Premiere: DNDR’s Glowing Debut “Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind”

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DNDR’s debut single “Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind” is a bright and buoyant electropop anthem of human strength and perseverance.

You’re carrying the sun on your shoulders…

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Swedish duo DNDR are taking the stage with majestic energy and trembling emotion: Debut single “Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind” is a bright and buoyant electropop anthem of human strength and perseverance.

Drunken nights on love and thunder,
and where do we go

Sunlight’s gone and I wonder,
am I on my own

You’re lost in your mind Dandelion
You sleep with your eyes open wide
“Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind” – DNDR

Atwood Magazine is proud to be introducing DNDR today through the world premiere of “Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind,” a pulsing piece of  shimmering sonic light. The lead single off their forthcoming debut EP sets the stage for the Swedish duo of Ludwig Jonsson and Ola Pålsson, who met in Los Angeles call Sweden their home. Though opposites on paper – Pålsson is of punk and indie roots, whilst Jonsson is of the electronica world – DNDR came together seamlessly. “We wanted to create music to make crowds dance and let people escape reality for a moment,” Jonsson says.

This vision becomes a reality with “Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind,” where Ola Pålsson’s stunningly sweet falsetto whisks listeners into a dream. “You’re carrying the sun on your shoulders, shine a little light on your own mind,” he sings with effortless grace. Falling in-between The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” and Disclosure’s “Latch” (ft. Sam Smith), DNDR’s debut single marries energy and emotion with raw warmth and pop polish.

Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind - DNDR

Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind – DNDR

You’re carrying the
sun on your shoulders,
shine a little light
on your own mind

Complementing their song’s fluorescent synth-laden rays of light are heavy, intimately knowing lyrics that recognize and attempt to alleviate one’s burden. “The song is about opening up and letting go, looking in and letting out,” DNDR tell Atwood Magazine. “It’s also about trying not to carry around someone else’s weight and not taking things too seriously, creating problems where there aren’t any… and love, always love!”

Longing and hope blend through rich lyricism in DNDR’s second verse. Emotional strain bubbles to the surface as the duo lay everything on the table, begging for emotional release and human connection:

Sunk my eye in you my love
and what do we know
Let your bleeding heart show,
it’s your touch I wanna know
I’m in love with your light,
and you want what you don’t know

Out everywhere August 10, 2018, “Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind” is just the beginning for DNDR. As Ludwig Jonsson and Ola Pålsson continue to introduce their new project this year and next, one can’t help but wonder how far their music could go. Echoing giants like AVICII, Disclosure, and more, DNDR is an exciting newcomer and artist to watch.

Stream “Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind” exclusively on Atwood Magazine and share your own thoughts on this debut below!

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Shine A Little Light On Your Own Mind - DNDR

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