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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – DECEMBER/JANUARY #01-23

After the Christmas break, here is the first list of 2023 which brings with it several December releases naturally with several omissions here and there…I wish you a new year of great music!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:
  • St. Petersburg, FL shoegaze /dream pop band Captive Frame “Misery Light” the first single from the upcoming LP

Florida‘s trio returns with a brittle and ghostly sound that compels heady detached moods to churn soft hypnotic drum beats into eternal interlocking waves of somberly pulsing muted post-punkish basslines and glistening guitar slivers to immerse lost disconnected vocal fear in a dim numb headspace of ignorance and bliss.

  • El Paso, TX blackgaze /post-rock /post-punk /shoegaze 5-piece band INTENTIONS “Exist” single on Nodal Records

Texas noise rockers are back with an the atmospheric slow burner “Exist”,  ignites dragging drum beats, ominous droning bass lines, abrasive fuzzed-out guitar riffs, and excruciating compulsive guitar wails with hypnotic spirals of claustrophobic gloom, shifting intermittently over lost haunted vocal angst, before rolling relentlessly into boundless swells of dread and doom.

  • French dream pop /indie pop band led by Thierry Haliniak (Meyverlin), aka MY RAINING STARS “Grateful For Another Day” new single

French indie pop musician does not rest on his laurels after last year’s excellent LP and drops a slightly different new single, that I guess was lingering around him for a while, with an intimate soulfully-minded swaying, mid-’90s Britpop semi-acoustic ballad adorned with soaring strings, to build sad yet uplifting moods of courage and pain around a relatable lyrical narrative, amazingly written by Carminda Loleng, whilst intoxicating guitar strums and arpeggios, woven by Ben Baal-Bowdler, dramatic bright keyboard flourishes and heartfelt vocal empathy, stirs the warrior soul of hardship with warm, caressing and shimmering spirits of hope and light.

  • Ontario library music /funk /soul /spiritual jazz /psychedelic rock /cinematic music project of composer-multi-instrumentalist Pierre Chrétien (The Souljazz Orchestra, Atlantis Jazz Ensemble and Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays), AKA Cinephonic “Le Combat” off upcoming sophomore album “Visions” on Marlow Records
  • Austin, TX ambient /shoegaze solo project DOTTIE – “Change (in the house of flies)” [Deftones cover]
  • Lewes, Sussex psych folk group featuring Rachel Thomas on Vocals, Stuart Carter (Fumaça Preta) on guitars, and Richard Norris (The Grid/Beyond The Wizards Sleeve) on keyboards, drums, and production, AKA The Order Of The 12 “Against the Tide” from the 2023 debut LP “Lore Of The Land”
  • Paris based retro /soundtrack /library music /psych rock project of by composer and musician Emile Sornin (Arun Tazieff member), AKA Forever Pavot “Au Diable” from the upcoming LP “L’idiophone” on Born Bad Records
  • Québec‘s dreamy pop music of singer-songwriter Margaux Sauvé, AKA Ghostly Kisses “Back to Black” (Amy Winehouse acoustic cover) on akirarecords
  • Bristol, UK ambient /chill-out /folktronica project of Rosalind Leyden, AKA Rozi Plain “Help” from upcoming 2023 LP “Prize” on Memphis Industries
  • Veselí Nad Moravou/Prague based, Czech Indie Folk /Dream Pop trio BILLOW “Swimming Pool” from V/A “Sampler 2022” on Z Tapes
  • Düsseldorf based German electro /krautrock /avant-pop project of songwriter and producer Sebastian Lee Philipp (part of the Berlin-based electro-wave duo with Valerie Renay, Noblesse Oblige), Die Wilde Jagd “In Wonnenhieben” off upcoming 2023 4th LP “Ophio” on Bureau B
