Released on July 7, 2017
Below are some thoughts on Baby Dayliner’s You Push I’ll Go’ written by Matt Berninger (The National, El Vy). They were first published by Consequence of Sound
"The lyrics of so many pop songs feel like they were chosen by a committee from the same stale bag of recycled thoughts. I never get this feeling with Baby Dayliner. He writes in an extraordinarily personal tone that I’ve never heard in pop music. He writes about the small vulnerable moments of life and nails the details. He goes on little narrative runs that put me right in the moment. It’s almost like being inside his head while he thinks to himself — while pivots from a personal tone to an ornate one within the same song keeps me connected and on my toes.
"Baby Dayliner’s live performances are as idiosyncratic as his records. Whenever I've seen him live he's been alone on stage with nothing but a microphone singing to his recorded backing tracks; beats, synths, loops and layers of harmonizing backing vocals, all him. He pans these harmonies far away from each other in the stereo field creating moments when different versions of Baby Dayliner suddenly step into the room and join the party. It's like he’s cloned himself and given them all different roles to play in his tiny personal pop opera.
"And Baby Dayliner dances when he performs — minimal shuffles and struts that appear to have been strictly choreographed and rehearsed. It feels like I’ve been invited into someone's tiny apartment just to watch them being themselves. Within minutes I feel welcome and at home. His charm and unselfconsciousness is contagious and before long my own social anxieties dissolve and I’m singing and dancing along. He’s not kidding when he says “You’ll forget about yourself.” He likes to put little call and response moments in the middle of his songs like he's teaching rally chants to freshman cheerleaders. "You say strange. I say dreamin'. Strange. Dreamin'. Strange. Dreamin'." At his shows people will start singing with him and answering his calls without ever having heard the songs before. I've never seen that happen with any other artist.
"What I like most Baby Dayliner’s writing is that there's rarely any meanness in his songs; no forced posturing or aggressiveness; and they are loaded with empathy. He sings about flawed and vane characters but with genuine understanding and kindness. The music is catchy, smart, and weird— something beautiful and odd, that only he does.
"Baby Dayliner is something uncommon in pop music. He’s unique."
Matt Berninger is the singer and primary lyricist of The National and EL VY. He helped create & conceive Mistaken for Strangers, the 2013 film about The National’s 2010 tour.