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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – January #05-22

Photo by James O’Brien

  • Göteborg, Sweden indie /dream pop 4-piece BOY WITH APPLE “Strawberry Boy” new single on VÅRØ.

The Swedish dreampop band are back after around a year and a half since their debut EP, reduced to a trio, exploring goth-tinged, mid-80s Cocteau Twins-esque ethereal realms combined with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart emotional jangly hints.  The mesmerizing new single resonates and glistens with misty melodic brilliance and breezy melancholy laced with subtly lingering layers of unsettling swells, over the murky droning bass tones and the hypnotic trails of crystalline icy guitar chimes around the soft somber thoughts, celestial hums, and angsty cries of a dreamy soul left longing in a dizzying magnetic aura of a seemingly blissful enchantment.

  • Northern Michigan indie rock /folk twin duo Birchwood Ave “Blue Baby” from the upcoming debut album “Losing Faith in Michigan” on heavenly creature records

Michigan twin duo Sam and Mae Smith concoct melancholic and blissful dreamy folk that ebb and flow, fresh and invigorating, imbued with bittersweet harmonies and slight shoegazing reverberations. The immersive debut single “Blue Baby” draws from the local Michigan seasons, lyrically, to infuse nostalgic, woozy, and dreary airs of sparkling ripples and washes of reverberant breezy guitar drifts laced with surreal introspection, underpinned by cymbal-charged sparse crisp percussions, whilst sad haunted dual vocals, amid emotional piercing leads and fragile yet poignant piano melodies, unfurl an enveloping, evocative web of hot and cold frisky feelings.

  • Riverside, Ca goth /shoegaze /dream pop bedroom recording project of Daniel Romero, aka DREAM SUICIDES “It’s Better Not To Say Anything” new 2-track single                                                             

Equally haunted and introspective new single from our ‘old favorite’ talented Californian shoegazing dream-pop musician, wrapped in a hazy hypnotic cloud filled with an ethereal, reverberant teem of shimmering and echoing guitar chimes, weaves painful memories through an obsessive rambling of fear, brooding and regret, whilst hopelessly vulnerable and isolated vocals long in silent suffering to be understood. A possibly improved, cleaner and resonant version, with unsubmerged vocals on the foreground, of “Missing Soul” from around 7 years ago on the flip.

  • Sheffield, UK instrumental atmospheric post-rock band, GILMORE TRAIL “Echoes of Solitude” from the third double LP “Impermanence”
  • Edinburgh, UK dreamy electronic pop duo (FKA Super Inuit), Slim Wrist “Shone” single
  • UK alt /blues /psych-folk duo SAMANA “The Beach” from upcoming LP “All One Breath”.
  • Los Angeles based, Boston-native indie rock/alt-country guitarist-singer-songwriter Gracie Jackson, AKA GracieHorse “Run Ricky Run” single
  • Oslo, Norway bedroom pop /electronic /slowcore solo project Broken Swans “On My Way Home” single from upcoming second LP via Sotron Records.
  • Los Angeles lo-fi /indie /bedroom pop /acoustic /dreampop /shoegaze band GOON “Garden of Our Neighbor” from upcoming cassette EP “Paint by Numbers, Vol. 1”
  • Leeds, UK based indie /dream pop project by Northern Ireland bred Joel Johnston, FAR CASPIAN “Sun Room” from “Following The Trend / Sun Room” (Single) on Tiny Library Records                                
  • Flint, Michigan slowcore /shoegaze band Greet Death “Punishment Existence“ single on Deathwish Inc.
  • South Korea bedroom pop /emo /shoegaze /dreampop /electroacoustic solo project Della Zyr “Pale Blue Dot (지구 혹은 천국)” from the debut album “비타민과 우려 Vitamins and Apprehension”
  • Grenoble, France shoegaze /indie /dream pop band, SO MANY LINES “On and on” from “Early reflections…” from “Wasting time imagining a future” EP (early lo-fi home recordings, 20152019)
  • Swedish indie /dreampop /shoegaze pop band from Malmö, HATER – ”Something” from the forthcoming LP “Sincere” on Fire Records
  • Philadelphia, Pa Britpop /shoegaze /indie rock band The Starlit Hues “Vero Beach” single
  • Los Angeles‘ dream rock /shoegaze/slowcore band MILLY “Star Spangled Banner” from the forthcoming “Our First Four Songs + Wish Goes On” [20182021] on Dangerbird Records
  • Arlington, TX power pop musician and founder of the mid-70s band The Pengwins, LANNIE FLOWERS “Summer Blue (2022 remix)” the lead single from upcoming LP “Flavor Of The Month” on Big Stir Records /SpyderPop Records
  • Bay Area‘s power-pop /indie rock band Smiles “Nothing matters anymore” title trck from the new EP “Nothing matters anymore”
  • Chicago lo-fi /dream pop /bedroom pop project of Kenneth Foss AKA Teen Blush “Turning” (unreleased)         
  • Bay Area based ’60s /psychedelic/ folk-pop/dream pop project of San Francisco‘s songwriter Jason Quever, aka PAPERCUTS “I Want My Jacket Back” from the forthcoming new album “Past Life Regression” on Labelman and Slumberland Records
  • Portland, Or dreampop /shoegaze /psychedelic rock 4-piece DEATH PARADE “Somewhere to stay” from the upcoming second album “IT WAS WORTH IT TO LOVE, though it hurt so bad” on Halfshell Records
  • AberdeenScotland psych /jangle pop solo project of The Vapor Trails founder and fifth member, Scott Robertson “Hours Feel Like Minutes” from the debut “Physical Education” EP on Futureman Records         
  • Auckland, New Zealand psychedelic rock n roll project of A. Evans, BLACK SAND – “Here To Stay” (2022)                 
  • Polish psychedelic folk Poet and Musician based in Poznań (AKA Fairyport Convent), A.J. Kaufmann “Gold” from the live album “Jam Session” (recorded Live @ Amaranth House, February 5-21 2019) on Ramble Records
  • Nottingham, UK 90’s coldwave / cosmic krautrock / psych-punk outfit SIX BY SEVEN “The Disenfuckingchanted” from the album “Radio Bremen Session #2” 
  • Glasgow‘s noise neo-psychedelic-rock band Helicon “Freakquency” from the new self-released EP “Freakquency”
  • Spencer, Iowa alt /fuzz /shoegaze solo project PURPLISH “Glisten” from the EP “So far Down”
  • Northwest, Indiana‘s psychedelic /dream pop /shoegaze band CLOAKROOM “Lambspring” from the new LP “Dissolution Wave” on Relapse Records 
  • Canadian alt-rock /grunge /shoegaze band from Toronto, SICAYDA “K-Y-G” (Single)
  • Austin based doom drone shoegaze trio GRIVO “Fatigue” from the new album “Omit” on Church Road Records
  • San Francisco, CA noise-pop /shoegaze /dreampop band lead by multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Ryan Lescure, Lavender Blush “The Spark” from the album “You Are My Moonlight” via Blue Aurora Audio (vinyl) and Shelflife Records (cassette).
  • Los Angeles shoegaze /dream pop solo project DESERTA “Where Did You Go” from the upcoming album “Every Moment, Everything You Need” on Felte.
  • Toronto-born/London-based post-punk /dream pop /psych singer-songwriter TESS PARKS “Happy Birthday Forever” from upcoming LP “And Those Who Were Seen Dancing” on Fuzz Club and Hand Drawn Dracula
  • Atlanta-based psych-pop /soul /indie rock band of vocalist/songwriter Mattiel Brown and guitarist/producer Jonah Swilley, MATTIEL “Lighthouse” second single from upcoming LP “Georgia Gothic” on Heavenly Records and ATO Records
  • Delaware indie rock /emo /shoegaze musician REW “Minerall” from the upcoming cassette album “Quiet All the Time” on Window Sill
  • Brighton, UK jangly indie-noise-pop duo Dreamcoaster “Wake Up” from the upcoming “Dreamcoaster” 7″ vinyl EP on Spinout Nugget.
  • Kyiv, Ukraine indie /shoegaze /noise-pop band Layuchi Kvity “Метель в Киеве” single                     
  • Toronto indie /C86 /jangle pop duo (formerly Ducks Limited), Ducks Ltd. “Sheets of Grey” single on Carpark Records
  • Chicago‘s psych /jangle pop 6-piece Alpine Subs “Beautiful Girl” from the album “Through The Blinds” via Subjangle Records.
  • Birmingham UK indie rock / neo-Madchester / alternative dance outfit Big Image – “Crazier” single                 
  • Trondheim, Norway pop punk /indie rock / power-pop 4-piece ONSLOOW “Overthinking” from the debut S/T album
  • Los Angeles, CA pop punk duo THE DOLLYROTS “Punk Rock Girls” from the album “Down the Rabbit Hole” B-sides & Rarities collection on Wicked Cool Records
  • UK indie rock /guitar pop 4-piece formed Joanna Gruesome singers Lan McArdle and Owen Williams, aka Ex-Vöid “Churchyard” from the upcoming debut LP “Bigger Than Before” on Prefect Records and Don Giovanni Records
  • Indie rock musical artist from Perth, Western Australia (former member of Rat Columns, Rank/Xerox, Total Control, Lace Curtain, Liberation, Burning Sensation and Scythe), David West “The Poet of My Dreams” from the upcoming 4th album “Jolly in the Bush” on Tough Love
  • Glasgow, Scotland alt /indie rock trio Dutch Wine “Offbeat” from the debut EP “Before It Wasn’t”
  • Montreal, Québec DIY indie-pop LIZZY “Deux soleils” from “Deux soleils” EP
  • US experimental dream-pop duo from Portland, OR with roots in San Jose, CA., STAROVER BLUE “Strange Flowers” single
  • Los Angeles based synthpop project of vocalist-producer Alyssa Midcalf, PRIMER “Just A Clown” from upcoming LP “Incubator” on Egghunt Records
  • French Synth-Pop duo ALLIGATOR “Poussière” from the second album “Torrents” on La Souterraine
  • Los Angeles-based indie /dreampop artist Caroline Loveglow “Blue Arcade” from upcoming LP “Strawberry” via 100% Electronica label
  • Vancouver, BC indie /dreampop band SUGARFUNGUS “Play Dead” from the LP “Letting Go, Moving Still”
  • South London electronic dreamy soul folk singer-songwriter CARMODY “Morning” First single from the upcoming debut album “Imperfect Constellations”.
  • Oslo, Norway bedroom indie pop artist Ea Othilde ‘Back To You’ debut single                                                             
  • Toronto, Ontario indie rock singer-songwriter Georgia Harmer “Austin” single on Arts & Crafts             
  • Durban, South Africa ambient /acid blues /psych-folk electro-acoustic guitarist Duncan Park “The Winding Stream” from the album “Invoking the Flood”