January Mixtape Of The Month: Dylan Owen – Keep Your Friends Close
Simply taking into consideration the easier and cheaper ways to categorize upcoming young lyricists today, stereotypes wouldn’t benefit Dylan Owen much. The blonde hair, blue eyed, upstate New York, one-year Ivy League attendee would be easy to throw in with many others that might fit that mold today, but Owen’s different…He cut a track with Mac Lethal as part of his 2010 mixtape Senioritis – major points.
Listing The KC underground king, Macklemore, Grieves, and plenty more as his influences and interests, a well-honed lyricism and knack for story-telling similar to his seniors definitely come off as Owen’s strengths. From the get-go, you can tell there’s a story that he believes is worth telling – and over the course of the 10-track compilation, lays it out clearly and interestingly for his increasing number of fans. Dylan Owen and his seemingly strong-knit team look like they have a good thing going…Download / stream in full below.
Highlights: “Bookmarks” / “Ghosts” / “Ithaca Is Gorgeous”
Download: Dylan Owen – Keep Your Friends Close