Sloan in Motion
Austin solo artist makes Jimmy Fallon debut before local album signing
If it were possible to become Austin's favorite musician on good vibes alone, Sloan Struble would make it easily. Thankfully, the Austin native, who records solo as Dayglow, also has bouncy hooks, a magical nostalgic tone, and insightful but dryly relatable lyrics up his thrifted sleeve.
On January 13, the up-and-comer took another big step toward national ubiquity by appearing on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, performing the single “Then It All Goes Away” from his most recent album, People In Motion. For Austinites who won't risk missing a chance to connect before the inevitable blow-up, he'll also be signing copies of the LP at Waterloo Records & Video on January 27 at 6 pm.
"Thank you so much for having me, we had so much fun," commented the songwriter on the YouTube video of the performance. "I LOVE JIMMY FALLON!"
This engagement follows two other major archival performances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Austin City Limits, plus one of the top billings at Austin City Limits Festival in 2021. Struble often appears in laid-back vintage, layering sweaters, denim jackets, and hand embroidery (including his ACL Fest look by his mom); this time, he and the band donned Talking Heads-esque suits and collars. Struble's sneakers shuffled conspicuously under his gray trousers, lending some hyper-casual Austin flare to an already ambiguously ironic look.
"Then It All Goes Away" follows Struble's usual writing conventions — bass-led hooks; an upbeat, singable melody doubled on guitar that playfully doubles back on itself; and confessional lyrics that cheerfully skewer a personal situation going nowhere, fast. It's a perfect example of the project's gentle balance between dream pop and an 80s insistence on synths and awkward danceability, no matter the circumstances.
People In Motion, Dayglow's third album in quick succession after the breakout bedroom pop record Fuzzybrain and assertive Sophomore effort Harmony House, continues his success in infectiously positive twists on the mundane, without the betrayal of reinvention that many artists undergo at this point in their catalog.
Waterloo Records and Video, on North Lamar, is one of Austin's top destinations for recorded music and tasteful recommendations. Part of the record store's offering to the community is artist signings that keep locals up-to-date on the important or simply wonderful sounds coming out of the Live Music Capital. More information about the Dayglow event and vinyl LPs including an exclusive, limited edition copy ($29.95) are available at waterloorecords.com.