There was a time - not even so long ago - when artists could divorce themselves from their surroundings, from the context of their lives.
But not any more. The ongoing political strife that has beset Europe and the United States means that this atmosphere of trauma, anxiety, and paranoia can't fail but seep into the music.
Freddie Dickson's debut album 'Panic Town' is a deft fusion of personal detail and wider observations, matching changes in his own life to changes in the world around him.
Out on April 7th, Clash is able to share new cut 'Martim Moniz', and it's a mature, rounded, and affecting introduction.
Freddie Dickson explains: "I wrote this song after spending some time in Lisbon. I was going through some difficult changes in my life particularly in the music world and the song is about putting all that to one side and trying to hold on to what really matters to you the most."
Tune in now.