Single Review: I Could Use a Miracle // Dent May

Dent May released his latest single ‘I Could Use a Miracle’ on 26th June which will feature on his upcoming album Late Checkout due for release on 21st August via Carpark Records. This track is an anthem that I think we all need to hear at the moment: it is a tale of looking for success and trying to find our way in the world. May explains, “This song is about going through trying times, living in a world gone mad yet holding on to hope that things will get better.”, adding “I hope it gives listeners some comfort”. 

This track combines pop with Motown inspired strong guitar strings and drums, keys and violin to make a catchy tune that is both relatable and an absolute bop. Dent lists classic influences including Randy Newman and Carole King, but this new song also combines a new modern, dreamy edge that reminds me of Caroline Rose and Faye Webster. 

May’s vocals are inward-looking and self aware, telling the story of someone looking for success and looking for a miracle to shake up their monotonous, stale life. The retro sound matches the aesthetic and romantic 70s palette for the cover art and music video. The music video shows the protagonist relaying a fake life and happiness to their family , despite struggling and being desperate for their big break. 

Let’s not lie, the repeated line “Something good is bound to happen soon” feels all too real right now – so let’s all jam together and hope one comes soon. When looking at his earlier work, this track marks a new maturity of sound which I am looking forward to delving into when his new album is released. 

Words by Elle Woods-Marshall

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