Preview: Day Wave at Mississippi Studios, June 1
Written by joe on May 24, 2017
FFO: Hippo Campus, Colony House, Fickle Friends, Mating Ritual
On June 1, Oakland shoegaze inspired pop artist Day Wave will be coming through Portland, Oregon, and making a stop at Mississippi Studios in celebration of his debut album, The Days We Had. Doors are at 8pm, music by Blonder begins at 9pm (Day Wave following after), and tickets are $13 in advance or $15 day of. This show is 21 and over, and you can purchase your tickets in advance here.
Day Wave is Jackson Phillips, and is his solo project written and recorded in Oakland, California. With the popularity of his single “Drag” in 2015, Day Wave continued to explore deeper, honest themes within his lyrics and contrasted that with spring and melodic reverbs and pop tunes. Day Wave continued to gain traction on various media organizations and publications by releasing singles and EPs, Headcase and Hard to Read, until finally releasing his highly anticipated debut album The Days We Had.
The Days We Had shows the familiarity of Day Wave’s previous releases, featuring the same airy vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and lo-fi instrumentals; however, The Days We Had is a more evolved and refined version of Day Wave. The music by Day Wave is formulaic, but works extremely well. A bass or synth line introduces the song, a drum beat is added, Phillips’ distant “oohs” are heard in the background, and song and vocals build up to a cathartic chorus and bridge. The album is full of dream pop songs, perfect for the upcoming summer nights. It’s set to make for a dreamy night at Mississippi Studios, and the perfect music for a much deserved kickoff to a Portland summer.
Check out Day Wave’s music video for “Promises” below, a single off his album The Days We Had: