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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – JANUARY #02-23

photo by Linda Westin

PICKS OF THE WEEK:
  • South Australia based Dreampop /Shoegaze one-man band of Dave Thomas, Hey Calamity “Lines Are Drawn” single

South Australian one-man band always able to avoid the pitfall of repetitiveness, seamlessly playing around with reflective Dream Pop, driving Shoegaze, and mesmerizing Psychedelia, opens the new year with the enveloping and stirring new single, “Lines are Drawn”, blending 80s Wave atmospherics with 90s Shoegaze in M83 style, awash in swirling synth flows, and coloring of wistful twinkling guitar ripples, and distorted flutters, to rush organically into immersive airs over effected vocal angst, cascading freely through broken binds of self-imprisonment.

  • Manchester, UK bedroom pop /dream pop /indie rock singer, songwriter and producer Warahenege “Blue Atoms” single

The young British producer returns with his distinctive confidential and nostalgic slow tempo Dream Pop style built on a mesmerizing fusion of enveloping airy keyboard melodies, somber warm bass pulses and shimmering guitar riffs to create a sparkling vibrant canvas for Warahenege’s signature eternally lost romantic vocal melancholy, confessing a lonely longing for love.

  • London, UK post-punk /power-pop /garage 4-piece band EEL MEN “Archetype” from the 7″ single “Archetype / West Green Pirate” on Eade Audio

London-based 4-piece plays raw yet unmistakable heartfelt rock’n’roll, thoroughly out of time and fashion, we do truly worship, joining the dots between Garage, Soul, 60s Beat, Mod, Punk, and Psychedelia, mining Brian Jones and Jeff Beck guitar riffs along with Pretty Things, Troggs or The Action groovy energy, not to mention the ’90s Scouser outsiders The Stairs. The band’s gritty and soulful new single sways and throbs through rambunctious drums, chugging bass lines and relentless abrasive guitar riffs laced with piercing distorted strains, around nostalgic vocal angst, rocking and rolling to the beat of the “archetype.”

