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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – March #11-21

Fiona Louise Larkins photography

  • Seattle, WA bedroom /surf pop /indie pop /shoegaze /dream pop duo BEACH VACATION “Lost in Sight” new single on Z Tapes
After last year’s stunning debut album, the new single is no less esquisite, ripe of refined melodic charm and hazy emotional intensity, with jaunty off-tempo drum beats along sinuous pulsing bassline that trigger nostalgic chiming guitar lines, to linger glistening spine-tingling melancholy around dreamy, sad male vocals brooding helplessly into warm introspective memories of hopeless love.
  • French shoegaze /dream pop /retrowave /indie one-man band [Oper-8‘s side project], FAKE LUXURY “Leave in Silence” new single

Soul-stirring dream pop from France with shimmering guitar melodies, awash by glowing synth chords to cast an increasing tide of relentless wistfulness, flooding over sad ethereal female vocals bleeding silent pain into a beautifully tragic lullaby.

  • Portland, Or based psych/noise pop/indie rock duo GENDERS “Year’s End” new single

I recall the veteran  Portland‘s indie rock duo from the time of MySpace, around the beginning of the second decade of the 2000s, with an early jangly sound, increasingly more noise, back after a very long hiatus, albeit retaining their energetic and dreamy qualities, with the second single of the new year, who starts with an almost punk drive to settles on 60s tinged, wistful summery melodies. A piercing, ringing guitar lead fades into slightly abrasive fuzzy riffs, charged by steady off-tempo drum beats, and throbbing bass lines, to stir wandering manic and melancholic moods around airy, anxious female vocals rising and falling in the tumultuous chaos of modern dystopic times.

