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South London’s DAHLIA Gather Strength On “Breathe”

“It’s about that moment where you know you should take a step back but obviously you’re not going to.”

October 13, 2015

South London duo DAHLIA's debut track "Breathe" is, as the title might suggest, a sensitive, pretty thing. However, it is not at all fragile. Featuring skeletal production by Luke Hester and aching vocals by Lucy Hill, it begins small with a simple key progression and Hill's singing at half-strength, Why would I waste my time? But the track slowly swells as it proceeds and Hill's conviction grows: Take my hand and show me what your deal is.

"I guess ["Breathe"] is about being torn, and maybe a little torn up," she explained in an email to The FADER. "When somebody is kind of perfect but you know that they’re not in the same place as you. It’s about that moment where you know you should take a step back but obviously you’re not going to." Lovelorn listeners, take note; check it out below.

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South London’s DAHLIA Gather Strength On “Breathe”