  • St. Simons Island, Georgia 70s folk singer-songwriter, Tresa Leigh “Until Then (1970 Version)” from “I Remember” archival 7″ EP upcoming on Efficient Space
  • York, UK folk singer-songwriter, Amy May Ellis “Rain From The East” from the upcoming debut album “Over Ling And Bell” on Lost Map Records
  • Columbus, OH folk /indie rock duo MARRIED FM “Slay Nostalgia” from the debut s/t EP
  • French post-rock /indie folk singer-songwriter (bass player of hardcore-punk band Birds In Row) from Laval, Quentin Sauvé “Horizon” from upcoming second LP “Enjoy The View” on Hummus Records
  • Vermont based folk /garage rock project of singer-songwriter Kyle Thomas, AKA King Tuff “Tell Me” from the upcoming 6th LP “Smalltown Stardust” on Sub Pop
  • Toronto, Ontario garage rock /power pop /instrumental project of Tim Cameron, aka CAMERONOISE “Overheard Somebody Telling Me” from the EP “Racing To The Next Red Light”
  • Devon, UK indie /kraut /psych /dream pop trio Pale Blue Eyes “More” new single on Full Time Hobby
  • Indonesian C86 /twee /indie punk /indie-pop band THE SENSITIVE “Forever Twee” from “THE SENSITIVE – Best Of” EP on disanorak/BODY DOUBLE
  • Spanish Britpop /indie /psych rock band from Barcelona, STAY “I Can Hear The Grass Grow” (The Move cover, 1967) from the 7″ EP “I Can Hear The Grass Grow”
  • UK indie /shoegaze /folk /psychedelic solo project of ex-guitarist from 90s legends Chapterhouse and Mojave 3, Simon Rowe “Over & Over” from the forthcoming debut LP “Everybody’s Thinking” on Big Potato Records
  • Nottingham, UK mod /soul pop /indie rock singer/songwriter Peter Hall “In Plain Sight” from the CD mini-album “About Last Night” on Subjangle
  • Stockholm, Sweden post-punk /jangle /indie rock band The Vapour Veils “The Night” new single from the upcoming EP “The Dying Dandy”
  • London-based, Kent‘s dream pop /indie rock band Pynch “2009” from upcoming debut LP “Howling At a Concrete Moon” on their own Chillburn Recordings
  • Swedish electro-pop /indie pop solo project of Patrik Lindgren (former member of Kissing Mirrors, Hormones In Abundance and The Garlands), Ring Snuten “En kille och en tjej” new single
  • Swedish psych-folk /indie rock singer-songwriter Tove “Pretty Sequence” single                                    
  • Toronto-based bedroom pop /dream pop artist Freddy Kwon AKA freddyboy “Fool4U” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Munich, Germany indie /dream pop solo project Phantom Youth “Promises” single
  • Portland, Maine alt /dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock solo project Darksoft “Fast Lane” from the new LP “Beigeification” on Look Up Records and 2060 Records
  • Paris-based new wave /jangle /dream pop solo project by former Craft Spells drummer Peter Michel (Éclo), aka HIBOU “June” from the new EP “Arc”
  • Spanish jangle indie pop band from Madrid, Puzzles y Dragones ‘Rubén y Andrea” single from the upcoming second LP “Recuerdos de Puzzles y Dragones” on El Genio Equivocado
  • Italian lo-fi /experimental /dream pop /jangle pop solo project WAKE IN JUNE “Sherekhan” single on Z Tapes
  • New York garage indie rock 5-piece Slow Fiction “In the distance, where it doesn’t matter” debut single
  • Spartanburg, SC experimental noise indie rock /lo-fi psychedelia duo Portabella “Heavy Mental Milk” off the upcoming album “Phantoms of Antiquities” on Lo Fi City
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota dream pop/synthpop /bedroom pop solo project (Tenenbaums), Juke the Tiger “The Past Keeps Knockin’ On My Door” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Valencia, Spain indie-pop /pop punk all-girl duo LISASINSON “Cuchillos” single from the upcoming album “Un Año De Cambios” on Elefant Records.
  • Osaka, Japan shoegaze /dream pop trio 青い薔薇 [Aoibara] – 深藍のマーメイド – off debut “Wave Flower” EP
  • UK psych /kraut /indie-pop married couple Tim Vass (Razorcuts, Red Chair Fadeaway) and Vanessa Vass (The Melons), AKA Silver Biplanes – “Searching For Your Name” 3rd and final single off the forthcoming debut album on London-based WIAIWYA label
  • Fort Collins, Colorado sadcore /shoegaze /slowcore solo project ROSEVILLE “Sybilline” from the sophomore album “Deadfall”
  • Toronto, Ontario experimental shoegaze solo project of Daniel Monkman, AKA Zoon “Vibrant Colours (Home Session)” from “Home Sessions” EP via Paper Bag Records
  • Melbourne based indie rock /dream-pop /shoegaze bedroom recording project of Josh Prendergast, AKA Dayzed “Tunnel Vision” single
  • UK Bedroom Lo-Fi Dream Pop /Shoegaze solo project Geneva Drive “Astronomy” new single
  • Tokyo, Japan electronic/experimental /folk /shoegaze /dream pop singer-songwriter OTOM “Howl” new single.
