By Safiya Hopfe
VANCOUVER — Abbotsford musician Teen Daze and his journey as an artist originated in intertwining paths of folk songwriting and guitar projects, but came together in ways he hadn’t foreseen once he started releasing music under his current moniker.
“I was ready to change up my sound, and it definitely all happened at the right place and right time,” says Jamison (he doesn’t use his last name).
In the ornate fabric of new album Morning World, Jamison does what he does best, using music to escape. He considers the record a climactic “realization of that path” on his eternal quest of finding peace with where he is at as an artist.
The “where” he vividly channels on the record is as specific in intent as it is abstract and thematic.
“Something I’ve tried to do, especially for Morning World, is to take those mostly vague, esoteric ideas attached with different seasons, and use them as metaphor for more personal issues I’m going through.”
His own life has never been a muse, so much as a lens through which he assesses the big ideas he undertakes. Jamison explains that he has “always appreciated musicians who could express emotion and experiences without being so obvious or direct.” Morning World does not attack lyrical storytelling so much as it pursues ambiance in its most well thought out form. “As soon as I first started working on [the album], I knew that I wanted to work the ideas of “the imaginary landscape” and images of lush, psychedelic, almost sci-fi geography.”
Live instrumentation nurtures this concept in a way a laptop simply cannot. Vancouver via Abbotsford’s favourite craftsman of beachy murmurs is taking more care than ever in the intricacies of his artistry. The end result channels striking poignancy in layers of varying intensity and serenity—Morning World is Teen Daze taking a firm step forward as an artist who really knows what he’s about.
Teen Daze performs on September 12 at Fortune Sound Club.BC, British Columbia, Fortune Sound Club, Teen Daze