Dayglow is en route to run the world past the realm of bedroom pop
Written by: Mica Kendall
Whether through his 15 million Spotify streams hit, “Can I Call You Tonight?” or the holy Youtube Algorithm recommending you one of his various fun and aesthetically pleasing music videos, there’s a high probability you have or will eventually run into the music of Sloan Struble known as Dayglow. Though Dayglow was birthed through the multi-talented (producer, guitarist, keyboardist, etc.) endeavors of a 19 year-old from Aledo, Texas, Struble’s move to Austin for college earned him 4 additional band members that have only solidified Dayglow with more crazy talent to amp up his live shows. Not only has Dayglow been on a skyrocketing climb in exposure since earning the opener slot for Misterwives, COIN, and more, but Dayglow is paving their way into the talented community of up and coming artists in the diy indie alternative music community. Having only his debut album, Fuzzybrain, out for a year now, Dayglow is not only a breath of fresh air for the world of music, but a gold mine of potential, incredible, talent.
A prominent and impressive characteristic within the entirety of the 8 tracks on Fuzzybrain is how all the songs mesh together into a broad concept album that ties in the realist themes of change, time, relationships, and identity. Though, these themes typically would allude to a slow, emotionally heavy album to add onto your sad vibes playlist, Dayglow actually does the exact opposite by cementing his music with a fresh sense of optimism in all of his songs. Best exemplified in the opening track of the album, “False Direction,” not only does the track set the fun, uplifting tone that encompasses the album, but you will unconsciously realize you’re dancing to a bop lyrically focused on a questioning your sense of self. With tangy guitar chords and keyboard swells embellishing the track as Struble sings “waiting on someone new in my reflection/ I see what I always do,” “False Direction” makes having an existential crisis seem like the perfect opportunity to express your frustrations with some dance moves.
Additional, dance inducing tracks include the groovy guitar arpeggios accompanied by cascading keyboard melodies in “Hotrod,” lyrically focused on self doubt in a relationship in which Struble describes as being part of the “complicated theories of life sarcastically.” In correlation to “Hotrod”, the lyrical connotations of self reflection present in “Fair Game” pays homage to Struble growing up in his hometown while reflecting on past memories. Showcasing Struble’s high vocal range in the bittersweet chorus where Struble sings “Oh I was something so remarkable/ It seems to me that she was only in my head,” “Fair Game” attributes falling out of a relationship with an upbeat “oh well.” Meanwhile, songs like “Run The World” is just a pure fist pump, jump inducing track with the infectious, repetitious chorus of “ I I I I want to run the world.”
However, we can’t ignore the fan favorite track “Can I Call You Tonight?’ that is not only an earworm but a certified bop best emphasized by how all the instrumentals flow cohesively into the melodic beat. Though the song lyrically focuses around trying to reaffirm your feelings through someone else until the bridge hits and the inevitability of being ghosted hits in the automated voice message sample, “Can I Call You Tonight?” is truly a bop reletable for the millennial generation.
Yet, Fuzzybrain is not complete without the slower tracks on the album that hone in on how mature and impressive Struble’s lyrical storytelling abilities are. Best emphasized in the slow piano ballad of “Dear Friend,” one can visualize the imagery of sitting next to the window by your room as Struble delicately sings “I spend hours in this room/ trying to formulate my feelings/ and clear the thought of you.” While, “Dear Friend” gives off a melancholic and nostalgic undertone that makes the lyrical focus of time drifting a relationship apart seem contentful and to appreciate memories in the past as a beautiful gift a part of life.
Additionally, the last 2 songs on the album “Fuzzybrain” and “Junior Varsity” thematically bring the album full circle in which instead of feeling apprehension towards change Struble embraces it with ease. “Fuzzybrain” is filled with gorgeous harmonies alongside steady acoustic guitar riffs and also contains some of the most beautifully potent lyrics on the album best emphasized in the chorus where Struble croons “there’s rain inside my skeleton frame/ A hurricane within my rib cage.” Lastly, “Junior Varsity” slows down the tempo and brings the album to closure with a sense of self awareness that wasn’t as present in the start of the album as Struble sings “and times don’t change/ but they can surely leave.” Fuzzybrain not only ends with an epic trumpet solo, but also a moving sense of optimism in the repetitious chorus in “Can you feel that change? Coming around” as Struble embraces the future.
Fuzzybrain is not only a pristine debut album for Sloan Struble, but what makes the album even more exciting is what’s to come after this album. Seen in how impressive the songwriting structure of Fuzzybrain is and how all the concepts weave together into one tangible whole, along with the impressive production, Dayglow has truly proven its boundless potential. Recently releasing an extra single called “Nicknames,” “Nicknames” continues the conceptual flow of the album seen in its easter egg reference to “False Direction” in which Sloan sings about the subjective label of having a nickname in “so please forgive if it's really just some big nickname/ who you say you are is who you’re not,” along with an insane dancey keyboard-synth break. Thus, seen in Fuzzybrain, new singles, and Dayglow about to head out on a fall tour with COIN, it is safe to say Dayglow is taking the indie alternative music community by storm and perhaps 2020 will be the year of Dayglow.
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Listen to Fuzzybrain here.