Day Wave is the indie outlet for Californian man Jackson Phillips, who seems to be responsible for every aspect of this recording. The Days We Had has the lush sunny haze of the best summer indie-pop, with both shoegaze and synth-pop aesthetics hiding in the mix. The album is released by Fiction on CD and gatefold LP.
Vinyl LP £18.49 DAYWAVE1
Heavyweight vinyl, gatefold LP on Fiction.
- Includes download code
CD £9.99 DAYWAVE2
Digipak CD on Fiction.
Last time I reviewed Day Wave I suggested that they were about to monetize shoegaze and there's nothing here that would get me to change my mind. This is enormous-gaze, polished and tinkered with to within an inch of its life. It may be slick but it's still enjoyable. 'Wasting Time' is a catchy slab of pop that could fit into the Radio 2 playlist without causing any grief to any pensioners. It's like Day Wave takes all the pleasant bits from the bands of the past who haven't caused any harm to anyone. 'Untitled' has New Order guitar and bass-lines, vocals by Sufjan Stevens and the general pleasantness of Death Cab For Cutie all mushed together into a stew of busy radio pop. Being a solo artist means that there's a bit of a lack of character in Day Wave's sound - certainly it lacks the variety of the music of a DIIV for example where there are four very distinctive characters at work.
It's bit slick and homogenized at times but this didn't hurt me whatsoever.
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