Swedish singer-songwriter Dennis Kalla may be young (he's 23), but his songs possess a remarkable maturity and emotional resonance. His voice is a crystalline thing, filled with unattainable heights and clarity. He covers the usual themes of love, hopelessness and loss, but he constructs these narratives in such a way as to render them uncommonly revelatory.
He'll be heading out to Austin, TX in a couple of weeks for South by Southwest. "I’ve been to the US a few times," he says, "doing both shows and co-writes, so playing at SXSW this year feels like the right move."
He recently shared a new single called "Beautiful Mistake," and it's a lovely little bit of devastation. Buoyed by gentle acoustic guitar plucks, some haunting piano lines and his compelling vocals, the song aims to document a hesitant hope and the loss thereof, and how our realization of these things can bring a stability to our hearts. A "sad small town-love story," according to Kalla, the track is fragile but possesses a hardened resolve, a sense of its own purpose and emotions.