Today, DYLAN shares her anticipated new single ‘Girl Of Your Dreams’, her first release for Island Records. As premiered on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 ‘Future Artists’ show in the Power Play slot, the track arrives alongside a new video, co-directed by Dylan and Carla Dauden.
‘Girl Of Your Dreams’ is a headrush of spiky energy that sits somewhere between pop perfection and a classic stadium rocker. The track is defined by a reckless sense of momentum, seamlessly merging alt-rock and pop sensibilities to create a sound that is unmistakably Dylan. Honed into its current form by months on the road, it is the product of a popstar who truly understands the power of live performance.
“Girl of Your Dreams is very simple and straight to the point.” notes Dylan. “The day I wrote it, I was feeling a lot of frustration towards someone who sadly had absolutely no interest in me. Ultimately, they hadn’t done anything wrong, so instead of writing a “screw you” song, I wrote a “want me!” song.
Fresh off of a UK stadium tour in support of Ed Sheeran, which included five sold out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium – Dylan might only be at the beginning of her journey as one of the UK’s most exciting new pop talents, but she’s had her sights set on big things since her childhood.
Raised on a diet of classic rock and big riffs, she spent her early years atop her kitchen table, plywood guitar in hand. “I would stand there and shout, ‘hello Wembley!’ – that’s how I started a gig with my band when I was 11 too.”, she recalls.
The 22-year-old – whose real name is Tash Woods – might be destined for pop glory, but the influence of more alternative sounds colours her tongue-in-cheek characterisation of herself as “a wannabe rock star in a pop star’s body”. Since 2019, she’s been on a journey to find her own voice, moving through more electronic-focused, synth-pop songs (‘Good Enough’) and mournful piano ballads (‘IKWYDLN’).
After two EPs, 2021 brought three singles in ‘Nineteen’, ‘You’re Not Harry Styles’ and ‘No Romeo’ that started to shape the real Dylan sound – big pop hooks driven by crunchy guitars, candid dissections of her life and loves into incisive, memorable lyrics.
That candidness is part of what has already scored her praise from the likes of Notion, MTV, Vogue Italia, The Line Of Best Fit and BBC Introducing; UK support slots with Yungblud, Bastille, Ed Sheeran and an EU run with Tate McRae; inspiring an incredibly loyal and passionate fanbase to form around her.
As she looks toward a summer of festival performances, a sold out UK headline tour and a steady stream of impeccable pop anthems, Dylan looks destined to continue hooking people into her world, rapidly expanding that fanbase in a big way. As it does so, she’s keeping her ambitions fittingly bold. “I want to be respected as a songwriter – for me it really is just about the music,” she explains. “And I want to headline Wembley – that’s everything I’ve had my sights on.”
23 July – King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels*
24th July – Latitude Festival
29th July – Mercury Lounge, New York City*
31st July – Lollapalooza, BMI Stage, Chicago
1st August – School Night, Los Angeles
6th August – Øresundsparken, Copenhagen*
26th August – Leeds Festival
27th August – Feastival
28th August – Reading Festival
21- 24th September – Reeperbahn Festival
24th September – Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt*
1st October – Neighbourhood Festival
30th October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – SOLD OUT
31st October – SWG3, Glasgow – SOLD OUT
2nd November – Student Union, Newcastle – SOLD OUT
4th November – Gorilla, Manchester – SOLD OUT
5th November – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham – SOLD OUT
6th – Arts Centre, Norwich – SOLD OUT
7th – KOKO, London – SOLD OUT
9th – Fleece, Bristol – SOLD OUT
10th – Patterns, Brighton – SOLD OUT