At a time when millions of people around the world are forced to stay home amid strict social distancing measures, Jon Hopkins has released a piece of music to calm the nerves.
With so much uncertainty, with working schedules and social lives turned upside down, the strain on mental health has never been more apparent. While charities around the globe record major spikes in calls with anxiety levels rising, music has emerged as a major form of escapism.
While the music industry remains in turmoil amid cancelled festivals, delayed album releases and postpone tour dates, online streaming figures continue to rise as fans attempt to find a period of sonic solace. Jon Hopkins, with his latest effort ‘Singing Bowl (Ascension)’, has contributed to that calming sphere.
“Like so many people I felt pretty paralysed by this situation when it first unfolded,” Hopkins said of the current coronavirus pandemic in a statement issued through social media.
“All my plans for the year were cancelled, and everything felt so weird and dreamlike. But gradually I found I wanted to create something – to find peace and perspective through making music, as I have always done.”
While the four-minute version with accompanying visuals can be streamed above, Hopkins has also shared a full 20-minute edition of the song which is available below.
Tune in, zone out.