Day Wave has dropped his new single “Loner,” lifted from his forthcoming release Pastlife, the album, is the gifted multi-artist’s the first new full-length record in five years. On the single Jackson says: “This song deals with times where I was struggling with anxiety, and always anticipating the end of a good experience. Sometimes those anxious times can feel very lonely, but the feeling of letting it fade away can be almost euphoric.”
Pastlife wades through these complexities. “I think back to the times where you didn’t realize you were living in this exciting time,” continues Phillips. “At this point, there’s enough of those different chapters that I think back on them, like ‘Oh, when I lived in that apartment, when I was hanging out with those people,’ whatever it is. That became the whole vibe of the album: everyone around me is growing up, and I’m trying to figure out my own way of doing that I guess.”
Phillips wrote the songs for Pastlife between the end of 2020 and the first six months of 2021, and four of the tracks were written while streaming on Twitch, a new method he tried to stay connected with people. Phillips would screenshare Logic with a minimized cam feed of him in the corner of the screen, so viewers could see everything he was doing as he played, sang, and produced. He’d stream for up to three hours, and leave the session with a new demo.
For Jackson, as for most others stuck at home, the pandemic has been a time of “ceaseless looking backward,” trying to find his footing as a musician years removed from the moving and shaking of touring and creating life. “With this record, it just feels like I’m stepping into this thing from my past,” says Phillips. “I started Day Wave when I was 25, and now I’m 32. I guess I didn’t really realize how much was going to change in that time.”