What used to be old is now new again.
Dayglow is kicking off 2021 with a bang, releasing brand new music in the form of a new song and video titled “Close to You.” The new track is the follow up to 2020’s smash hit “Can I Call You Tonight?,” with which 21-year-old Sloan Struble deftly rose through the rubble of last year to achieve the year’s biggest independent Alternative hit. Having reached #2 on both the Alternative and Triple A radio charts with his breakout debut, Struble’s new offering is set to make some serious waves. Dayglow has been hard at work in the studio preparing his sophomore album due in 2021.
“Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, singer-songwriter Sloan Struble, aka Dayglow, encapsulates all the best of indie pop and indie rock in the 21st century – the charming lyricism of Grizzly Bear, the catchy synth elements of MGMT and Phoenix, and the playful melodies of Vampire Weekend and Cayucas.” – Earmilk
On “Close to You,” he embraces an elevated sonic maturity without sacrificing any of the enthusiasm and energy that made his first album, Fuzzybrain, a runaway hit. Less than one year into his twenties, Sloan Struble remains the sole creative on the project – writing, performing, producing, and even mixing the song on his own from his home in Austin, TX. Calling back to the iconic whimsy of 80’s pop duets, “Close to You” draws heavily on some unlikely influences such as Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald.
Sloan says of the new track, “There is just a certain danceable yet melancholy feeling about 80’s pop duets that I wanted to channel into. “Close to You” was intended to be performed as a duet, but ended up essentially being a duet with myself (which makes sense in the context of the lyrics).
“…though Dayglow’s recent success has led Struble to put his college education on hold, for now, we have a feeling that pretty soon he’s going to graduate into full rock star status while continuing to shed his brand of positivity one riff, hook and smile at a time.” – NPR
The song itself is about the tension between two people at a party that never said hello. It’s about the excitement and perfect fantasy you play in your head prior to seeing that person, the mediocre and nervous reality of the actual moment you see them, and the let down that always comes afterwards it not being what had always and only been living in your head. I envision the song being played inside someone’s brain— kind of like the movie “Inside Out”- after they are leaving a party, thinking about what they wish would have happened.
But in reality, they are actually just singing to and about themselves.”
“If you were to put a soundtrack to the strung-together words of sun-soaked eternal joy, it would be Dayglow…Dayglow is the antidote for dark pop, brimming with infectious bliss and hope.” – Ones To Watch
Dayglow’s previous album, Fuzzybrain, set forth with the mission of making music that strengthens hope, promotes peace, and—in an especially important turn for Struble—fosters a powerful sense of community. Nothing signifies this more than the reaction to the album’s single “Can I Call You Tonight,” which struck a chord with fans surpassing 170 Million streams worldwide, hitting top five at multiple radio formats, and over 50 million views of the hyper clever official video on YouTube.
“At 19, Sloan Struble aka Dayglow has proven himself to be somewhat of an indie-pop wunderkind. Having been working the DIY way for over a decade, he makes summer-ready and surreal slacker tunes (and mad music videos) about love, loss and silliness of teenage life. This is bedroom pop meant for the world stage.” – NME
The album, whose optimism is both hard-won and palpably sincere, garnered critical acclaim with Billboard, NPR, Ones to Watch, The Talkhouse, and NME. Shows around the world sold out immediately but were paused when the touring world came to a halt in 2020. The new year promises to be even more impressed with the follow-up release to boost Dayglow’s already celestial growth.
Pictures by Pooneh Ghana, Single Artwork & Dayglow