Up and comer Mattia Pironti is back this fall with his stealthiest single yet in “Don’t Stand a Chance,” the first official cut off of his rookie release Mirror, and he’s justifiably getting a lot of accolades from critics over its content. “Don’t Stand a Chance” comes together slowly but surely, featuring a powerful vocal that works against the grain of a vicious rhythmic vortex. The bass tones are thick and the grooves among the biggest Pironti has produced thus far in his career, but the real moneymaker in this track is the melodic meld of instrumental and vocal colors in the chorus, which stood out to me as being one of the more memorable I’ve listened to in the whole of November.
In his poetic verses, Mattia Pironti dabbles in enigmas and riddles that don’t go too far down the rabbit hole but nevertheless come across as multi-interpretive and astutely intimate. His vocal is unsurprisingly the most assaultive element in “Don’t Stand a Chance,” but I didn’t find it to be over the top or too intense at all. I think that Pironti sounds best when he’s going as hard as he can at a verse, because in his romantic drawl he can turn almost anything into a chest-beating battle cry when it suits the mood of the music. I do think that he could’ve given us a little more of himself in the lead-in to the first chorus, but I like this track much more than I did “Until Sunrise” or “Get Away” just the same.
If “Don’t Stand a Chance” is on the same level as all of the music that Mattia Pironti plans on releasing in the 2020s will be, he’ll have a likely chance at breaking through to American audiences much sooner than later, just as he has with Canadians in the last year or so. Mirror is about to drop, and though I haven’t heard any of its contents other than this track, there’s more than enough evidence in “Don’t Stand a Chance” to convince me that it’s going to be a worthwhile listen this winter. Pironti is well on his way to stardom in this single, and I can’t imagine that I’m the only critic who thinks so.