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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MARCH 2024 – #12-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • German Dream Pop /Shoegaze duo from Heidelberg, The Virginia Planes “The Siren Call” (TVP’s interpretation of Belgian hardcore band Powerstroke‘s track)

Sparse yet painstakingly crafted which, the duo’s singles dropped so far, who, also in this rendition, once again deftly combine seamlessly invigorating instrumental energy, floating with modern flair on the edge of 80s and 90s sound suggestions, with a harmonious vocal spell. “The Siren Call” arouses an intoxicating flowing weave of obsessive vibrant ringing guitar melodies with raising and rippling distorted riffs, poignantly vibrating around beautifully mesmerising vocals, drawing another to a blissful demise with poisonous intentions

  • Hamburg, Germany shoegaze trio The First Eloi “Hide & Seek” single

We move from the South-West to the far Hanseatic North of Germany with a more classic, equally enticing, early 90s Shoegaze sound, layering stormy emotional swells of fuzzy abrasive guitar riffs, ringing rippling strains, and brief shifts into calm echoing twinkling melodies, with an underlying of stumbling drum beats and pulsing bass lines, around soft childlike vocals, hiding in fear and secrets, awash in dire angsty distortions.

  • UK four-piece C86 /jangle /indie pop band The Artisans “Let’s Go Out” single from the upcoming sophomore album “When Saturday Comes” on Subjangle

“Let’s Go Out” vibrates with the same soulful and feisty melodic freshness of Housemartin’s heydays, bouncing through a nostalgic dynamic concoction of perky drum beats, lithe warm pulsing bass lines, jangly guitar chords, and stirring emotive brass blows to encompass upbeat atmospheric vocals, with luxury and glamour, on another person’s dime.

  • Birmingham, UK indietronica /retro-futuristic /surreal experimental pop duo of Trish Keenan and James Cargill, formed in 1995, Broadcast “Follow The Light” from upcoming collection “Spell Blanket – Collected Demos 20062009” 2xLP 12″ [Warp Records]
  • Brisbane, Australia ambient /minimal electronics /dream-pop /folk artist Ellena Ramsay, aka fhae “Under my skin” from the fourth album “My tethered heart grows tired” via 4000 Records
  • Japanese acid folk band led by pharmacist and musician Kazuhisa Okubo, aka Niningashi “Hitoribotchi (On My Own)” from the vinyl 12″ reissue of the lost only debut album “Heavy Way” released as private press in 1974 [Time Capsule]
  • New York wave /electronic /dream pop /synthpop project R. Missing “Get Careful Darker” single
  • London-based experimental electronic and digital musician Inga Copeland (formerly member of Hype Williams), aka Lolina “Easy Rider Geneva Heat” from DIY concept album “Unrecognisable” [Relaxin Records]
  • Milan, Italy electronic /trip-hop /dark wave duo Pinhdar “In The Woods” from the second album “A Sparkle On The Dark Water” via Fruits de Mer Records
  • London-based lo-fi dream pop /shoegaze act These Sleeping Hands “Ruby Had a Mirror” from 3-track EP
  • UK sci-fi /soundtrack /electronic /indie pop project of songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist (aka Suncutter, and 1/2 of The Sound of Science), Kevin Pearce “Reeds (ft. Rebecca Hammond)” from upcoming vinyl 12″ album “Science Fiction Ballads for the Lost Generation” [Castles In Space]
  • Nijmegen, Netherlands doompop /post-rock /shoegaze / ‘film music noir’ 5-piece founded by The Gathering‘s René and Hans Rutten, HABITANTS “Youth” from the LP “Alma”

Portland, OR veteran indie folk rock band The Decemberists “Joan in The Garden” 2nd single off the ninth studio album “As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again” via YABB Records

