Post-break up feels can be very rough, especially when there is still love left to give. Whether it be distance, life situations or other people’s opinions, sometimes the outside world can set any seemingly blissful relationship on a path to destruction. This is the notion that debut artist Slopes bases his new single “Prove Them Wrong” on. Filled with echoing acoustic guitars and the singer’s sorrow-soaked vocals, this track is a recipe for pop perfection that is only furthered by the presence of a tragic love story stemming from the singer’s personal experiences. The chorus is explosive as the haunting lyrics “we were gonna prove them all wrong” burst out of the low-spirited verses, which emphasises the torturous emotions that lay at the heart of this track. However, optimism manages to peak through as a theme of painful-yet-necessary acceptance offers some closure to the heart-wrenching tale.
“It’s about a couple in a small town being told by everyone they’re not right for each other.” Dag Holtan-Hartwig – aka Slopes – reveals when speaking on the story behind the song. “Nobody believes in the relationship, but they’re determined to prove everyone wrong. Things don’t work out, but in spite of it all, they arrive at a place of acceptance. There’s a spark of hope in the song: it was a ride, it was intense, but things are fine now.”
While this is the first track Holtan-Hartwig has released under his alias Slopes, this is not his first stint in the music industry. Making up one half of the production dyad Skinny Days, the pair have worked behind the scene with the likes of Alan Walker and SEEB to bring their hits to fruition. Taking to the Norwegian countryside to draw out the inspiration for his solo work, “Prove Them Wrong” signifies a new chapter for the producer-turned-singer, and, with his debut project showing endless amounts of potential, we will be eagerly awaiting his next career move.
Listen to “Prove Them Wrong” below….