LA-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Dunlap is back today with the beautiful ‘Serotonin’.
This is talent who I have featured in the past and still never tire of. Dunlap bravely wears his heart on his sleeve to create lyricism that is refreshingly honest, making his songs relatable and a source of comfort to absolutely everyone.
“‘Serotonin’ is a conversation about the realities of living with depression. It feels like a turning point for me as a writer because I’ve finally found the words to express it with confidence. The worst thing you can tell somebody is ‘you’re fine’. This song is a reminder to listen more to those in our life that could be hurting and hiding it. It’s liberating to talk this openly about learning to love my brain despite the insecurities.
I have a huge respect for up and coming artists who are unafraid to open up their hearts as deeply as Dylan Dunlap does. It shows a level of inner strength that is both inspirational and admirable.
This track looks back at a time when Dunlap was growing up with his father, and carries with it some of the most powerful lyrics that I have heard all week.
“With it, I’m choosing to open up the conversation about toxic masculinity, alcoholism, depression/ anxiety, the diagnosis of my mental health condition, and coping through it all while still allowing room to grieve. My dad took off six years ago this summer and since then, there has been nothing but the craziest updates that could write a soap opera. I feel like this song can finally be my opportunity to share my perseverance into adulthood and my refusal to worry about turning into him any longer. ‘I try so hard to think I’m not my father, I forget about what makes me who I am’ sums up that message in the pre. I think it’s way more effective to sing from a vulnerable place than try to sound/ look like somebody else.”