Hip-hop/soul artist Timbuktu and soul/funk band Damn! have been a well-established part of the Swedish music scene for over two decades. Both individually and together, nationally and internationally, they have had huge successes. Recently, they joined forces on yet another collaboration and released the single “Göm din dröm” (translation: “Hide your dream”).
It is still early days, but we don’t think this song has received even close to enough attention and maintains its status as a hidden gem. It is certainly time for it to reach everybody’s ears.
With a jazzy melody, a glistering strike on the triangle, or a striking formulation of a lyrics line, the artists show impeccable craftsmanship down to every detail. From the first echoing piano chords of the lovely, long intro, the mood for the rest of the song is set. As the instruments join in one by one, the music goes from a luscious, although light, whisper to speaking to us in a full voice.
The soulful soundscape of this song matches both Svante Lodén’s sung vocals and Timbuktu’s (Jason “Timbuktu” Diakité) rapped ones, which speaks volumes in itself. However, the lyrics (in Swedish) left us silent after the song’s ending, deeply moved and contemplating its message. It is one of those that can carry different meanings depending on the listener, with multiple layers and no single statement.
What we do know, though, is that this is poetry in song.
The lyrics (see video above) speak about the fear of failure, to the degree where dreams and hopes are tucked away, hidden in the dark corners of our souls while still painfully growing. They speak about courage – fighting that fear while standing alone but craving togetherness. They talk about hope and hopelessness, desire and anticipation, and whether these are foolish or worthwhile. In their very essence, maybe they speak about one part of the essence of being human.
Don’t miss the instrumental version too!
Damn! members: Svante Lodén, Måns Mernsten, Måns Block, Erik Hjärpe, Gustav Lindroth, Sven Andersson, Petter Lindgård and Jens Lindgård.