Premiere: Distant Cousins’ Breathtaking “Here & Now” Is an Ode to Living in the Present

Distant Cousins © Jon Danovic
Distant Cousins © Jon Danovic
Distant Cousins’ timely new single “Here & Now” (ft. Lindsey Ray) is a heartfelt ode to living in the present brimming with breathtaking folk warmth.
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We hope this song brings some comfort to people stuck at home experiencing hardship and loss.

There is no better time than April / May 2020, when the world has come to a screeching halt in the wake of a deadly global pandemic, for a band to release a song about “being in the here and now and getting through a tough time” – and so, that’s exactly what Distant Cousins have done. The Los Angeles trio make their 2020 return today with their gorgeous new single “Here & Now,” a heartfelt ode to living in the present brimming with breathtaking folk warmth. Timely and meaningful, it’s a song that speaks to an unfortunate reality of life that’s been brought into the spotlight more so than ever before.

Here & Now - Distant Cousins
Here & Now – Distant Cousins
There won’t always be tomorrow
All we have is here and now
Life is sweet but time is borrowed
All we have is here and now
Oh, the further I go
the closer I get to the gold,
the less I know
Learning to hold
the good and the bad
and make peace with them both

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Here & Now,” Distant Cousins’ first single of 2020 and their latest since 2019’s long-awaited debut album release, Next of Kin. The LA-based folk-pop trio of Dov Rosenblatt, Duvid Swirsky and Ami Kozak, Distant Cousins are the needle in modern folk music’s haystack – bringing something old and something new to the fore through dazzling melodies and hauntingly sweet lyrics that instill their music with depth, flavor, and plenty of character.



Life in May 2020 is much different than it was around the band’s debut album release six months ago, but it may come as a surprise to hear that “Here & Now” was written before coronavirus and quarantine became a part of the national consciousness. “[It’s about] recognizing how little we know of the future and appreciating the here and now,” Dov Rosenblatt says. “It was serendipitously written only 2 weeks prior to our current situation, but its message is timely.”

The song ultimately came together after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order:

“In February 2020, we wrote ‘Here & Now’ with our friend Lindsey Ray who was in LA, visiting from Nashville,” Distant Cousins tell Atwood Magazine. “We wrote the song about appreciating only what you have in the moment, realizing that despite all of our big plans, nothing is owed to us and all we have is here and now. By the time we were ready to record the song, we were all at home in Quarantine so we each recorded our own parts and filmed ourselves and that is the final recording and video. Though it wasn’t written specifically about Coronavirus, all of the lyrics take on a whole new meaning for us, especially, “Learning to hold the good and the bad and make peace with them both.” We hope this song brings some comfort to people stuck at home experiencing hardship and loss.”

Distant Cousins © Jon Danovic
Distant Cousins © Jon Danovic



Eerily and yet oh-so fittingly timely, “Here & Now” will speak to us throughout our lives – far beyond the reopening of the American economy, and long after some Nobel-award winning lab discovers a COVID-19 vaccine. Ultimately, it’s a song about the human condition: Our needing to not take things for granted didn’t start in March; for most of us, it’s persisted all our lives, a constant push-and-pull between self-absorption and humility. How much time do we spend on the little things as we let big parts of our lives pass us by? Are we focused on quality time, or are we merely present in body but absent in spirit?

There won’t always be tomorrow
All we have is here and now
Life is sweet but time is borrowed
All we have is here and now
Oh, nothing is owed
Don’t waste a second
on all that you cannot control

Got to let go
Sometimes you can’t tell
the dark from the light

when you’re standing so close

Out May 8th via Jullian Records, “Here & Now” arrives in the wake of a new live visual album and collection of acoustic and reimagined selections from Distant Cousins’ catalog, also named Here & Now. The forthcoming release includes another new song entitled “The Day,” and features guests including The Songbirds, Lindsey Ray, and more.



Stirring and absolutely breathtaking in the sheer strength of its words and harmonies, “Here & Now” is the kind of song we ought to hear, now, and take its message to heart.

Truly, there won’t always be tomorrow: All we have is here and now. Stream Distant Cousins’ new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

I read your letters and I crumble like the pages
So much I never got to say
All we have is here and now

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