This vinyl LP and CD from Fat Possum records combines Day Wave's new EP, Hard to Read, with last years Headcase EP as well. Both releases are intimate and lo-fi synth pop experiments, that borrow equally from confident west coast music and introspective bedroom rock. Warm synths and chiming guitars are used to create something both upbeat and sad at the same time.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 March 2016
From the first bit of jangle this promises to do everything the latest Wild Nothing didn’t. Namely fantastic tunes over simple homespun dream pop production.
Opener ‘Nothing At All’ sounds like an indie classic in the making - a fantastic and instantly gratifying melody is both charming and tuneful and the mixture of synths and pop is exactly the kind New Order blueprinted on ‘Technique’. Further investigation hits home the real influence Ben Gibbard has had over a lot of bedroom pop, his sighing vocals seem to be everywhere at the moment particularly here on ‘Drag’ which is chirpier than anything Gibbard has put his name to. It has a big pop chorus that shows that the band aren’t content to tryu to recreate that ’88 Sarah Records sound.
At times it sounds like FM Cornog has been taken under Simon Cowell's wing. All the stuff you like about indie is here - terribly drum machines, sponging guitars, Peter Hook basslines but it seems at times like Day Wave are going to finally monetize them by adding in the sort of melodies that could snag lapsed One Directioners. And that to me is the albums only problem - its just a little too Owl City in terms of those blinding obvious melodies but very tuneful.
Anyone can like this surely?
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