I’ve always been a fan of rap that goes deep into storytelling. When I say this I mean tracks like Stan by Eminem, I Got a Story to Tell by The Notorious B.I.G., Impossible by Wu-Tang Clan, and obviously Self Care by Mac Miller. Songs that go deep into both their personal lives, dark narrative undertones, and take you on a journey that allows you to create a cinematic marvel in your head of the stories that unfold. They’re gems that come out every so often and leave you floored. Dylan Owen has just dropped one of these tracks.
Giving me flashbacks to Mac Miller in many ways, How To Move Mountains is the artist’s most personal single to date. It’s raw, projecting unfiltered thoughts on his journey through life to the mass public in a way that’s conversational. Like you’re sat in his living room, away from the hometown where you grew up together, and he’s recounting all he’s gone through, passing his knowledge onto you. His lyrical waxes are inspirational and life affirming, raising you from devastating lows to the top of mountains where you can see the beauty of all that life offers. From the production to the flow, Dylan Own has moved mountains to create this Goliath single.
“To put it lightly, How To Move Mountains means a lot to me. I open up in it about the experiences that precipitated the Take Care Of Yourself EP. Over the last few years, I felt the mountain highs of traveling to California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Brazil & recording music I had chipped away at for years, leaving behind a tiny town and house where I had all the open space in the world but still felt claustrophobic. In these high moments, I embraced some things that truly make me happy & helped bring a sense of peace to every day: self-care, meditation, hiking with friends, and writing & reading only for myself. In my most challenging moments, I encountered valleys perhaps lower than I ever had before at least in a few years. Questions about my career, my daydreams, my closest relationships all got heavier. So I focused on taking one breath at a time. That led me to taking one step at a time. And when you take enough steps, you look back and see a mountain that you realise you’ve climbed.”