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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – FEBRUARY 2024 – #08-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Filipino shoegaze /post-rock quartet from Southern Metro Manila, LARA “Loss” single from the upcoming EP via Calm Lake Records

A devastating “Loss” reverberates over a blurry distorted swelling haze, obsessively pierced sparkling nostalgic guitar melodies, underlied by stumbling drum beats, and light humming bass lines, to acutely resonate and gently sway around sad dreamy vocals and angsty echoes, yearning for comfort amid emptiness and fear.

  • Naples-based Italian indie rock /post-punk /shoegaze project by musician, composer and vocalist Andrea Caccese, aka Dead Rituals “Waste My Time” single

Italian singer-songwriter returns with his usual 90s-inflected intricate weave of Shoegaze, Post-Punk and Indie Rock leanings, with an intense and urgent single of frustrated romantic tension that delivers heart-skipping rhythms, distorted riffs and tinkling guitar melodies, and thrumming bass lines to rise and fall, amidst ethereality and abrasions, with the anxious frequencies of aching vocals, longing for comfort, strained by bombastic fear and indecision.

  • New York indie rock /grunge /shoegaze quartet Glimmer “Buried” 2-track single

NY grungegazers shape a swelling and invigorating fuzz-laden sea of densely textured 90s-tinged emotive shoegaze warmth. A need to go away pulls at a trotting pace with an erratic injection of angsty nostalgic moods weaved by tinny strums and dramatic guitar riffs, to suddenly soar keenly, and to ‘bury’ lost pain-fueled vocals, with chaotic misty distortions of delusion and hopelessness.

