'Quarantunes' with Day Wave

We're getting recommendations from our favourite artists, seeing which tracks, or 'Quarantunes' are helping them traverse this strange new world. Next up, it's one-man dream-pop purveyor Day Wave.
Posted: 9 June 2020 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

Throughout this series we're getting recommendations from our favourite artists, seeing which tracks, or 'Quarantunes' are helping them traverse this strange new world. Next up, it's one-man dream-pop purveyor Day Wave.


Day Wave’s blissful brand of rose-tinted dream-pop immediately smacks of peach-skied dusks in the city, wide-eyed romanticism, and hazy nostalgia associated with the penultimate nights of summer as the sacred season comes to a close.

Having taken some time away from his Day Wave pseudonym to pursue other collaborative projects however, multi-instrumentalist Jackson Phillips returned just in time for the summer months with latest EP Crush, employing a newfound emotional gravitas to his lyricism.

A collection of self-reflective and seriously reverb-soaked ruminations on his identity, Crush details Phillips’ struggles with fate and its uncertainties, a soul-searching process we’ve all delved in and out of to some extent throughout this continuing pandemic.

So, as an authority on harnessing some much needed nostalgia, let’s see which tracks have kept Day Wave pining and positive over the past few months:  


The Radio Dept. - 'Domestic Scene'

This song has stuck with me for years now, I always keep it in constant rotation. It reminds me of traveling through Europe, and I feel like it’s nice to have those memories right now.



Sufjan Stevens - 'Death with Dignity'

Some music seems to be perfect for commuting or travelling, but with Sufjan, I feel like his songs work really well for home listening. I tend to put on Carrie & Lowell while I’m doing chores around the house.




Nico - 'I’ll Keep It With Mine'

This is a great Bob Dylan song, and I especially love Nico’s version. This recording also reminds me of a trip I took to Australia, and I guess these days I’m just feeling nostalgic for travelling.


Guided By Voices - 'I Am A Scientist'

I love how Guided By Voices manage to get across their songs in such a raw way. It feels like these songs were conceived and recorded at exactly the same time, in the best way possible. Sometimes when you fuss with a recording for too long, the song idea dies in the process, but not here.


New Order - 'Leave Me Alone'

Recently, I’ve been going back to some of the music that originally inspired me to start Day Wave. This is one of those songs, and listening to it still makes me want to go make my own song.

Crush is out now on [PIAS] Recordings. To listen, click here

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