WL//WH Weekly Shoegaze/ Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips

Weekly Shoegaze/ Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips #7


  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin dream pop/post-punk/shoegaze 4-piece OPERATIONS “Fog Museum” title track from the debut album “Fog Museum”

One of the most pleasant discoveries of the weekend is without a doubt the 11-track first LP by up and coming Milwaukee four-piece Operations, superbly showcasing a heady alchemy between the dual guitars interplay of crystal clear, swirling harmonies that, over the solid backbone of a vigorous rhythm section, chase each other, merging hypnotically, to vanish, swirl and collide, building mostly meditative sun-drenched hazy soundscapes lulled by dreamy alternate male/female vocals, but it’s definitely when the pace and chords turn slightly more restless, such as the splendid ‘Temporary Movement’ or particularly the title track ‘Fog Museum’, pervaded by subtle nods to The Feelies, that the album reaches its heights, just the icing on the cake for an overall more than convincing brilliant debut.

  • Bay Area‘s Dream Pop / Shoegaze / Post-Punk 4-piece of Gray Tolhurst (Gray Tolhurst, Coo Coo Birds), Jeremie Ruest (Cerf Volant, Your Friend, Lavender Blush), Justin Oronos (Solip), and Lauren Grubb (Minipop, To The Wedding), TOPOGRAPHIES “Veils” from the new cassette EP “Difference & Repetition” on Dream Recordings

Bay Area quartet is back kept honing their stark yet enveloping layering shoegazing sound, constantly adding coldwave and post-punk nuances, highlighting the band’s distinctive knack for both blissful shoegaze vibrancy and infectious melodic quality shrouded in thoughtful lyrics.

  • Lucerne, Switzerland ethereal/shoegaze/dream pop project of Andy Jossi featuring Krissy Vanderwoude on vocals, THE CHURCHHILL GARDEN “Light” new and last single from forthcoming double vinyl album “Heart and Soul”.

A gorgeous blend of harmony and distortion, both sooth and invigorate the senses with beautifully carefree ethereal female vocals soaring atop abrasive layers of noise, embedded with sparkling guitar melodies and triumphant synth chords, to form burstingly contagious atmospherics enhancing the positive upbeat lyrics about friendship, putting a smile on the subconscious hum burning within. Perfect to introduce the duo’s upcoming double vinyl LP.  (C.G.).

