It feels pretentious for an artist in 2020 to ruminate on the pleasures of learning to fish or the pure joy of sipping beer cans by the lake considering all the trauma that embroils everyday life.

Last week The Washington Post reported that nearly half of Americans are struggling with mental health issues thanks to the COVID-19 Crisis. An emergency hotline run by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported a 1,000 percent increase in April compared to the same time in 2019, and the online therapy app Talkspace reported a 65 percent increase in clients since mid-February. It feels tacky to be optimistic these days Still, on Kota the Friend's sophomore triumph, Everything, he modestly implies that the simple pleasures were always more important than we gave them credit for.

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Teddi Gold

Pop singer-songwriter Teddi Gold presents her new single, "Confetti," a track from her forthcoming EP, Vol. 2, coming later this year.

Explaining the inspiration for "Confetti" Teddi says, "I wrote it before this pandemic, but oddly the content of the song feels like it has more meaning given what is going on in the world. In a nutshell, it's about valuing relationships. If I got the people I love, then whatever else comes is just confetti." With her striking voice, reminiscent of Gwen Stefani, Teddi infuses the lyrics with sparkle, while harmonies blossom over the melody.



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