Following the release of his acclaimed EP “Crush” last April, Day Wave has returned with a new single and video for breezy reverie “Before We Knew”!
A lyric like “I feel like tapping out, but I can’t let you beat me” naturally rings out as both timely and empowering, yet there is an existential and enduring pain ringing out in Jackson Phillips’ voice on “Before We Knew.” Phillips has been releasing hooky, smooth guitar pop as Day Wave since 2015, but his latest communicates a sense of renewed urgency—and for good reason.
Speaking on the track, Jackson comments: “I wrote “Before We Knew” last fall after taking a long break from writing songs. When I sat down to create again, I knew I wanted to let go of my old process, I wanted to make music feel fresh for myself again.”
The product of that new writing process, the sharp guitar tone and playful stomp of “Before We Knew” fuse into something raw and refreshed. “It was scary abandoning an approach that felt right in the past, but finding my footing with a new writing process was really rewarding,” Phillips says. “When I finally let go of what I thought I was supposed to be making, this song just came to me.”
Day Wave first emerged from the Bay Area in 2015, when Phillips began releasing a series of singles and EPs that racked up tens of millions of streams on Spotify and garnered rave reviews in both the US and Europe. Vice praised the music as fitting “snugly in between heavy dream pop and jangly indie rock,” while The Guardian hailed it as “downcast surf pop that makes [Phillips] sound like a one-man DIIV,” and Billboard called it “sweetly melodic…the stuff John Hughes characters would have swooned over.” Buoyed by the ecstatic reaction, Phillips put together a touring band and hit the road, earning dates supporting the likes of Albert Hammond, Jr. and Blonde Redhead in addition to landing festival slots from Lollapalooza to Governor’s Ball. In 2020, he released his first EP with [PIAS] Recordings, “Crush.” New music is forthcoming.