  • Swedish experimental /psychedelic /dream pop trio from Malmö, Death And Vanilla “Looking Glass” 2nd single from the upcoming album “Flicker” on Fire Records
  • Parisian indie rock /avant pop band, En Attendant Ana “Same Old Story” off from the third album “Principia” upcoming on Trouble in Mind
  • Seattle, WA lo-fi /indie folk singer-songwriter (Transmittens, Seapony, & Space Daze), Danny Rowland “light rain” from the album “Pleasant Dread”
  • San Francisco shoegaze /jangle /indie pop project by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums, etc) and friends, The Reds, Pinks & Purples “What’s the Worst Thing You Heard?” from 5-track EP “Dust in the Path of Love”
  • New York based indie rock /pop-folk twin duo Brian and Michael D’Addario, AKA The Lemon Twigs – “Corner Of My Eye” new single on Captured Tracks
  • London based shoegaze /indie rock /folk solo project of Cardiff-born Ride guitarist, ANDY BELL “Something Like Love (Richard Norris Remix)” off 2023 album “Strange Loops & Outer Psych” (influences, stripped down acoustic reworks and remixes) on Sonic Cathedral
  • Portland, OR electronic /synthpop /dream-pop duo of Hollie and Keith Kenniff (aka Helios, Goldmund), Mint Julep “Surfacing” single
  • Ukraine electronic /sadcore /dark dream pop solo project LOSTSLEEP “Eyes” single
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina experimental /shoegaze /dream pop band led by Nicolás Castello, aka NAX “Me como tu voz” single
  • Los Angeles dream pop /surf /indie rock solo project Friend’s Don’t Die – “Vertigo” from V/A “Winter Compilation – Supporting Brighton RSPCA” charity cassette compilation via Crafting Room Recordings
  • Oslo, Norway lo-fi alt /folk /psychedelic /indie rock project of Christian Dam (The Age of Colored Lizards), Pale White Sun “Away” from the S/T album on Sotron Records
  • Italian lo-fi /indie /dream pop band split between Helsinki and Bergamo, Deine Mutti – “Lontano da qui” from V/A “A polaroid for Christmas 2022” charity compilation via “Memoria polaroid” – un blog alla radio
  • Norway/Germany jangle-pop collaboration of Jørn Åleskjær (The Loch Ness Mouse, Sapphire & Steel) and Sebastian Voss (Nah…, The Fisherman and his Soul), aka HERR WADE “The Sleeping Beatle (Der Beatle, der immer schlief)” [feat. The Catherines’ Heiko Schneider on sitar] from the EP “…feiert Silvester” on Platiruma!!!
  • Copenhagen, Denmark lo-fi /twee /indie pop duo appleseeds! “hungry mouth” 2nd single from the forthcoming 2023 album “æblefrø” via Brest’s label Too Good To Be True
  • Madrid based indie pop band La Perfecta Moment “Manzanita” from the album “Nuevo Himno de la Alegría” on Fikasound
  • German C86 /Northern Souls /indie pop band DIE SCHORNSTEINFEGER “Am Andreastag” from the LP “Nachts im Trümmerviertel” on Frischluft! Tonträger
  • Los Angeles dream pop /surf /indie rock solo project Friend’s Don’t Die – “Vertigo” from V/A “Winter Compilation – Supporting Brighton RSPCA” charity cassette compilation via Crafting Room Recordings
  • Presque Island, Michigan jangle indie rock band Ditch Bunnies “Every Rung” from “Lazy” EP
  • Early-mid ’90s UK jangle indie pop foursome The Irony Board “Joke’s A Choke” from “Capturing The Wry” (the complete studio recordings 19931995) on Broken Down Records
  • South East London jangle-indie-pop band The Sundries “Full Of The Joys of Spring” from the collection CD “Full of the Joys of Spring and Magic Johnson EPs” on Subjangle
  • Australian jangle indie rock band Classic “Calls You Home” single
  • Presque Island, Michigan jangle indie rock band Ditch Bunnies “Every Rung” from “Lazy” EP
