By not keeping my ear to the ground for the past however many months, I am likely to come across a number of artists who have already established themselves that I am new to. That said, one of my favorite discoveries from my lengthy blogging hiatus is Oakland’s Day Wave. I mentioned Day Wave last summer when I put up something about Beach Slang, but I never took the time to write about him/them in any more depth than just the mention. And as it turned out, their Headcase EP was one of my favorite releases of last year – all shiny and sad and self-deprecating.
Since that EP, Day Wave has released a few new songs – all worth the time investment – but this track is from a recently announced new EP entitled Hard to Read that will be released on March 4, and springtime can’t get here quickly enough.
“Gone” is the epitome of Day Wave’s sound – shimmering pop hooks and jangly guitars reminiscent of the best parts of Eighties post-punk/new wave. Think The Cure without nearly as much despair and you’re in the neighborhood. Hard to Read will be available digitally through the folks at Grand Jury – and, in addition – there will be a physical release forthcoming that combines both of Day Wave’s EPs – perfect for people like me who can’t stop listening to his output.