• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Day Wave, Crush


Voor een weemoedige toets kunnen we vanaf nu bij Day Wave terecht. De fluweelzachte en wat droevige zang wordt gedragen door vrij donkere, kille piano aanslagen. Melancholie ten top, zeer intiem en bloedmooi.


Crush (EP) is verschenen via PIAS.


ter info Today, 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.”

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.

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.

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