Angry times seem to have brought angrier music. The world we all share has in the last few years become a turbulent vessel, the fate of which worryingly rests in the hands of men who care little for anything other than reinforcing a desire to exercise their will over others.
There are two sides to every story of course, with one person's activist being another's tree hugger, but this deepening polarisation is reflected in non-mainstream music (Pop simply isn't built for the purpose), be it the angry invective of Sleaford Mods or the rattling, mad hatter punk of Bristolians Idles. Driven to polemics by almost daily acts of the ridiculous from people supposed to know better, for many song writers angry has become an artistic byword.
Jamison Isaak - most usually known by his forename or more widely under his handle Teen Daze - is on the face of it an unlikely recruit to the pantheon of whipcrack radicals. Following three previous releases consisting mostly of hazy chillwave, a fourth, 2015's Morning After, edged closer towards the indie gloss of DiiV, his motivation being the rediscovery of a love for late sixties psychedelia. Touring the album however proved to be a less than happy experience, the producer returning home to Vancouver afterward having suffered the effects of a breakdown.
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As if the name of the artist didn't give it away already, teen daze is the chillwave/ lo fi/ dreampop workings of Jamison, an American student who, during his studies, discovered the C.S Lewis novel 'Out of the Silent Planet'. It had such an effect on him that he decided to express his feelings for it through music, enter his debut E.P, A Silent Planet.
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