Eliza Gilkyson is ready to be part of the election year discussion with her charged new album, 2020, from which "Sooner Or Later," premiering on Billboard today (Jan. 28), promises that "it's a matter of fact/gonna rise up/gonna take all back."
The veteran singer-songwriter views the 10-track set as an outgrowth of her last album, 2018's spiritually-focused Secularia, which also touched on social and political issues. 2020 goes even further and into more detail, however. "I've been trying to figure out how to articulate the spectrum of feelings based on the political climate today," Gilkyson tells Billboard. "There's an incredible wide range of emotions that so many of us are going through, from despair and grief to hopefulness to anger to solidarity to community and all points in between. You can go through all those feelings, many times a day. It's like an emotional roller coaster ride that's really traumatic.
"So I wanted to really address that, the political emotions of the times and the different things that I and, I think, others are feeling. And since it's an election year, it brings a sense of urgency and a need to gather the troops."