Los Angeles indie-rock pioneer Day Wave (the project of singer/instrumentalist Jackson Phillips) returns today with news of his upcoming album, Pastlife, out June 24 on [PIAS] Recordings. Day Wave first emerged from the Bay Area in 2015 and quickly became known for his wavy lo-fi bedroom production. Tracks like "Drag" and "Something Here" put him on a global radar, boasting hundreds of millions of streams across DSPs and creating a lane for bedroom-pop that didn't previously exist.
Now Jackson returns to the forefront of the indie space with Pastlife, an album that tackles themes of love, loss, and maneuvering life in your 30s. Singles "Where Do You Go" and "Before You Knew" kicked off the project and saw notable praise from PASTE, Lyrical Lemonade, Ones To Watch, Northern Transmissions and more, spins on SiriusXM's Alt Nation Advanced Placement, KCRW, SiriusXMU and features on coveted playlists like New Music Friday, Dopamine, and Today's Indie Rock to name a few. Today, he shares the title track off the forthcoming album, a blustery indie-rock number that encapsulates the sweet nostalgia of missing someone.
On the single, Jackson shares:
“I think of ‘Pastlife' as the thesis statement for this record, because the overall theme is reminiscing on past chapters in my life. I have so many eras from my past that I miss, and so many friends left behind in those times. I wonder if they ever think of those times the way I do.”
The new single comes equipped with an accompanying video shot and directed by Nikoli Partiyeli. Watch Jackson traipse around sunny Los Angeles as he muses on his many past lives. There's even a cameo from his very cute cat. Watch here.
Jackson's knack for ear-catching melodies and simple, fresh production is cherished more than ever in a world saturated with overly-produced tracks. In "Pastlife," Jackson takes it back to the basics of indie— a space he's been spearheading for the past 10 years and continues to rise to the top in, producing for a new generation of indie acts like Hana Vu, Saba, Hazel English, KennyHoopla and more.