I know it feels like lightyears ago, but there once was a time where going out with friends was a regular occurrence, when you’d dream of the endless possibilities that come along with locking eyes with someone cute across the room. You’d tell your friends you think that special someone is attractive, and gauge whether or not you should walk up to them. While that reality is not possible (yet) in 2021, some of us have attempted to recalibrate what it’s like trying to make connections with people in the middle of a pandemic. Though it’s certainly no easy feat, we can hold onto the idea of meeting someone serendipitously again without having to worry about standing six feet away from them at all times.
21-year-old Sloan Struble, also known as the brains behind the project Dayglow, knows all about writing for that feeling, which comes to fruition in his first single of 2021, “Close To You.” Struble speaks on the track, noting that it’s “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.”
Crying on the dancefloor is not any sort of new theme being discovered in music, yet it’s one of my favorites. Struble mentions the song brings a “danceable yet melancholy feeling” that inspired the song. Influenced by unlikely artists like Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald. It personally reminded me of artists like Phoenix, Bleachers and Peach Pit.
Just last year, Struble garnered 2020’s biggest independent alternative hit with “Can I Call You Tonight” off of the debut project Fuzzybrain. The album reached #2 on both the Alternative and Triple A radio charts. Fuzzybrain received critical acclaim from outlets like Billboard, NME and NPR. Looking into the new year, Struble remains the sole creative on Dayglow: writing, performing, producing and mixing.
Listen to “Close To You” now on Spotify and/or your preferred streaming platforms.