  • Kent, UK-based indie rock /psychedelic pop collective led by Ian Button (formerly guitarist with Death In Vegas, Thrashing Doves, and Gare du Nord Records co-founder), Papernut Cambridge “Cobwebs” from the LP “Channel Suite” on Gare du Nord Records
  • Greek four-piece indie pop band from Thessaloniki, Secret Postcards “Never Dreaming” from the upcoming 7″ single “Never Dreaming / Sweet Melody” on Make Me Happy records
  • Berlin-based DIY indie-pop band led by Ken Steen AKA Space Kelly “Shallow” (Heavenly cover) from the upcoming album “Come To My World: a tribute to Sarah” on Lounge Records
  • UK indie popular beat combo featuring former members of The Bodines (Creation Records), Bison and The Soil Brothers, aka MAMTOR “Did You Keep The Humour?” second single
  • England, UK indie rock /jangle pop /’bockety pop’ trio The Happy Somethings “Worried Fools” from the album “A Gathering of Sorts”
  • South-West Wales longstanding jangle /sunshine /indie pop band from Llanelli, THE HEPBURNS “Who Cares” single
  • San Francisco-based dream pop /indie rock project led by veteran musicians Inna Showalter and George Tarlson (Grandma’s Boyfriend, Blades of Joy, Modern Charms), Whitney’s Playland “Rain Song” from the album “Sunset Sea Breeze” on Meritorio Records and Paisley Shirt Records 
  • Los Angeles new wave /dream pop /psych pop musician and composer (former member of Bart & The Bedazzled, Cactus Music, Dream Boys, Modern Memory, Philo Beddow and guitarist for Bart Davenport, Devon Williams…), Wayne Faler “Turned on end” from the debut S/T album
  • US/Australia based shoegaze /dream pop /indie rock project of Korean/Japanese musician Yoodoo Park, aka GRMLN “Goner” from the LP “Dark Moon” on Spirit Goth Records
  • Tokyo based shoegaze /indie guitar pop band led by Iwao Shimizu, AKA Monkey in Yellow “All I Want to Do” from the cassette EP “Thingumajig and Whatsisname” on Testcard Records
  • Dallas, TX dream pop-rock band Fever Cult “Club Midnight” single
  • Portland, OR indie rock singer-songwriter Kristine Capua AKA Tiny Microphone “Holiday” from the upcoming “Other Cities” LP
  • Sevilla, Spain funk /synthpop /dream pop trio of Erica Romero Pender (Terry vs. Tori, Martes Niebla), David Alonso (Baywaves, Ordinary Guy), and Cristian Pineda (Asociación de Vecinos, Moustoile, Nue), AKA Magic Gardening Club “Satellite” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Salt Lake City, Utah bedroom /psych /dream pop duo Homephone “More Than Chemical” single
  • L.A. based new wave /rock’n’roll /power pop project of London‘s artist, Billy Tibbals “Onwards and Upwards” from the debut 7″ single “Onwards and Upwards / Lucy” via Curation Records
  • Munich, Germany indie /dream-pop /synthpop band Clear Coast “Againiam” single
  • Toronto, Ontario ethereal electronic pop project PALLAS ATHENE “Sunny Days” single
  • New York‘s dream pop/new wave /electro-pop artist (former Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls), Frankie Rose “Anything” single off upcoming LP “Love As Projection” on Night School
  • London based shoegaze /dream pop /indie rock solo project Sunnbrella “Wrong” from upcoming 2023 LP “Heartworn” EP
  • Philippines 4-piece dream-pop group from Dumaguete, UJU “Promises” from the upcoming sophomore album “The Sun is in our Eyes” on Melt Records.
  • Los Angeles dream pop /psych /shoegaze /ethereal /’spirit rock’ band Circle of Dominion “Leaving All the World” single
  • Rockford, Illinois lo-fi /shoegaze /dream pop duo Side Thing “Breakfast” single
  • London-based Dream Pop /Shoegaze act Daniel Land “Wolf Moon” single
  • Ukrainian indie-noise-pop band Layuchi Kvity “Квітка” single from upcoming EP “Український андерграунд”.
