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Day Wave – “Come Home Now”

Day Wave, the one-man lo-fi synthpop project from Oakland’s Jackson Phillips, released the impressive Headcase EP this summer. And now he’s back with “Come Home Now,” a snotty-but-bittersweet ode to an ex. It’s already been pointed out, but it’s pretty amazing the way this guy can coax early-Cloud Nothings indie-pop murk out of his Casio. […]

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Stream Day Wave Headcase EP

Day Wave’s Headcase EP starts out on the happiest synth notes and poppiest drum beats, then flips the notion of being a bored child with nothing to do on its head. Jackson Phillips, the Oakland man behind Day Wave, sings: “I’m not a kid anymore / I wake up at 1 / So what am […]

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Day Wave – “We Try But We Don’t Fit In”

Day Wave sucked me in immediately with “Drag,” a shy track that spins through loneliness on a roller coaster of deceptively bright fuzz-pop. Listening to the music that Jackson Phillips makes as Day Wave is like getting all of Motion City Soundtrack’s urgent emo freakouts fused with Real Estate’s languid lingering guitar loops. His new […]


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Day Wave – “Drag”

Loneliness can be a crippling, predatory thing. But it can be a good thing too, even an enjoyable one. Sometimes being alone, craving the company of someone else, is what drives us to become better versions of ourselves. On “Drag,” Jackson Phillips aka Day Wave taps into this, using his fear of rejection to sculpt […]