  • Japanese shoegaze /dream pop band Mishca “ハロー Hello” from the cassette EP “Side story” on Galaxy Train
  • Puerto Rico‘s first Shoegaze /Dream Pop band UN.REAL “Here’s where the story ends” (The Sundays cover) 2-track single 
  • Philippines‘ shoegaze /dream pop band from Manila, Megumi Acorda “You Forgot to Say Goodbye” single
  • Australian dream pop /shoegaze five-piece band based in Melbourne, Oceans “Pure” from upcoming debut LP “Dreamers in Dark Cities” on Shelflife
  • Collingswood, NJ based shoegaze /indie rock band The Starlit Hues “Shoegaze As Fuck” single off the upcoming album “Again I’m Going _____” coming out sometime in 2023.
  • Pokhara, Nepal based dream pop /post-punk /shoegaze outfit OutControlJoys “These Wavves” from second EP “Unturn” on Ris Records
  • Bristol, UK indie rock /psychedelic /shoegaze trio of founder Gregory Jameswood (formerly Lessens & Nossiennes) along with Finn Hodgson (Grandchild) and Giuseppe La Rezza (Borrowed Atlas), aka The Leontini Vernacular “J” from AMLA” EP on Shore Dive Records
  • Oslo, Norway fuzz noise-pop band led by guitarist and vocalist Christian Dam, The Age of Colored Lizards “Hang On” single off the forthcoming fourth album on Sotron Records
  • Japanese indie /shoegaze 5-piece STOMP TALK MODSTONE “Purple From Love” single
  • Ames, Iowa post-rock /slowcore /drone /indie rock /shoegaze solo project cloud bursting. “basic.” debut single
  • Philippines shoegaze /dream pop duo Vicegrip “Sharp lips kiss” from the debut EP “Uncertain Joy”
  • Berlin based indie rock /shoegaze 4-piece YEAHRS “Last Judgment” from “Transfer Transform” LP
  • Edinburgh // Glasgow Noise Rock /Post Shoegaze band Catharsis “Forget It” single
  • Olympia, WA wavegaze /indie rock 4-piece Waves Crashing “Life on Display” from the upcoming EP “The Viewing” on Audiomanic Records
  • Washington DC grunge /heavy shoegaze outfit Day Aches “Wish” single
  • Galena, Illinois shoegaze /noise rock solo project Hayes Noble “Forget It” from upcoming debut LP “Head Cleaner”
  • German industrial rock /’dream punk’/shoegaze /dark electronic /noise pop act from Hamburg, SEASURFER “Little girls (feat. Susana Egea of Stereoskop)” from the upcoming “Something very strange” new EP on Reptile Music
  • Memphis psych /folk /kraut /power-pop /indie rock band (former members of Ex-Cult, NOTS and Hash Redactor ), Ibex Clone “Nothing Ever Changes” first single from the upcoming LP “All Channels Clear” on Goner Records
  • Italian industrial /kraut /post-punk /psichedelic duo Throw Down Bones – “Loma” from upcoming LP “Three” on Fuzz Club
  • Romford, UK based indie rock /post-punk quartet Cross Wire “Drowning” second single from Cross Wires upcoming second album ‘Yesterday In Mourning’
  • San José, Costa Rica Indie/ Psychedelic Rock band Las Robertas “Our Imperium” from the upcoming LP “Love is the Answer” on Kanine Records
  • Philadelphia based psych /punk /indie rock band led by multi-instrumentalist Mike Polizze, Purling Hiss “Yer All In My Dreams” off upcoming LP “Drag On Girard” on Drag City
  • Malmö, Sweden garage fuzz pop duo Mary Anne’s Polar Rig “Dopamine Detox” off the second LP “Makes You Wonder” via Rama Lama Records.
  • San Francisco based rock’n’roll /power-pop /punk rock 4-piece band The Circulators “It Won’t Be Me” from the cassette debut S/T album on Willowhouse Records
  • Parisian shoegaze /folk /psychedelic rock musician and composer, Pierre Lecarpentier “I’m not there” from his debut LP “Yesterday’s melodies”
  • Peruvian Post-punk /Shoegaze /Post-Cumbia band Afrika Korps “Ian” from the LP “Sancayhuasi” on Discos Soma
  • Japanese goth /avant-pop /math rock project Four Tombs 四つ墓 – カリグラの弔鐘 / Caligula’s Funeral Bell – single
  • New Haven, Connecticut indie rock /Midwest emo project of Kevin Tiernan (Mighty Tortuga, Moving Brooklyn), Frightful Places “Old Frame” from debut S/T EP
  • Nashville-based mid-’90s indie rock combo The Features “Armani Suede” from the vinyl album “The Mahaffey Sessions 1999” on yk records
  • Carmel Hamlet, New York dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock band Drink Baby “The Secret” single
  • Houston, TX based alt noise rock /post-hardcore /shoegaze band Narrow Head “Gearhead” from upcoming third LP “Moments of Clarity” via Run For Cover Records and Church Road Records
  • Essex-based DIY outsider-folk collective The Owl Service “The Cruel Sister (with Jo Lepine)” from “Tracing Patterns” EP (ltd. companion CD-r EP to the 2016 album “His Pride. No Spear. No Friend”)
  • Belarus guitar-driven ambient project by Dmitri Koteshovm AKA Iife on marx “Green Cape” from album “Recurring Dreams” on Argentina’s Spica Records

photo by Linda Westin

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