Anthemic, bold and bursting with light, ‘In Time’ is a deliciously positive track by up and coming soul-folk artist John Dhali. Not dissimilar to the soundworld of Nick Mulvey, George Ezra and fellow northerners Elbow, ‘In Time’ is a bright, uplifting track that makes clever use of strings whilst the playfulness of tambourines and xylophone do well to offset a snarly driving bass.
Lyrically, Dhali explores this optimism even further by delving into topics such as self-exploration and spirituality. As he explains, “The song is really about not waiting around, which is funny cos I wrote it four years ago in India. I guess it was like a prophecy. It’s taken me this long to work out how to be me. It’s kinda like a declaration to myself that I’m not gonna dress up in any bullshit. We’re all here in time, and we don’t have long so I can’t waste mine being buried under some crumbling facade when what’s underneath is beautiful. I genuinely believe that the Self in everyone is divine, so I refuse to disguise or crush mine like I have in the past. Take it or leave it, here’s mine now show me yours kinda thing”
The music video that accompanies ‘In Time’ does an impressive job of continuing this sense of positivity as Dhali is followed bursting out of drab, office attire into a rainbow paint splattered t-shirt and dancing his way through the London tube network.
Having already earned airplay on Radio 1 and 2 as well as support slots for artists including Frank Turner, Scott Matthews and Lucy Spraggan, Dhali is certainly someone to keep an eye out for and an exciting prospect for the future.