Anger can be a hell of a catalyst for great music. And for Toronto alt-pop artist, DYLYN, not only did some brilliant music result from her dark and explosive feelings, but it was a cathartic to unleash her pent up emotions. On her debut 7-song album, Sauvignon and a Kimono, DYLYN found a way to build an emotionally charged, honest record that is re-writing the definition of alt-pop. We all know that alt-pop rose from the ashes of emo, but the Canadian pop starlet has found a way to incorporate more electro-pop, punk and a healthy dose of ’80s synth. Combine that formula with her grounded and gravelly vocals.
“Writing this record was a therapy session dedicated to the last three years of my life,” DYLYN said of Sauvignon and a Kimono. “I wanted to incorporate 80s synth, punk garage style drums to match my deep vocals – mixing the old with the new. It helped pin point exactly how I was feeling. Through the breakups, family breakups, the ups and downs – I was able to release songs chronologically synced to the stages of my emotions.”
On one of the highlight tracks, “Wolf”, certainly has that throwback vibe. Its synth rhythms and spunky beats would fit in as a part of the soundtrack for the ’80s TV series, Miami Vice, with its pastel pop collared shirts. And it totally fits the meaning and inspiration of the song. “The newest track “Wolf” is a direct reflection of how I felt about men post breakup,” said DYLYN. “You become reckless, rebellious and ultimately don’t give a shit about other peoples feelings.”
That untamed attitude translates throughout the entirety of Sauvignon and a Kimono and stands up to and surpasses a lot of its contemporary counterparts like Katy Perry‘s Witness. There are only a handful of alt-pop artists that can translate their dark, difficult reality into an uptempo musical masterpiece. DYLYN has found that formula.
Check out the debut release, Sauvignon and a Kimono, by DYLYN on Spotify below and do not forget to pick up the album on iTunes now!
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