Earlier this year Tim Oxton’s surf-pop project Polaroids started unveiling moody, backlit pop songs, and the first question everyone thought was: How can he use the name Polaroids? The second question, inevitably, was: How long until he changes his moniker?
We now know the answer to that second query, as a result of the first: Oxton has relaunched his punchy lo-fi pop project as Wakes. In a flash, it retains the same detached earnestness that made some of the early Polaroids compositions our favorite tracks of the year; the sound that led us to ask Oxton to perform live at our launch party back in May.
Here on the glowing “Headlights,” the first track off March’s debut record Feral Youth (released via UK label Shape Records), Wakes soundtracks the frigid days and subway rides that must be endured before spring comes to warm our souls back up again.
And when that spring arrives, and we are far gone from today, Wakes won’t need another re-birth.
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