Album review: Teen Daze – Interior

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British Columbia producer Jamison Isaak aka Teen Daze has spent the last decade releasing music that strikes a balance between ambient synthwave and indie pop. Sweet productions could be quite dancing, but also soothing to the soul. His new album Interior takes that a bit more, drawing on the influence of French house to help shape a new sound with this LP.

You notice the change from the second track “Swimming” which is “really meant for a dancefloor” according to Isaak. It was one of the first songs he did for this album and was sent to a French rabbit hole by Joel Ford, who mixed the LP. This led to the turn that we see with “Swimming” and especially the next song. “Nite Run” is fun and funky with choppy vocals that embrace this era of house music.

“No Where” sounds more familiar to Teen Daze fans with a hypnotic, synthesized melody that oscillates between ambient and synthwave. “Interior” brings together the two main ideas of the previous half of the album. It has a funky groove under serene synths and pads. “Interior” is a combination of the past and the present in one track, found inside the album.

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“Still Wandering” continues the slow and melodic synthwave tunes before Interior flips over to a piano house at 2 am on “2AM”.

“Translation” is the culmination of the project – its great expiration – with euphonic house. It’s a slow burn, but once it climaxes it feels like the relief of being able to dance with others again.

Teen Daze turns a page with Interior, but doesn’t completely rewrite the book. There’s still a lot of “background music you could dance to,” a phrase from Teen Daze, but you kiss its face more while dancing with French house influences. Get your concise and enjoyable copy of the disc here via Cascine.

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