The “Crave” in What You Hate
Released on October 28th, Dylan Dunlap has returned with his new cinematic and lush single, “Crave.” Found in his newest EP of the same name, “Crave” can overall be described as a step in the right direction for personal growth.
LA-based Dunlap developed a love for music at a very young age. As a teen, Dunlap left Berklee College of Music to get a head start on his music career, and since then, he has toured across the US and the UK, dropped his debut EP Things I Can’t Explain and demonstrated a versatile songwriting prowess. In November 2019, Dunlap released what would become his breakout single, “If That’s Alright,” which has amassed over 45 million streams. On top of his artist pursuits, Dunlap has also received the “Fighting Stigma Rising Star” award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has partnered with Global Citizen, Autism Rocks, LA’s Children Hospital among many other organizations.
Speaking on the effects of trauma, “Crave” is a song that hits home for many of its listeners. Beginning with a simple yet engaging acoustic introduction, Dunlap’s vocal prowess shines through in just the first few verses. He speaks on his father and the grudges he has towards him. Going into detail, Dunlap specifically wishes that he didn’t still want the fatherly love that he was supposed to receive at a younger age. These feelings still linger on, however, even as adulthood continues forward. Overall, the chorus is the definite highlight of this song, as it is incredibly emotional in its delivery and perfectly encapsulates how these realizations can be greatly upsetting. Moving forward is never easy, and this is acknowledged and more through melancholic lyrics and the desire to continue on regardless.