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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MARCH #09-23

Hugh C Knowles, ca. 1910

PICKS OF THE WEEK:
  • Swedish “orthodox indie pop” duo Gustav Tranback (Paper Hearts, Dismal Plight) and Mikael Carlsson (The Honeydrips, Dorotea) AKA Salt Lake Alley “Bank Robber” (The Clash cover) single on Shelflife Records 

Swedish duo take The Clash‘s working-class punk classic from the filthy late 70s/early 80s concrete jungle of Brixton or Kingston inhabited by a strain of Rude Boys, hoodlums, and gangsters and levitate it ‘eight miles high’ in a multicolored ‘fifth dimension’, wrapped in a flamboyant dress of shimmering jingle jangle 12-string guitar chords, and laced with flashy Uilleann pipes-like flourishes, as if The Byrds had met The Pogues in a ‘Dirty Old Town’, for a mesmerizing surreal reverie of bittersweet nostalgia.

  • Sheffield, UK indie rock/synth wave /dream pop band, Rehearsed Living “Facades” new single

It’s been about a year since the multifaceted Dream Pop /Indie Rock band from Sheffield, led by Steven Jones, wasn’t sending me a new song, the new one combines as usual both vibrant and reflective dreamy and nostalgic moods through rich emotional vocal heartache that rises and falls in breathless melancholia against a sparkling backdrop of syncopated drum beats, sonorous lithe post-punk basslines, enveloping bright keyboard sweeps, and piercing, obsessive guitar melodies, to elicit deep disappointment at the hands of shifting “Facades.”

  • Basque Country noise rock /shoegaze band based in Bilbao, ARIMA “Oroigarri bat” second preview from forthcoming LP

The Bilbao based band plays a refined and mesmerizing brand of shoegaze that headily wobbles between the off-kilter loud distortions of MBV and the sweeping dreamy introspections of Slowdive with noise-rock loud outbursts. The new single ebbs and flows with wistful emotional vibrancy through dazzling reverb-strewn fuzzed-out riffs that intersect and ripple with sparkling and vibrating poignant guitar strains over stumbling drum beats, and rumbling bass lines, whilst tragically beautiful female cries fall desperately into hazy obsessive memories of heartache and despair.

  • Lyon, France-based electronic /krautrock /psychedelic five-piece Ashinoa “Vermillion” from the second album “L’Orée” via Fuzz Club Records
  • Stirling, Scotland-based dream indie folk group led by Stephen McAll, and folk guitarist Scott William Urquhart, AKA Constant Follower ‘Waves Crash Here’ off the forthcoming collaborative album, ‘Even Days Dissolve’ on Golden Hum Recordings
  • London, UK indie /psych /folk singer-songwriter & musician (former member of C86 popsters The Wolfhounds and 90s kraut experimentalists Moonshake), David Lance Callahan “Free Radicals” from upcoming 7″ single “Free Radicals / Evil Magnets” on Tiny Global Productions
  • Geneva-based folk /synth /art pop trio Alice “Pense à moi” from the sophomore album “L’Oiseau Magnifique” on Les Disques Bongo Joe
  • London-based bossanova /indie rock /experimental pop French singer-songwriter Clémentine March “Elixir” from “My Empty Town” EP on Lost Map Records
  • Perm, Russia experimental /kraut /psychedelic /dream pop /stargaze band Gnoomes “Eternal Trans Siberian” from the new 4th album “Ax Ox” on Rocket Recordings
  • Seattle, WA cinematic dream noir-pop collective Echo of the Low Light “Valley” single
  • Cardiff, Wales dream pop /synth wave /indie rock 5-piece Morning Arcade “Cold Shoulders” from cassette EP “Thawing Of A Mindset” on Phwoar & Peace
  • Jakarta, Indonesia indie /dream-pop 4-piece FRYS “Run” from the album “La Journée”
  • San Francisco indie rock /power pop /shoegaze /psych-rock project of Well Wishers frontman Jeff Shelton, AKA Deadlights “Window to the World” new single
  • Kansas City-based jangle /psych pop band Eggs On Mars “Wrong Way” from the upcoming LP “Warm Breakfast”
  • Indonesian C-86 /jangle /indie pop band The Lousy Pop Group “Despair” from the 2-track single “Last Breath” on shiny happy records
  • Michigan-based twee /C86 /indie-pop solo project of London-native Sean Turner aka THE PHOTOCOPIES “I Don’t Want You To Want Me” from “Million Sellers” EP 7″ + Bonus Beats 5″ lathe cut records on Ultra Modern label
  • UK 60s jingle jangle pop band THE PLUS 4 “It’s A Mystery” (K. Hale cover) single
  • Aberdeen, Scotland psych /jangle /power-pop solo project of founding member and one-fifth of The Vapour Trails, Kevin Robertson “Make Believe” from the upcoming album “Magic Spells Abound” via Subjangle label and Futureman Records
  • Early ’80s Christchurch, NZ post-punk rockers Playthings “Grits” (unreleased) from 6 track 12” S/T EP (collection of the band’s two 7″ singles 198182) on Leather Jacket Records
  • San Francisco, CA C86 /indie /jangle-pop project of Seablite‘s Andy Pastalaniec (former member of Odd Hope, Pink Films, Cruel Summer), CHIME SCHOOL “Coming To Your Town” from upcoming 2-track 7″ single on Meritorio Records and Slumberland Records
  • Portland, OR jangly indie/ surf rock 4-piece Spooky Boys “Bungalows” off “Late Bloomers” EP on BIRTHDIY
  • Athens, OH lo-fi /jangly /indie pop quartet The Laughing Chimes – “Arboretum Miles” single on Slumberland Records
  • San Francisco DIY post indie pop band led by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums, etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “The Town That Cursed Your Name” title track from the upcoming “The Town That Cursed Your Name” album on Tough Love
  • Chicago, IL bedroom /indie /dream pop singer-songwriter Ghost Days “your hand, this sky” single
  • Perth, Australia jangly /dream /indie pop 5-piece band Gap Year “Old Clothes” single
  • California lo-fi indie rock /jangle pop duo Tony Molina (Ovens) and Sarah Rose Janko (Dawn Riding), AKA The Lost Days “For Today” from the debut album “In The Store” on Speakeasy Studios SF.
  • Brooklyn, NY-based new wave /indie rock 4-piece Stutterboy “Crossing Over” the second single of Stuterboy’s second album
  • Glasgow, UK 90’s lo-fi geek rock 4-piece band URUSEI YATSURA “On Yr Mind (Voxel Tapes)” from the 30th-anniversary remastered vinyl reissue of the 1996 debut album “We Are Urusei Yatsura 2023 Xxtra Version” (includes extra disk of B sides and early versions of rare tracks) 2xLP on Rocket Girl Records
  • Milwaukee, WI lo-fi garage indie rock band SCAM LIKELY “Staring at the Sun” from the album “Scam Likely” on Refry Records
  • Chicago, IL noise pop /power pop band Kerosene Stars “A Pretty Good Year” single
  • Chicago, IL lo-fi /jangle /noise /indie rock /power pop solo project of Lifeguard guitarist-vocalist Kai Slater AKA Sharp Pins “Bye Bye Basil” from the debut full-length “Turtle Rock” on Hallogallo Tapes
  • French dream pop /indie rock /darkgaze 5-piece from Paris, Pam Risourié “High On Wire” from upcoming debut LP “Days Of Distortion” on Icy Cold Records and Stellar Frequencies
  • Oakland, CA 60s indie rock /slacker pop solo project of Adam Widener (of the 1981), Pure Material “European Weed” from the upcoming album “Orange Whip Licorice” on Dandy Boy Records
  • Nashville, TN bedroom indie rock band The Sewing Club “On My Own” single
  • Leeds, UK lo-fi /dream pop /indie rock artist Joel Johnston AKA Far Caspian “Arbitrary Task“ new single on Tiny Library Records
  • Auckland/New Brighton, New Zealand power pop /indie /psych rock /guitar power pop duo Blair Parkes (All Fall Down, The L.E.D.s) and Steve Reay (The Subliminals), AKA Running Club “Some distance” from the debut album “Beach Glass”
  • Stockholm-based kraut /post-punk /shoegaze /indie rock duo LOW-RES “Stigma (feat. Johan Hinders)” from upcoming LP “Därför” on Adrian Records
  • Philadelphia‘s psych-folk /dream pop 5-piece Pine Barons “Frantic Francis” single on Grind Select
  • Copenhagen, Denmark indie rock /slowcore trio, Inventory “Memory is a Plow” title track of the debut EP “Memory is a Plow”
  • Bandung, Indonesia dream pop /shoegaze project of Naufal Azhari AKA The Empty Shell “Nothing, Excrement” single
  • London, UK dream pop /shoegaze band WHITELANDS “Born In Setting Sun” new single on Sonic Cathedral
  • Boston, Massachusetts shoegaze /dream pop 5-piece The Shallows “Verdant” second single off upcoming album “Wave States”
  • Singapore-based shoegaze /dream pop 5-piece Motifs “Summersad” from the CD edition of the debut album “Remember a stranger” on Too Good To Be True
  • Phoenix, AZ dream pop /shoegaze band (Fka Dovi), Glixen – “Mood Swing” single
  • Québec shoegaze /dream pop trio Collation “Interférence” from the debut S/T album
  • France-based dream pop /shoegaze collaborative music project started by British musician Andrew Rose in 1984, Callière “Hollow” from the upcoming album “Freefall Into Heaven”
  • Atlanta, GA ambient /post-rock /shoegaze /dream pop singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brent Collins, AKA Slo Moon “I Should Have Called” single
  • Hong Kong based Indie Pop/ Dreampop/ Shoegaze band Tofu Kingdom “Awake?” from the 2-track single “Bittersweet Adventures”
  • Californian indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece Sheer “P.O.L.” single
  • Cologne, Germany goth-pop /dream pop /shoegaze trio Coral Drive “Just a Shadow” from the debut album “Cold Blanket”
  • NYC-based post-rock /dreamgaze band Halation “Effigy” title track of the debut EP “Effigy”
  • New York /Florida shoegaze /indie rock trio Blur Beside You “Not Quite Time” from “Echo & Remain” EP
  • Australian dream pop /shoegaze five-piece band based in Melbourne, Oceans “Breathless” from upcoming debut LP “Dreamers in Dark Cities” on Shelflife Records
  • Olympia, WA wavegaze /indie rock 4-piece Waves Crashing “High Horse” from the third EP “The Viewing” on Audiomanic Records
  • Montreal, Quebec dream pop /shoegaze /psych pop 4-piece Debate Club “Sun” from the debut EP “Égarements Vol. I” (first of a series of three EPs)
  • Tampere, Finland dream pop /indie rock /shoegaze /’mansengaze’ band RADIO SUPERNOVA “Aavikko” from the third album “Paratiisi”
  • Spanish dream pop /noise rock /shoegaze four-piece band Uniforms “Ashes To Thrive” from the LP “Trance”
  • San Diego, CA Dream Pop / Shoegaze foursome Sparkler “Softer Hold” from the new album “Big Sonic Chill”
  • Brazilian dream pop /shoegaze band Terraplana “Me esquecer” from the new album “Olhar pra trás” on Balaclava Records
  • Helsinki, Finland post-punk /ethereal wave /shoegaze 4-piece Chamber of Reflection “Peeled Skin” new single
  • Hidalgo, Mexico noise rock /shoegaze /psychedelic rock band Amparo Carmen Teresa Yolanda “Ataque de Pánico” single
  • ChattanoogaTennessee bedroom /post-hardcore /indie rock /shoegaze solo project, Blue Heron, Holy Ghost “Drowned” from the album “I will never have a love like you again”                                           
  • Los Angeles ‘doomgaze’ quartet fronted by Michelle Malley, IRESS “Ricochet” single                                         
  • Tokyo-based indie /electro wave /shoegaze music project by Japanese bassist Yumi Aoi, AKA Michiganized “OTOGI” single                                                                                                                                                           
  • Glasgow, UK dream pop /shoegaze /indie pop DIY outfit THE AFFECTIONATE PUNCH “She Danced With My Heart In Her Hands” from the instrumental demo album “States of Undress”                                                         
  • Stockholm-based kraut /post-punk /shoegaze /indie rock duo LOW-RES “Stigma (feat. Johan Hinders)” from upcoming LP “Därför” on Adrian Records
  • Spanish dream-pop band from Madrid, La Milagrosa – “Cervezas, colillas, rayadas, pesadillas” new 2-track single on Creando Espacio                                                                                                                                     
  • OntarioCanadiana heavy psychedelic rock trio Familiars “Wendigo” from upcoming LP “Keep The Good Times Rolling”                                                                                                                                                           
  • New York indie /psych rock 4-piece band RED VOX “Eminence” from the LP “Afterthoughts” on Vine               
  • Chicago/Bristol indie rock collaboration between Nadia Garofalo (ex-Ganser) and Ben Shillabeer (ex-Empty Pools), AKA Heavy Feelings “The Prize” single                                                                                                       
  • Australian dream pop /indie rock 4-piece from Byron BaySEASIDE “We’re On Fire” single                               
  • Berlin-born dream-pop /indie rock artist THALA “You had 2” single on Fire Records
  • California/Florida indie /dream pop collaboration, .COM & Francesca Londono “Wistful” single                       
  • GothenburgSweden post-punk /indie rock /synth-pop 4-piece Beverly Kills “Melatonin” single                     
  • CologneGermany indie /wave /synth-pop band XUL ZOLAR “Tell Me” from the upcoming sophomore album “HEIDELBACH” via Asmara Records                                                                                                                       
  • German synth-pop duo from StuttgartSugartin “Running Away” from “Running Away” EP on exlove records                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Montréal, Canada indie /electropop /synthpop trio Le Couleur “Sentiments nouveaux” on Lisbon Lux Records
  • Japanese IDM /Pop /Ambient /Electronic musician Dream Dolphin “Love Ate Alien” off “Gaia: Selected Ambient & Downtempo Works (19962003)” retrospective 2xCD/2×12″ compilation [Music From Memory]     
  • Gothenburg-based experimental ethereal pop sound-smith of bass player & founding member of death pop vanguards Makthaverskan, Irma Krook “Military Arms” from the debut 12″ EP “Military Arms” on Happiest Place Records
  • Staffordshire, England experimental /psych /dream pop /ambient pop duo Ben Holton & Rob Glover, aka EPIC45 “Vanishing Britain (2019)” from the remastered CD reissue (plus booklet and bonus tracks) of the 2006 album “Drakelow” [Wayside & Woodland Recordings]                                                                         

Knowles, Hugh C. ca.1910