  • Ypsilanti, Michigan psychedelic surf band VIRGA "Outdoor Elevator" from upcoming cassette album "Vague Splash" on Selfish Agenda
  • Luxembourg based electronic /dreampop solo project of Portuguese musician Victor Ferreira, Sun Glitters / サングリッターズ  - "Softly And Slowly (Version 21 feat. Rob Boak)" from the expanded edition of the debut 2011 album "Everything Still Could Be Fine" on DXFXWXU Collective
  • Toronto, Ontario dream pop /indie folk singer-songwriter Rose Brokenshire "Left and Right" new single
  • New York indie /psych /ethereal /dream pop band, Lightning Bug “The Right Thing Is Hard To Do” off upcoming LP "A Color of the Sky" on Fat Possum
  • London, UK based indie pop solo project of singer-songwriter of mid-80s él Records-affiliated band Would-Be-Goods, Jessica Griffin "Bats In The Belfry" from the "From The Depths" EP
  • Hobart, Australia ambient /post-rock /psych /dream pop project of Martin Kennedy (half of Kilbey Kennedy), All India Radio - "Deep Blue feat. Sasquin" off "Deep Blue" EP
  • Philadelphia, Pn indie folk /synthpop /experimental pop project of Clarke Sondermann (of The Washboard Abs, Mega Bog, Likes, Ben Varian), aka Pleasure Systems "Corpse Pose" from upcoming LP "Visiting the Well" on Orchid Tapes
  • Japanese jangly indie /dream pop band RED GO-CART "Jellyfish" new single
  • Wiltshire, UK bedroom ambient/dream pop/shoegaze solo project of Jack Jazrawy-Brown, lead singer and songwriter for the band Cosmic Lightshow, SUNSPIRE “Wildflowers” first single from the upcoming debut album "Ruins By The Sea" on Crafting Room Recordings
  • San Francisco/Los Angeles dream-pop/slowcore/shoegaze/fuzz folk duo of Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums, The Reds, Pinks & Purples, The Telephone Numbers) and Jem Fanvu (Tune Yards collaborator), aka VACANT GARDENS “Whorl" off sophomore Lp "Obscene" on BURUNDI CLOUD MUSIC & TALL TEXAN RECORDS (vinyl)
  • Norwegian twee/indie/dream pop/casio pop band Remington Super 60 “Misconseption" from the new EP "Nouvelle Noveau"
  • Swedish 'emo-pop' /shoegaze /indie-pop quartet from Lund, No Suits In Miami "Make You See" new single
  • Buckinghamshire born, South London-based indie /jangle /dream pop 4-piece Bleach Lab “Lighthouse" from the new EP "A Calm Sense Of Surrounding"
  • Oregon electronic synthpop / dreampop duo of Hollie and Keith Kenniff (aka Helios, Goldmund), Mint Julep “Westerly" from the new LP "In A Deep And Dreamless Sleep" on Western Vinyl
  • London based indie /psych /dream pop duo of brothers Angus James and Oliver James, The Death Of Pop "Seconds" title track from the new album "Seconds" on Discos De Kirlian and Hidden Bay Records
  • Moscow-based indie /dreampop duo MASHMELLOW “We Own the Night" from upcoming debut "Pole Pole" (EP)
  • Brisbane, Australia dream-pop duo Devotions "Final Girl" off double A-side single "Final Girl / Modeling"
  • Los Angeles, Ca shoegaze /dream pop band NIGHTJACKET “Just A Little” second single from the upcoming EP 'Following The Curves'
  • Oakland, Ca dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece BAD VISUALS “Fade” new single.
  • California shoegaze /goth /psych /dream pop duo MAHEEKATS "The Swans" from the EP "Circle of Dominion"
  • Nottingham, UK post-rock /dreampop /shoegaze solo project After Daylight 'Waves Of Destruction' ​first single taken from the forthcoming fifth After Daylight album, 'The Paradigm Shift'                                 
  • Brooklyn, NY dream pop /indie rock /shoegaze duo PHANTOM WAVE “High Dive” from the new LP “Wilds”
  • Portland, Or indie rock /jangle pop /dream pop band HAWKEYE "Sylvia Calling" from S/T debut album
  • Scottish psychedelic rock'n'roll band from Edinburgh, FRANTIC CHANT – "My Blue Mood" new single on Dogs Got A Bone
  • Galliano, Louisiana Meditative sludge / Spiritual drone project DHYANA "Mahayana" from the album "Bodhisattva"
  • Italian shoegaze /psychedelic rock band from Venice, New Candys "Twin Mime" from the upcoming album "Vyvyd" on Fuzz Club
  • Melbourne, Australian drone / fuzz psych quintet The Black Heart Death Cult “One Way Through” from the upcoming second album "Sonic Mantras"                                                                                               
  • UK dark, psychedelic sonic alchemists from Nottingham, THE CULT OF DOM KELLER ''Last King of Hell" off upcoming fifth studio album, 'They Carried The Dead In A U.F.O', due out May 21st on Fuzz Club Records     
  • Italian noise /garage punk /psychedelic four piece band from Mantova, a/lpaca "Hypnosis" from "Make it Better" on We Were Never Being Boring Collective
  • Beijing, Chinese indie /noise /psychedelic band Backspace "Elephant Treasure" off the upcoming second LP "Six-Eyed Dragonfly" on Maybe Mars
  • Lyndhurst, NJ punk /indie rock band The 65's "Keep the Lights On" from "Keep the Lights On b/w Not Superstitious" 7" single on Pyrrhic Victory Recordings
  • New Zealand indie rock /emo duo Fruit Juice Parade "the more you don't know the less you know" from upcoming sophmore EP "the more you question, the further you get from the answer".
