listen to a new song from day wave

day wave
photo courtesy of the artist

jackson phillips will release his first ep as day wave, headcase, this friday.  the five-song effort is the culmination of the oakland singer-songwriter’s desire to learn guitar and to approach songwriting from a different angle, resulting in breezy, jangly pop songs heavily indebted to joy division and the beach boys.  headcase began streaming in full yesterday, and that means you can finally listen to its title track.  “headcase” contains some of the most honest lyricism phillips has offered to date wrapped inside soft synths and bernard sumner-inspired guitar melodies.  take a listen below.

listen to a new song from day wave

day wave
photo courtesy of the artist

jackson phillips gained significant traction earlier this spring with “drag,” his third offering under the moniker day wave.  his hazy home-recordings immediately conjure up a brand of nostalgia befitting of its attached similes and metaphors, but pushing past the aesthetic yields a lyrical persona with which we can all empathize.  on “we try but we don’t fit in,” phillips captures the union of youthful hesitancy and buoyancy quite accurately with the monster hook of “i made a mess / with all of my friends / i made a mess / i’d do it again,” but it’s the subsequent delivery of the song’s title that really grounds it in a more frustrating reality.  “we try but we don’t fit in” comes with the announcement of the debut day wave ep, headspace, out july 17th.  take a listen to the track below.