Cameron, 34 | Retail Worker

Mastodon – ‘The Last Baron’ [2009]

“It’s such an epic track, running for 13-minutes, and over the lockdown I found it was the perfect way for me to escape. To me, the song represents grief, confusion, and an almost apocalyptic sense of destruction, which are all things that I could relate to the situation of both myself and the wider world over the last couple of years. The guitars are also absolutely insane the whole way through!”

Apocalypse

David, 29 | Musician

Circa Waves – ‘Sad Happy’ [2020]

“This song helped to capture the ups and downs of my emotions throughout lockdown. Being so isolated from family and friends was an incredibly difficult thing for me, but there was an elation when I could be united with them again. There’s a lyric in the song, ‘The good times will come around’, and that gave me a lot of hope for the future. I think it helped to know that we were all in the same boat, and we were all having good days and bad days.”

Overcoming

James, 21 | Student

Salem – ‘Destroy Me’ [2020]

“This EP came out during lockdown and I was absolutely obsessed with it. I remember sending it to all of my friends and getting everyone to listen to it and it made me get back in touch with a few that I’d lost contact with during the pandemic. I love going to see live music, and the first gig that I got to go to when restrictions started to lift was to see this band – me and my friends sang extra loud on this song.”

Catharsis

Joanne, 25 | Beautician

Powfu (feat. beabadoobee) – ‘death bed (coffee for your head)’ [2020]

“Throughout lockdown I started walking a lot to clear my head from all the general stress and worry, and I listened to this song a lot on my walks. It reflected both the sadness of the time, and the loneliness of not being able to see my loved ones, but then it also took on a different meaning when I met my boyfriend during lockdown. It’s now ‘our song’ and it reminds me that there’s always hope even in the darkest of times.”

Hope

El, 24 | Youth Worker/Student

Crywank – ‘Song for a Guilty Sadist’ [2015]

“I got heavily into Crywank throughout lockdown and found their honesty really helped me approach my own self reflection and discovery with candidness. This song stood out to me with its themes of feeling as though who you are isn’t enough, and the idea of trying to adapt to fit someone else’s desires but falling short”

Lost

John, 28 | Electrician

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘I Know The End’ [2020]

“I discovered this song during the first lockdown and it reminds me of sitting alone in my car at night when I couldn’t get to sleep, because I was feeling really anxious about everything that was happening. I still listen to it sometimes now, but it makes me a little sad.”

Uncertainty

Susie, 24 | Copy Editor

Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton – ‘Satisfied’ [2015]

“I first listened to the Hamilton musical soundtrack shortly into lockdown, and it came onto Disney+ a few months later where I watched it. This song became something that my partner and I would sing around the house, specifically when making lasagne – which is something I had the time to do a lot as we were at home all the time.”

Free

Ella, 25 | Writer

Cardi B (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – ‘WAP’ [2020]

“I feel like this song was such a distinct moment within the last year or so. I usually hate cliché pop music like this but at the time it was great to listen to something so ridiculous and infectious. I think with how funny it was the song really brought people together too, I talked about it so much with my friends.”

Escapism