listen to a new song from day wave

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jackson phillips will release more music as day wave in the form of a 7″ single, out november 6th via a united kingdom upstart boutique called house arrest recs.  last month he shared the synth-happy a-side “come home now,” which pairs nicely with “you are who you are.”  the b-side is mellow in contrast, shifting the timbral focus back to the guitar with a sonorous opening riff that navigates the lower realm of phillips’ telecaster.  as we’ve come to expect from day wave material, the chorus on “you are who you are” is instantly memorable, with a deft vocal melody floating through the breeze.  take a listen.

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listen to a new song from day wave

day wave
photo courtesy of the artist

after releasing a string of singles earlier this year that culminated in a very strong debut ep, jackson phillips is already prepping more day wave material.  the oakland-based artist will release a new 7″ on november 6th via united kingdom upstart house arrest recs, and today he’s shared its a-side.  “come home now” continues to channel phillips’ affinity for a home-recorded aesthetic, though his muted, reverb-tinged vocals are accompanied this time by a brassy synth structure that fiercely competes for immediate attention with phillips’ signature arpeggiated guitar lines.  the beefed-up arrangement may be a nod to day wave’s exodus from the bedroom to the stage, but “come home now” also finds phillips becoming more comfortable in his role as an incredibly poignant lyricist; the song’s melancholy chorus perfectly belies its sunny exterior.  take a listen to “come home now” below.

listen to a new song from day wave

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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
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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.