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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – FEBRUARY 2024 – #05-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Moscow-based shoegaze trio LIFE ON VENUS “Homewards” – One of the most memorable albums from 2022, Life On Venus‘ third LP finally gets its well-deserved Ltd.Vinyl Edition release via Netherlands-based label Automatic Music.

“A multifaceted sound rooted in the past, comfortably set in the present, yet ceaselessly striving toward some esoteric time portal that overlooks somewhere, up there, in a timeless deep starry space”

  • Sidney-based indie pop /slowcore /shoegaze /dream pop 5-piece band Ultracrush “Summer Camp” single

A welcome return after about two years for the dream-pop unit from Sydney with their intricate emotive guitar-laden sound made of clean and seamless layerings of crystalline chords, driving rhythms, with recurrent tempo changes, and calm vocal delivery, of sublime melodic bent. A lush, shiny and rippling carpet of twinkling arpeggiated guitar melodies that unfold, wander and suddenly swell, fueled by nimble drums and warm pulsing bass lines, adorned with sombre fluid synth motifs, on which float mellifluously downcast vocals aching in gentle sad obsessions wrapped in a nostalgic bout of regret and longing.

  • Seattle, WA lo-fi /indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze duo RILEY’S MOUNTAIN “Weaving” single

“Weaving” is the new single, more or less two years from the Seattle‘s duo self-titled debut EP, imbued with classic early 90s shoegaze shoegaze, teetering between shimmering hazy parts of dreamy lethargic introspection, and balmy bursts of dense buzzing layers of fuzz-out distortion, to overwhelm sad piercing vocal dreaminess with weighty yet subdued emotional strains of angsty romance.

  • San Francisco lo-fi dream-pop duo Michael Ramos (Tony Jay) and Karina Gill (Cindy), FLOWERTOWN “The Ring” from the upcoming vinyl 12″ album “Tourist Language” on Paisley Shirt Records

A persuasive and unmistakable all-pervaded entrancing misty concoction of intimate blurred emotions, enveloping melancholy and subtle restlessness, “The Ring” weaves murky, hazy, and disconnected clouds overlie obsessive slightly scraping strummed guitar riffs laced with wistful sparkling distorted resonances, underlaid by pulsing bass lines, and light lilting tambourine shakes, to surround soft angsty vocals, asking another to stay true to a promise, with nagging grey doubt.

  • Japanese ambient folk/ indie folk singer and musician (of Pervenche), Masato Saito “Somebody’s Watching’ You (Arthur Lee And Love cover)” from the debut cassette cover album “Fragment of Tomorrow” via galaxy train
  • Zurich, Switzerland shoegaze /post-punk /electronic /wave artist and producer BLANCHE BIAU “Heavenly” (Cigarettes After Sex) from “Cover Collection” EP
  • West Yorkshire UK ambient /pastoral /post-rock /folk group led by Richard Adams (Hood co-founder), The Declining Winter ‘After Thought” from the Cdr collection “Buried Songs 20182021
  • Nashville, TN ambient /electronic /psychedelic /experimental producer Roger Moutenot “Art Electro” off debut solo album “MICROCOSM” on YK Records
  • New Zealand psych /drone /kosmische /krautrock act The Kosmiche Sound “U-Bahn” from the 2-track self-titled debut single
  • ItaloCanadian industrial /minimal /noise /post-punk /psychedelic singer-songwriter project of former member of His Clancyness and Brutal Birthday, James Jonathan Clancy “Black & White” from the LP “Sprecato” via his own Maple Death Records
  • South Carolina-based indie rock singer-songwriter Brian McGrath, formerly of Wendyfix (Carpark Records) and Mantissa (Lazyline Records), Brian McGrath “Rainbow Trout” from “Firehouse Elegies” EP (originally recorded for a never released Mantissa’s second album)
  • Mexico City-based acoustic /indie folk solo project of Chilean composer and producer Tomás Novoa Mendizabal, aka Quién es Geronimo “Mi Casa” title track of the upcoming LP “Mi Casa” on Western Vinyl
  • Nashville, Tennessee indie /folk solo project of singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, aka ISLA “Down By The Oceanside” off “Oceanside” EP on Bedroom Classics
  • Japanese indie guitar pop duo of Mihoko Tanoue & Makoto Igarashi formed in 1998, Roly Poly Rag Bear “Green” from the 2004 album “Straw, Water, Pinstripe” 20th anniversary digital reissue on [7th heaven]
  • Japanese bossanova /dream pop /soft rock /neo-acoustic /twee /indie guitar pop singer-songwriter Shino Kobayashi 小林しの – 海の底で – off the 2nd album “The Wind Carries Scents Of Flowers” CD via blue-very label
  • London, UK dream pop trio Night Tapes “loner” single on Nettwerk
  • Montreal, Quebec soft rock /dream pop solo project of TOPS singer, Jane Penny “Messages” off debut EP “Surfacing” via Luminelle
  • Las Vegas, NV indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop singer-songwriter Alex Argot “Nolita” from the EP “Strawberry Girl”
  • Austin, TX bedroom /folk /indie pop project FUVK “spaced out (feat. Lay) from cassette EP “Say what you like” via Start-track.com
  • Albacete, Spain shoegaze /noise /indie pop 4-piece Pálida Tez “Neverita” (Bad Bunny Cover)
  • Californian wave /synth psych-pop husband-and-wife duo of Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, Peaking Lights “Mental” single
  • New Jersey-based ambient /dream pop duo of Christina Hernandez and Travis Trevisan, aka Slow Salvation “Japan” single on Velvet Blue Music
  • Stockholm‘s indie-pop /electropop trio, Red Sleeping Beauty “Free Cake For Every Creature” from the in progress “One song a month series” LP
  • UK twee /jangle /indie pop trio The Happy Somethings “Apples” from the 2-track single “Apples & Pairs”
  • Salisbury, UK 60s /power pop /jangle indie pop band led by Oliver Flanagan, aka Sorry Monks “Do You Know How It Feels” from the “Girlfriend” (EP) CD via Subjangle
  • Adelaide, Australia indie /folk /jangle pop band led by former Dead Roo frontman, Jason Katsaras, aka Hard Rubbish “Evergreen” single via Swirl Records
  • Scottish indie pop band formed in 1985, BMX Bandits “Time To Get Away” 2nd single from upcoming twelfth studio album “Dreamers On The Run” on Tapete Records
  • Sheffield, UK jangle /indie pop alias of Liam Marsh (one half of Fine), Kid Chameleon “[She] Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” single from upcoming album
  • Seattle, WA based indie pop project of Danny Rowland (previously of Seattle dreampop combo Seapony and twee duo Transmittens), Research Vessel “Like Today” from upcoming debut “Going Tomorrow” EP on Small Craft Advisory 
  • Brazilian jangle indie guitar pop band led by Adriano do Couto, aka Postal Blue “I Should Have Known” new single
  • SF Bay Area shoegaze /indie rock /textural pop group Torrey “Bounce” from upcoming sophomore S/T album via Slumberland Records
  • Sidney, Australia folk /power /jangle /indie pop band Lord Esme “Booking A Flight” from the vinyl 12″ album “A Nice Sit Down” via Half A Cow Records
  • East Germany‘s lo-fi /garage /punk indie pop solo project from Ilka of Leipzig‘s Synth-Post-Punks Onyon, I.L.L.O. “Summoning” from the cassette album “10 Ill Songs” via U-Bac (GER) and Spared Flesh (US)
  • Providence, Rhode Island folk /indie rock band Dogs on Shady Lane “Pile Of Photos” from the upcoming EP “The Knife” on Lauren Records                                                                                               
  • Spanish indie/synthpop /new wave/dream pop band from Barcelona, Últim Cavall “Abans de marxar” from the album “Un altre primer cop” on Discos de Kirlian
