Imagine if the emo music you listened to in middle or high school took on a pop edge, sporting more sophisticated instrumentation, and you’d end up with a song like “Let It Go” by Levi Rowan.
This genre-less song dips its toes into so many of the best areas of music and, because of that, it’s almost instantly enjoyable. Rowan brings a sharp, Dominic Fike-like swagger with his vocals and confidence in what he’s singing. From the pre-chorus to the chorus especially – “I’ll never conform to the ways of a sheep/I’m a wolf and you know...I’ve been on my own for long enough/To learn to let it go” – he demonstrates his self-knowledge; he knows his sound and knows himself and he owns it. There’s a bit of angst to this song that will definitely pull in people who are feeling frustrated with the current state of living while also providing a much needed cathartic release.
Rowan explores his own frustration that he had when he was younger in this song, openly telling his story to all who want to listen, saying, "Let It Go is an extremely personal track because it’s basically my origin story. Through multiple instances, I detail negative situations that have influenced me to see the world through an at times frustrating lens. This song was made to lift that off of my shoulders. It’s also a message to everyone not to judge a kid before you know them, it’s really easy to deem someone a bad apple off hearsay before you know what seeds they’ve been grown from. Growing up and trying to find your place in this world is difficult, hopefully, this song to help people take a breath."While he chooses to linger on the anger of the past at moments, he has “let it go” as the song title informs us, making space for a new mindset and new bouts of creativity.
Rowan is a Canadian pop/hip-hop artist. He was supposed to tour with Neon Dreams until COVID-19, but in the meantime, he is focused on getting more of his music out into the world. He draws inspiration from artists such as Childish Gambino and blackbear, and “Let It Go” is his third single.
Review by Tatum Jenkins, Edited by Hannah Schneider