This careful, studied decision-making can be heard everywhere in the music Little Daylight makes, but their friendship isn’t visible. Like the rest of their personal lives, it’s excluded from the mix. Some bands fall into their major label deals, insta-fame and musical choices—this band dictates theirs with precision and planning. The EP is just another step on this carefully manicured path that leads toward a full-length record.
"Right now we’re going through 40+ kernels of ideas that we’ve collected and iTunes playlists," Eric, the bassist said. "We're spending a minimal amount of time on each, maybe two days, and then moving on—being very strict about this process. Then at the end of the summer, we’ll then reflect on everything we’ve done and at that point we’ll piece together our favorites and start thinking about it as an album."
How does all this planning and structure come through in the music? Like a dream. The songs are air-tight, heavy-hitting pop gems. Flickers of autotuned vocals cast shadows against a synth-laden backdrops, the words swell and rise in choral arrangements that mimic the galloping drums and vocoder lines. The subject matter wanders through the tensions of new relationships, as on "Restart," other songs touch on the tantalizing pull of fame, and all-instrumental track "Treelines” hints at a more introspective, melancholy side.
"We wanted there to be tracks that aren’t necessarily aimed at trying to be summer jams that people are playing at parties," Matt said. "We want the stuff in between that’s exciting and interesting. To have peaks, you have to have valleys. You just have to relax and get excited and relax and get excited. That’s life."
I think the goal has to be that you make music that you’re into and that you think is great.
In the multivariate realm of pop music, the trio have clear goals and a perspective that genuinely seems aimed at creating the best product possible. Their calculated process may seem a bit intensive, but it’s led them to success in a field that’s notoriously difficult to crack. How else do they define success? By making art that they themselves enjoy.
"To me, I think the goal has to be that you make music that you’re into and that you think is great," Nikki said. "As long as that goal is met then I feel like other things will sort of naturally go forward from that. At least I’ll be happy if I’m really into what we’re doing."
Buy their debut EP Tunnel Vision here.