Sally Dige’s New Track, “Holding On”, is an Anthem for Post Punk Aficionados and Dance Floor Divas Alike

The Berlin-based electro-pop artist's latest is a symphony of infectious 80s hooks, soaring synths and powerfully aching vocals.

You know you’ve stumbled upon an exceptionally decent piece of music when you have a hard time describing it. While usually it’s easy to throw words like “shimmering” and “danceable” at a electro-pop tracks and call it a day, the songs that stick with you have a lot more going on than you can classify with adjectives or references to genres. Those tracks rarely flood into our inbox, but when they do, we’re ecstatic—which is what happened when Sally Dige sent us her latest track, “Holding On.” We’re going to try to describe it for you anyway, but honestly? You should scroll down and listen for yourself ASAP.

The Berlin-based artist first caught our eye a few years back with her debut EP, Hard to Please—a collection of songs deeply tied to 80s post punk, united by a feeling of brooding yet energetic melancholy. However, “Holding On” shows that Dige has clearly grown as an artist: while the track still rings with defining elements of 80s post punk and electro like soaring synths and deeply aching vocals, it feels more urgent and resilient. “Holding On” begins with echoing layers of drums, guitars and synths full of momentum; but when the chorus hits, the song pretty much explodes, launching into energetic flurries of pulsating sound and Dige’s bellowing, Siouxsie Sioux-eque vocals unfolding in dramatic harmonies. It’s a potent mix that’s also diverse, full of musical roots and revivals that’ll please post punk aficionados and regular dance floor divas alike.

Perhaps what makes the song stand out the most, though, is the contrast between the powerful energy of the track and the heaviness of the lyrics. Dige wrote this song after a personal tragedy hit in the fall of 2015; though the instruments and production mirror her intent of making “music for preserving against the demons we create inside of ourselves”, the lyrics touch directly on hopelessness, death and unbearable human sorrow. The candidness of her songwriting adds a layer of depth to the song. As a result, it doesn’t sound like a copy of what was cool in the 80s: it sounds genuine, heartfelt as well as musically considered—making this track one of the top singles we’ve heard all summer.

Listen here, and keep your eye out for her debut album, Holding On—to be released in September as a split between Avant! (Europe) and DKA (North America). Preorder here.