A global collective of 39 independent artists have joined forces to record an album while isolating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is Alone Together, a 13-track album of original material, available 8 May. All proceeds from sales and streams of the LP will benefit the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Ahead of the album, the group released a stunning and soulful cover of The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’.
Impressively, the entire project came about only three weeks ago. Alone Together was the brainchild of the London-based artist and writer Adam Lee and the Los Angeles-based singer Jessica Louise. Initially, the duo only reached out to a few musician friends, but the project continued to grow, as participants signed on from around the world. They include the LA-based soul singer-songwriter and guitarist David Ryan Harris, drummer Terence Clark from Memphis, the UK’s Zack Knight, New Zealand’s Emily Browning and Montreal’s Anomalie, among many others.
The album’s 13 songs were written, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely at home by the various participants.
“I feel like this album is a time-capsule”, said Jessica Louise in a statement. “It acts as a collective experience of this time in our lives”.
The group’s impressive cover of The Beatles’ 1969 single, ‘Come Together’, off Abbey Road, was produced by LA’s Juan Ariza, while the Grammy-nominated engineer Jon Renzin (Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction, Taemin) had the intimidating task of mixing the song’s 396 tracks.
In related news, the iconic crossing in London captured on the cover of Abbey Road was recently given a much-needed paint refresh. For the first time in decades, the street finally saw a decrease in foot traffic, amid the global pandemic.
It’s been over 50 years since photographer Iain MacMillan scaled a ladder on the corner of Abbey Road and Grove End Road and snapped the photo of Paul, John, George and Ringo on that historic day in 1969.
Since then, millions of Beatles fans from across the world have flocked to the crossing. In 2010, it became a protected site for its cultural and historical importance.