Artist: Dylan Menzie
Album: Adolescent Nature
Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Acoustic
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Letter Grade: A-
By: Maggie Harder
This PEI gentleman is making a name for himself on music scene, being called the, “next big voice in Canadian music” (CBC). He released his first album, Heather Avenue in 2013, and last May, he turned out this new collection of coming-of-age tunes with the apt title, Adolescent Nature.
If Vance Joy, Mumford and Sons, Lord Huron and The Lumineers poured their sound into one artist, you would get Dylan Menzie. His music has a gentle, bright mood—the sort of music you would hear playing in a quaint coffee shop. Menzie’s music feels like sunlight peeking through the trees, making everything glow just right.
With relaxed, acoustic vibes, he illustrates that time in your teen years when you are trying to figure out who you are and plays in the grey areas along the way. The third song of the album, “Looking Back,” tickles that place in your mind reserved for summer nights. The rest of the album shares that same raw, magical uncertainty. He connects with that unknowing anticipation, sprinkling the perfect dose of vulnerability.
Adolescent Nature closes your eyes, takes your hand and shows you a story of finding yourself, and it’s a pleasure to walk the path.
Menzie is currently touring across Eastern Canada, bringing his carefree sound to Guelph, Sarnia, Toronto, Ottawa and more. You can listen to his interview with Warren and Taiya of The Party Podcast here.