Premiere: Dylan Gardner's acoustic rendering of "Always Far Away"

John Michael Fulton

The singer-songwriter offers up a sorrowful performance of regret.

When left to his own devices, singer-songwriter Dylan Gardner can hypnotize by only his voice and a guitar--with a subtle command and raw vulnerability. As part of Amazon Music's Love Me Not playlist, for all those scorned lovers out there, Gardner wrote and recorded the smoldering "Always Far Away," in which he longs after someone who is just out of reach. Allowing himself to reflect on things that could have been but never will be, he showcases a very different side to his storytelling. In a brand new acoustic performance--premiering exclusively today--the 20-year-old peels back the layers of the lyrics and delivers a haunting and cutting moment. "I guess I did it, too, with the way I thought of you. So, now you know there's just no more to this," he warbles, the Beatles influence bubbling up to the surface into his phrasing.

"You got me turning in my sleep, thinking of the possibilities. There's something in my head that wonders if it's worth the chase," he later considers. "You're always far away..."

On the song's inspiration, he explains to Popdust, "'Always Far Away' is a different side of me, usually my songs are forward-looking but this one has a mournful side. It's a song about missing someone. Someone who might be right there, but unreachable"

"Always Far Away" is a one-off release, a separate project from his forthcoming new studio album, Almost Real, expected to drop later this year via Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Matt Rad, known for his work with Demi Lovato, Pentatonix and many others, the record follows 2014's debut Adventures in Real Time and is anchored with the new single "Sign Language."

The Love Me Not playlist also contains contributions from Seattle's Tacocat (reinventing the Dolly Parton classic "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That"), JD McPherson (with Erasure's "A Little Respect"), South Carolinian rockers Susto ("Serial Monogamist"), Kadhja Bonet (with a cover of The Spinners' "One of a Kind Love Affair"), and Okkervil River (with a cover of psych-rock pioneer Roky Erikson's "You Don't Love Me Yet"), among numerous other tracks.

"Always Far Away" is now on Amazon Music.

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