California-native, Chris Beland is swinging with a new single “Tunnel” from brand new LP “What I Believe”, released on September 16.
Citing inspiration from Bob Dylan, Andrew Bird, and Neil Young, Beland’s own hardships have informed his approach to writing songs; the singer-songwriter has experienced homelessness, being a single step-dad to finding true love again, battling with drugs, and finding his real father at age 32. His upcoming album, “What I Believe”, is complete with personal revelations of the world around us, as well as conclusions from his personal growth journey.
“It felt like I had to speak to this generation,” Beland says of the upcoming album as another generation comes into the world in his living room. “I want to bring people together instead of divide.”
“Tunnel” is a soft-rock, somber track that takes the listeners inside Beland’s mind. With a feature by Beland’s friend and singer, Erin Cole-Baker, both artists’ vocal abilities convey the true beauty in sadness, as well as the hopefulness in desparity. The entire song is characterized by the softness and depth of the lyrics; the outro of the song also leads the listener into the world with a despondent but promising outlook on life.
“Two of my good friends just went through a painful divorce and I wrote this song with them in mind,” wrote Beland on the single. “The verses are in a minor key and talk of the pain of failing marriage and the chorus in a major key speak of the hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s a blending of hope and sadness in this one. My friend Erin Cole-Baker sings lead on the second verse, which seems to work as a conversation of some sort. It’s the kind of song that leaves you a little confused about what to feel.”
Chris Beland’s new single, “Tunnel” is available to listen now on Spotify. For more exciting new music, visit our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist on Spotify.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
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