When Boccaccio’s ten-person brigata flocked to the isolated countryside during the plague, music set the rhythm to their days, acting as a cure-all for the biological and the social body. Fast-forward to 2020 and Italy once more sought refuge in song during lockdown as the internet buzzed with balcony hits and uplifting moments of collective chanting. But from an industry perspective, a much sadder story unfolded as festivals, venues, record labels and bands came to a standstill. Releases fizzled, concerts faded, fans disengaged and livelihoods vanished. Nevertheless, quite a few musicians braved the void by injecting some beauty into this uncertain world, and Tuscany has its fair share of pandemic paladins! Let’s retrieve and rediscover this precious discography.