After an incredible, audience-packed performance at this year’s Outside Lands, the Austin, TX native Dayglow, returns with a new single “Deep End,” off his forthcoming album People in Motion, out October 7th on AWAL.
Feel good, infectious synths lay the groundwork for Dayglow’s “Deep End,” a refreshing dreamy-pop track that serves as a reminder to take risks— jump into the deep end and trust the process. In an era of music when most songs take a team of co-writers and producers to create, Dayglow’s music remains uniquely Sloan’s– created solely by him. Dayglow has mastered the art of delivering cathartic music that resonates with the masses, wrapped in a shell of punchy hooks and catchy melodies.
Shares Sloan on the single: “Making Deep End was a really revitalizing experience for me. I had just gotten a vintage synth called an Oberheim Matrix 6 and was just having fun messing with the sounds it could make. I wasn’t giving myself any restrictions or confines of what “sound” I was going for. I was just using my imagination and trying to make something that felt good and free.
The base of the song is like 3 different patches that I recorded that day. It felt clean and poppy yet really raw in a strange way. I love electronic/dance music that feels “human” and “alive”— It’s such a treacherous challenge to accomplish; yet I feel like this song made the magic happen, and opened a door to the world that would become People in Motion.
Deep End has a really clear and colorful visual palette in my mind when listening to it. I wanted to make a wild and kaleidoscopic visual that just simply felt fun. The song mentions “flowing water”, so I wanted to symbolize that in the animation with a fluid and watery style.
Making this song (and this whole record) was a new and freeing experience for me. I didn’t give myself any “creative limitations”, and really didn’t try to have many outside references for it. I just wanted to make a raw and honest, yet very polished and danc-y record. I’m still making all of these songs by myself in a spare bedroom in my house, yet something about this album just feels bigger than me and so expansive in a creative sense. Deep End is a great example of that feeling to me.”
The 10 tracks that craft People In Motion, conceptualized, written, played, and produced by Sloan Struble, are delightfully pure, hyper-melodic manifestations of Struble’s desire to steer clear of conflict or drama and offer someone something to love.
But People in Motion isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There is a depth to Dayglow here, a real sense that Struble has faced obstacles of his own and chosen to stand atop them. “I make music because I love making it,” said Struble. “I just love recording and producing.” That is the inarguable takeaway of People in Motion, a record about finding something you love and singing about it out loud.
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