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Tyler Dial: ‘Way Back When’ – EP Review

Tyler Dial’s brand new EP, Way Back When, is out now, June 24th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new music below and check out our full review.

We always get excited when a rising artist comes on to the music scene with a sound that feels both nostalgic and fresh. Tyler Dial fits that bill! The singer-songwriter released his brand new EP, Way Back When today, and the record is full of songs that fulfill that sentiment. With just six tracks, Dial manages to share a part of his story and his music journey with fans across the country genre.

Beginning with the title track, “Way Back When,” the singer instantly sparks feelings of nostalgia. The single is reminiscent of old-school, feel-good country songs, but with a fresh take. The song is a surefire windows-down anthem

“Way back when we were so on fire // We burned both ends // Of a front seat high // you and I leaned way back then // Girl it’s been too long // But I still hang on // ‘Cause I ain’t felt that way // Since way back when”

The record continues to tug on our heartstrings with the next song, “Left Of Center.” In our conversation with Dial, he named this song as one of his favorites. The tune is a beautiful, story-telling song. Dial shared that the track is semi-autobiographical, as the verses tell his story to find music. It is clearly a special song off of the project.

Next up, “Damn, Denver” has emerged as a fan-favorite since its release. One of our personal favorites as well, the song is an all-too-familiar break-up song. Dial sings about losing a girl to a place, Denver. Interestingly enough, he gets it, since he spent a lot of time in Colorado growing up.

“You stole her heart with that blue sky // You made her dream up a mile high // You took her breath and set her free // Made her forgеt about this town and me // How could I compete? // Damn, Denver”

On the previously released, “Runnin Downhill,” Dial leans into the rock side of his musical inspirations. The song is a clear jam! Perfect for a live show, the single expresses a more adventurous side of Dial and his music.

The record culminates with the final two tracks off the EP, “Wild Thoughts” and “Still Smokin’.” “Wild Thoughts” is nostalgia on fire. The intricately beautiful tune is a love song at its deepest layer. The song is truly a beautiful moment on the project. Similarly, on the final number, “Still Smokin’,” Dial leans into the outcome of love and loss.

Overall, Dial’s project, Way Back When is an incredible feat! The six-song project is the perfect combination of personality, nostalgia, and relatability. You will fall in love with the singer and his talent the more you dig into each song on the EP.

Way Back When EP Tracklist:

  1. Way Back When
  2. Left Of Center
  3. Damn, Denver
  4. Runnin Downhill
  5. Wild Thoughts
  6. Still Smokin’
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Tyler Dial drops new EP, ‘Way Back When,’ out now.

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Way Back When EP is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.