Hope you’re ready to feel some good vibes because that’s what Argentine singer and songwriter Dylan Lana is sending your way on his most recent album, Dos Metros (“Two Meters”). This sunny pop-punk record is the follow up to his 2018 album Hotel N°5 and reflects the optimism that helped him keep his spirits high in a challenging year, cloistered at home, doing his best to avoid becoming yet another victim of a health crisis that spanned the globe. Somehow he made it through though and he now has a pretty solid album to share with the music-loving world!
What’s probably going to be fun for a lot of you is that Dylan is playing a style of pop-punk that has become exceedingly rare in the United States. It’s hooky, clean, and friendly, while not appearing adolescent or naive. It’s very reminiscent of once chart-topping, characterized by old souls and long bangs, such as The Ataris, American Hi-Fi, and even Sugarcult in that band’s more mature moments of reflection. It feels like music that could have been written in California in the early ’00s, but was in fact released just a few months ago, and inspired by coastlines located on the opposite side of both and a continent, and a hemisphere.
“Yo nací para no career” begins with some big sunny riffs, grabbing your attention with their guilelessness before downshifting into an acoustic ballad for the first verse. Just as you’re feeling the rhythm though, it hits the gas again and takes off, afterburners blazing! It’s an exciting little ride and a good way to start off the album. “La sombra que nos persigue” has a slightly more serious vibe, and Dylan shows it by letting the gravel in his voice rattle a little more than usual, hinting at the tired and frustrated state of mind that the track circles like a maypole. That is until it the track reaches the bridge, at which point any pretense of abdication is stripped by a torchy, sun-kissed solo. “Y ellos están” has a carless, tumbling motion to it, with a flirtatious, flickering quality to its melody that I’m sure will make for a perfect addition to someone’s wedding reception soundtrack, once normal, safe gatherings are a possibility again. Finally, the title track sends you home with the fond farewell of a Springsteen-esque ballad, whose passion becomes hotter as the full measure of its resolve becomes more insistent and apparent with each melodious bar and floor stomping beat it tosses in your lap.
There is a lot to be worried and anxious about in the world today, but Dylan Lana’s laid-back pop-punk is not one of those things. Grab a glass of something cool and sweet (and preferably spiked!) and give Dos Metros a whirl.