If you're yet to hear about Dahlia Sleeps, then you better start taking note. This year has seen them release their debut EP Breathe, feature on Glastonbury's Emerging Talent longlist and sell out their headline show, all while racking up millions of song plays in the process. Making a name for themselves with their penchant for combining pop hooks and introspective lyrics with emotional vocals and luscious production, their new single "Rise" provides more of the same, and that's not a bad thing.
Speaking about the song, singer Lucy Hill told Complex: "Very few members of the LGBTQIA+ community will have made it to where they are today without having had painful experiences of homophobia. 'Rise' is about one particular run-in I had when I was in the early stages of coming out and was told by a young man that I must have been abused to 'turn out that way'. I look back at that moment now with a sense of empowerment because of the strength I have built from being part of this amazing, supportive, loud community of queer people. It was a really important song for me to write — to show that these people will never win."
Catch Dahlia Sleeps at their headline show at The Lexington on March 15 2018.