In 2020 Australian music artist Dino Jag released Can’t Keep Still, a superb funk pop-rock track with a tonne of hooks, a hypnotic groove and a stirring, high-energy vocal performance. The song generated a lot of radio play and streams and was only kept from the AIR charts #1 position by none other than Kylie Minogue. The track’s success reasserted the status of this noted South Australian singer-songwriter.
Just as the pandemic was the indirect inspiration for Can’t Keep Still ( a ban on public dancing), so too has it provided yet another starting point for Dino’s creativity, excellently revealed via his latest single, When the Day Comes. As Dino says about the inspiration behind the track, ‘When I was working on When the Day Comes, we were in the thick of all the snap lockdowns and travel restrictions across Australia. That kind of isolation also creates the perfect storm for reflection. And I guess with all the uncertainty that was going on, I also started to look back and question some of the choices I’ve made in my life, and some of those musings found their way into the song.’
When the Day Comes was written during a series of online writing and production sessions with Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney). The new song contains a little of the old and a little of the new—a well-balanced combination of shining pop allure and classic semi-ballad fare.
However, its high-spirited mood and feel are undoubtedly due to Dino’s vocal performance, one that cleverly invited technology in without letting it take over; a raw expression of unmasked, unfettered emotion remaining, imbibing the track with an exceptionally fresh yet familiar tone. The lyric plays an important role here, a personal yet accessible narrative that touches on loss, hope, ambition, and human connection. The award-winning musician will undoubtedly be riding high with When the Day Comes, a worthy addition to his notable accomplishments.