Dante // Won’t Go
Personally I feel like there are far more pressing things to direct my fury towards, such as the impending doom of being submerged under the completely unavoidable marketing campaign known as the Olympics, but many people seem to feel like Adele is an ever present evil that must be dealt with. For these people – here is one more reason to irrationally dislike a person that you’ve never met.
Dante is Swedish. This, of course, means that he was born to construct pop songs of the sort of simplicity and originality that most other people on the planet are incapable of. He is also drummer in indie pop stalwarts The Concretes, who aren’t half bad, but it’s his solo efforts under the name Dante that’s threatening to blow him into the mainstream. “Won’t Go”, in particular, is a soulful next-generation pop song that’s somehow both brooding and passionate – it’s next to flawless and it should be huge.
Except it probably won’t be, because Adele has apparently refused him permission to use her sample. There must be no justice in the world, because “Won’t Go” deserves to be rammed down the throats of most of the people in the world by the music industry. Fortunately, it’s only so good because Dante is one talented chap, and so everything else he’s done is almost equally brilliant. Check out the pining atmospherics and glitchy production of “Next To You” and the sultry “Runners” for proof. He sounds like the sort of believable-yet-accessible pop star that we’re always waiting for, who just never seems to materialise – except, this time, he has. Hopefully his connection with Swedish super-label INGRID (including members of Peter Bjorn & John, Miike Snow, Lykke Li) will bring us some more music very soon.