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CALIFORNIA'S MELANCHOLY DREAMER DAY WAVE NEW EP CRUSH OUT NOW VIA [PIAS] RECORDINGS
The critically acclaimed one-man indie band, Day Wave aka Jackson Phillips, shares his new EP Crush out via [PIAS] Recordings. Crush reveals a newfound vocal dynamism from Phillips, whose steady growth as a performer lends an understated weight to EP’s emotional soul searching. In addition to his EP release, Phillips shares a new visual for the title track “Crush.” He explains, “I wrote “Crush” a few days after buying a piano on Craigslist. I wanted to make something more intimate so I decided to move away from the guitar. It opened me up to a different style of writing, and I think this song became the tipping point for where I can take Day Wave in the future.” Watch here.
Phillips explains, “I was really just trying to make sense of things for myself with this EP. It’s easy to feel isolated, like your thoughts don’t matter or that you’ll never be good enough, but writing these songs was my way of trying to rid myself of those toxic ideas and open myself up to a better way of living. It was my way of trying to figure out who I really was.”
Written and recorded after an extended break from the Day Wave world during which Phillips performed and recorded with Pete Yorn and Jai Wolf, the new collection finds Phillips reconnecting with his sonic roots as he grapples with questions of identity and purpose, fate and independence, memory and nostalgia. The four songs are built on a structural simplicity that belies their considerable emotional depth, and the arrangements are lo-fi and dreamy to match, conveying a mesmerizing intimacy that hints at everything from Guided By Voices and New Order to The Smiths and Pavement. Phillips produced, mixed, and mastered the entire EP himself in his new homebase of Los Angeles, and the end result is a raw, unfiltered look in the mirror from an artist determined to share his evolution in all its beautiful, bittersweet truth. Crush will be out on a limited 12” on Record Store Day on June 20th. Due to COVID-19 Day Wave’s New York show at Elsewhere and LA show at The Echo have been postponed until further notice.
Since Day Wave’s 2017 debut, The Days We Had, Phillips has garnered attention from tastemaker outlets. Vice praised the music as fitting “snugly in between heavy dream pop and jangly indie rock” and Billboard called it “sweetly melodic…the stuff John Hughes characters would have swooned over.” Day Wave performed world wide headlining sold out shows and shared stages with the likes of The Shins and Spoon in addition to landing festival slots from Lollapalooza to Governor’s Ball.
1. Starting Again
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"It’s good to have new Day Wave in our ears" - Paste on “Starting Again”
“Breezy...refreshing indie-pop anthem“ - FLOOD on “Starting Again”
“a dazzling lo-fi tune that features divine urgency which makes it feel like it’s over in a blink of an eye." - Decorated Youth on “Potions”
“Twinkling” - Highclouds on “Starting Again”
“mesmerizing arrangements that we have come to know and cherish Day Wave for." - Clout Magazine on “Potions”
“The lush dreamy nature that Phillips has been perfecting throughout his career sounds true and full of life on “Starting Again,” packed to the brim with emotion and coming from a place of importance to him as a songwriter.” - We All Want Someone To Shout For on “Starting Again”