  • UK ambient /fourth world /minimalism /electronic /spoken word sound artist Kirk Barley “Young (ft Ugnė Uma)” from “Young” EP [Odda Recordings]
  • Los Angeles-based ambient /dreamy folk multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter (Black Belt Eagle Scout, Beverly, and This Is The Kit collaborator), Gillian Frances “Tired” from “Pools, a collection by Gillian Frances” EP via never content
  • U.K.-based Australian experimental /psych /indie /noir /folk multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter (Northern Lighthouse Board, GhostShips, The Exit Keys, Ghosts of Electricity, Cornish Wreckers ), Michael Plater (featuring Rothko) – “Your Family Ghosts” from V/A “What Colour is Sound 7” compilation LP via What Colour Is Sound?
  • Taiwan indie/dream pop solo project of Salvia Ling, aka Salvia “安全水 / Flow” single
  • New York wave /electronic /dream pop /synthpop project R. Missing “Imagination to Be Sad” single
  • Los Angeles dream pop /synthpop duo CD Ghost “Fantasy” from “Vignette II” EP part of upcoming vinyl LP “Vignette I & II”
  • Nottingham, UK-based electro-pop songwriter and producer Jack Kenworthy, aka Colouring “Lune” off the second LP “Love To You, Mate” via Bella Union
  • London-based cinematic /kraut /jazz /lounge /avant-pop Stereolab‘s vocalist and co-founder, Laetitia Sadier “Who + What” third single from her upcoming  fifth album, “Rooting For Love” via Drag City & Duophonic Super 45s
  • Indonesian 6-piece psych-soul /funk outfit from Jatiwangi, West Java, LAIR “Hareeng” from the second album “Ngélar” via Guruguru Brain & Orange Cliff Records
  • Bay Area lo-fi shoegaze /dream pop /power pop band led by singer-songwriter and musician Michael Ramos (April Magazine, Flowertown, Cindy), Tony Jay “Through the Glass” from the EP “2023”
  • Brighton, UK-based indie-pop project of Dolly Mixture former member and Spelt singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist RACHEL LOVE “Without You” single from the upcoming album
  • Ontario bedroom /indie folk /dream pop solo project of singer-songwriter Chris Minielly, aka Jaguar Sun “For You” title track of the upcoming EP “For You” on Born Losers Records
  • LA-based indie-folk beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist Boy Deco “Cowboy” new single from the forthcoming EP via Nice Guys
  • Cambridge, UK 5-piece indie /shoegaze /dream pop band Blue Cinema “Safe – Live”
  • Miami, FL indie /dream-pop 4-piece airhockey “Something” single
  • Dreamy surf-tinged bedroom pop from Scottish musician David Skimming based in South Korea, LUNAR ISLES “Dissolve” single
  • Boston, UK jangle /dream pop /indie rock singer-songwriter (one half of Fine), Alice Kat “GETHIGHFEELALIVE!” lead single off the upcoming new album “Around The World & Back To You” via Subjangle Records
  • Leicester, UK-based DIY jangle /indie pop solo laptop recording DIY project of Neil Hill, aka Shopfires “Better Things” single
  • UK lo-fi /bedroom /dream /indie pop duo Harper – “Great Oak” single
  • Oxford, UK shoegazing /dream pop project of Joe Moore (The Yearning, The Perfect Kiss, and Julie Et Joe), Sunlit “Someone So Beautiful” 3rd single off upcoming debut LP via Elefant Records
  • Lacanau, France bedroom dream pop /surf pop solo project Layday “Wash over me” single via Spirit Goth Records
  • Depok, Indonesia indie pop band Poplar Tree – “Unpopular threat” from cassette EP
    “STRAWBERRY PUNKS Vol.4” via disanorak
  • Christchurch, NZ indie /dream pop project of Lukas Mayo, aka Pickle Darling “The Milkman of Human Kindness” (Billy Bragg cover) via Father/Daughter Records
  • Vancouver, Canadian 4-piece indie-rock band Apollo Ghosts “Sunset Over Ikea” from the LP “Amethyst” via You’ve Changed Records
  • Bay Area indie rock band SMALL CRUSH “Be Back Soon” from the second LP “Penelope”
  • Lyon-based garage pop /indie rock trio Johnnie Carwash “I’m A Mess” off the upcoming LP “No Friends No Pain” via Howlin Banana Records
  • Belfast, UK indie rock /psych pop solo project Lemonade Shoelace “THINK!” single
  • Lyon, France 5-piece psych /baroque pop band Satellite Jockey “Mouvement” third single from upcoming LP “Plays Music!” via Another Record
  • Leeds, UK bedroom-pop /shoegaze /jangly /dream pop solo project of Amber Strawbridge, aka Bored At My Grandmas House “Show & Tell” title track of the upcoming LP “Show & Tell” via Clue Records
  • Parisian indie rock /indie pop band, En Attendant Ana “Magical Lies” title track of the new EP “Magical Lies” via Sub Pop Records
  • Adelaide, Australia new wave /jangly romantic synth-pop duo New Labour “Death Rattle” off “Shall We Pray, Dear?” 17-track CD compilation with all recorded New Labour material via Too Good To Be True
  • Lisbon, Portugal DIY bedroom /indie rock /shoegaze dream pop band led by Guilherme Correia (member of Ditch Days), Hause Plants “Anything You Want” single via Spirit Goth Records
  • Bay Area-based Paisley Pop/Jangle Pop /Garage Rock singer-songwriter R.E. Seraphin “Bound” off upcoming sophomore LP “Fool’s Mate” via Take A Turn
  • Toronto-based indie rock /folk collaborative project Little Kid “Somewhere In Between” from the new vinyl/cassette 4th album “A Million Easy Payments” via Gold Day Recordings / Orindal Records
  • San Francisco shoegaze /jangle /indie pop band led by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums, etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “Learning to Love a Band” from the upcoming seventh album “Unwishing Well” via Tough Love
  • UK indie guitar pop singer-songwriter-musician and frontman of trailblazer Creation Records‘ bands The Loft and The Weather Prophets, Peter Astor “Head Over Heels” from the LP “Tall Stories & New Religions” via Tapete Records
  • Adelaide, Australia dream pop /shoegaze /post-punk /new wave /post-punk act Air Belgrade “Ode to Winter” from the upcoming debut album “Mutually Assured Destruction” via Too Good To Be True
  • Indonesian 4-piece Lo-Fi Shoegaze /Noise Rock-Pop band based in Jakarta, Vanishing Muffins “Honey, I Promise” from “Central” EP CD via Shore Dive Records
  • Washington, DC-based post-punk /new wave /indie rock DIY project of writer and producer Mike Toohey, aka Irish Basement “You Are the Wind” from “Talking in Italics” EP 7″