  • Chicago-based experimental /ambient /slowcore /folk musician, singer-songwriter and longtime member of trio Zelienople, Matt Christensen “All Around You” title track of the new EP
  • Asheville, NC lo-fi /grunge /folk /slowcore band Hiding Places “After Image” from the EP “Lesson”
  • Los Angeles-based emo /indie rock band led by multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Dylan Gamez Citron, aka Bedbug “Seasons on the New Coast” from the cassette album “Pack Your Bags The Sun is growing”
  • Munich, Germany ‘rumpeljazz’ band Hochzeitskapelle “We Dance (feat. Enid Valu)” (Pavement cover) from “We Dance” EP [Alien Transistor]
  • Kingston, ON dream pop /indie folk rock duo Funeral Lakes “Robber Baron Fantasy” single from the upcoming LP “North American Martyrs”
  • Portland, OR indie folk singer-songwriter, Anna Tivel “Disposable Camera” first single off the 6th studio album, “Living Thing” via Fluff and Gravy Records
  • Luxembourg-based indie rock /folk singer-songwriter Jana Bahrich, aka Francis Of Delirium “First Touch” off the debut album “Lighthouse” via Dalliance Recordings
  • Los Angeles dream pop /synth wave /indie pop duo CD Ghost “Constellations” 2nd single from upcoming “Vignette II” EP
  • East Midlands, UK-based chillout /funk /dub /’atmospheric groove’ eclectic group Project Blackbird “Thank You for Last Time” single from Project Blackbird’s forthcoming album “True Names”
  • Netherlands-based 60s Garage Pop /Beat /Yé-Yé girl, Fleur “Tu Es Un Être Parfait” from “Tu Es Un Être Parfait b/w Laisse-Moi Faire!” 7″ single
  • Mid-60’s US Garage / Beat /Northern Soul group THE PUSSYCATS “I Want Your Love” from the reissue of the 1966 “THE PUSSYCATS” EP 7″ [GROOVIE RECORDS]
  • Los Angeles DIY garage folk /psychedelic rock trio led by singer/songwriter and guitarist Christopher Mercado, The Mad Walls “Hip Comma” from the upcoming debut LP “Have You Heard The News?” [Big Potato Records]
  • Toulouse, France fuzz /garage /psychedelic rock trio KARKARA “Moonshiner” from the third album “ALL IS DUST” via Stolen Body Records
  • Manchester, UK psych rock outfit Strange Dream – “Lyin’ Down” 4th single via Metal Postcard Records
  • Stockholm, Sweden psychedelic rock band Les Big Byrd “Curved Light” off of the fourth studio album “Diamonds, Rhinestones and Hard Rain” via Chimp Limbs
  • Austin, TX shoegaze /psych /noise-pop band DAIISTAR “Clear” from upcoming 7″ single via Fuzz Club Records
  • Glasgow, UK veteran psych /noise-pop duo The Jesus And Mary Chain “Second Of June” from the album “Glasgow Eyes” via Fuzz Club
  • Parisian folk /noise pop /psychedelic rock musician and composer Pierre Lecarpentier “I Am The Noise” single
  • Long Beach, CA dreampop /shoegaze /indie rock trio STILLFILMS “Spiraling” from “Souvenirs From Underground” EP
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts jangle psych-pop /indie rock band fronted by Miranda Soileau-Pratt, aka The Spatulas “Maya” from upcoming LP “Beehive Mind” [Post Present Medium]
  • Santiago, Chile indie twee pop trio Las Margaritas “Que pase luego” single
  • Queens, New York jangle /indie twee pop chanteuse, Danielle Salomon, aka Majorette “Ghosts & Angels (Bonus Track)” from the debut “Forever Starts Tuesday” EP CD via Subjangle
  • Oakland, CA indie pop band fronted by Yea-Ming Chen, aka Yea-Ming and The Rumours “I Can’t Have It All” the title track of the upcoming vinyl LP “I Can’t Have It All” [Dandy Boy Records]
  • Mexico City indie rock-pop band Useless Youth “Fantasma” single
  • Kansas-based bedroom pop /psych /dream pop /soft rock /indie pop solo project of Jack Peyton Swearingen, aka Wizard Fan Club “Sunny Days Suck Less” single
  • Clare, Australia lo-fi /bedroom pop /indie /dream pop band (formerly Foulness Island), Bedroom Holiday “Follow” single
  • London-based shoegaze /psych /dream pop/indie band The Death of Pop “Forget Myself” from the upcoming LP “FLOG” via Discos De Kirlian & Hidden Bay Records
  • West Wiltshire, UK jangle fuzz /indie rock duo Tom Brown (of Teenage Tom Petties) and Rob Fawkes, Rural France “Packhorse” from upcoming LP “Exactamondo!” via Meritorio Records
  • San Francisco shoegaze /jangle /indie pop band led by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums, etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “What’s Going on with Ordinary People” from the upcoming seventh album “Unwishing Well” via Tough Love
  • Vancouver jangle /power pop trio Motorists “Phone Booth in the Desert of the Mind” first single from the second album “Touched by the Stuff” via Bobo Integral
  • A Coruña, Spain shoegaze /indie rock /synthpop solo project of David Miranda, aka DEVALO “A idade do descontento” from the third LP “Azul vindeiro” [Ferror Records]
  • UK-based 60s power pop /folk rock /jangle /indie pop Paul ‘Trip’ Ryan‘s one-man powerhouse SUPER 8 “Keep Doing It” first single from the eleventh album “Retro Metro” on Think Like A Key Music
  • Auckland, NZ lo-fi /jangle /garage pop /psych /indie rock musician and composer, Jim Nothing “Easter at the RSC” single
  • Boston, MA veteran indie /guitar pop /chamber pop /new wave /art rock singer-songwriter (a member of Turkish Delight, Betwixt, and The Glass Set), Leah Callahan “Ordinary Face” off the upcoming album “Curious Tourist”
  • Los Angeles-based indie /shoegaze band Fleurs “In My Head” 2-track single
  • Danish progressive /psych rock /shoegaze band from Copenhagen, Collider “Chubsi” single [Escho]
  • Richmond, VA dream pop /shoegaze solo project Always Other “Clocks” [Coldplay cover]
  • Perm, Russia indie /dream pop /shoegaze band Cats Never Die “Leave Me Alone” single
  • Costa Rica dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece Adiós Cometa “Los Años, Pequeños Días” single
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina indie rock /slowcore /shoegaze band Secuelas “Situaciones” from “Mensajes” EP
  • Mechelen-based ItaloBelgian dream pop /indie-rock /shoegaze band Maquillage “Phones” from the debut “Kabuki Brush” EP
  • North Alabama 4-piece indie rock /loud shoegaze band No Culture “NVR Nothing” single
  • Regensburg-based, German alt /indie rock /shoegaze 4-piece, Swirlpool “Paranoia” from the LP “Distant Echoes”
  • Munich, Germany-based US Psychedelic Rock / Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Recurrence” from 2-track single “Eternal/Recurrence”
  • Louis, Missouri emo /fuzzy shoegaze band With Glee “Pestilence” single
  • Antwerp, Belgium post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze 5-piece Newmoon “Still” off of the third album “Temporary Light” LP 12″ on Quiet Panic
  • San Diego, CA grunge /dream pop /shoegaze duo, Blossom “Shimmer” from the second EP “Florecer” via Really Rad Records
  • Dublin, Ireland indie /psychedelic /shoegaze collective Sun Mahshene “New Shores” new single
  • Seattle, WA alternative rock /post-punk /shoegaze trio bloococoon “Stranger Amongst Strangers” single off upcoming debut LP via Little Cloud Records
  • Cornwall, UK dream pop /noise /shoegaze band FLASHES “Good Mourning” (recorded in 2023) single
  • Los Angeles-based psych /emo /shoegaze quartet Bad Light “Lorena” from the first “Takes A Lifetime” EP
  • Wellington, NZ 4-piece shoegaze /doompop band Libbianski “Useless Splendour” title track from the upcoming debut album
  • Stockholm, Sweden indie /noise rock 4-piece (former members of Dead Vibrations, Twin Pigs, Tiger Bell, Mary’s Kids and Boris and The Jeltsins), DULL “Taking Notes” from upcoming cassette “PUSH” EP via startracks
  • Brooklyn, NY garage indie rock /punk pop band THICK “Father” single [Epitaph]
  • London, UK emo /indie /punk pop band Fresh “Merch Girl” title track of the upcoming EP “Fresh” via Specialist Subject Records
  • UK garage punk trash blues duo The Mandelbrot Shakes “Dustbowl” from “Searching” EP
  • US/Australian garage punk outfit of Joe Sussman (Nancy, Dangus Tarkus,Muff Divers) and Kel Mason (Gee Tee), THE CELEBRITIES “Party In My Chevrolet” from “Redd Karpet” album via Total Punk Records
  • Indianapolis, Indiana power pop /indie rock trio Wife Patrol “Equinox” single 
  • Leeds, UK indie rock quartet L’objectif “Conman” from the LP “The Left Side” [Chess Club Records]
  • Chicago-based surf pop /indie rock band led by Danielle Sines, aka Impulsive Hearts “Blocked U Back” from the upcoming LP “Fit 4 the Apocalypse”
  • Southampton, UK indie pop-rock duo Wynona “Tell Me What Comes After” single
  • Indie pop duet between Vienna-based musician-artist and British-American singer-songwriter, Sofie Royer & Alexander Dexter Jones “Paris is burning” single from Sofie Royer’s upcoming LP [Stones Throw]
  • Miami, Australia field recordings acoustic /psych /folk singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound designer Fletcher Babb, aka Gold Coast “Today I Feel a Soft Breeze” from the LP “Red Gold”
  • Portland, OR ambient /Americana /minimalistic /drone /cinematic /improvisation /piano /experimental guitarist, Marisa Anderson “See Ya Later” from the album “Music From ‘A Perfect Day For Caribou”

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