  • Sacramento based C86 /indie pop /pop-punk band The Frenchmen – “Steaming Train” (Talulah Gosh) off upcoming V/A “Lower Than Underground vol. 1 compilation” CD with 1st issue of “Lower than Underground” fanzine via Athens’ Old Bad Habits Label
  • Tijuana, Mexico post-rock band Fractal “Сила (Syla)” from the EP “Missy”
  • Fort Collins, Colorado indie rock /shoegaze /sadcore DIY project of Jake Lyon, aka ROSEVILLE “Workhorse” single off upcoming album “Deadfall” on Candlepin Records
  • US indie /shoegaze /slowcore solo project onyxarches “Canker Sore” from “ASHES” EP
  • Denver, CO slowcore /shoegaze 4-piece Bloodsports “Sustain” from the upcoming S/T EP on Candlepin Records
  • Denton/Dallas, TX shoegaze /slowcore /noise /indie rock trio The Ends “For You” from the EP “Forfeiture”
  • Austin, TX dream pop /shoegaze trio Allwax “Dream State” single
  • Los Angeles Psychedelic Rock / Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Too Far” single
  • Sidney-based indie /dream pop /shoegaze solo project of Peter Bridle, Lakes Region “High Beam Lights” single
  • Bordeaux based French dream pop /shoegaze band Cosmopaark “Can’t Wait” 2nd single from the upcoming LP “And I can’t breathe enough” on Howlin’ Banana Records, Flippin’ Freaks Records and Stellar Frequencies.
  • South Korean emo /dream pop /shoegaze outfit Syupeo Jenjang “Sun Sail” from EP “Sail”
  • Nottingham, UK post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze instrumental solo project After Daylight “The Slow And Steady Downfall” the first track from the 8th After Daylight album, “The Edge Of Darkness”
  • Perth based shoegaze multi-instrumentalist, Steve Matzkov AKA Seven Hour Days “Tears Blue” single
  • Austrian post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze duo from Innsbruck, MOLLY “Ballerina” 2nd single from the upcoming new album “Picturesque” on Sonic Cathedral
  • Costa Rica‘s 4 piece shoegaze outfit from San Jose, tearbound “For You It’s Fun, For me It’s Torture” from the debut EP “An Unreachable Memory of You”
  • Buenos Aires shoegaze /noise rock band Plenamente “Ojos tristes” single
  • St. Louis, Missouri emo /shoegaze outfit With Glee “Worms Haven” from “Pale Afternoon (Bonus Edition)” EP
  • New York alt rock /grunge /slowcore /shoegaze 4-piece Plight “Common Thief” from the cassette debut LP “Plastic Sun” via à La Carte Records.
