PICKS OF THE WEEK:
- Oakland, CA based shoegaze /noise pop duo (formerly of Boston acid punk band Puke), Blue Ocean “Summer Of Hands” from upcoming cassette album “Blue Ocean” (compilation of the band’s first two EPs) on Paisley Shirt Records
I relish tracks introduced by a warbling throbbing, and sonorous bassline foreboding high-strung danger, stabbed by ringing edgy guitar abrasion, think about ‘Public Image’, that shrieks a hazy daze propelled by steady turbulent clattering off-tempo drums, around floaty vocals, anxious hums, and un-cheery resolutions left swimming in the feedback-strewn toxic fumes of summer skies. Utterly intriguing unheard gems resurfaced by the brilliant Bay Area label for who, like me, missed the first chance.
- Mississippi shoegaze /post-punk /indie rock solo project DETECTS “Damage” from debut 2-track single “Downtime”
Deliberately humble mysterious new side solo project from Mississipi leaves aside lately new wave-ish swirling synths to taking up dire emotional guitar lines of anthemic, Smiths-esque melancholic jangly quality, to sew shuddering painful memories that unfold atop cold haunted distant male vocals, dripping breathless angst into the shimmering floaty haze of swayful brood.
- London/Los Angeles noise pop /shoegaze duo of UK based guitar, vocalist and composer Rishi Neal Arora and LA-based drummer Chris Gregory, aka Sky is Alright “Mistress Pessimist” first single from the upcoming debut S/T album on Somewherecold Records
London and Los Angeles duo fuzz their way through blissfully abrasive guitar melodies, noisy and airy at the same time, fueled by punchy drum beats, to surge into an intense momentum of emotional energy around airy harsh male whisper’s narcotic release of intimate and thrill-seeking insights about the “Mistress Pessimist.”
With no shortage of harmonies and hooks, the band’s first outing does its job to the fullest to revive early 90s vibes for less than 5 minutes of a breezy shoegazing distorted jam.
- Galway-based, Swedish visual artist and dream-folk musician Cecilia Danell, aka A Lilac Decline “Shelter from the Shadows” (previously unreleased) from the “Back to the Sea/Shelter from the Shadows” double A-Side Digital Single via Rusted Rail Records
- Glasgow-based indie folk songwriter and guitarist MOLLY LINEN “A Lot To Give” postcard single exclusively via Lost Map Records‘ membership series, PostMap Club
- Toronto, Ca based dream pop /indie rock band Greenhouse “To Be Loved” new single
- Ontario, Canada indie folk /dream pop duo, Jaguar Sun x Jesse Maranger “Sunset” from the upcoming EP “Blooms” via Born Loser Records
- Kiev, Ukrainian alt/dream pop solo project электроник [Elektronik] “Туманность Улитка (feat. Eve Romanova)” from the EP “Звёздная Пыль” on элек///чество
- UK indie-dreampop duo of Lucie Hill and Benjamin Wesley Morgan, STARRGAZY “Flying” debut single
- London, UK dream pop / indie folk singer-songwriter Rebecka Reinhard “No release” from the “Whale” EP
- Newport, UK psych pop solo project Blokeacola – “Canopy” new single
- South Korean lo-fi /indie /dream pop solo project San Sien – 귀환불능점(Point of No Return) – from “The Peace Angel / Sword Swallower” EP
- Louisville, Kentucky psych /post-punk /indie rock trio WOMBO “Dreamsickle” new single off upcoming EP “Keesh Mountain” due out on May 28th via Fire Talk Records.
- Australian shoegaze /post-punk trio from Adelaide, DRAINING “In Disillusion” off the debut album “Don’t you want to feel something different?”
- Doncaster, UK psychedelic / space rock / shoegaze band 93MillionMilesFromTheSun “All Am Now” from the upcoming album “Why Do We Fall Apart”
- Canadian lo-fi /indie /dreampop trio from Toronto, TV SETS – “Teen Sleep” new single
- Toronto, Ontario shoegaze /slowcore project of Charlie Berger (Slowly, Tonemirror, With Hidden Noise, Slow Planet), DORMER. “Deep End” from Dormer’s upcoming debut self-titled album through Lossleader records and Oscarson.
