Joe Wong has shared “Day After Day,” the latest track from his debut album Nite Creatures, out September 18 via Decca Records. Produced by Mary Timony (Ex Hex, Helium) and featuring performances from Timony, Mary Lattimore, Jon Natchez (War on Drugs), Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), Anna Waronker (that dog.), Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) and more, Nite Creatures features luxurious melodies accompanying Wong’s deeply personal lyrics. LP pre-orders of Nite Creatures can be purchased via joewong.bigcartel.com and all profits from LP sales through July 2020 will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
When discussing the inspiration behind “Day After Day,” Wong notes: “The lyric came to me after I read an article arguing that traumatic memories can be encoded in DNA and passed down from generation to generation. Whether or not that’s true, I wanted to explore the notion that many of our personality traits and life choices that we attribute to free will may, in fact, be beyond our control. This track features an English Horn solo by Claire Brazeau (LA Chamber Orchestra), partly as homage to my ‘labelmate’ and hero Marianne Faithfull, who famously used oboe on her hit ‘As Tears Go By.’”
The latest single from the Los Angeles-based, Milwaukee-raised multi-instrumentalist, composer and podcast host (The Trap Set) comes after the release of recent double single “ Minor ” / “ Nuclear Rainbow ,” and his psychedelic “Dreams Wash Away” which was featured in the final episode of Neflitx’s acclaimed animated series The Midnight Gospel. The Titmouse -produced video for “Dreams Wash Away ” features re-contextualized elements from the show with the characters and backgrounds combined in new ways not seen in the show and currently has 800k+ views. Watch it here.
Nite Creatures was written in the years between his father suffering a stroke in 2010 and his death in 2019. The result is an album that – in the cinematic detail of one of Wong’s film scores – explores the intersection of melancholy and joyful surrender.