Day Wave's Jackson Phillips puts his life in the center stage spotlight with Pastlife, an album exploring themes of love, loss, and navigating life in one's 30s.
Los Angeles indie-rock band, Day Wave - led by the multi-talented Jackson Phillips - first began making waves in 2015, having moved from the Bay Area where he developed his now signature wavy, lo-fi bedroom production. With tracks like "Drag" and "Something Here," he quickly etched his name on the global music landscape, amassing hundreds of millions of streams across digital platforms and carving out a niche for bedroom-pop that had never before existed.
Fast forward to 2023, and Jackson is once again taking center stage in the indie realm with his latest offering, Pastlife. This album explores themes of love, loss, and navigating life in one's 30s, serving as a poignant musical reflection. Kicking off the project, singles "Where Do You Go" and "Before You Knew" garnered noteworthy accolades from respected publications like PASTE, Lyrical Lemonade, Ones To Watch, and Northern Transmissions. They also received airplay on influential stations such as SiriusXM's Alt Nation Advanced Placement and KCRW, as well as placement on coveted Spotify playlists like "New Music Friday," "Dopamine," and "Today's Indie Rock," among others.
The titular track, "Pastlife," is an atmospheric indie rock anthem that encapsulates the bittersweet nostalgia of missing someone dear. In Jackson's own words, "'Pastlife' is 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."
Jackson's remarkable talent for crafting ear-catching melodies and delivering crisp, unadorned production shines brightly in a world seemingly saturated with overproduction. Pastlife is a return to the essence of indie, a space he has been at the forefront of for the past decade, and where he continues to lead the way, now producing for a new generation of indie acts, including the likes of Hana Vu, Saba, Hazel English, Kenny Hoopla, and more. With Pastlife, Day Wave proves that timeless melodies and genuine indie spirit still have a significant place in the ever-evolving musical tapestry.