Since the beginning of 2022, I’ve covered a disproportionate amount of Danish music. This is for a couple of reasons: One, I’ve received a lot of good music from people who just happen to be in that area, and two, it’s something that not many people in the States are covering right now. I’ve always been more interested in sharing things that people may not have heard about yet, so it has been fulfilling for me to introduce some of these artists to new ears.
This latest single, though, may be the one that shines the spotlight onto Copenhagen and brings the attention their music scene so richly deserves. The latest from Maddy finds a fully-formed, ready-for-radio star already burning bright. She’s released a handful of singles over the last two years, but “Dum Dum Dum” is her first release with new collaborator and long-time indie rock icon Sune Wagner of The Raveonettes.
The drum and bass is grungy, contrasting with Maddy’s warm and soft vocal. The lead-in to the chorus finds her delivering the lyrics in a breathy whisper reminiscent of Billie Eliish’s “Bad Guy.” The song is quite different from her other singles, and she acknowledges as much in the words: “I left my past in the rear view mirror, not looking back it’s a brand new era.” You can feel Wagner’s influence in the message and the music, both of which fit Maddy’s voice perfectly.
Don’t be surprised if you hear this song spilling out of car windows in the coming months. It’s an excellent summer jam that will likely end up on some year-end lists as well (definitely trending toward landing on mine).