Swirling in a loop where talent and ambition fuel one other, Melbourne's IV Dante look set to live up to the promise bestowed upon them by so many. Perfectly described by triple j's Dave Ruby Howe as “Glossy but energetic rock”, IV Dante's latest single #800080 beams like incendiary light through the night sky, shimmering with epic, delay-soaked guitars and ethereal, heartfelt vocals. Engineered by Sam Swain (Kasey Chambers, DNCE) #800080 leads the way for an upcoming EP – an exciting new chapter in the career of a young but highly accomplished songwriter.
An artist barely in his 20s, IV Dante (the nom de plume of Danté Peluso) cultivates the perfect middle ground between youthfulness and an old soul – culminating in a banquet of everything from grandiose '80s pop to polished modern indie. Wielding the highly capable lineup of bassist Clynton Royle and drummer Isaac Prete, IV Dante are able to take simple, beautiful songs and give them the energy and aerodynamic lift required to take flight. Piloting this jumbo jet is Danté himself, a singer with a true gift for balancing power with subtlety.
Named after the hexadecimal code for a particularly vivid purple, #800080 further plays to IV Dante's love for the pseudonymic. Its lyrics are layered with ambiguity and hidden meaning, taking universal staples of love, heartbreak and redemption, and gifting them with depth and texture beyond their simple truths. It is a song with both revealing honesty and guarded personal significance. Stripping its bombast and its secrecy aside, #800080's layers can be peeled back to reveal a humble acoustic song that practically wrote itself.
Due for release later in the year, the EP is a small but important showcase of what IV Dante is capable of... the next of many milestones for a band already being touted as one of Australia's brightest up-and-coming talents.