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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – DECEMBER 2023 // JANUARY 2024 – #01-24

Josef Sudek (1896-1976) ~ On the Windowsill of My Studio, 1944

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Minato City, Japan alternative /shoegaze /noise rock band BLOOD PICK ME “Confusion” single

Japanese noise shoegaze collective’s end-of-2023 single stuck a fine balance between abrasion and introspection, darkness and light, tension and release through a noisy haunting ethos of fluttering droning distortions and icy echoing ripples, fueled by heavy thumping drum beats, and obsessive hissing high hats, whilst angsty and dreamy dual vocals stew under a heavy trembling veil of dark anticipated confessions, swaying, aggressively with bursts of slicing burning guitar riffs and sinister high-pitched melodies, into a heavy duress of romantic “Confusion”.

  • Wilmington, NC home-recorded noise rock /shoegaze solo project Surfgoth “Scene” from 2-track “Abject” single

As often happens, Wilmington, NC is musically well represented, even twice this week with the excellent single from Lauds, joined by the one-man project Surfgoth, which after the mesmerizing Jangly Dream Pop single together with Orchid Mantis at the start of 2023, returns more distorted and discordant to imbue heavy grungy mists from obsessive grating, fuzzed-out guitar riffs, underpinned by meandering bass lines and tumultuous drum beats, raining down upon lost dreamy vocals, to drown out a heady “Scene” of angst and gloom.

  • Atlanta, Georgia-based ambient /post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze solo project Slo Moon “Parallels” single

Atlanta‘s atmospheric shoegazer starts the new year with a mesmerizing boundless aura of rarefied melancholy that radiates placidly upon a chilly, ethereal veil of blurry sparkling and radiant melodies hover icily above deep trembling bass lines and soft marching beats whilst soft layered vocals, drowned in agony and ecstasy, fall and radiate into deep emotional introspections.

  • Instanbul-based ethereal drone-folk project of Turkish musician and vocalist Ekin Üzeltüzenci aka Ekin Fil “by-pass”
  • Los Angeles based goth /western /dream pop /countrygaze project of singer-songwriter and producer Miriam (Mimi) Nissan, aka Mimi Pretend “Teddy” from “Colorado 1996” EP
  • Louisville, Kentucky instrumental kraut /avant-pop /experimental sound imaginer Jim Marlowe “Imaginate Me” from the cassette album ”Mirror Green Rotor in Profile” [Medium Sound]
  • Staffordshire, England experimental /psych /dream pop /ambient pop group led by Ben Holton & Rob Glover, aka EPIC45 “Floodplanits” from the upcoming vinyl 12″ album “You’ll Only See Us When The Light Has Gone” [Wayside & Woodland Recordings]
  • Sheffield, UK sad indie /dream pop project of James Leesley, aka Studio Electrophonique – “David and Jayne” from the first ltd. 2-track cassingle “david and jayne: the cassingle”
  • Kansas City ambient /drone /shoegaze /dream pop group led by Tyler Ritter, aka Shalloboi “Don’t you wish you were gone” third single from the upcoming album “At the Mercy of the Clouds”
  • Brooklyn, NY-based dream pop /shoegaze /alternative rock band, Minaxi “Tu – Sufi Rock Version (feat. Milan Ganatra)” single from the forthcoming album, “The Reverberating Sound of an Absent Metropolis”
  • Louisville, Kentucky psych /indie rock band Routine Caffeine “In The End Now” (Single)
  • Idaho-based Americana /indie folk solo project of Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon “Football” 7″ single via Fat Possum
  • Bristol, UK-based Americana /jangly /folk /indie rock band The Lovely Basement “Mysterious Ways” from the vinyl 12″ album “Lazy Travellers” on No Aloha Records
  • Edinburgh-based DIY folk-pop/indie rock project led by singer/songwriter Dan Willson, aka Withered Hand “Half The Man” from “My Days” EP on Reveal Records
  • 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 “Down In Splendour” (Straightjacket Fits cover, 1990) from upcoming 2xLP “No Jigsaw” via Jealous Butcher Records
  • Sydney jangle /indie rockers The Tambourine Girls “Never Gonna Feel Bad (About Feeling Good Again)”  first single from the upcoming album “Sad Parties”
  • Portland, OR cuddlecore /punk /indie pop /twee noise project of Jacyn Nickle (Collate, Dress Forms, Threx, Conditioner Disco Group, The Cinks), Becky & The Politicians “Nicolas Bragg” from the cassette album “Play the early hits of cub” on Girlsville
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK lo-fi C86 /post-punk /indie pop DIY songwriter-musician Daniel McGee, aka Zenxith “Australian Rain” from the cassette EP “Some Kind Of Belonging” on MusicFromAss and Zenxith Records
  • Clare, Australia jangle noise pop trio The Boltons “Letters from Home” single
  • Essen, Germany jangle /indie guitar pop solo singer-songwriter & musician André Dan, aka My Laundry Life “A Little Lost” from the album “Retreat & Preservation [10 previously unreleased My Laundry Life songs]” (Recorded 19972008)
  • Glasgow-based mid/late 80s Sarah Records’affiliated indie-pop band The Orchids “Caveman (Peel session)” from “PRE 023: The Orchids – John Peel session 08.05.90″ first of 2×10” EPs via Precious Recordings of London
  • Legendary German jangle /guitar pop /indie-pop maestro (ex Brideshead), Denbaron – “Sunshine” from “Den Baron – Sings Shalalalala” EP CD via Chaotic Pop Records
  • Early 90s French Casio /jangly /twee indie-pop duo of Olivier (singer of noise-pop band Les Autres) and Yann (designer of the fanzine ‘Tea Time’), aka In The Bus “In The Bus” (winter of 19921993) from 2-track single “Radio-Active Coffee” via Ovvk Archives
  • Ottawa, Canada dream /jangle /synth pop duo SKYTONE “Close My Eyes” single
  • Toronto, Ontario jangle guitar pop duo Ducks Ltd. “Train Full of Gasoline” single from Ducks Ltd.’s forthcoming album ”Harm’s Way” on Carpark / Royal Mountain Records.
  • Portland, OR lo-fi /bedroom pop /indie /dream pop solo project, Common Occurrence! “The Distance” single on BIRTHDIY
  • Seattle, WA shoegaze /dream pop band Pale Coast “Ocean of Storms”
  • Chicago-based shoegaze /indie rock band Love Chemical “Secrets” single
  • New York indie /folk /ethereal /dream pop band, Lightning Bug “Just Above My Head (demo)” from “2 demos”
  • Spain-based Russian-born synth /indie-pop artist Victoria Zolotukhina, aka April June “Sweeter than Drugs” new single on Nettwerk
  • Los Angeles-based shoegaze /trip-hop /dream pop project of Cold Shower’s musician and producer Chris King, aka KAI TAK “Jalen Rose (feat. Draag)” new single
  • New York-based indie rock /pop-folk band led by twin duo Brian and Michael D’Addario, AKA The Lemon Twigs – “My Golden Years” new single on Captured Tracks
  • Berlin-based, German indie rock band Ja, Panik – “USHUAIA” off upcoming second LP “Don’t Play with the Rich Kids” via Bureau B
  • Stockholm, Sweden dream pop /new wave /synth-pop duo Magnus Haderborg ((The Vapour Veils) and Linus Giertta (Blanka, The Grand Opening), aka The Jilted “Halcyon” single
  • Tijuana, Mexico indie /dream pop /synthpop project of multi-disciplinary artist Melisa Arreola, aka Cuarto Paisaje “Otro año más (Versión demo)”
  • Stockholm‘s indie-pop /electropop trio, Red Sleeping Beauty “Caroline (I Found Love)” from “One song a month series” LP
  • Santa Cruz, CA dream pop /synth-pop solo project, Far West “What Are We Waiting For? (Instrumental)” from the collection LP “Instrumentals 20222023
  • Electronic /dream pop musical project of FrenchArgentine artist Camille Motto, aka Cuerpos Cósmicos “Paris” from “The NMER Session” EP via No Me Escucho Records
  • Portland, OR ambient /electronic /synth-pop /dream pop duo of Hollie & Keith Kenniff (aka Helios, Goldmund), Mint Julep “All That We’ll Ever Be” single
  • Norwegian noise /shoegaze /fuzz-pop band from Oslo, The Age of Colored Lizards “The Coast” from “Picture of You” on Sotron Records
  • Dreamy surf-pop from Scottish musician David Skimming based in South Korea, LUNAR ISLES “Nazarè” from “Atlas” EP
  • Los Angeles-based slowcore /dream pop /new wave /indie rock duo, Ruby Haunt “Lean-to” first single from the upcoming EP ”Heaven Sent (Between Heavens B-Sides)”
  • Rome, Italy bedroom pop /shoegaze /indie rock singer-songwriter Wallace Welsh “Stargazing” from the album “I am Changing for the Better”
  • Bay Area goth’y dream pop duo featuring Cheyenne Avant (Night School), aka Fawning “Under Your Skin” from upcoming LP “All Around Me” on Graveface Records
  • New York ambient /cinematic /shoegaze band formed in 1992 led by Andy Cheng & Andrew Malenda, Anilore – “Entangled” third single from the upcoming third album “Lia Fail”
  • Ambient /Dream Pop /Shoegaze solo project of singer-guitarist and composer Graeme Gray from Glasgow, Scotland, Perpetual Void “Sun Dance” from the album “Winter In Orbit”
  • Sweden‘s dream pop /shoegaze project of singer-songwriter and musician Andreas Johnson, aka Lieblings “Joie de Vivre” from debut S/T EP
  • West Java, Indonesia shoegaze /indie rock band Shonder “Stay” single
  • Bali, Indonesia‘s dream pop /shoegazing unit Dive Collate “Divine Light” from upcoming album via Anoa Records
  • Spanish dreamy shoegaze trio from Canary Islands, Mal Ride “Local Host” from the cassette album “Chimera Landscape” on Galaxy Train
  • Northern Mexico noise pop /shoegaze band Celeste Siames “Siempre podría” from the debut EP “En diciembre”
  • London-based indie rock /psych /dream pop /shoegaze project Rainsong “Blizzarding” single
  • French indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze band Ursa Pops “Fin” single via Loretta Records
        
