reppin: oakland, ca // harvest records // 2014 - present
sounds like: reliving your best moments under one of them vintage filters, everything just looks that much more fun and vibrant
last album drop: hard to read (march 2016)
featuring: jackson phillips (previously fronted the duo, Carousel) // 25 years old
After introducing myself to mr. phillips earlier in 2016, I did some reading on that internet about him and see some similarities in our music listening habits (by no means does this correlate with actual making music talent because I have none of that..probably in the negative now that I think about it). Anyway, I think us heavy music lovers really respect the DIY dudes, which is what day wave surely encompasses. So how exactly did he get to this point of talent? Much like fads, memes and food we go through these cycles of what we are into. This is exactly what jackson did in a music listening sense...being exposed to different genres of music depending on variables like age and the weapon of choice (that is instrument for all of you aren’t keeping up). He is rooted in jazz, but slowly morphed to this pop, alt rock sound that is so delicious and comforting in your ears these days. As he explains in his interviews, the progression of being a jazz drummer, then picking up piano followed by experimenting with production and beats led to forming the synth-pop group Carousel.
Sometimes these new ideas just pop into musicians heads and the timing of the market out there as well as where one is in their musical evolution makes sense. Enter day wave...and what is so cool about this project isn’t so much that this is the next step in his musical ladder, but a combination of all his experience and past groups. The balance of soft and shy riffs, lyrics that remind me of the glorious emo days, any 20 something can relate to, and overall laid back vibe make for a fast rising star in the making. Nothing ever gets too heavy or stretched out either, which in my opinion works so well with his vocals. This formula screams less is more, simple is better. There is no right or wrong way to run through his short but loaded track list at the moment, but I would start with “gone” or “drag.” The mellow sounds mixed with that surf pop singing will devour you ever so gently. This dude is young, hungry and already will give you all the good feels...which makes me quite excited to see what his first full length will be all about.
suggested listening experience: bbq and beach action // whenever you are feeling down this will get you back up // a soft start to the day