If you haven’t heard of Dagny yet, it’s more or less a death-and-taxes raging certainly that you will, very soon. The Tromsø-born, London-based singer-songwriter had her first single ‘Backbeat‘ premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show and was promptly placed on Spotify, Apple and Ja Ja Ja‘s ‘Ones To Watch’ lists for 2016. So she’s been anointed by pop music powers that be as the next big deal to emerge from the Scandinavian pop scene, and it’s easy to see why. Dagny’s just dropped her debut EP Ultraviolet, and it’s five songs of pure pop packed with more energy than dripping Red Bull directly into your eyeballs. One of those songs is opening track ‘Fight Sleep’, and that’s the track we’ve gathered here around this webpage to discuss today.
‘Fight Sleep’ is a track spliced together from the DNA strands of all the most successful pop trends of the last couple of years (the neo-funk guitar flicker, warm neon glow of the synths, doubling-up on the chorus vocal) to create an absolute monster of a pop song, a thing with a level of catchiness which could crush cities. Rising stars can be tipped by all the blogs in the world, but they’re never going to get anywhere unless they have great songs to back it up: ‘Fight Sleep’ is absolute proof that Dagny has the songs to back up the hype. The Ultraviolet EP is out now.