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Dylan – The Alibi

Growing up on the likes of AC/DC and Aerosmith, Suffolk-born singer Natasha Wood, professionally known as Dylan, was born to be a star. In 2022, the UK trailblazer was hand-picked to support Ed Sheeran on his colossal stadium tour before releasing her emphatic full-length The Greatest Thing I’ll Never Learn and ever since, she has cemented herself as one of the more exciting names rising at the moment with her wicked pop songs. Steaming ahead, Dylan’s now gearing up to embark on her biggest headline tour to date but not before she leaves her mark with her latest single “The Alibi.”

From the rockier essence of “Rebel Child” to the drum-driven “Nothing Lasts Forever,” Dylan has showcased versatility in storytelling and self-expression by honing in on her inspirations; “The Alibi” is no exception though, this time round, she’s trading in the rock world for a more ambient pop sound and it’s one that’s reminiscent of Taylor Swift.

Starting with dreamy synths so quiet you can barely hear them, the track quickly gives way to 1989-esque beats as Dylan proclaims: “But, if there was a crime / If there was a body, if there was a knife / If you told a real good, real bad lie / I’d be standing by your side / If there was a way (If there was a way) / That someone at the scene had saw your face / I could tell ’em where you were that night /You were standing by my side.

The deeply personal, yet relatable, power-pop anthem documents the aftermath of Dylan’s greatest, yet most toxic, love story as she navigates the journey of acceptance and letting go. Initially, it reflected on a dark episode in her life but, through a number of different recordings, Dylan has come to celebrate her experiences rather than dwelling on them.

“‘The Alibi’ is my Bonnie and Clyde anthem. Except I nearly let Clyde ruin my life,” she says in a press release. “For me, the song was written about having to let go of a relationship that meant a lot to me – despite it not being a healthy one – and wanting to express how much that person still meant to me after,” she explains. “I think the hardest kind of breakup is when you still think the absolute world of someone after it’s over,” she adds. “It’s taken a year to get this song right but I knew it was special the minute we wrote the first version. Ten versions later, it’s more of a celebration of love rather than loss.”

The release of “The Alibi” has allowed Dylan to reintroduce herself. It channels a more vulnerable side of the singer-songwriter as she shifts away from driving guitars and draws more focus to her crystalline voice. Alongside the latter, her current tour, which has sold out shows across the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand, solidifies that 2024 is Dylan’s year. We may only be two months in but, so far, everything’s heading in the direction to be a phenomenal consolidation of everything the star has been building towards in her career – which is a celebration of a new pop voice truly in the ascendancy – and we can’t wait to see where she takes us next!