  • Bordeaux, France indie pop musician and composer Laurent Barnaud, aka Fandor “Tous ces lundis” from the 2-track single “Un rêve dans un rêve”
  • Melbourne-based shoegaze /dream pop /psych-pop band HYLA “Mary’s Rising” single
  • Melbourne, AUS/Christchurch, NZ indie rock /dream-pop /shoegaze collaboration, Mayzie, Oceans “Mess You Up” second single from the upcoming collaborative album via Cerine Ruby
  • Highland Park, NJ ambient /indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop solo project (a member of electronic groups You Shriek, Model Behavior, Project Sphere and Provocateur.), Skot Kremen “Still Scared” 2-track single
  • Salt Lake City, Utah dream pop /indie rock /dreamgaze band A Deeper Heaven “Stay” single
  • Shoegaze band based in Toronto, The Neverminds “Dusk” from the sophomore EP “Nevermind, the Winter.”
  • Jogjakarta, Indonesia alt dream pop /shoegaze unit Anggisluka – “Seduce” single
  • Filipino indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze band LOOP “Heroine and Solitude” single on Melt Records
  • Manchester, UK DIY bedroom shoegaze solo project of Duvet guitarist Tasmin Stephens, aka TTSSFU “Baggage” from the EP “Me, Jed and Andy” via Fear of Missing Out Records
  • Kansas City, Missouri indie rock /shoegaze act Doubledrag “Sound” single
  • Turkish lo-fi shoegaze project Silüet “Ithiras” from the debut S/T EP
  • Rogers, Arkansas solo nugaze project Thoughts From Below “Shells of Ourselves” single from upcoming LP
  • Central Luzon, Philippines dream pop /shoegaze foursome SUN/DIAL “Subliminal Feelings” from debut S/T EP
  • Brighton, UK ambient /dream pop /shoegaze 5-piece Air Formation “Finding Gravity” off the upcoming self-titled sixth studio album via Club AC30.
  • London-based dream pop /shoegaze band WHITELANDS “How It Feels” single off the debut album “Night-bound Eyes Are Blind To The Day” on Sonic Cathedral
  • San Diego, CA lo-fi ambient /shoegaze /experimental noise pop music-art project MUMBLE “Swallowed by the Sea” single
  • Bali, Indonesia dream pop /shoegazing unit Dive Collate “Tulip” single from upcoming EP
  • Brazilian 4-piece indie shoegaze band Justine “AVALANCHE” from the upcoming self-titled “JUSTINE” LP
  • Scotland‘s noise shoegaze 4-piece Sunstinger – “Aro” new single
  • Philadelphia‘s grunge /psych pop /shoegaze 4-piece SO TOTALLY “Distinct Star” from the upcoming LP “Double Your Relaxation” via Tiny Engines
  • Pittsburgh, PA fuzz /doomgaze /shoegaze /drone instrumental project of guitarist & composer Emilio Rizzo, aka Fuzznaut “Sufferlove” single
  • East Sussex, UK Alt-Rock/Shoegaze trio CODER “Nothing’s the same here” new 2-track single
  • Eugene, OR ethereal wave /dark wave /post-punk /shoegaze solo project Lesser Angels “Lie” single
  • Washington, D.C. based dream pop /shoegaze collaborative project of NYC‘s post-punker postlooperish and Virginia‘s singer & songwriter Melanie Ann, aka Shades of Violet “Mantra” from the debut S/T album       
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland psych /dream pop /shoegaze band Virgins “Softer” second single from the upcoming debut album “Nothing Hurt and Everything was Beautiful” via Blowtorch Records
  • San Diego, CA grunge /dream pop /shoegaze duo, Blossom “Warm Stay” from the upcoming second EP “Florecer” on Really Rad Records
  • New York-based 4-piece nugaze /grunge /shoegaze band Velvet “Focus” from the first full-length album “Romance” cassette via Candlepin Records
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands grunge /nugaze /shoegaze band THRILLED “Wonderful” from the debut EP “Out Of It”
  • Berlin-based indie rock /psychedelic /post-punk band The Underground Youth “Come Together” from V/A “The Magical Mystery Psych Out – A Tribute To The Beatles” album via Cleopatra Records
  • Copenhagen, Denmark acid psychedelic rock band The Sonic Dawn “Iron Bird” from the upcoming fifth album album “Phantom″ via Heavy Psych Sounds Rec.
  • Melbourne-based ethnic /sitar-laden psychedelic trio led by founding member of Indian heritage Rajan Silva, Glass Beams “Mahal” title track of the forthcoming EP, “Mahal” via Ninja Tune
  • New York City‘s psychedelic /shoegaze /noise rock /post-punk band A Place to Bury Strangers “Change Your God” from “Change Your God / It Is Time” 2-track 7” single on Deadstrange
  • Chicago-based noise rock /shoegaze duo Twin Coat “Forget to Know – Single Version”
  • London-based shoegaze /grunge /synth-rock duo ZETRA “Burn” (The Cure cover) on Nuclear Blast
  • Sacramento, CA-based Heavy Shoegaze band RENEWER “Arrival of the Snake” off the debut LP “SUNNE” via Transylvanian Recordings
  • Parisian progressive /folk /blackgaze /shoegaze band Alcest “L’Envol” off the upcoming album “Les Chants De L’Aurore” via Nuclear Blast Records
  • Sydney‘s power-prog-pop quartet (former members of Day Ravies), Sachet “The Lodger” from the cassette EP “The Seeing Machine” on Tenth Court
  • Medan, Indonesian 3-piece Garage-Rock Band STACKPOLE “All The Time” from the EP “Move Away”
  • Tallahassee, FL post-hardcore /folk /indie rock /power pop solo project of Sam Goblin (ex Two Inch Astronaut), aka Mister Goblin “Goodnight Sun” from upcoming LP “Frog Poems” via Spartan Records
  • Riverside, CA alternative rock /grungegaze /indie rock project of songwriter Adalbert Arevalo, aka End of the Echo “Eventide” single
  • Chicago‘s psych /post-punk /stoner rock band Sybris “Watermelon” from upcoming third LP “Gold on Hold” (originally recorded in 2011 and never released) via Absolutely Kosher
  • Dublin, Ireland 4-piece krautrock /space /psychedelic rock band MELTS “Altered” from upcoming second LP “Field Theory” via Fuzz Club
  • Melbourne-based rock’n’roll /garage punk band Drunk Mums “Livin’ At Night” from upcoming LP “Beer Baby” via Legless Records
  • Winchester, VA Egg Punk /Rock ‘N Roll /Power Pop band POWER PANTS “Out Of Time” single
  • Melbourne lo-fi bedroom 60s /surf /merseybeat /rock’nroll /garage rock solo project Gnome “I Want To Be Your Driver” from “Ear Candy” EP [Goblin Records]
  • Denver, CO dream pop Circling Girl “Teeth” title track of the debut EP “Teeth”
  • Phoenix, AZ indie folk singer-songwriter Danielle Durack “The Door” from the LP “Escape Artist”