Dark Tropics: Pop-Noir Duo Continues to Impress with New Single ‘I Bet You Can’

Pop-Noir Duo Continues to Impress with New Single ‘I Bet You Can’: Irish pop-noir duo, Dark Tropics, has been making waves in the music industry with their unique sound that blends cinematic ideals with contemporary pop. With support from various tastemakers and media outlets, including BBC 6Music, Radio 1, KEXP, and KCRW, the duo has built a reputation for crafting vibrant and catchy songs.

Their latest release, ‘I Bet You Can,’ is set to release in late April 2023, and it promises to be a treat for their fans. The single captures the duo’s timeless ideals and blends them with a contemporary, magnetic pull. With a stunning vocal performance from singer Rio, the track channels the frenetic energy and euphoric mania of Florence And The Machine and Primal Scream.

The hooks in ‘I Bet You Can’ are laden with Welch-ian exhilaration, building up to a maelstrom crescendo of keys, brass, and alt-pop percussion. It’s a song that embraces youth, encourages dancing through uncertainty, and avoids the perils of petty discontent.

Dark Tropics is set to headline in Belfast and support Belle & Sebastian on their Irish tour later this year, and their latest single proves that they continue to show their versatility as artists. With their ability to craft vibrant contemporary pop, it’s no wonder they have captured the attention of tastemakers and media outlets alike.

Already championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq and Kevin Cole, the duo’s embrace of the future with ‘I Bet You Can’ shows their willingness to experiment and push boundaries in their music. With a reputation for being song crafters of vibrant contemporary pop, Dark Tropics is a duo to watch out for in the music industry.


The formation of Dark Tropics was inevitable. Drawn together by a bond that stretched from Ireland to Morocco, musicians Rio and Gerard found common ground in the form of Radiohead, Aretha Franklin and The Velvet Underground. Armed with the influences of William Somerset Maugham, Paul Auster and John Cooper-Clarke, the pair formed a partnership – one that relies equally on instinct and guile.

Their creative vision has bore fruit with timeless, cinematic Pop-Noir. Powered by analogue instruments and retro recording techniques the music sways and breathes naturally. Their themes are everywhere – the burning highs of lust, the fragility of heartache, the sting of betrayal. A meld of contemporary and classic, individuality and universality, the scope of Dark Tropics is limited only by how far down the rabbit hole you wish to follow.

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