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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – March #12-21

Photo by Alan Denney, Prague 1980

  • Spanish indie pop /shoegaze /dream pop band from Valencia, Ghost Transmission “Stand Still” new single on El Genio Equivocado

Channelling Velvet Underground and Paisley style’s Mazzy Star/Cowboy Junkies leanings, the Valencian combo returns with immersive wistful heft and yearning tuneful languor to uncoil nostalgic, glistening guitar melodies, airy keyboard swaddles, and slow lazy tambourine tinny snaps to set the narcotic, reverberated emotive pace, under deeply emotional, lost and lonely, female vocals longings.

  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia indie /fuzz pop /noise pop /shoegaze trio Winona Dryver “Super Flower Scene” new single

A shimmering yet hazy, fluctuating cascade of noisy shoegaze from Indonesian 3-piece that unwinds through rolling, cymbal-charged crashing beats and fuzzy guitar riffs, to create a heavy haze of distortion over lost falling male vocals’ breathless, angsty deceptions, while high pitched reverb stings pierce through the whirlwind of spiralling emotions with tumultuous swaying passion.

  • San Antonio, TX ambient /dream pop /shoegaze project Crux of Faith “At ease” new single

Shared a while ago on Soundcloud on its instrumental version, the elusive Texan outfit bathes us in timeless and bewitching immersive streams of ethereal shoegaze harmonies through ringing strummed guitar melodies and low sinuous bass tones layering with tumultuous, blinding soaring textures atop dreamy sad female vocals’ numb, weightless breathes and uninhibited piercing cries, falling desperately amid downtempo syncopated rhythmic patterns and reverb infused auras of hopeless bliss.