  • Paradise, NV post-rock /shoegaze trio Night Kids “Untitled” from the debut “Myrcene” EP
  • Shizuoka, Japan alt fuzz noise pop 3-piece band Qubinoix – 五臓と六腑 Organs – from ソレイユはふり向かない / Soleil Doesn’t Look Back EP
  • Los Angeles shoegaze /grunge /psych rock artist Taleen Kali “Tomorrow Girl” the 5th single from Taleen Kali’s forthcoming album “Flower of Life” out March 3, 2023 on Dum Dum Records
  • Las Vegas based original new wave /post-punk /electronic /shoegaze outfit Shadowcaller “Entropy” debut single
  • Wattignies, France dream pop /shoegaze solo project Jōetsu Shore “U R Still Into It” from the 14th album “Outtakes”
  • French lo-fi /post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze solo project Ruined Church “Wounds” single
  • Savannah GA indie /shoegaze solo project of Miguel Hallare, AKA Exit Bag “#2” from “Demos ’22” EP
  • Orlando, FL alt /post-punk /noise rock outfit Warm Frames “Windowsill Clown” from the EP “Remy”
  • US atmospheric black metal /shoegaze /blackgaze artist Damián Antón Ojeda, AKA Sadness “encuéntrame” from the Split single “sadness // for her…
  • Italian shoegaze /indie rock band Collettivo Petricore – “Dodgeball” debut single
  • Wuhan, China 4-piece emo /indie rock band Chinese Football “恐龙最后还是毁灭了 Dinosaurs went extinct in the end” from the album “Win&Lose”                                                                                                     
  • Los Angeles-based shoegaze /indie /alternative-rock band Mossbreaker “Something In The Void” single
  • Portland, OR psych /indie rock 5-piece band (former and current members of Guided by Voices, the Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus/Jicks, Camper Van Beethoven, Boston Spaceships…), Eyelids “Colossal Waste Of Light” debut single from the upcoming Eyelids LP “A Colossal Waste Of Light” via Jealous Butcher Records                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Portland, OR Indie Rock solo project of former The Thermals frontman, Hutch Harris “I Will Find My Way” single                                                                                                                                                             
  • Portland, OR indie rock /post-punk band KOALRA “Center of the World” from the new cassette LP “ Nihilism & Analog Tape”
  • European experimental psychedelic rock band Thee MaKiNa “And We Manage To Kill Everything That’s Alive” [MKN REKORDZ]
  • Valencia, Spain mod-neo-garage-psych outfit THE LIQUORICE EXPERIMENT “Novice Pretender” from the upcoming 7″ single “Novice Pretender b/w How Many Lies” on State Records
  • Mid-60s Parisian beat /garage 4-piece LES BOWLERS “l Est Trop Tard” from the vinyl 12″ collection of the band’s 1966‘s two EPs “BOWLERS / CAME99” plus unreleased tracks on Cameleon records / VinylVidiVici Records
  • Sydney, Australia power-pop /garage /punk outfit Tee-Vee Repairman “Bus Stop” from the upcoming LP “What’s On TV” on Total Punk (US) and Computer Human Records (AU)
  • New York jangly power-pop band Strange Neighbors “Skeleton Boy” from the upcoming cassette EP “Party of None”
  • St. Louis, Missouri power pop /indie pop band Dave Brickey & The 40 Pass “Ida Dawn” from the debut EP “Adjusted Memories”
  • New York City-based rock & roll /power-pop singer/songwriter Eytan Mirsky “If I Could Only Draw” (Lyrics by Whitney Matheson) single
  • Chicago-based indie rock foursome Side Hug “Level-Headed” new single
  • Belgian psych /noise pop band Blue Gorilla – “One More Time and I’ll be Done” 1st single of sophomore “One Big Mess” EP on Wagonmaniac Music
  • Los Angeles shoegaze /dream pop /indie rock 4-piece Silversun Pickups – “Just Like Christmas” (Low cover) charity single [New Machine Recordings]
  • Eastbourne, UK Balearic /ambient folk guitarist and composer David Cane-Hardy “Hypnotic Vibes” single via Chris Coco’s DSPPR label off upcoming compilation “The Chill Out Tent – Ambient”
  • Portland Maine-based experimental /folk psychedelic duo Colleen Kinsella & Caleb Mulkerin, AKA Big Blood “Move On Fast (Yoko Ono)” from “Weird Road” EP on Dontrustheruin Records
  • Scottish ambient /spiritual jazz /neo-classical /chamber folk composer and producer (former member of Idlewild and Hazey Janes), Andrew Wasylyk “Fugitive Light Restless Water” from the upcoming mix album “Parallel Light” on Athens Of North Records
  • Dutch darkjazz project of Jason Köhnen (MANSUR, ex-The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble), The Lovecraft Sextet “Seekers Who Are Lovers” (Tribute to Cocteau Twins) blind cat charity single

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