We are back with the newest scoop of international rising stars. Our highlight of today is straight from the European charts: Scottish alt-pop artist Dylan Fraser. He was recently named to Spotify’s ‘Radar’ Program, showcasing emerging artists to watch, and he’s been active on the UK festival circuit with an upcoming performance at Live at Leeds in October. It’s about time the USA gets to know this music gem as well! After his roof-shattering success with his first album The Storm in 2020, he is now bringing out his third EP 2030 Revolution. Of course, the EP has already received an impressive 8/10 rating from UK magazine The Line of Best Fit.  2030 Revolution includes the two previously released singlesVampire” ft. Alaska Reid and “Apartment Complex from the Eastside,” co-written by Samia. Both of them were praised and highlighted by Billboard in their 10 Pop Songs You Need To Know.

For the release of the album Dylan also shared an explosively creative music video for his title track “2030 Revolution”. Check it out!

The video begins with Dylan stepping into the frame and starting to paint the screen. Slowly he creates an increasingly more abstract scene that kinda reminds me of how it feels inside when the anxiety hits. His raspy, deep voice fills your head with the prospect of a dark dystopian future that awaits us in 2030 (a time not that far away from now). Although the tune feels very singable it still carries a rather cynical and depressive message. But how can you blame him? With the pandemic and the climate crisis raging on Dylan is right: “We’re not gonna make it out”. Welp.

The EP draws inspiration from the musician’s inner turmoil. It is a way of therapeutic introspection with the goal of self-validation. The young Scott is creating a very relatable musical masterpiece using these tracks to document this all-too-familiar fear of finding purpose while offering a fresh lens on the uncertainties we all face throughout modern life.

He perfectly packs the emotional rollercoaster of fear, excitement, and trembling uncertainty into the synth-laden tunes and industrial soundscapes. It highlights Dylan’s talent for bridging various different genres with ease, one of his strengths. He collaborated on 2030 Revolution with his longtime music partner Jonah Summerfield and Ivor Novello-nominated Rob Milton.

Over the course of the summer, Dylan has been making his name on the live circuit, playing numerous UK festivals, including Barn on the Farm, where Dylan shared the stage with Holly Humberstone, JP Saxe, Maisie Peters, and more for a one-off performance. Check out his new EP 2030 Revolution below and let us know what you think!

German/Polish student located in the Bay Area, exploring the US through music and art. Follow me on Insta @nicoleworldtraveller to join me on my adventures!
German/Polish student located in the Bay Area, exploring the US through music and art. Follow me on Insta @nicoleworldtraveller to join me on my adventures!

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