Track of the Day: Ian Dencker – Calm Before The Storm

A relatively new name on the scene, Australia-based Ian Dencker saw 2021 as his breakout year as a singer-songwriter. Influenced by the likes of Radiohead and Travis, the former chorister’s music brings a contemporary vibe to old-school indie sounds. Receiving success with his debut single ‘Gloria Patri’ in early 2021, Dencker went on to win the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. We are pleased to review and introduce you to this talented musician with his single ‘Calm Before The Storm’.

Following his track ‘Slow Train’, ‘Calm Before The Storm’ adopts an almost 80s-pop style with soothing instrumentation and interspersed synths. As with the majority of his releases, ‘Calm Before The Storm’ was penned during the Sydney Lockdown when the world was facing a great deal of uncertainty. Yet, despite the turmoil, confusion and frustration, Dencker continued to create positive vibes for listeners leaving a trail of optimism and joy in his sonic path. Slow, smooth and languid, it is easy to fall into a dreamy, happy haze when listening to ‘Calm Before The Storm’.

It’s a bad pun but the track certainly portrays a sense of calm – calm before the storm, if you will. We are never sure what the future holds but being in this kaleidoscopic bubble gives peace of mind that there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Dencker’s bold, rich and dynamic vocals underlie the chilled-out melody and lull you into a sleep with the dulcet tone. Unfortunately, this is the calm before the storm, but it makes you believe there is no danger approaching; at least that’s what you want to believe.

Overall, I quite enjoyed ‘Calm Before The Storm’ along with Dencker’s other singles. It’s a relaxed ballad that can be played in the background any time of day or night.

For more from Ian Dencker check out his Spotify.

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