Vancouver Bedroom-Pop Creative young friend Signs to Nettwerk; Shares New Song + Visualizer “CRASH COURSE”
May 27, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Drew Tarves’ music as young friend feels classic and immediate all at once, capturing the summer-sun nostalgia of post-adolescence while diving deep into a pool of self-reflection. Today, the 22-year-old artist announces his signing to Nettwerk and shares the moody new alt-pop banger “CRASH COURSE.” Playing out like a contemplative scene from a movie, crunchy guitars and driving drums swirl around Tarves’ catchy chorus. Co-produced with Marinelli (Wallice, spill tab), young friend finds the perfect balance between a melancholic ode and a golden hour jam. Listen to “CRASH COURSE” on all digital platforms (here).
“This song is about being in a relationship and feeling like a burden to the other person,” Drew explains. “There are punchy guitars and heavy drums but the track is contrasted with more vulnerable lyrics.”
Watch & Share “CRASH COURSE” Visualizer Here:
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…
“…west coast king of bedroom pop production…”–Sheesh Magazine
“…Tarves’ music gives off an incomparable sincerity about the highs and lows of youth…”–LADYGUNN
“…Catchy.. and exudes a lot of groove…”–Uranium Waves
“…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