  • Turkish Funky Psychedelic Folk act, Beynelmilan “Fidayda” from “Psychedelic Oyun Havalari” EP on London’s Arsivplak
  • Brighton, UK spiritual jazz/krautrock/tropicália/psychedelic 4-piece lead by Brazilian-born, Italian/English-raised Lau Ro, Wax Machine “Birdsong” from the upcoming album “Earthsong of Silence” on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records
  • Auckland, New Zealand psychedelic rock n roll project of A. Evans, BLACK SAND – “Love Come Save Me (full version)” from the forthcoming album “Elevation”                                                                                              
  • York, UK experimental psychedelic solo project of Danny Trew Barton (The Federals, White Firs, The Illness, Junk and Sewage Farm ), aka WOLF SOLENT “Roads”
  • Italian cosmic/acid/garage/neo-psychedelic 4-piece from Milan, GIÖBIA “Haridwar” from new Giöbia album “Plasmatic Idol” via Heavy Psych Sounds Records
  • Ambient/dream pop/shoegaze project of Puerto Rican indie artist Andres Lugo and Philadelphia noise-pop artist Tom Lugo, aka CIELO OCEANO “The possibillity of only one answer” from the album “The Space Has Always Reduced Me To Silence” on Jak Jonson Tapes / Patetico Recordings / 3 Robots Records
  • Californian indie/dream pop solo project of Bianca Ocampop, aka URBANATION “Liminal Space” new single
  • Copenhagen‘s cinematic/indie/dream pop duo BlackieBlueBird “Goodbye in July” title track from their second LP due out on March 27, 2020 via Aenaos Records
  • Brighton, UK trip-hop/sadcore/surf/dream pop singer/songwriter Crysalice “Sugar Rush” new single
  • Nantes-based, Brittany-born indie / art pop / dreampop project of Slow Riders member Victor Gobbé aka, LESNEU “Amoureux De Vous” from upcoming album “Bonheur ou tristesse” on Music From The Masses
  • Paris, French shoegaze/folk/dream pop solo project of  Xavier Ridel (of Fiasco), WATERWALLS “Post Break-Up Song” on in silico
  • New York indie rock all-girl 4-piece Habibi “Angel Heart” from upcoming LP “Anywhere But Here” on Muddguts
  • UK art/atmospheric/dream pop band from the North East of England, Tessera Skies “Pianophase (edit)”         
  • US Indie/Shoegaze band out of Chicago, ILMUTED COLOR “Haze” from the new EP “Shatterhead”
  • Moscow based indie-pop singer-songwriter SILKLAKE “Seventeen” second single                               
  • Charleston, South Carolina bedroom dream pop project of Kim Hart, Shiny Times “Too Young” outtake from ‘Can’t Be Depressed’ (2019)                                                                                                                            
  • Chinese five-pieces summer indie pop band, SeafoodCake “Telephone Honey” new single on Qiii Snacks Records
  • Los Angeles, CA indie/jangle pop band MASSAGE “Michael Is My Girlfriend” new single from the upcoming 2nd album
  • Indonesian indie pop band from Bandung, CLUBWATER “Adult Angst” off upcoming EP on shiny happy records
  • Riverside, CA psych/dream pop/indie rock band The Color Society “Fading out of Sight” new single                  
  • Antwerp/Hamburg based shoegaze/dream pop duo The Day “Tenderfoot” (The Lemonheads / Smudge cover)
  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia power pop/indie-pop trio GRRRL GANG “Guys Don’t Read Sylvia Plath” from the compilation 12″ vinyl album “Here To Stay” via Damnably
  • Bay Area indie pop/jangle project of Carly Putnam (The Mantles, Art Museums) and Michael O. (Reds, Pinks & Purples), THE OILIES “Dead Tires Demo”
  • New York shoegaze/indie rock 5-piece fronted by Amy Rose Spiegel, STORE FRONT “Fugirlzi” from “Task” EP
  • West Palm Beach, FL indie rock 4-piece SURFER BLOOD “Parkland (Into the Silence)” new single from upcoming LP “Carefree Theatre” on Kanine Records
  • Belgian indie/noise rock/shoegaze band ENDZ “Newly Executive Bored” off of the new album “Harmed”, due out  on the 13th of March on Luik Records (Belgium) and Finalistes (France).
  • Bratislava-based, kraut/psychedelic/dream pop/synthpop solo project of veteran Siberian artist ALEX KELMAN “Alone (original version)” new single
  • London, UK post-punk/krautrock/psychedelic five-piece TOY “Happy in the Hollow” title track from the new EP on Tough Love
  • San Francisco/Los Angeles dream-pop/slowcore/shoegaze/fuzz folk duo of Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums, The Reds, Pinks & Purples, The Telephone Numbers) and Jem Fanvu (Tune Yards collaborator), aka VACANT GARDENS “Sunlight On Dry Glass” from the debut album “Under the Bloom” on Burundi Cloud Music and Tall Texan Records (vinyl 12″).
