While The Days We Had, the debut album from Oakland low-fi wonder Day Wave (aka Jackson Phillips), won’t be out until May 5, the reasons to count the days keep growing. On lead single “Wasting Time,” Phillips employed a woozy guitar line to pine for escape, while its follow-up, “Something Here,” explores a more cautious optimism for things to come. With the release today of “Untitled,” Day Wave further makes his case as the new prince of dream pop. A buoyant bass line steadies Phillips’ sunlit guitar and string synths as he softly bemoans, “You don’t want to be here / but you always find your way down.”
“A lot of this record was written around the time of my first two EPs, but this song is one of the exceptions,” Phillips explains. “I wrote it just a few days before I went into the studio to record the album. I’m glad this one made it onto the final track listing, it’s one of my favorites.”
“Untitled” is Day Wave’s latest magic trick: turning boredom and longing into something serene and gorgeous. Go for a drive, put it on repeat and settle in as we wait for Phillips to conjure more from his exceptionally promising debut.
The Days We Had is out on May 5 on Harvest Records, and available for preorder here. Listen to “Untitled” below, and beneath that, find Paste Cloud audio from a 2016 Day Wave show.