Bartees Strange has released a new song called ‘Hold the Line’, which was written in late May 2020 about George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna. It’s the second single from his upcoming album Farm to Table, following lead cut ‘Cosigns’. Check it out below.
“I remember watching George Floyd’s daughter talk about the death of her father and thinking wow – what a sad introduction to Black American life for this young person,” Strange said in a statement. “It was painful to watch her grow up in that moment, like all Black kids eventually do.”
He continued: “‘Hold the Line’ was written over the course of three days during that first pandemic summer. Through this song I was trying to make sense of what was happening in the US, my neighborhood and my community at that moment. During the marches people were trying to stop the bleeding, locked arm in arm, doing everything they could to hold the line.”
Farm to Table, Strange’s sophomore album and 4AD debut, is due out June 17.