  • San Francisco’s fuzz-pop/janglegaze 4-piece SEABLITE “Skipping Stones” from the upcoming new 10″ EP “High Rise Mannequins” on Emotional Response and Meritorio Records
  • Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico lo-fi/dream pop/post-punk solo project CHEMICAL CLUB “Summer light / Summer heat” from “Mutual Psychosis”
  • Detroit-based ’60s garage-psych girl-group Shadow Show “Contessa” from their debut album “Silhouettes” out now on Burger Records & Stolen Body Records
  • Texas noise rock/shoegaze quartet DESERT MUSEUM “Cheers” from the new “Cocooning” EP
  • Texan veteran shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr “God Help the Ones You Love” off Ringo Deathstarr’s upcoming new eponymous 6th LP on Club AC30 & The Reverberation Appreciation Society.                         
  • Isabela, Puerto Rico first shoegaze band UN.REAL “Lovely One” from upcoming “Islands” album.
  • Portland, OR psychedelic dream pop all-girls trio (formerly Is/Is), Candace “By Tomorrow” (Black Tambourine cover) from “Covers 2020” EP
  • Spanish indie-pop /shoegaze /post punk foursome from Sevilla, The Royal Landscaping Society – “This Gift” (originally 1996) from V/A “Somewhere In England – A Sunday Records Tribute to THEY BOOM!!” for the 30th-anniversary release of the label.
  • Seoul, South Korea indie/dream pop/shoegaze project Octopus King “Voice of burning star” new single
  • Australian dream pop /surf female duo (Nathalie Pavlovic & Caitlin Moloney) from Perth, DIANAS “Weather Girl” new single
  • Nottingham, UK 90’s coldwave/cosmic krautrock/psych-punk outfit SIX BY SEVEN “Fade Away” from the 2018’s album “Abstraktion 12 (Remastered)”
  • Philadelphia, PN psychedelic/shoegaze quartet Cigarettes for Breakfast “Daylight” from debut S/T EP
  • Danish dream pop/noise rock/shoegaze/indie 4-piece MELTWAY “From Blue” from the debut EP “Everytime”
  • Oakland, CA ambient/indie/post-rock band Unconditional Arms “You’re Just As Desperate” from the upcoming debut LP “Formation”
  • Los Angeles-based garage psych noise trio of Will Ivy (Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated), Tim Hellman (Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Ty Segall) and Justin Sullivan (The Babies, Kevin Morby), Flat Worms “Market Forces” from forthcoming second LP “Antarctica” on Drag City
  • Greek psychedelic garage band Alien Mustangs “Shadows” new single
  • Winnipeg, Canada noise rock/psych/shoegaze 4-piece Juniper Bush “Slowly” from the upcoming album “Healing Through A Sonic Figure” via Transistor 66 Record Co.
  • Australian indie jangle pop band from Melbourne, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “Cars In Space” new single on Sub Pop
  • Chicago‘s synthpop/indie pop duo GRAPETOOTH “Fantasy Movie (feat. Lillie West of Lala Lala)” from 2-track single on Hardly Art
  • Brighton, UK indie/synthpop 4-piece BLOOM “Feeling” from the new single “Feeling / I Know”
  • Australian bedroom pop project of Annabel Blackman (singer/guitarist in Sydney garage-rock quartet Body Type), Solo Career – “Feelings” from upcoming V/A “Dinosaur City Records Mixtape #4” via Dinosaur City Records
  • Seattle based electro-pop/new wave band Jupe Jupe “Eyes Full of Stars” from the upcoming new EP, “Nightfall”
  • Electronic /Dreampop /Bliss-gaze solo project of Idris Vicuña from Philippines, EYEDRESS “Let’s Skip to the Wedding” new single on Lex Records
  • Bristol, UK electronic/dream pop artist Henry Green ‘Realign’ first single from the upcoming new LP ‘Half Light’                                                                                                                                                           
  • Guadalajara, Mexico shoegaze /krautrock /psychedelic duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete ”Unificado (Pye Corner Audio Remix)’ lead track from the upcoming new Lorelle Meets The Obsolete EP ‘’Re-Facto’’ on Sonic Cathedral
  • Austrian dream pop/shoegaze duo from Innsbruck, MOLLY “Coming Of Age (Mark Peters Remix)” from “All That Was” EP on Sonic Cathedral
  • Lille, France bedroom/French/indie-pop singer/songwriter Joni Île “Hercules” from the debut EP “What if I do”
  • Canadian ambient/dream pop/shoegaze project of multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Relph from Toronto, Indoor Voices “Pulse” from the album “Animal”
  • Austin, TX experimental/shoegaze/dream pop female artist DOTTIE “Pearl” new single

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