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Lonely Singles: Back to Nature

Quarantine is making everyone feel pretty lonely. Hunker down and spend some quality time getting to know some of Ben's favorite new songs.

The big winner of our season of quarantine? Nature. According to Google Trends, searches for terms like “best hiking trails near me” are exploding. We’ve all seen the stories about our environment’s opportunity to take a deep breath for the first time since the Industrial Revolution. It’s not enough to stop the eventual climate apocalypse, but it does make you feel a little better to know the birds are getting some love.

Nature—in its innocence and darkness, accessibility and mystery, its ability to provide and destroy—has inspired artists since the days of the cave painters. Let’s look at the loose natural and rural themes running through a handful of singles to pop up over the past few weeks.

Blitzen Trapper —”Magical Thinking.” Classic Blitzen Trapper from the jump—the country-rock melodies that amble up the necks of Eric Earley, Erik Mente…

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