Tuesday 29th March 2022
Button Factory, Dublin
Dayglow announces debut headline show for Dublin:
Button Factory // 29 March 2022
Tickets €24.50 (including booking fee) available from 9am on Friday 7 May
New album Harmony House is due for release, 21st May 2021
Dayglow recently announced his brand-new album Harmony House which is due out 21st May this year, along with a full European tour including a headline show at the Button Factory on 29 March 2022.
Dayglow (real name Sloan Struble) explains that his sophomore album began life as an imaginary sitcom. He’d begun writing new music after the release of his runaway 2018 debut Fuzzybrain, and found himself drawn to piano-driven soft rock from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. He was also watching a lot of Cheers, the long-running sitcom that took the viewer to a place where, as the theme song goes, “everybody knows your name.” “At the very beginning, I was writing a soundtrack to a sitcom that doesn't exist,” he says. The music would generate a kind of impossible nostalgia for something that had never been real.
“Harmony House is about dealing with change and realising that change is ok, that everything changes and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming,” Struble says. In a perfect coincidence, an inscription in the front of the book indicates that it was a gift to his great-grandmother from a friend. Now the song is a gift to listeners around the world who might need a reminder that change is a necessary part of life’s journey. Like the gifted book of poetry, “December”—and Harmony House as a whole—is an act of kindness.
Struble was born and raised in Texas, and wrote the first song he recorded for Harmony House, “Medicine,” while still in his dorm room. After Fuzzybrain, which he wrote mostly on guitar, he decided to write for piano. At 21, he’s now out of school, but as he did on his debut, he writes, produces, records, and mixes all of his music himself—in his bedroom, no less.
Harmony House is a finely calibrated, carefully fussed over expression of encouragement for anyone who needs it. The album ends with “Like Ivy,” a mellow return to the melodic theme introduced on the opening track that describes “growing up like ivy” and the mysterious passage of time. Struble’s boyish and gentle tenor explores its upper limits as he sings the big idea of Harmony House: “I’m learning to grow.” It’s a lesson that never ends.
Dayglow is highly tipped as one of the most exciting sounds in indie-pop, landing features in CLASH, onestowatch, Album of The Year and many more.
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