  • German shoegaze/noise-pop 4-piece from Regensburg, SWIRLPOOL “Reimagine” single
  • Japanese alt /shoegaze solo project Kinoue64 – 明日世界が終わるらしい single
  • Dallas, TX-based alternative shoegaze trio Static Ivory “Somber” single                                                                   
  • Perth, Australia shoegaze /indie rock solo project Glasscastle “My sleep paralysis wolf” single
  • Detroit, MI deathgaze duo VAZUM “Blush” single
  • Kyoto, Japan dream pop /shoegaze band “Mushy” title track of the upcoming 10″ vinyl EP “Mushy” [Shifting Sounds]
  • Long Beach, CA indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop trio STILLFILMS “Fader” single
  • Derbyshire, UK lo-fi noisey shoegaze solo project Lushen Tides “Fears Undone” from the second album “Meshazine”
  • Portland, OR fuzzy shoegaze solo project of Cliff Barnes, aka Animal Ghosts “Spells” from the new LP “Swell”
  • New York grungegaze quartet Glimmer “Some Might Say” (Oasis cover)
  • Wilmington, North Carolina dream pop /indie rock /shoegaze band Lauds “Honest” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Seattle, WA alternative rock /grungegaze /shoegaze band Divaria “Aurora” single
  • Antonio, TX Noise Rock/ Shoegaze band HAPPYVOID “Lost WAV 2020” (lost 2020 unreleased track)
  • Fort Collins, CO shoegaze /indie noise rock band Flesh Tape “Gargoyle” off upcoming debut S/T album on Power Goth Recordings
  • Normal, Illinois noise rock /grunge /shoegaze solo project of Matt Hawkins, aka Avenade “What About It?” from “This Winter / What About It?” single
  • Emilia, Italy noise rock /shoegaze band Lamoureux “Uno” from the debut EP “Breve”
  • Toronto, ON noise indie rock band July Talk “To Hell With Good Intentions” (McLusky cover) from “Solstice” EP via Six Shooter Records Inc.
  • Dublin, Ireland garage noise four-piece SPRINTS “Shadow Of A Doubt” from the debut LP “Letter To Self” via City Slang
  • Detroit‘s garage-punk-pop masters THE INCURABLES “When I Grow Up” from upcoming LP “Inside Out & Backwards” via Big Stir Records
  • York, UK 1990 formed, Britpop /indie rock 5-piece band Shed Seven “Real Love” from the new album “A Matter of Time” via Cooking Vinyl
  • Manchester, UK indie rock supergroup made of former The Fall members and fronted by Blue Orchids mastermind Martin Bramah, HOUSE Of ALL “Aim Higher” from upcoming sophomore LP “Continuum” via Tiny Global Productions
  • South London‘s alt-indie rock band led by Anna Vincent, Heavy Heart “Sweetness Follows” single    
  • Bologna, Italy indie rock band, altre di B “Merighi” new single via WWNBB
  • Toulouse-based indie /minimal pop /art rock duo Petit Bureau “Peurs” from upcoming second cassette album “Bear’s Brain” via Hidden Bay Records
  • New York based indie-folk solo project of the lead guitarist of Big Thief, Buck Meek “Cuero Dudes” (a bonus track recorded during the ‘Haunted Mountain’ session) from the single “Cuero Dudes / Beauty Opens Doors” [4AD]
  • Los Angeles-based emo /indie rock band led by multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Dylan Gamez Citron, aka Bedbug “Halo on the Interstate” from the upcoming LP “Pack your Bags the Sun is Growing”
  • Durham, North Carolina country /rock /indie folk band led by Aaron Dowdy, aka Fust “Battering Ram” from “Songs of the Rail” (recorded and self-released from 2017 to 2018) on Dear Life Records
  • Brighton, UK experimental blues /noise /post-punk band led and founded in 2010 by ex-Charlottefield vocalist and guitarist Thomas House, Sweet Williams “Monday At The Beach (Pefkin remix)” from the EP “Young To Run The Hounds (Ivan The Tolerable, Van Coeur and Pefkin Remixes)” second of an ongoing series of remix EPs
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil acoustic indie folk 19 year old experimental artist and producer, Twikipedia “Understand” from “Still-life” EP

Josef Sudek (1896-1976) ~ The Window of My Studio, 1940-54