Emerging singer-songwriter Slopes bursts back onto the scene with his exquisite new single ‘Tears’, that sees the artist expertly combine his empowered attitude, bold lyricism, and stunning vocals. 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. The artists latest project 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.
On the creative thought process behind ‘Tears’, Slopes explains: “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.” Going further, the artist speaks about this new moniker, and the creative freedom it gives him:“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.”
Drawing influence from the old mountain cottage outside of Oslo where he grew up, and from his city life, Slopes often jumps between both lifestyles, frequently taking solitude in the essence of escape. The artist believes that it’s within this rare approach to life that his artistry flourishes: “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.”
‘Tears’ shows an earnest vulnerability to Slopes. With this being only his third solo release, he’s showing great potential as an introspective songwriter. We see that in his compelling approach on this single, consistently taking ownership of his fears and often admitting to his own shortcomings. Uniting both those that have been hurt by an unavailable lover and those who retreat in fear of ultimately letting someone down, this is truly a song for everyone.
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 the musician this year.