Essentially the solo vehicle for singer/songwriter Jackson Phillips, Oakland, California's Day Wave make atmospheric, '80s-influenced synth- and guitar-based pop.
One half of the similarly inclined electronic duo Carousel, Phillips is known for his yearning, often melancholic songs that combine the immediacy of lo-fi bedroom productions with the sonically blurred colorations of ambient and noise pop. Phillips released Day Wave's debut EP, Come Home Now, in 2015. In 2016, he returned with Day Wave's second EP, Headcase, featuring the songs "Gone" and "Stuck." His music racked up huge numbers on various streaming platforms, leading to interest from record labels. He signed to Harvest Records and in early 2017 released his debut album, Days We Had. Produced by Phillips and Mark Rankin (Bloc Party, Adele), the record took Day Wave's bedroom pop sound and expanded it for wider pop appeal. The single "Still Let You Down" arrived the following year. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi