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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – APRIL #15-22

  • French minimal dream pop /synthpop project of composer-musician and singer Blanche Leblond, AKA Louïse Papier “Spark Again” (featuring Victor Gobbé AKA Lesneu on backing vocals) first single from the upcoming debut EP ” Les idées roses” featuring Victor Gobbé via Brest’s label Music From The Masses

The enigmatic solo project, while losing a dash of charm, preferring the English language, still manages to retain the profound, irresistibly melancholic and nostalgic moods that distinguish the Francophone synthpop, in this case, heightened by somberly alluring backup vocals from Lesneu mastermind and a retro flair, reminding me’80s Jo Lemaire/Serge Gainsbourg echoes, wrapped in ceremonial, bright, wistful keyboard floats, whilst reedy, wailing swirls rise wearily atop pained and breathless female longing’s lonely wishes swelled by deep baritone broods to release fear, restlessness, and angst into a limbo of cooling passions.

  • Italian Dream-Pop /Shoegaze project of Tommaso La Rocca based in Leghorn, Inframell0w “Daylight” single

Bedroom gaze pop project by Italian composer Tommaso La Rocca always shows off an excellent songwriting talent, despite a not so distinctive, but wisely distorted, vocal skill, in crafting atmospheric, dreamlike and introspective brittle radiant mists. Daylight tinny, hypnotic beats cross glistening waves of droning sizzling guitar melodies interwoven with a sinuously heart-pulsing silky bassline, distant hollow synth blows and soft numb, yet aching distorted vocal harmonies to wander lost through the haunted memories of nostalgic lovelorn longings.

  • US dream rock /shoegaze band out of Oxnard, California, STELLAR RUINS “Opulence” second single from the upcoming debut “Abandon Inhibition”.

After the impressive debut single it was not easy for the Californian group to repeat themselves, and if perhaps not so immediate, even the fully 90s-tinged sophomore effort does not disappoint with a distortion-drenched, both contemplative and sizzling, guitar-laden power-pop sound wrapped in breezy bittersweet harmonies, enriched by swirling shiny synths to add further subdued lysergic tones and captivating grungy vocalizations. Anthemic, guitar soaring realms foster fuzzy droning washes to expand, burst, and billow laced with wailing searing leads, in euphoric introspective moods around high detached vocals flying angsty through a brooding release of modern dystopic misery.

  • Californian ambient /psych /kosmische /folk duo (Ashan, Channelers), Rosa Beach Mason & Sean Conrad “Lure” from the album “Wake” on Inner Islands
  • Glasgow, UK experimental/folk project of Martin John Henry (De Rosa, Henry and Fleetwood, and solo) and Robert Dallas Gray (Life without buildings), aka WHIN “Dunbeth Park” from the album “Dawn Firth”
  • Scottish Slowcore /C86 /Dream Pop band based around Glasgow, LOS LUCHA “Spinning” from 5-track cassette EP “Tape 2”
  • Argentina psych /spacerock /synth project Chelo Lares – “A Veces” from “Cargo” EP on Canciones del Fuego Amigo
  • Moscow, Russia lo-fi /indie rock /dream pop outfit пост-grotesque – “нефть” single on OCADOK.RECORDS    
  • Stockholm, Swedish dreampop /indie pop artist Matilda Mård aka, MANY VOICES SPEAK “Nothing’s Gone” new single from the upcoming album “Gestures” on Strangers Candy
  • Berlin-based, Norwegian indie /post-rock /shoegaze /dream pop songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, AKA Tuvaband “Rejuvenate” single
  • Brooklyn-based folk singer-songwriter Scout Gillett “One to Ten” from her upcoming EP “One to Ten” on Captured Tracks
  • Cincinnati, Oh shoegaze /psych rock /dream pop duo SUNGAZE “New Twang” single                                          
  • Norway/Netherlands retro pop project of Oslo‘s singer-songwriter Jørn Åleskjær (The Loch Ness Mouse, I Was a King and Gary Olson) and vocalist Estella Rosa (one half of Nah), Sapphire & Steel “Evelina” single
  • Swedish indie/dream pop/synthpop trio (Niklas Angergård, Kristina Borg and Mikael Matsson), Red Sleeping Beauty “Solid Gold (featuring Amelia Fletcher)” single on Matinée Recordings
  • Amersee, Bavaria indie /solar pop band Alte Kinder “Past Forward” from the debut album “Gleich” on label77
  • Portland, Or indie rock /dark pop band The Prids “Small Amounts” from “Small Amounts / Liar of my Dreams” ltd. lathe cut 7″ single
  • New York surf /indie rock 4-piece Petite League “Pantone Karaoke” single
  • Tokyo, Japan bedroom indie /noise pop /punk band Hoach5000 “Paper Bag” from the upcoming cassette EP “FINAL” on Testcard Records
  • Rochester, NY bedroom /surf /indie /dream pop project Vibropath “Turning Inside” single                                                                  
  • Portland, Or electronic synth-pop /dream pop duo of Hollie and Keith Kenniff (aka Helios, Goldmund), AKA Mint Julep “If I Say Tomorrow” single
  • Seoul, South Korea indie /shoegaze /dream pop/mermaid pop singer-musician & songwriter Jaema Lim, AKA Eunhadan “Tender is the Night” 2-track debut single
  • Bordeaux, France indie pop trio CLIPPERTON “Abyss” second single
  • Switzerland bedroom /indie pop duo Express Therapy “Another Dance” from the EP “Prom Party Nostalgia Vol.1”
  • Dallas, TX indie rock /shoegaze trio New Avenues “Speak Up” from the EP “Driving Far Away”
  • Austin, TX indie-pop /dreampop duo HOVVDY “Town” single on Grand Jury Music
  • San Francisco, Ca DIY kitchen pop project by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “Life in the Void” off of the 3-track single EP of the same name.
  • New York indie pop/shoegaze /dream pop project of Patrick J. Smith, AKA A Beacon School “Dot” single
  • Toronto, Ontario dream pop /indie rock band Group Therapy “Feel better” single
  • Kingston, NY dreamrock band Tiny Blue Ghost “The Plunge” from the cassette EP “The Underneath” on Count Your Lucky Stars
  • Chicago, IL noise pop /shoegaze band Panda Riot “E.S.P.” first single off of the upcoming album “Extra Cosmic”
  • Indonesian indie-pop band from Cirebon, SILLAS “Mamlaka” from 2-track single on Anoa Records
  • Bath, UK dream rock /shoegaze project of Jenn Zed, aka ZED POINT “Wasted” from the album “What Ever”
  • Chicago, IL indie rock /shoegaze band GENTLE HEAT “Total Orbit” from upcoming EP “Sheer”
  • Moscow, Russia shoegaze /post-rock project, In The Evening “Out of town” from “Aurora borealis” album
  • Japanese indie /shoegaze collective STOMP TALK MODSTONE “Last Time On Earth” from the new album “MEW”
  • New York based noise rock /shoegaze trio Petal Head – “Juno” new single
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania grunge /shoegaze 4-piece Slughead – “Find” from the split single with Wonderglu “Find Molly” on Love Canal
  • Austin, TX alt /shoegaze /indie rock band (members of Magnet School, Honeyrude, and Schatzi), Startographers “Backslide’‘ second single from the band’s forthcoming debut album on Shifting Sounds.
  • Seattle‘s shoegaze /psych-rock 5-piece fronted by multi-instrumentalist Owen Murphy, New Age Healers “Don’t Let Me Go” single
  • Japanese noise rock /power-pop /shoegaze project by Makoto Miyoshi (Rumania Montevideo, Gt/Vo) & Litsuko (ex. Shonen Knife, Ba/Vo), AKA Morphine People “Be Myself” from “Alternative” EP tape on Gerpfast Record
  • Cardiff, UK indie /noise /psychedelic band Soundwire “Satellite” off of forthcoming double A-side limited 7” vinyl single on Fuzzed Up & Astromoon Records
  • Melbourne, Australia 60s prog /psychedelic /garage 4-piece, Astro Elevator “ELA” from the 12″ vinyl album ” Lysergic Liquid Maze of the Psychotropic Triptonauts”
  • UK experimental pop /indie rock singer-songwriter Anna Calvi – “Ain’t No Grave” (off Peaky Blinders series soundtrack) from the upcoming new EP “Tommy” on Domino Record Co.
  • Austin, TX punk /indie rock trio Chronophage “Black Clouds” from upcoming third S/T album via Post Present Medium (US) and Bruit Direct (Europe).
  • Perth, Australia indie /alternative rock band BIG ORANGE “Love’s Not Enough” single
  • Melbourne, Australia‘s punk /power-pop band ROMERO “Things They Don’t Tell You” title track from the debut album “Turn It On!” on Feel It Records
  • Chester, UK 3-piece fuzzy indie-pop band PEANESS “Irl” new single from upcoming debut LP “World Full Of Worry”
  • Leeds, UK indie-rock quartet, L’objectif “Get Close”‘ 2nd single off of the upcoming second EP “We Aren’t Getting Out But Tonight We Might” on Chess Club.
  • Los Angeles post-punk /dream pop trio Magic Wands “Fortune” single
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota indie /synthpop band POLIÇA “Alive” single from upcoming album ‘Madness’ on Memphis Industries
  • Barcelona‘s disco /electro-pop /indie pop band LA CASA AZUL – “No Hay Futuro” new single on Elefant Records
  • Montreal, Quebec psych pop /soft rock /dream pop 4-piece TOPS “Perfected Steps” from upcoming EP “Empty Seats”                                                                                                                                                          
  • New York ambient /shoegaze psych /dream pop solo project JUNO ROOME “Just like before” new single
  • Salt Lake City, Utah bedroom /psych /dream pop duo Homephone “Dandelion Fields” single
  • London, UK ethereal, dark and romantic dreampop /electropop duo Beautiful Mechanica “Bring the sandman” from “Bring the sandman/Never in my dreams” single
  • L.A./Seattle dream pop /indie rock duo Telepathic Traffic & Daniel G. Harmann “Virtual Berlin” single
  • Central Luzon, Philippines alt /indie-pop 4-piece Orange & Lemons “Yakapin Natin Ang Gabi (2022 Remaster)” from the album “La Bulaqueña” on Lilystars Records
  • Madison, Wisconsin lo-fi /indie /psych pop solo attic sound project RICHIE “Lucid” (Single)
  • Chinese experimental /ambient /psych /minimal rock group from Wuhan, Hualun(花伦) “404sx” from the 12″ vinyl album “Live By The Sea” on Crafting Room Recordings

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