Remember when chillwave was a thing? Among the many names that emerged from that scene, Teen Daze proved to be able to evolve gracefully from a minimalistic bedroom project on 2010’s debut Four More Years, to the new fully-developed and self-produced Themes For Dying Earth; a soothing introspection through the struggles of modern life.

With the urge to find a safe space to battle his growing anxiety and depression, Jamison Isaak retreated to the valleys of British Columbia in Canada. While there, he picked up from his daily life struggles and converted them into sound, which allowed him to channel his darkness into light and eerie soundscapes. For that, he invited and combined efforts with multi-instrumentalist Dustin Young, Nadia Hulett (Phantom Posse), Sean Carey, Sound Of Ceres and Jon Anderson, which according to Isaak, brought out the best in him and his creative process.

Returning to his signature soundscapes, luscious pads and vocal fragility, Teen Daze has created an experience across this ten-song album that enables you to embark on a spiritual journey. While 2015’s Morning World came across as a more indie-pop endeavour, on Themes For Dying Earth Isaak deliberately took two steps back, enabling him to recapture his old essence.

First track ‘Cycle’ feels like an open-letter to those who struggle with depression. However, Teen Daze’s work has always been strongly influenced by nature as well as genuine and fragile beauty. It also comes from a very personal and reflective side of Jamison, brought on by his moving to the depths of the Fraser Valley, where he once again found his equilibrium among endless landscapes, which provided him with visual stimulation and inspiration.

‘Lost’, the duet with Nadia Hulett, or ‘First Rain’ with Sean Carey, drummer and backing vocalist for Bon Iver, are good examples of well-developed collaborations: By connecting different worlds into one, they result in heart-warming songs, reprising Teen Daze’s dreampop vision and layering it with valuable experience from other creative minds.

Although the world seems to be slowly crumbling to pieces, Themes for Dying Earth - despite its misleading title - is very much a soundtrack of optimism, positivity and hope. By listening to it, you are induced to disconnect from your surroundings, and to appreciate and find peace within the chaos of the everyday life and modern struggles. It’s not an isolation capsule, but you’ll definitely feel as though you’re floating to safety.