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Dante’ Pope Still Has ‘Regret’

By Jaci Jedrych

Capitalizing on his gospel and soul background, Dante’ Pope released the music video for the latest single of his solo career, “Regret.”

Before releasing music under his own name, the D.C. native was drummer and music director for soul group The Crossrhodes, with whom he toured nationally, including an appearance with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. He has done solo tours as well, at famous locations such as John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Rockwood Music Hall, DC Jazz Festival, and The House of Blues Chicago.

“Regret” explores unrequited emotions. The heartfelt lyrics blend with Pope’s catchy melodies, topped off with electronic finishing details. His music is rooted in his religious origin, which he uses to perpetuate the legacy of Black American music. 

On his process, Pope said, “My typical process is to use instruments from traditional to classic soul; Rhodes, drums, guitar, bass, and add vocals after the instrumental arrangement is done since I’m an instrumentalist first.”

This go-round, I wanted to challenge myself to incorporate that feeling and classic soul sound into the current electronic trap-soul vibe. The lyrics came first, and I colored around it with a bunch of sonic elements, acoustic and electronic.”

The video is shot in black and white, displaying stark silhouettes. 

“This song is about the in-between of moving on and the nostalgia of a lost love. The music video, directed by F.K. White, featuring Mukasi, was designed to highlight the allure and fine line of relationships and many nuances.”

Fans of Daniel Caesar or Pharrell Williams should check out Dante’ Pope’s music, for its delicate balance of electronic and natural elements. 

This track has been added to our Alchemical Weekly YouTube Playlist

Jaci Jedrych

Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.

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