For years, Dylan Meek has made his presence felt as a gifted sideman. He has collaborated and performed with Post Malone, Quavo, Miguel, Stanaj, Questlove, and of course, his brother Buck Meek of Big Thief. Now, the virtuosic player is turning inward to focus on his own sound. The result is a gorgeous collection of soul infused R&B, the 7-song All I Need (expected February 18th, 2022).
Today, Meek is sharing the fourth single from his debut, the intimate and moving “Let’s Dance”. The stark track puts Meek’s gorgeous harmonies on full display over warbling keys, blossoming into a moving string arrangement. On the single, he explains –
“As I grow and age, more and more I understand the value of friendship. Whether it be family, friends, or a romantic partner, having someone in your life who has had such a special and loving impact on you is priceless. This love song is dedicated to that irreplaceable human relationship in my life and to whomever has that person in theirs.”
It comes on the heels of his previous singles, the carefree euphoria of “Let’s Dance”, the instant classic “Shining Stars”, featuring a stuttering drum groove and syncopated bass that invokes D’Angelo, and his debut single, “Sweet Summer”, which perfectly captured the euphoria of this past season. It’s a stunning group of singles from one of LA’s new voices.
Dylan Meek’s new full length record, All I Need, is a prism filled with sunlight and songs that worship freedom. It holds the collective swagger of the hundreds of masters that Dylan has collaborated with since he was a young boy, transmuted through a new century, through love songs and heart sleeve confessions and synthesis and humor. This is soul in space. The human voice exploding. If Nelson Riddle and D’angelo ran an icehouse on the Devil’s Backbone, this is the music they would book on a Saturday night.