  • French ambient /drone /modern classical /electronic project from half of shoegaze duo An Ocean Of Embers, Jimmy Arfosea, aka Ikon Chroma Blue ''Overture" off "Offret" EP on his own Ovvk Recordings
  • Los Angeles solo ambient project of Cynthia Bernard, aka MARINE EYES "You'll find me" from the album "Idyll" on Stereoscenic Records
  • Brisbane ethereal dark pop multi-instrumentalist Amber Ramsay a.k.a. Cloud Tangle "Sinking Feeling" from the upcoming album "Swells" on 4000 Records
  • Swedish ethereal /dream pop /dark pop artist STAINWASHER "Nine" new S/T EP
  • Dorset, UK based ambient/psych/dreampop/dark folk artist /musician Emily Cross, aka Cross Record "Light Streams in Like a River" title track from the new album "Light Streams in Like a River"
  • South Australia based experimental /ambient /electronic /singer-songwriter (aka Panoptique Electrical, Other People’s Children and Simpático, and part of Pretty Boy Crossover, Sweet William, School of Two, Luxury Gap, Par Avion, Great Panoptique Winter, Mist & Sea, Winter Witches, GIRL) Jason Sweeney, aka SWEENEY "Please Accept My Love" from the 3rd album "Misery Peaks" on Sound In Silence
  • Oslo, Norway bedroom pop /electronic /slowcore solo project Broken Swans "Faded Stars" new single from upcoming EP on via Sotron Records
  • Barcelona, Spain folk /indie /electro pop brother & sister duo TRONCO "I Am A Rock (Soy Una Roca)" from the album "Nainonai" on Elefant Records
  • London, UK based indie pop solo project of singer-songwriter of mid-80s él Records-affiliated band Would-Be-Goods, Jessica Griffin "Born Bad" from the new EP "The Violet Hour" (third EP from her song-a-day lockdown project)
  • Brooklyn, NY shoegaze /dreampop singer /songwriter Charlotte Rose Benjamin "Deep Cut" new single
  • Richmond, Va slowcore /indie folk singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and filmmaker, Levi Douthit "Water the Plants" from the album "Lucky Pennies" on Citrus City Records
  • Los Angeles indie rock /psych pop duo WINDS "The Way You Feel" from upcoming album "Look At The Sky" on Natural Label
  • Perth, Western Australia dream pop /indie rock /folk songwriting duo Dylan & Carmen Ollivierre, aka The Money War "Zoom" new single
  • South Korea indie /shoegaze /dreampop duo Ari & Swollip "Stupid Love" from the 2-track single "Roller Coaster" on JK Music
  • Swedish ambient /post-rock /shoegaze duo Bolywool “Annihilation” from the new EP “Canada” via VÅRØ
  • Jackson, Mississippi lo-fi indie pop duo HOLY VISION "Right" from new 2-track single "Vacant"
  • South Korea indie /shoegaze /dreampop duo Ari & Swollip "Stupid Love" from the 2-track single "Roller Coaster" on JK Music
  • Manchester, UK indie rock /dream pop solo project Warahenege "For the Moment" second single
  • Manchester, UK bedroom pop/indie folk /electropop singer-songwriter Test Card Girl “Don't Go" third single
  • Sheffield, UK indie /synthwave /dream pop /guitar pop band, Rehearsed Living “What am I going to do?" from the album "I thought these things would save me"
  • Italian jangle indie rock band from Turin, SMILE "Towards Me" from the debut album "The Name of this Band Is Smile" on Subjangle
  • Portland, Or post-rock /indie pop solo project of Jonathan Ioviero (aka Cloud Ellyn), aka  Seismograph "Over the Wall" from the new album "Vast"
  • Virginia-based DIY bedroom indie pop solo project of Dane DiPierro (former member of The Capstan Shafts, Ghost Hotel and Distant Creatures), Romance Languages "Let's Get Out!" from S/T EP
  • San Francisco, Ca indie /chamber /dream pop duo Michael Ramos (Tony Jay) and Karina Gill (Cindy), F L O W E R T O W N “RCP" from S/T album of the first two Paisley Shirt Records' cassette-only releases, remastered and compiled on vinyl by Mt.St.Mtn.
  • Montreal, Québec shoegaze/ fuzzy indie-rock duo Feeling Figures "Try" off debut S/T 7" single on Celluloid Lunch Records.
  • Queensland-based DIY noise pop/indie pop 4-piece, Olivia's World “Debutante” from forthcoming sophomore EP “Tuff 2B Tender” on Lost Sound Tapes
  • Melbourne indie /bubblegum /power-pop project of former Lucksmiths bassists and Lost and Lonesome label head Mark Monnone, aka MONNONE ALONE "Half a Pair of Shoes" from ltd. 7" single “Feel It Disappearing” on Lost and Lonesome
  • L.A.-based lo-fi /indie /dream pop singer/songwriter Rain Gregorio, aka Mount Rainier "Alone" from upcoming cassette debut album "World Behind Your Head"
  • South Dakota folk /Americana /indie dreampop artist (member of Endpoint, By The Grace Of God, and Guilt), Duncan Barlow "Le Seul Amour" off upcoming debut LP "Colony Collapse" on Mind Over Matter Records
  • Australian shoegaze /indie-pop band from Sydney, Grids & Dots “Dishes and Days” new single off the new debut mini-album “What Happens to Friendships?” on Scenic Drive records
  • East Bay, CA lo-fi /jangle /indie pop project of Ryan Marquez (Carnival Park, The Haircuts, Apple Orchard, Golden Teardrops), The Umbrella Puzzles “Pick Yourself Up (Original Mix)" from the single "Outtakes"
  • Rotterdam 4-piece indie band Elephant “Midnight in Manhattan” from the S/T debut EP                                                
  • San Francisco, Ca DIY kitchen pop project of Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “The Biggest Fan" from the LP "Uncommon Weather" out on April 9th via Tough Love & Slumberland.
  • Boston, Ma indie rock /dream pop band Divine Sweater “What if They Find Me Out?" from the album "Divine Sweater Presents: The Ten Year Plan"
  • Welsh indie rock band The Joy Formidable "Into The Blue" new single on Hassle Records
  • Ottawa, Canada indie-pop trio Dad Sports "Many Faces" from the EP ‘'I Am Just A Boy Leave Me Alone'’on Grand Jury Music
  • Minneapolis' shoegaze /grunge /noise trio Double Grave “Sounds Like You” off the EP “Chrysanthemum” (Originally released as a bonus companion CD to 2020 LP "Goodbye, Nowhere!")
  • Montréal, Canada dream pop /indie pop band (FKA Drug Train), DUMB TRAIN "Je sais, je sais" from the upcoming album "Extra Feeling / Bouge De Là Là" on Too Good To Be True
  • Wellington, New Zealand “trip-hop post-gaze” project of Matt Dalzell (formerly songwriter and guitarist for NZ shoegaze pioneers The Malchicks), Metrosideros “Summerstorm Lullaby ft. Alba Rose" from "var.” EP on Shore Dive Records
  • Early/Mid '80s Australian dreamy electro-pop project of Johanna Pigott, aka Scribble "Mother of Pearl" (Roxy Music cover) from the remastered archival vinyl 12" collection "Selected Works 1983-86" on Strangelove
  • Japanese dreampop /synthpop duo STILL DREAMS “Last True Love” off upcoming Mini-LP “Make Believe” on Elefant Records
  • Irish alt-indie-pop band from Dublin, SODA BLONDE "Small Talk" new single from upcoming debut LP "Small Talk" on Velveteen Records
  • San Diego, Ca electronic /dream pop artist Oshin - "Lushes" new single                                                                       
  • Brisbane's DIY experimental circuit-bent electronic noise-pop trio of Joel Saunders (A Country Practice, Feet Teeth), Kate Thomas (Feet Teeth) and Cameron Smith (Ghost Notes, Tape/Off, Terra Pines), SPIRIT BUNNY "Stomping" second single off their upcoming album set for release mid-2021 on Zang! Records                        
  •  New York grunge/punk band Pillbox “Holly” off 7" single "Holly / Sinister Urge" on Get Hip Recordings
  • Swedish indie rock quartet from Gothenburg, GREAT HARE "All Those Dreams" new single
  • Psychedelic rock band based out of Miami, Florida, JAIALAI "For Today" from "As Sweet as I Was" EP on Super Records
  • Canberra-bred, Melbourne-based Emo /Shoegaze /Punk /Indie Rock band Moaning Lisa - "Something" new single
  • Chicago-based jangle /indie rock side project of The Weekend Run Club‘s Bridget Stiebris and Haley Blomquist, aka OK COOL "I Should Buy a Sword" from the sophomore EP "Surrealist"
  • London, UK dreamy grunge-pop trio GOLD BABY "Captain Dorego" from debut EP "Rabbits"
  • Bristol, UK synth /indie rock artist Laura Kidd (aka She Makes War), aka PENFRIEND "Black Car" new single
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan indie rock /dream pop 4-piece Major Murphy “Real” from upcoming LP “Access” on Winspear.
  • London, UK jazzy electronic avant pop artist Jude Woodhead, aka Saint Jude ‘Altitude’ fourth single from the upcoming 'Bodies of Water' EP on Slow Dance Recordings
  • Moscow, Russia post-punk /dreampop /shoegaze band (formerly known as СLNИ), Bludhood “Enslavement” from the debut LP "Witnesses of Days"
  • Chicago, IL Electronic /Drempop /Shoegaze duo, New Canyons “No Shame” from the forthcoming album, “Heavy Water” on Feeltrip Records
  • Los Angeles shoegaze /psych-rock band Tombstones In Their Eyes "Quarantine Blues" off upcoming LP "Looking for a Light" on Somewherecold Records
  • Los Angeles based noise-pop /dreampop /shoegaze power trio TENNIS SYSTEM "Truth Hurts" off the upcoming LP "Autophobia" on Quiet Panic
  • Los Angeles shoegaze /dreampop project singer/songwriter Samira Winter, Winter "All I Know (feat. Jorge Elbrecht)" new single on Bar/None
  •  Los Angeles Psychedelic Rock Pop/ Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Cindr" new single
  • Lisbon, Portugal DIY bedroom/dream pop/shoegaze project of Guilherme Correia (member of Ditch Days), Hause Plants “Summer Salt" second single from the debut EP 'Film For Color Photos EP', out in May 2021 via BIRTHDIY.
  • Queens, NY indie/noise pop trio, UV-TV 'Distant Lullaby' off upcoming “Always Something” LP
  • Berlin-based indie pop /shoegaze /dream pop band The Pivettas "Feel Good" from the album "Nowhere Guide"
  • New Jersey-based power pop band fronted by singer-songwriter Tom Lucas, SAD ABOUT GIRLS “Fashion Ave.” new single
  • New York post-rock band To Sail Beyond The Sun "Stargazer" from the new EP "Weightless"
  • German Neo-Kraut-Duo from Würzburg, ZEMENT "Hohlraum" first single (digital) of the upcoming Zement Live-Album "Schleifen".
  • Michigan-based ambient /post-rock /shoegaze /electronic solo project of sound artist and graphic designer Michael Cottone, aka The Green Kingdom "Landform" from the album "Solaria" on Sound In Silence
  • Hungarian psychedelic jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo "Some Velvet Morning" off the vinyl/CD expanded reissue of rare 1968 album "Bacchanal" on EBALUNGA!!!

Photo by Alan Denney, Prague 1980