Falling Water have release “When Will We Be Saved,” their first single since 2014. Led by Long Islander Mark Rechler, the rock band wrote and recorded the song from a distance while in quarantine. The lyrics are about navigating chaos, specifically through the current pandemic, and dealing with feelings of anxiety and loneliness.
Clocking in at nearly four and a half minutes, “When Will We Be Saved” is an anthemic power ballad. Despite its conception in quarantine, it sounds engineered for lighter-waving at a physical concert. Its backup singers, busy instrumentation, and dramatic lyrics also evoke a number from a rock opera. While the song has a lot going on, its standout is the piano, which has a solo at the halfway point. The song’s lyrics begin rather pessimistic, but the band ultimately comes to terms with the new circumstances. “Now the angel of death, well she’s having a feast / changes are forced by this ominous beast” becomes “I’m gonna kick back and let it all go” in the outro.
“‘When Will We Be Saved’ is a true quarantine song,” said singer-songwriter and pianist Mark Rechler in a press release. “My whole life is trying to keep up with my to-do list, get stuff done, complete tasks. I have often said out loud, ‘If we could only get a time out for a month to catch up on all these projects, everything would be fine.’ Well, like a bad Twilight Zone, that gift was granted. During the first two months of quarantine, I found myself riddled with anxiety, exhaustion, and much fear […] ‘When Will We Be Saved’ is more about isolation and finding your best self in that quiet, lonely world.”
50% of the song’s profits will go to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. PLUS1 works with nonprofits such as Sweet Relief, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, and Trans Lifeline to support vulnerable communities. So far, the band has achieved over $8,500 of their $10,000 goal. Other artists who have partnered with PLUS1 include Arcade Fire, The National, St. Vincent, and CHVRCHES.
Falling Water plans to release their next full-length album in 2020. Stream “When Will We Be Saved” here: