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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips #46

Yutaka Matsuzawa

  • Swiss/US indie-pop/shoegaze/dream pop duo The Churchhill Garden “Reality“ new single.

The duo has announced something “toe-tapping” different from their typical atmospheric dream pop, and the new single keeps their promises by delving into sparkling mid-80s indie-pop / C86 territories dear to the bands with an irresistibly glossy and poppy edge as The Primitives and Darling Buds, the off-tempo rhythms become more punchy, the guitars more energetic, but nevertheless clear and elegant, the silky yet hearty bassline sneaking all over, while the soft sweet windy Krissy’s voice falls anxious and high, amid a whirlwind of mystical breezes and introspective longing, left transforming fantasy into a love-fueled “Reality.” Mission accomplished!

  • Swedish experimental ethereal jazzy, psych, dream-pop trio from Malmö, Hey Elbow ‘Don’t Speak’ (No Doubt Cover) on Adrian Recordings
The Swedish collective interiorizes and reinvents the No Doubt classic, through a dizzying and unpredictable instrumental frame, moulding it to a riveting, subtly poignant, choral pop reverie.
A different rhythm and tempo weave heavy emotional moods, hypnotized by a relentless polyphonic cascade of bewitching layered harmonies, into resonant buzzing bassline vibrations seeping over trippy tribal off-tempo beats and dazzling, sweeping synth line alarm, luring you back into the stinging lyrical evisceration of love, heartache, and shattered friendship with the same intense agony and stripped-down vocal vulnerability aroused in the original anthemic breakup ballad yet somehow more haunted, with its lingering spectre like echoes, frozen in time.
  • Shaoxing, China dream pop/shoegaze trio City Flanker “500 Days of Summer” new single

The Chinese trio leaves aside the retro synthwave leanings of, otherwise brilliant, last April’s album, to return to reverb-infused hazy chilled-out atmospheres, pervaded by nostalgic ethereal moods, on which glistening guitar strings linger with slightly prickling abrasion, amid dark pulsing bassline and muted slow beats, while lost desperate vocals float helplessly musing dread and remorse over wasted youth.

  • Buffalo, New York ambient/chillwave/post-rock/electronic project of Jeff Kandefer, aka Plio̱cene “Teardrops From The Big Sky” new single
  • Australian electronic folk singer/songwriter Gwydir – “High Hearts” from V/A “I stumble and then I fall” cassette compilation on A Colourful Storm
  • L.A. based afrobeat/psych/cinematic/blues time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer Chico Mann “Summon Fire” from upcoming LP “Double Life” on Ubiquity
  • Swiss garage/acid-folk/psychedelic musician Augenwasser “Paid The Rent / Going Out” from the album “Sleepdancer” on Les Disques Bongo Joe
  • London, UK based experimental/dream pop/alt pop collective FIRESTATIONS “New Device” from “Automatic Tendencies” EP first of a series of three EPs set to be released digitally and on limited-edition CD-R via Lost Map Records
  • UK lo-fi/kraut/analog synth/experimental pop trio NOW “Fourth Of July” off upcoming V/A “This Music Is Ours” a tribute inspired by Galaxy 500 third album via A Head Full of Wishes
  • Atlanta, Georgia dreampop one-woman solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone, aka BATHE ALONE “Limbo” final single off of Bathe Alone’s debut LP “Last Looks”.
  • Czechia folk/indie/dream-pop band from Prague/Veselí nad Moravou, BILLOW “Girls” from the new album “III” on Z Tapes
  • Toronto, Ontario shoegaze/dream pop/new wave/psychedelic 4-piece Hollow Graves “Far Out Summer” new single
  • Californian noisy dream pop band from San Francisco, Lavender Blush “Oh Anna” on Shelflife Records
  • UK/Netherland indie/dream-pop trio CIEL “All My Life” new single
  • Göteborg, Sweden indie/dream pop 4-piece BOY WITH APPLE “Stuck Dreaming” from new EP “Walk in the Park” on VÅRØ
  • Oak Harbor, WA bedroom/surf pop/indie pop/shoegaze/dream pop band BEACH VACATION “Don’t Stay Away” from the new debut cassette album “I Fell Apart” on Z Tapes
  • Richmond, Virginia dream pop /shoegaze trio fronted by Lia Pisa-Relli, DEBRIDER “Feel The Sun” new single
  • Madrid, Spanish indie pop band Los lagos de Hinault “De la edad” from the 4th album “Soledades” on Fikasound
  • Indonesian shortlived (2004-2006) indie rock/dreampop project LASS “Son of the Wood” title track from “Son of the Wood” EP on Anoa Records
  • Cardiff, UK lo-fi/bedroom/folk/indie-pop band Rosehip Teahouse “Summer Sleep” on Big Indie Records
  • UK DIY dreamy indie-pop project FUTURE ECHOES “New Horizons” from “Magenta” EP
  • Dutch dream pop/shoegaze five-piece based in Groningen, Meadowlake “Say My Name” from the new LP “Wait For Me”
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina experimental dream-pop project started by producer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Neuse, aka COLOR OF LIGHT “A Mirror of Your Heart” from new album “Daydream Garden”
  • Victoria, Canada psych-pop shoegaze 3-piece DID YOU DIE “You’re Something I Need” from upcoming EP “Diamond Heights”
  • Glasgow, Scottish C86/indie/noise-pop duo of guitarist/composer Laz McCluskey (vocalist in Bubblegum Lemonade) and singer Sandra, aka Strawberry Whiplash – “Press 4 For Love” from the two-track “Press 4 For Love” single on Matinée Recordings                                                                                                                           
  • Spanish indie-pop band from Murcia, The Yellow Melodies “Follow the sun” off “Sunshine Pop” Ep2
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina noise pop/indie pop band, Pequenias Cosas Furiosas “Bonitas Formas de Decir Adios” off the new single “Bonitas Formas de Decir Adios + Mr Tambourine Man”
  • French indie pop/synthpop/dreampop duo from Paris, Tender Tones “Tournée Au Japon” from the EP “Youth Retirement Club” co-released by Shore Dive Records and Somewherecold Records
  • Tallahassee, Fl noise-rock/shoegaze duo Her New Knife “Piled Up” debut single
  • Skopje, Macedonia ‘sandalgaze’/space rock/psychedelic collective UNDONE “Take a Stone, Bring a Rose” from the new album “Fountainhead”
  • Sydney post-punk/shoegaze/psychedelic/fuzzy pop five-piece PEEL ‘Memory Loop’ debut single on Third Eye Stimuli Records                                                                                                                                                          
  • Kansas City, MO psych/grunge/space/guitar rock band SHINER “Life as a Mannequin” from the new (after 19 years) vinyl album “Schadenfreude” on Shifting Sounds
  • Austin, TX fuzz-pop/shoegaze/braingaze outfit OBSERVER “Excavation” from new EP “System Erase”
  • Birmingham, UK‘s Justin K Broadrick (also JK Flesh, Godflesh, Final and Techno Animal) post-metal/shoegaze project, JESU “Sleeping In” from the new LP “Terminus” on his own Avalanche Recordings
  • Oklahoma City-based shoegaze noise-rock band, CURSETHEKNIFE “Low” from the EP “Thank You For Being Here Pt I” on New Morality Zine
  • Louisville, Kentucky husband (David) and wife (Courtney) dreampop/shoegaze band COLOR CRUSH “Movie Night” sophomore single
  • German ‘dream punk’/shoegaze trio from Hamburg, SEASURFER “Zombies” title track from the third album “Zombies” + 8-track mini-album “The Dreampop Days” feat. Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera) on Reptile Music
  • Toronto, Ontario 2-piece alternative/grungey/shoegaze band SICAYDA “Deeper In” new single
  • Danish indie-rock quartet from Aarhus, YUNG ‘Above Water’ lead single from their second LP ‘Ongoing Dispute’ on PNKSLM Recordings.
  • Brazilian power pop/shoegaze/indie rock 5-piece CHURROS “Chasing” from the LP “Besides” (sessions from 2019 “Atlantic Road” album) on Midsummer Madness
  • Atlanta, GA experimental electronic/indie pop/dream pop project of Thomas Howard, aka Orchid Mantis “Can’t see the sun anymore” from the upcoming album “Far from this world” on Z Tapes
  • UK drone/emo/shoegaze solo project LAC “Six Months” from the “You” EP
  • Alameda, Ca indie rock/shoegaze project of Todd Patrick from the SF East Bay area during the early 2000s, BUTCHERBIRD “Snowdrift” from the album “Ominous Bliss” a collection of DIY recordings made in various locations roughly between the years 2005-2010.
  • Paris based ambient pop/slowcore/dream pop/shoegaze band lead by songwriter Didier Mocq, Blindfold of the Empire “Strong & Pure” new single from upcoming 2021 album
  • Toronto, Canada dream pop/indie rock artist Madisyn Whajne “Sweet talk” from upcoming LP “Save Our Hearts”
  • Vancouver, BC lo-fi bedroom guitar pop solo project the Pierce Kingans “Memory Saved” from the compilation CD album “Pierce and Love to all the World” on Subjungle
  • Portland, OR lo-fi/dream/synthpop duo Reptaliens “Do You Know?” from the EP “Wrestling” on Captured Tracks
  • Los Angeles-based dreampop / lovewave duo of Chris and Dexy Valentine, Magic Wands “Blue Cherry” off upcoming 4th album “Illuminate” out Dec 4th 2020
  • Melbourne, Australia queer bubblegum punk duo CRY CLUB “One Step” from the LP “God I’m Such A Mess” on Best & Fairest
  • San Francisco based DIY kitchen pop project of Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “Let’s Pretend We’re Not in Love” new single
  • Jersey City, NJ vintage pop/indie-pop duo Fascinations Grand Chorus ”On a Summer Holiday” off new EP “Terror In The Night: Act 1” an album in three acts (Acts II & III coming in early 2021) on Silent Stereo Records
  • Brighton, UK indie pop folk project of Roxy Brennan (AKA Two White Cranes), aka Radisson Blue “Wild Rodeo” from the EP ” Assemblage”
  • Stockholm, Sweden psych/indie pop duo NAYAD – “Holy Lakes (Dusk)” second single                                          
  • North Wales/Merseyside shoegaze/dream pop duo BECOME THE SKY “When You’re Near” new single
  • US Atmospheric Black Metal/Post-rock/Shoegaze project SADNESS “holding…” from the EP “Holding”

Yutaka Matsuzawa