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Review: Moonlight by Dictator

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Moonlight feels like a soft exhale. It's an intimate ode to lingering promises, racing hearts, and rosy cheeks, something akin to glimpses of hope speckled into the stars, and it's nothing short of magical.

Indietronica four-piece Dictator emerged to the music scene in 2019. Since then, they've explored topics ranging from anger and anxiety caused by politics - to melancholic musings about the past. Moonlight is their first single stripping it all back, reminding us of their sheer talent, both musically and as poets.

"We dreamed of love, and I dreamed of you," sung by a lonely voice, only accompanied by simple piano chords, opens the song. It feels like being pulled in close, feeling the other's heartbeat steadily against your own. This feeling carries us into the chorus, timidly asking, "let me fall in love with you, let's feel too good to be true," without shame or restraints.

The drums kick in, adding a new layer of depth, and harmonies appear in the second chorus, really emphasising the lyrics' warmth. My personal favourite part of the song hits at the 2-minute mark. It feels like the moment everything clicks and falls into place, sending shivers down your spine.

Moonlight is the song I think we all need right now, reminding us of the good in people, especially during the darker days we're facing at the moment. Its grounding nature is a welcome change to the uncertainty surrounding us, and I'm genuinely excited to see what Dictator's got planned for 2021.

Listen to the song below!

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Written by Eirunn Oppheim


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