Vancouver Bedroom-Pop Artist young friend Shares Nostalgic Summer Song “WHEN WE WERE KIDS”

July 1, 2022 BY Jason Currell

After making a splash with the hard-hitting single “CRASH COURSE,” 22-year-old Vancouver bedroom-pop artist young friend continues to deliver with the new nostalgic reflection, “WHEN WE WERE KIDS.” Doused in golden hour vibes, young friend provides the perfect song for your summer cruise playlist. Listen to “WHEN WE WERE KIDS” on all digital retailers (here).

“WHEN WE WERE KIDS is meant to feel like an old home video,” explains Drew Tarves“This track is driven by nostalgia, reflecting on the carefree feeling of being a kid. WWWK was written at a time in my life when I felt afraid to grow up and take on new responsibilities.”

Co-produced with Kev White (Brazzi, Adam Levine, Jason Derulo, Chelsea Cutler) of the Grammy-nominated producing duo Rice N’ Peas, young friend has made fans at tastemaker media outlets like LadyGunnEARMILKThe Luna Collective, and SHEESH Media who praised his “summer anthems” and “otherworldly” sound.

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With songs that sound like the last few coveted days of summer, 22-year-old Drew Tarves’ hopeful and honest perspective on the highs and lows of youth are embedded in his lyrics.

A trained dancer for most of his adolescence, the Vancouver native switched artistic disciplines after spending time jamming with his musician friends. “I found out very quickly that I loved it,” he recalls. “It was my favorite thing to do.” Armed with a guitar and a laptop, Tarves started hashing out early songwriting attempts on Garage Band as he found his own style that suited him: “It was all about experimenting while trying to find what worked for me.”

After releasing the buzz-building and rap-leaning mixtape yours kindly, in 2019, Tarves continued to refine his sound—drawing from the intimate indie rock of inspirations like Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers, and Andy Shauf—amassing millions of streams with a series of singles released over the last two years.

young friend IN THE PRESS…

“…summer anthems that sound otherworldly…”


“…young friend has established himself as a rising act in heartfelt pop, building an expansive sonic world brimming warm nostalgia and self-reflection.”


“…Tarves’ music gives off an incomparable sincerity about the highs and lows of youth…”


“…honest and bold…”

–The Luna Collective

“…perfect for any adolescent movie. Just wait for A24 to get this in a movie because, truth be told, it already has the storytelling ability to be a scene in one…”


“…it is rare to encounter a new artist who immediately catches your ear and makes you develop an unhealthy obsession… which is exactly what happened to me with young friend…”

–When The Horn Blows

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