Arizona native songwriter Daulton Hopkins has teamed up with the amazing Victoria Bigelow for a haunting indie-folk masterpiece, “Mona Lisa.” The track is a conversation between the idolater and the idol. A man has placed high hopes in Mona Lisa but is surprisingly disappointed when finally meeting her face to face. Mona Lisa sharply responds that the real problem is the man’s heart because she never asked to be worshiped to begin with. It exudes Manchester Orchestra meets Bon Iver vibes, and is a must-add for any moody folk playlist.
At 26, Daulton now has released 13 songs, and much to his shock has reached 14 million streams across streaming platforms. The growth has been anything but linear and required hundreds of hours of Internet-age networking and self-promotion. The effort can feel fruitless at times but has also resulted in some memorable moments and breaks. From entering his cover of “Pictures of Girls” to Wallows and winning a signed record in return to having Claudia Sulewski utilize his songs in several vlogs that ultimately multiplied his listeners tenfold, the journey has been wild and unpredictable, but ultimately one worth continuing.
Keep an eye out for more music from Daulton Hopkins this summer. For now, check out “Mona Lisa” below.