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Texan songwriter-producer Dayglow is kicking off 2021 with the release of his new song, Close To You. The track is accompanied by an official music video and follows up the singers 2020's smash hit Can I Call You Tonight?
On Close to You, the musician embraces an elevated sonic maturity without sacrificing any of the enthusiasm and energy that made his first album, Fuzzybrain, a runaway hit. Dayglow has been hard at work in the studio preparing his sophomore album due in 2021.
Of the new track, Dayglow shares: “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). 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.”
Less than one year into his twenties, Sloan Struble, the mastermind behind Dayglow, 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.
Close to You is out now! Watch the music video below.