Sunday, October 09, 2022

Dylan isn’t feeling romantic in her new single ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’

This new Synth-pop effort from up-and-comer Dylan chronicles loneliness and nihilism in the context of modern dating. 

Fresh from the summer festival circuit - as well as a supporting gig at Ed Sheeran’s Wembley shows in June - the singer is ramping up excitement for her upcoming mixtape ‘The Greatest Thing I’ll Never Learn’, set to be released on the 28th of October. 

The new single has a positive feel to it despite its heavy themes. Bold and maximalist in its arrangement, it shares the same charismatic appeal displayed on her ‘No Romeo’ EP, released in April of this year. The lyricism communicates a patronising indifference towards romance, which is becoming a common and tragic quality throughout her music. The lines “Hopelessly romantic, but you're not very clever/ When you gonna figure out that nothing ever lasts forever” are a harsh but spirited case-in-point.

The lavish production and upbeat grooves, however, impart a more celebratory mood. They sound like a triumphant liberation from the constraints of oppressive – and ultimately unsatisfying – commitment. Indeed, telling a guy to “get it together” and stop being pathetic is a funny subversion of traditional romantic tropes in pop music. Whether this comes off as needlessly toxic or uncompromising empowerment to the listener depends entirely on their attitude towards this type of vocabulary.

Whatever the impression, this new single convincingly demonstrates Dylan’s self-assuredness in her language and overall sound, which surely bodes well for her upcoming mixtape.


Will Kemp 

Image: ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ Official Single Cover

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