Published Aug 12, 2015When the mononymous man behind Teen Daze, Jamison, released All of Us, Together, his 2012 full-length debut, it became apparent that the Vancouver-based knob-twiddler was an indie rocker at heart. On his next two releases, The Inner Mansions and Glacier, he decided to delve further into synth-based electronics, exploring ambient music on the latter.
On his fourth LP, Morning World, Jamison comes full circle, hiring indie hero John Vanderslice to record the 11 tracks that would comprise the album. Although songs like "Pink" and "Life in the Sea" benefit from a modish production style that mimics IDM textures, much of Morning World comes off like a sturdily structured indie pop album. Allowing synths to occupy many of the songs' accents, Jamieson utilizes guitar, live drums and a load of additional instrumentation to give cuts like "Post Storm" and "Goodnight" a refreshingly organic feel.
Recorded in just ten days, Morning World stands as Teen Daze's most effortless work to date, coming off thoughtful and patient without ever succumbing to the burden of "style." (Paper Bag)