Bursting back onto the scene with an exquisite new single that expertly combines his empowered attitude, bold lyricism, and stunning vocals indie-pop singer-songwriter Slopes shares ‘Tears’.
Slopes is the work of singer, songwriter and producer Dag Holtan-Hartwig. As one half of multi-platinum production duo Skinny Days he’s already been the driving force behind billions of streams for artists like Ava Max, Alan Walker, SEEB and Julie Bergan. Now, as Slopes, he’s prepared a body of work that’s warm, powerful, and just the right amount of rough around the edges, recorded between LA, Oslo, and an off-grid hut deep in the Norwegian countryside.
Slopes came about through Dag’s own experience of heartbreak. Moving to LA in search of a fresh start he instead found himself living alone with only his thoughts — and his songwriting — for company. The music he wrote during that period inspired him to start work on Slopes, expressing a side of his personality and an organic, timeless production style that hadn’t ever made sense when making music for other artists. “Slopes allows me to express the darker side that is constantly there for me,” he adds. “I’d say I’m somewhere between a pessimist and a realist — but it’s melancholy, where nostalgia meets a belief in the future, that I feel most comfortable.”
The strength of Slopes’ music lies, Dag believes, in his own approach to mixing the city, where he lives, with the extremes of the countryside, where he escapes. “Nature is the ultimate artwork and it’s right there in the heart of my songwriting,” he says. “To understand the beauty out in nature, helps me understand the beauty in other things too.”
Following the success of his debut single ‘Prove Them Wrong’ earlier this year, Slopes has seen support from Wonderland Magazine, NOTION, Spotify’s New Music Friday, and has garnered over 1.5 million streams on Spotify alone. He now returns with ‘Tears’, a more upbeat pop track which remains as emotionally compelling, through Slopes’ powerful lyricism.
“Sometimes, if I’ve let someone down, I can feel as if those tears shouldn’t be wasted on me – kind of like, save them for someone better! Tears is about avoiding or escaping relationships in fear of letting people down.” – Slopes
Slopes has never been one to hold back when it comes to his art and ‘Tears’ reveals the confident performer he’s becoming. With so much more to come from the young artist, we’re expecting big things from Slopes this year.