Aloe Blacc has shared another single from his upcoming third album All Love Everything, with his newest single “Hold On Tight,” a shining anthem encourages vulnerability and perseverance with its choir-backed, surging melody. Blacc has a penchant for filling his grandiose soundscapes with big themes and an even bigger poignancy that transform anthems like “Hold On Tight” into powerfully invigorating pieces.
“When you feel like crying, go on let it out, just remember the sun is shining behind the clouds, it won’t be long ‘til your pain’s gone,” Blacc wails alongside the song’s gentle acoustic rhythms. Raised on the styles of salsa, merengue, and cumbia, before discovering artists like Joni Mitchell and soul, folk, R&B, and pop–Blacc’s eclectic music background make it for him, than most, to find a real attachment to his songs.
The new single follows the previously releases “I Do,” a somber ballad that is still buoyed by Blacc’s riveting vocals and was created as a dedication to his wife. But “Hold On Tight” relishes in its kinetic call to action, a simple request to grip tighter the thing, person, and/or belief that makes moving through this world a little easier. And Blacc’s dulcet cries, which are enough to move hearts to action as it is to break them, are needed now more than ever.
Listen to Aloe Blacc’s new single “Hold On Tight”
Blacc, born to Panamanian immigrants in California, has also remained a vocal and active voice for police reform, working with lawmakers, ex-police, civil rights lawyers, and more to enact legislative change. He’s also partnered with the media platform Behind the Rhyme and spoke at this year’s DNC pre-show, as well as a panelist on the Root Institute’s “To Build or To Destroy: The Transformative Nature of Art” panel.