Gentle Bones shares new single, ‘Can We Have A Conversation?’, co-written by YAØ

The single seeks to raise mental health awareness among youth in Singapore

Singaporean singer-songwriter Gentle Bones has shared a new single, ‘Can We Have A Conversation?’.

Released on Friday (March 4), ‘Can We Have A Conversation?’ Is part of Mediacorp’s upcoming Youth Mental Health Awareness campaign, and shines a spotlight on the necessity of talking about mental health.

The single – co-written by fellow singer-songwriter YAØ – sees Gentle Bones singing over a soft piano and guitar melody, with a smooth bass line and percussions.


It matters what you feel inside, it’s fine to worry about it / There’s soon to be light, cause all is never what it seems” and “It’s okay to not be okay too / It’s okay to do what’s best for you”, he sings over the course of the track.

Listen to ‘Can We Have A Conversation?’ below.

Following the release of the single, Gentle Bones – real name Joel Tan – took to Instagram to write: “This track conveys stories of strength & resilience lived by Rae, Dylan, John, Ryan, Iris & Reina. & thank you [mediacorp] for putting this together in order to raise awareness for the importance of mental health amongst our youth.”

‘Can We Have A Conversation?’ marks Gentle Bones’ second single of the year, following ‘Modern Romance’, featuring Taiwan-based singer Julia Wu in early January.
In September, Gentle Bones launched his self-titled debut album, which carried solo tracks ‘You’re My Superhero’ and ‘Help!’ as well as collaborations with Benjamin KhenglewlohClara Benin and more.


He would later add the collaboration ‘At Least I Had You’ with JJ Lin into the album after its release.

“I’d gone through a journey where I was tired with my own sound and writing,” Tan told NME of the decision to fill his debut album with collaborators. “I was just trying to learn from people I respect and just create together.”

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