Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Gardner releases his debut album, Adventures in Real Time, via Warner Bros Records today. Co-produced by Gardner and Jack Dragonetti (The Submarines, Jack Drag), the album is a stellar showcase for the 18-year-old Illinois native’s brisk hooks, high-spirited melodies, and a musical eclecticism that reflects his deep love for his pop-rock predecessors, including The Beatles, Ben Folds, and Vampire Weekend.
Gardner first began to attract attention with the album’s opening track “Let’s Get Started” when he put it up on Spotify earlier this year. After being included on a popular playlist called “Smart Is The New Sexy,” the track caught fire and began racking up plays. (It is now close to three million.) Watch the official video here.
Raised in both Illinois and Arizona and now based in Los Angeles, Gardner has been playing piano, guitar, and drums, as well as writing songs since he was a kid. His father, Mark, was the bassist in ’80s Chicago power-pop band The Kind and young Dylan pored over his dad’s record collection, becoming deeply enamored with such classic artists as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors. Before recording Adventures in Real Time, Gardner studied the techniques detailed in Brian Kehew’s 500-page tome Recording The Beatles. You can also watch his mash-up of songs from Side Two of Abbey Road, #DylanBreaksTheBeatles, here.
Gardner will hit the road for a string of U.S. shows in January and then again in March. Please see below for all tour dates.
The track-listing for Adventures in Real Time is as follows:
Let’s Get Started
I’m Nothing Without You
Too Afraid To Love You
I Think I’m Falling for Something
Sing For The Stars
Feeling of Love
With A Kiss
01/13 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant & Music Club
01/17 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
02/08 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
03/10 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2
03/11 Boston, MA Café 939 at Berklee
03/12 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
03/13 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
03/15 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort
03/25 Indianapolis, IN Grove Haus
03/26 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
03/28 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry