Evan Bartels denounces the “false gods” of society
Evan Bartels, the Nebraska-born singer-songwriter, describes his music as “intense and intimate,” and we have to agree.
On his latest album titled Solitary, Bartels hits his listeners with a moving ballad right out of the door. “False Gods” is the opening track on the record and it sets a thoughtful tone that delves into our shared humanity.
“It’s a love song for the speechless, the screaming, the ignorant, the angry, the hurt,” Bartels told American Songwriter. “This song is about loving your neighbor. This song is about using your voice in a way that brings unity and understanding. It’s a song that offers forgiveness, hope and unconditional love.
When asked what triggered a poignant song, Bartels said, “My heart is full of righteous anger. I believe in freedom for all on the basis of each of our inherent values as human beings. We are faced with so many divisions and insults. There is so much harm and so much blame. The only way forward is [to] fall back on the baseline of loving everyone and standing up for the freedom to live without fear. Only then can we move forward. “
Current and cathartic, “False Gods” is a reminder to slow down and focus on the things that matter. The last line of the chorus, I will love you because we are human, embodies this feeling and is “undeniable” in Bartels’ eyes. “This is a proclamation that cannot be misinterpreted,” he said.
Listen to “False Gods” by Evan Bartels below.