  • Prague, Czech Republic surf /post-punk /punk all-girl trio Bibione "Call Me" from S/T debut vinyl 7" EP on Stoned To Death
  • Australian indie punk rock teenage-girl band based in Naarm, THE VOVOS "Spring Cleaning" new single
  • Oakland, Ca lo-fi indie rock /shoegaze /gaudy pop punks CVCC "No, Nothing, Now" off upcoming cassette EP on Dandy Boy Records
  • El Cerrito, Ca lo-fi /indie noise rock band SMILE TOO MUCH "What I Want You To Do (So Do)" off upcoming S/T EP on Dandy Boy Records
  • Poznań, Poland post-hardcore /noise rock /shoegaze duo (former members of Syndrom Paryski and Revive), RAW PLASTIC “Gamer's Worst Nightmare” off new EP ‘Waiting Till Summer’ on Native Vision Records
  • Denver, Co alt /noise-rock power trio Blindrunner "Fire Master 19"                                                                                   
  • Christchurch, New Zealand indie rock band WURLD SERIES “Distant Business” from new album “What's Growing” co-released by Meritorio Records (Europe & USA), Osborne Again (Australia) and Melted Ice Cream (New Zealand & Rest of the World).
  • Leeds, UK indie rock quartet L'objectif 'Drive In Mind' debut single on Chess Club                                                             
  • Danish lo-fi psych-pop /indie folk project of multi-instrumentist musician from Copenhagen, Claus Frøhlich, aka YOUNOLOVEBUNNY "Battle of the Stars" from the cassette album " Monster Jazz" on Safe In The Rain Records
  • Hobart, Australia indie /jangle /guitar pop 4-piece QUIVERS "Gutters of Love" from the upcoming "Golden Doubt" on Ba Da Bing (US), Bobo Integral (Europe) & Spunk Records (Australia)
  • Mexico lo-fi /dream pop /post-punk DIY one-man-project HVMVN "Loss of Hope" from the debut album "FEAR THE FUTURE"
  • New York-based, Spanish post-punk /shoegaze /darkwave /new wave solo project OSCURIDAD ROMÁNTICO "She's A Lie"                                                                                                                                                     
  • Chicago, Il alternative dream rock band lead by multi-instrumentalist Maddox Dustin, aka Color of the Sun "Fade Away" new single
  • Austin, TX surf /psych /dream pop five-piece Sasha and the Valentines "Flower" from upcoming cassette EP "So You Think You Found Love?" on oof records
  • New York dream /synth pop duo THE RINGS "Not In Love" new single
  • Singapore dream /psych pop duo Kekko - "Within You" new single off debut EP coming soon on Spirit Goth Records
  • New York electronic /chill /dreamy synthwave artist Brothertiger "Dancer on the Water" new single
  • Stockholm dream pop /synthpop band, Red Sleeping Beauty "Second Time (featuring Mary Wyer of Even As We Speak)" taken from the "Second Time" digital single on Matinée Recordings.                                                     
  • L.A. based dream pop /synthpop project of Whitney Mower, aka They/Live "To Know Your Love" new single on Born Losers Records
  • Dunedin, NZ indie psych pop artist Kane Strang 'Warping in the Sun' from the new album 'Happy to Perform'
  • Lo-fi /bedroom pop /indie-folk recording project of Glasgow-based Lukas Clasen, aka SULKA “Hollow Days” off "PostMap Club 070" single series on Lost Map Records off the album "Take Care", out now on Lost Map Records / Negative Hope / Gold Mold.
  • St. John's, Newfoundland-based Canadian lo-fi folk-gaze project of Aaron Powell, Fog Lake “Dakota" from upcoming LP "Tragedy Reel" on ORCHID TAPES
  • San Francisco, Ca DIY kitchen pop project by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples "Too Late for an Early Grave" 2-track new single
  • Cape Town, South Africa indie rock solo project of RUSTIN REINERS "I Wish I Was" off "Ghost" EP
  • Arizona bedroom pop /indie rock musician-songwriter Hayden Casey “Sun In My Eyes” from the debut album “Calamities”
  • Oakland, Ca funk /soul /nu-jazz /trip-hop /psych /hip-hop artist Michael Bridgmon (aka Alleyes Manifest), aka JAMES WAVEY "No Body Knows" off "Snowy Beach" album
  • The Hague, Netherlands dreampop duo MAIDA ROSE "Where Do We Go" new single
  • New York-based, Texas-bred indie dream pop Hannah Jadagu "What Is Going On?" title track from upcoming EP on Sub Pop Records
  • London, UK dreampop solo project of Zoe Mead, aka Wyldest “Hollow” from upcoming sophomore album “Monthly Friend” via Hand In Hive
  • Midlands, England cosmic country /dream /jangle pop band The Gabriels "We" new single
  • Norwegian jangle /Americana /indie rock outfit, I&I - "Tonight" new single off debut EP on Mother Likes It Records                                                                                                                                                                           
  • L.A. based indie folk singer /songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs "Dungeons and Dragons" from debut EP "Echo Mountain"
  • Russian retro /synthpop / sovietwave / dreampop duo Naukograd "Парк Культуры / Cultural park" from the album "Волна / Wave"

Fiona Louise Larkins photography