Daulton Hopkins - Pretty Obsession


September 15, 2021

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I sincerely believe that the voice of an artist is of utmost importance in the success of a song. Of course, good lyrics, a catchy melody, and a good production quality will sublimate the whole thing. But the voice is essential.

And in this case, the voice doesn't need tricks or huge vibes like Mariah Carey. Daulton Hopkins has that warm tone of voice which alone is enough to create a reassuring and welcoming atmosphere. However, you just have to go to his Instagram and watch his latest videos to see that this incredible voice is real and does not need tricks to give chills. Even when he sings "I hate you" in the chorus, it's warm, as if his voice welcomes us into his world. And it works! I love this contrast!

We discovered this Phoenix-based artist last February with his single "Jet Lag". Three of his singles have collected over 8 million streams on Spotify. The artist has quite varied influences, from Johnny Cash to M83 or from Radiohead to Frank Ocean, and it is perhaps this curiosity for different musical universes and the quality of his work that allowed him to reach editorial playlists. on Spotify. Because his work is remarkable.

His new single "Pretty Obsession" is out today and could follow the same path. A few pinches of R'n'B in an alt-pop production make this new track an interesting mix of genres, where the acoustic guitar meets more contemporary elements.

I particularly appreciate the lightness of the lyrics and the quality of the vocal harmonies on the chorus. You might think that this is just a detail because for most people these vocal harmonies are barely audible. And yet, they give another dimension to this gem.

This little guy really has something that intrigues me, and I love that mysterious side that makes him a kind of UFO. Because with each of his singles, we have the same pleasant surprise, regardless of the musical universe he has chosen. The quality is always there, and we can feel, through every second of each of his songs, all the hard work that he invested in it.

A magician side that I really like, and we will gladly invite him to IMC TV when we launch this new project because we would like him to tell us a little more.

This gem has been added to our "Fresh Indie" Spotify playlist, make sure you follow this playlist below to discover incredible new music every day.

Written by Niko.

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