  • Norwegian emo /jangle /indie rock band from Oslo, FLIGHT MODE “Hyperventilate” from the “Tøyen, ‘13” EP on Sound As Language
  • Toronto, Ontario indie /slacker rock /shoegaze /slowcore project of Charlie Berger (Slowly, Tonemirror, With Hidden Noise, Slow Planet), DORMER “Over My Head” from upcoming LP “Concerning You”
  • Russian shoegaze /post-rock collaboration between Andrey Novozhilov (Olhava/Trna), Vladimir Frith (RYE/Reflection Nebula), Tim Yusupov (Somn/Olhava) & Michail Kurochkin (Somn), aka Reverb On Repeat “Нерест” from “Жить” album via Reflection Nebula
  • Paris, France post-rock /shoegaze /dream pop /slowcore singer-songwriter and musician, Sarita Idalia “Leaving The Desert” from the cassette debut album “Life Eternal” via Stellar Frequencies
  • Portland, OR post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze solo project Overly “Clear” single
  • Indonesian command-rock /shoegaze instrumental project of Isa, Echoing Twilight “Sometimes You” 2-track single on Shore Dive Records
  • Minnesota dream pop /shoegaze project, fadedinmemories “If The Sun Leaves” single
  • Birmingham, UK indie rock /shoegaze project of Finlay Hutton, aka Winter Harbour “Under the weight of something (other than love)” single
  • Detroit, MI shoegaze solo project rozey “Here, Together” single                                                                                                       
  • St. Petersburg, FL shoegaze /dream pop project of guitarist-songwriter Craig Pethe, aka The Cataract Pools “Trapped In A Daydream” single
  • Eugene, OR Alt-rock /Shoegaze band Moonbear “Coma” off “Baby’s First Television Set” EP
  • Manchester, UK indie /dream pop /shoegaze band Cruush “Headspace” from “Nice Things Now, All The Time” EP via Heist or Hit
  • Austin, TX emo shoegaze duo Self Love Club “Afraid” from “Creep” EP
  • Newport, Kentucky shoegaze trio (former members of Slow Glows), Left at Orion “Radiowave” debut single
  • Ottawa, Canada grunge /shoegaze /indie rock duo SOFTCULT “Shortest Fuse” (Single)
  • Italian Shoegaze band from Naples, Mary’s Restless Dream “Speed Eyes” single
  • Helsinki, Finland indie rock /noise pop /shoegaze band Cave Moss “Smile” from “Loose Tunes” EP via dracula mountain
  • Los Angeles, CA noise pop /shoegaze band LUSTER “Missing You” 7″ single on Funeral Party
  • Antwerp, Belgium shoegaze 5-piece Newmoon “Crazing” off upcoming “Temporary Light” LP 12″ on Quiet Panic                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Malaysia 4-piece shoegaze /dreampop band Aktadiri “Imaginasi” title track of the “Imaginasi” EP
  • Austin, TX 4-piece Shoegaze /Alternative / Indie Rock band Magnet School “Mayor of Greenpoint” from the 12″ vinyl EP “The Raven” via Shifting Sounds
  • Buffalo, NY post-rock /indie space rock shoegaze project (formerly The Daysleepers), Sinking_Gardens “Washed Away” single
  • Brooklyn, NY psych /indie rock /shoegaze trio Phantom Wave “Chimera” single
  • Massachusetts indie rock /grunge /shoegaze /alternative rock band Broken Head “Spilled Milk” single on Sunday Drive Records
  • Kraków, Poland shoegaze /alternative rock trio Strumień Świadomości “Strumień Świadomości” single
  • Cardiff, UK alternative /indie rock trio Feverjaw “Never More Than Now” single
  • Late 80s/early 90s New York‘s noise /indie rock band Love Child “Greedy” (1993) from the retrospective vinyl collection “Never Meant To Be” [19881993] via 12XU
  • Saint Petersburg-based ambient /drone /post-black metal /blackgaze band Olhava “Eternal Fire” from the double album “Sacrifice” 2×12″ LP via Avantgarde Music
  • Greek one man’s cinematic instrumental post-rock project from Athens, The Abyss Inside Us “Prayer to an Absent God” [Single]
  • Experimental /punk /spoken words /psychedelic pop correspondence recording project between Bay Area‘s Matt Bleyle (Violent Change/Sopors) and UK-based Sterling Mackinnon (False Berries/Violent Change), aka Cuneiform Tabs “Planted Boy” from upcoming album “CUNEIFORM TABS” [Sloth Mate Productions]
  • Brighton And Hove, UK rock’n’roll /shoegaze /psychedelic rock solo project Pink Elderflower Moon “If Music Had A Love It Would Be LSD” single
  • Cincinnati, Ohio Trash Power Pop band Tweens “Kiss Away” from “Unreleased Demos & B-sides” EP
  • Asbury Park, New Jersey surf punk /indie pop trio Dentist “Random Numbers Shapes and Colors” single
  • Barcelona-based indie pop /synthpop artist Elsa de Alfonso “Maridaje” single on sellofantasma
  • NYC ambient noir /dream-pop /electropop project R. Missing “Cry Quicker” single
  • Canadian dream pop artist Gloomhush “Foolish” (Slowed & Reverb Version)
  • Brazil ambient /drone /field recordings /acoustic guitar collaborative project between electronic musician and music producer Lagve Anderson and guitarist and violinist Ana Natali, SKOAN “The Burden” from “Wanderer” EP
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma ambient /drone /psych /loops /soundscape /pedal steel moniker of American primitive guitarist and experimental musician Dylan Golden Aycock, aka Talk West “Nothing to Hear Here” from the cassette album “Bartlett Square” [Aural Canyon]

 

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