The meditative track clocks in at over four minutes, featuring a pastoral lyric video of snow melting on a hill. Day and Mering harmonize across subtle instrumentation: “I’m mad at the weather/It’s wrong for the time of year/The start of September/So what does your gender reveal?”
“My hope is that ‘Holocene’ reminds people that the world is much bigger than ourselves,” Day tells Rolling Stone. “I’ve never lived through a world war but I imagine that what we are dealing with is comparable suffering on the global scale. This song poses the question of how we as the individual can move forward as well as how the world is going to begin healing. Time will and always does tell.”
In 2019, Day and Mering joined Lana Del Rey onstage for a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “For Free.” Day released the EP Where Does the Devil Hide last year. Mering, who confirmed to Rolling Stone that she’s working on a new album, recently dropped an outtake from Titanic Rising through the game Roblox.