Meet Mall Daze, the dark dream-pop duo made up of Tyrell Tompkins and Kipp Riley, who recently dropped their new album, Ash House.

Also members of the extant four-piece indie-pop outfit Lavoy, Tompkins and Riley dish out a totally different sound as Mall Daze, a sound drenched in reverb-laced indie-rock tones merged with what Tompkins calls “Mutt-Wave,” aka dark wave dream-pop.

Mall Daze paved the way for Ash House by releasing the music video for “Ten Favorites,” lifted from the album’s 10-tracks. From a purely subjective viewpoint, entry points on the album include the new wave infused “Pelican Priest,” the gleaming thrum of “Caterpillar,” “Ten Favorites,” “Damascus,” the low-slung depth of “In The Quiet,” and “Fletcher.”

Vaguely reminiscent of Depeche Mode, only with more heft and complexity, Mall Daze pushes out magnetic dream-pop peppered with shimmering new wave savors. Indeed, Ash House should grace a number of Best New Albums inventories.

Tattoo.com caught up with Tyrell Tompkins to discover how the duo got together, the story behind the name Mall Daze, and how the new album, Ash House, came into existence.



What three things can’t you live without?

Insulin pump, homemade fresh spring rolls. and the original London cast recordings of Les Misérables.

How did you get started in music? What’s the backstory there?

Basically I was head over heels about my best friend’s sister and she was sort of into musicians and I was jealous of her boyfriend musician guy, then I heard a band called Quayle, the song “1979” and for some reason decided to start writing punk music.

Which artists are you listening to right now?

Huge Hers fan and super bummed about their passing. They’re kind of my go-to’s this year but I’m loving the latest Surf Curse, Hibou, Sea Salt, and Marcel.

How did you two come to get together?

I knew Kipp from my friend from what seems like a past life, but I didn’t know he played music, then when I was…

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