrity. Erring more to the side of dance music, this album pairs great with Zoom happy hours and social distanced outdoor hangouts.
The Strokes have been known for cultivating cool, chill vibes since their early music. This album is their first in seven years and has great ‘80s influence, as well as wonderful rock and roll beats. This new album will have you dancing, thinking and singing along the whole way through.