As we greet a brand new decade, we’re alive with self-reflection and future predictions. While it’s human nature to pull lessons from the past as we encounter new experiences, rap artist Dylan Owen sends a meaningful reminder that living in the present moment is the best way to embrace our constant state of evolution.
He released his latest single on Friday (Jan. 17) “We Were Only Kids Then”, greeting listeners with powerful storytelling, digging deep into the notion that life itself is the destination and that our journey represents the finish line we continually strive for.
The song’s mood is beautifully arranged using nostalgic flutes to create that sense of longing for the past. This paired with a vintage Rhodes and a driving Hip Hop drum groove builds a sense of momentum, meant to mimic the way human life is in a constant state of motion.
“See what I realize, there are no arrival points / Life is just a destination we’ve been speeding past, so if you ever steal the moment then don’t keep it trapped”
Similar to the introspective styles of Atmosphere and Mac Miller, Dylan speaks to a curious listener by pulling out truths that everyone can relate to. Relatability is one of the most compelling things about Dylan’s music; he consistently offers something that people can take and apply to themselves. “We Were Only Kids Then” stays true to his inquisitive spirit with an understanding that things can change in an instant – the impact of life’s fragility does not go unnoticed.
With his own brand of confessional, heart-on-sleeve storytelling, Dylan has built an undeniable fan following who relate to the meaning and life experiences captured in his songs. His honest lyrics have drawn comparisons to Conor Oberst and Elliott Smith.
Stream and listen to “We Were Only Kids Then” and stay connected with Dylan Owens here.
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