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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – February #07-22

Sylvie Vartan photographed by Jean-Marie Périer in New York, 1963

  • London based shoegaze /post-punk /neo-psych /indie rock band Monochromatic Visions “Lost” the second single from the forthcoming album “REFORM”

Driving and magnetic kraut/noise/psychedelic rock-inflected ghostly ride from the London-based ItaloGreek duo propelled by rattling steady motorik beats that expand disconnected mesmeric dimensions through droning spirals of fuzzy guitar distortions and menacing shadowy synth swathes, whilst quivering, sturdy and chugging bass lines dangerously undulate and seeth beneath, shaking the underbellies of distant airless cries of lost obsessions and fatal crimes.

  • Norwegian Shoegaze /Psychedelic band from Hustadvika, Rancho Relaxo ”Alone With You” from the upcoming 11th album “SPIRIT OF ECSTASY”

The Norwegian DIY underground combo, at their 11th LP!, suggests their distinctive personal cure to mitigate the impending doom from the period we’re living coloured by a trippy heady concoction of 60s glittering jingle jangle, 90s shoegaze reverbs and all-rounded atmospheric neo-psychedelia amidst folk, spacey and raga streaks. The first preview delights us with a bittersweet wandering flow of glittering radiant jangly melodies that sway and tinkle around urgent windswept memories of breathless heartfelt vocals releasing poetic lyrics of longing into intense aching swells of love.

  • Boston, Ma psych /dream pop /shoegaze band Emerald Comets “Memory Factory” (single) from the upcoming album

Boston‘s 4-piece explore ’60s-tinged dreamlike psychedelic shores, emphasised by the use of the swelling retro symphonic inflexions of a mellotron, with unevenly scattered drum beats to underpin obsessive droning and shimmering guitar melodies that bleed meandering aching ripples of hypnotic distorted memories into tormented anxious ghostly breaths of brooding fantasies through a bitter recollection of heady love.

  • UK ambient /post-rock /dreampop /chillwave /electronic producer Stumbleine “The End Is Nigh” from the EP “Spirit and the Decay”
  • Swedish instrumental nu-jazz /psych /post-rock band from Stockholm, Pershagen “Solen är en trumma” new single on Lövely Records                                                                                                                                                 
  • Wellington, New Zealand trip-hop /breakbeat /post-gaze /electronic solo project of musician and composer Matt Dalzell, aka METROSIDEROS “Nozomi 223 To Kyoto” from the 3rd EP “Tomentum” CD on Shore Dive Records
  • Glasgow, Scotland ambient /experimental /piano /post-rock /art-rock band LUTHIA “Roslyn” single
  • Montreal‘s synth /dream pop artist Tess Roby “Ideas of Space” title track from her forthcoming second album “Ideas of Space” on her label SSURROUNDSS
  • London, UK noir-pop /shoegaze /dream pop duo of Dean Garcia (formerly of Curve) & Rose Berlin, SPC ECO “Forever” from the new single “Forever Single – Feb 2022 Series”
  • Veselí Nad Moravou/Prague based, Czech Indie /Dream Pop trio BILLOW “Swimming Pool” from the upcoming album “IV” on Z Tapes
  • Toronto, Canada indie /dream pop band TALLIES “Heavens Touch” from the EP “Wound Up Tight” on Bella Union.
  • L.A. based Dream Pop duo NO SWOON “Beside” from upcoming sophomore album, “Take Your Time” via The Nothing Song Records.
  • Melbourne, Australia indie ambient pop /folk singer-songwriter Jo Schornikow “Visions” from upcoming album “Altar” on Keeled Scales
  • Icelandic indie /folk pop collective from Reykjavik, SEABEAR “Parade” from the upcoming LP »In Another Life« on Morr Music
  • Houston, TX lo-fi /ambient /dream pop solo project SPLIT SIGNAL “Hourglass” debut single
  • Hamburg, Germany indie rock /electronic trio das bisschen Totschlag “If i Could” sophomore LP “NO RISIKO” on Coaster Records
  • Seattle, Wa chamber pop /cinematic /sophisti-pop /dream pop duo Mr. and Mrs. Muffins “Dream Dancing (feat. Alessandra Rose)” from the upcoming vinyl 12″ album “The Manhattan Slide and Other Songs for Dream Dancing” on Japan’s blue-very label
  • Greek personal indie-pop project by ex-One Night Suzan singer and guitarist Giorgos Kyriazis, AKA Splashing Rainbows – “Four (blessings)” from “Numbers” EP on Make Me Happy records
  • Stockholm based dreamy synthpop collective Red Sleeping Beauty “Second Time – The Ballet Rework (feat. Mary Wyer)” new single
  • Danish synth-pop duo from Copenhagen, GENTS “Worst kind of kind” new single
  • Swedish Italo-Disco /Synthpop duo  Sally Shapiro “Forget About You” from their upcoming new album “Sad Cities”
  • Toronto, Ontario Punk /Wave /Synth-pop duo SUN STREAK “Brick Wall” from “Demo” album
  • Auckland, New Zealand indie-guitar-pop 4-piece The Beths “A Real Thing” new single via Carpark Records & Ivy League Records.
  • Philadelphia dream pop /soft indie rock trio Pink Blush “Rosedive” from the EP “So Ordinary”
  • Paris-based indie /psych pop project Persica 3 “Water Lily” from the upcoming cassette album “Tangerine” on Hidden Bay Records
  • California bedroom indie-electronic /dream-pop project of VietnameseNorth American producer and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Truong, aka KELZ “Guitar + Peaches” from upcoming debut LP “5am and I Can’t Sleep” on Bayonet
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana shoegaze /indie /dream pop band LEONES “Play In It” single
  • New York-based dream pop /indie pop project of multi-instrumentalist and producer, Sea Glass “New Romans (Ft Blue Canopy)” single
  • San Francisco, Ca DIY kitchen pop project by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “Dahlias and Rain” from the new 4th LP “Summer At Land’s End” on Tough Love
  • Dreamy surf-pop from Scottish musician David Skimming based in South Korea, LUNAR ISLES “Subnivean” single
  • French indie surf pop trio from Toulouse, BEACH SCVM “Monday” single
  • Brooklyn, NY alt /shoegaze /dream pop band Sooner – “Thursday” from the upcoming debut LP “Days and Nights” on Good Eye Records
  • Galway, Ireland indie rock band NewDad “Banshee” title track from the new EP “Banshee” on Fair Youth.
  • Los Angeles dreampop /psychedelic pop 4-piece GOON “Fruiting Body” from the upcoming EP “Paint by Numbers, Vol. 1”
  • Dallas, TX indie /psych folk trio ST. YUMA “Loretta” single
  • San Francisco-based garage /psych /folk /indie rock quartet LOFI LEGS “My Silence” from the album “Leg Day” on We Were Never Being Boring Collective
  • French jangle /indie pop band based in Paris (initially the solo project by Martin Martin Meilhan-Bordes as Marti Martinsky), Cœur-joie “Dimi l’étoile” from the upcoming album “Allumettes au bout des îles b” co-released by Hidden Bay Records (cassette) and Melotron Recordings (CD)
  • London, UK new wave /indie rock duo (fKA Inheaven), Wings Of Desire “Perfect World” single
  • Philadelphia‘s shoegaze /indie rock /dream pop one-man act DAODA “Eternal” new single
  • Rangiora, New Zealand power-pop 4-piece BEST BETS “Olympic Sprinter” from the upcoming debut album “On An Unhistoric Night” via Meritorio Records and Melted Ice Cream
  • Japanese indie /shoegaze band STOMP TALK MODSTONE “Worth It” title track from the new “Worth It” EP
  • Bangkok, Thailand alt /dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece Death Of Heather “Pretty Things” single
  • French psychedelic /post-shoegaze /grunge-gaze 4-piece DEAD HORSE ONE “Core” from the upcoming EP “WHEN LOVE RUNS DRY”.
  • Philadelphia, Pa alt /grunge /heavy shoegaze trio Daydreamer “Release” from the EP “Out of Earshot”
  • London, UK post-rock /slow-core band DEATHCRASH “Unwind” from the debut LP “Return” on untitled (recs)
  • Tokyo, Japan dreampop /drum & bass /shoegaze /electronic collective SFSQ “Mental Ray” from “Kaleidoscope” EP
  • Copenhagen, Denmark dream pop /shoegaze /dark psych /electronic musician Trentemøller “Like A Daydream” from the new LP “Memoria” on hfn music
  • Dublin, Ireland space /kraut /psychedelic rock band MELTS “Outlier” from the upcoming debut LP “Maelstrom”
  • Allentown, PN noise rock /psych /shoegaze /indie rock 4-piece Catatonic Suns “The Island” from debut album “Saudade”
  • Brooklyn, NY indie /psych rock 3-piece DROPPER “Signal” from the debut LP “Don’t Talk to Me” on Dirt Dog Records
  • Hemet, Ca indie rock /shoegaze /slowcore band (formerly Ambersmoke), Grave Saddles “Limonite” single
  • Antwerp, Belgium based ambient /shoegaze /noise trio OHIO MARK “In Utopia” new single from the upcoming EP ‘Whoever’
  • Vermont based experimental /dub /funk /psychedelic rock band lead by Matt “MV” Valentine, WET TUNA “Sweet Chump Change” from the upcoming LP “Warping All By Yourself” on Three Lobed Recordings
  • Italian indie /psych /dream pop /shoegaze band from Pesaro, Brothers in Law – “A Song For You” 7″ charity single on WWNBB collective.
  • Perth, Australia ambient /kosmische /psychedelic synth duo Erasers “Constant Connection” title track from the upcoming third LP “Constant Connection” on Night School
  • French Electronic /Coldgaze trio from Paris, FTR “Spores” single
  • German ambient /kraut /coldwave /cosmic /psychedelic moniker of Leipzig-based composer Jonas Wehner, Warm Graves “Neon” from the upcoming second studio album “Ease” on Fuzz Club Records
  • SF Bay Area blues /psych /drone /rock & roll 4-piece Night Collectors “One Thousand Years” from upcoming 7″ single “One Thousand Years / Transmissions” on Debacle Records
  • Laredo, TX 3+piece Indie Rock/Post-Punk Rock band, THE MAPLES “Masochist” single
  • Irish indie-rock 4-piece from Dublin, Pillow Queens ‘Hearts & Minds’ from the upcoming sophomore LP ‘Leave The Light On’ on Royal Mountain Records
  • Philadelphia based punk indie rock project of UK musician Lou Hanman (former member of Caves & Flamingo50), All Away Lou “Morning” from the debut LP “Things Will Change” on Specialist Subject Records
  • Scotland based mod /psych /indie guitar rock solo project of the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Jasmine Minks, Jim Shepherd “Coming Alive” from upcoming debut vinyl/CD album “The Circle” on SPINOUT NUGGETS
  • Italian beat /psych /punk /garage trio LE MUFFE “Ragazzo beat” from the upcoming second LP “Down Down Down” on Area Pirata
  • Barcelona, Spain 60s garage /punk /surf /indie pop 4-piece ETERNA JOVENTUT – “Vuelve Junto A Mí” from the debut album “MUCHO AMOR” on Snap! Clap! Club!
  • Liverpool’s finest jangle-noir-gipsy-surf-rock band The Shipbuilders “Hanging Me At Dawn” from the upcoming debut LP “Spring Tide” on Mai 68 Records
  • Aberdeen, Scotland jangle /psych pop solo project of founder member and one-fifth of Aberdeen band The Vapour Trails, Kevin Robertson “trippin’ Back” new 2-track single
  • St. Louis, Missouri lo-fi power-pop solo project Soup Activists “Stormy Mornings” from the cassette album “Riling up the Neighbors”
  • Münster, Germany bedroom /dream-pop /indie-pop solo project of half of Nah, Sebastian Voss, AKA The Fisherman and his Soul “Arnd Walks Home After The Show” from the upcoming EP “Just Because”
  • Portland, Or based lo-fi scuzz pop project White Fang‘s guitarist Kyle Handley, aka SUPER HIT “My Headphones” from the album “Everything Is Shit” on Metal Postcard records
  • Sydney-based, Australian indie /scuzz rock foursome, BODY TYPE “Sex & Rage” from the upcoming LP “Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising” due on May 20th 2022 via Poison City Records.
  • VA Beach dream pop /indie rock solo artist Jack Moody “Bob Saget”                                                                     
  • Glasgow, UK indie /dream pop /psych wave /shoegaze /noise pop duo Geography Of The Moon “Nowhere to go but Everywhere” from “The Unraveling” EP
  • Italian indie-rock band led by songwriter, singer and guitarist Giacomo D’Attorre, CLEVER SQUARE “Soccer Rules (feat. Eugenia Fera)” from the upcoming LP “Secret Alliance” on Bronson Recordings
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota alt country /indie folk duo The Cactus Blossoms “Is It Over” from the LP “One Day”
  • Slovenia cinematic /post-metal /post-rock /neoclassical /ambient instrumental music project Shadow Universe “Don’t Look at it and You’ll See It” from the upcoming third album, “Subtle Realms, Subtle Worlds” on Monotreme Records
  • Glasgow-based Scottish singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph “What is keeping you alive makes me want to kill them for” from the upcoming third album “For you who are the wronged” on April 22 via Rock Action

Sylvie Vartan photographed by Jean-Marie Périer in New York, 1963

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