- Scotland shoegaze /noise pop solo project On Hallowed Ground “Sarah” from “Excess” side of the Hawaiian Vest / OHG split
- Melbourne, Australia fuzz-pop /shoegaze /indie rock 4-piece Garage Sale – “Frank” new single
- Austin, TX fuzz pop /shoegaze /space rock solo project The Telewire “Light to Dark to Light” from the EP “Stay In Line”
- Italian–Irish shoegaze /pop /noise-rock /drone duo Submotile “Microdose” first single from upcoming album “Sonic Day Codas”
- Buenos Aires, Argentina experimental/ambient/shoegaze/dream pop project of Nicolás Castello, NAX “Todo se hizo negro” new single
- Griffith, Indiana Shoegaze /Dream Pop duo WHIMSICAL “Sweet Valentine” (Motorhome Cover)
- Texas-based dreampop artist Raul Gonzalez Jr, aka Creature In The Spiral “Play” from the cassette album “Dec // Feb” collection from the previous two EPs from 2020/21 on Crafting Room Recordings
- Los Angeles jangle /indie-pop 4-piece founded by singer and guitarist Gretchen DeVault (The Icicles and Voluptuous Panic) and guitarist Ian Patrick (History of Manners), The Francine Odysseys “White Noise”
from “My Favorite Distraction” EP
- San Francisco, Ca psych /dreamgaze 4-piece MOON MUSEUM “With You” second single
- French indie rock /coldwave /shoegaze duo Coward Syndrome – “Flat Moon” from the EP “POCHETTE II” on Birthdiy
- Tampa, FL post-punk / shoegaze all-girl 4-piece THE NERVOUS GIRLS “Waiting” new single
- Canadian electronic /shoegaze /indie rock duo from Oshawa, FALLEN SATELLITE “Love So True” from the new EP “Love So True” on Oberkorn Records
- Seattle, WA ethereal psych /dream pop/ dark pop project of Jancy Rae, aka MØAA “Flashlight” from MØAA’s debut album “Euphoric Recall” via WWNBB
- Cambridge, UK guitar pop duo Tony Jenkins from the new f00Ls and ex-Victorian Tin, Christian Gustafsson, aka Kammahav “What Is Love” new single
- Cork, Ireland dream pop/indie rock band formed in 1992, Emperor of Ice Cream “Overflow” from “The EP Collection 93-94” Limited Edition Cd album on FIFA Records.
- London, UK psych /mod pop /indie rock band MAZE “In My Mind” new single “In My Mind / I Won’t Let Go” on Aldora Britain Records
- UK indie-pop musical collaboration between Si Farrier, Rob Morgan and Johny Nocash, Milk Bottle Sympathy “Critical Blinking” from “eponymous extended play”
- South East London, UK indie jangle-pop DIY foursome The Hannah Barberas “Party from Hell” new 3-track 7″ single on Spinout Nuggets
- San Francisco shoegaze /psych /dream pop trio (former Tamaryn, Vue and Portraits of Past), BELLAVISTA “Dream Quest” new single
- Ukrainian psychedelic /garage /indie-rock collective from Kharkiv, МУЛЬКА “Нет!” from the album “Добрый Альбом” on элек///чество
- Melbourne psych /garage band Dexy Oscillator “Who” from the “Glory” album on Wired
- New Orleans, Louisiana alt /psych /punk band Waste Man “Pariah” from the LP “One Day It’ll All Be You” on Feel It Records
- Boston ambient /ethereal /drone /psychedelic /cosmic music collective VIOLET KNOX “Shapeshifter” off upcoming four-track EP “Whispering Galaxy” on Infinity Vine Records
- Glasgow, UK ‘ghost-rock’ project of Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Shirley Collins, Current 93 et al), ALEX REX “What’s Shouted In The Dark (The Dark Shouts Back) – Radio Edit” off upcoming LP “Paradise” on Neolithic Recordings
- Costarican Bedroom Pop /Shoegaze /Dream Pop artist Lentamente “Ursa Menor” off his second EP “Expresión Rosa” on Z Tapes Latinoamérica
- Queens, New York lo-fi /indie-pop solo project of Phil Sutton of Pale Lights, and Cinema Red and Blue (formerly Comet Gain, Velocette, The Projects, Kicker, and The Soft City), aka LOVE, BURNS “Wired Eyes (alternate mix)” from the charity single “Wired Eyes / Hard to Fall”
- Indie rock /dream pop DIY solo project Weather Mentality “Overwhelmed” new single
- Italian lo-fi /experimental /jangle pop /dream pop solo project WAKE IN JUNE “We’re” from “Weak in June” album on Z Tapes
- Kalamazoo, MI-based Dream Pop /Shoegaze 4-piece featuring members of Glowfriends, Overly Polite Tornadoes and Vida Eterna, TAMBOURINA “Acknowledge You” from upcoming debut vinyl 12″/CD album “Tambourine Dream”
- Charleston, South Carolina bedroom dream pop project of Kim Hart Weldin, Shiny Times “Scroll Away The Night” off upcoming “Let’s Get Shiny!” EP.
- Spain-based Russian born indie-pop artist Victoria Zolotukhina, aka April June “A vision of you” new single.
- Seoul, South Korea indie pop /dream pop band The Blancat “The Hatred” new single
- Columbus, OH dream /psych pop solo project Placid Cactus “Golden Shores” new single
- Philadelphia‘s indie dreampop band WORK DRUGS “Nervous Night” from “GOLDEN” EP
- Nashville, Tn bedroom indie-rock 4-piece The Sewing Club “Trying” new single
- London-based alt /electro-pop project by former Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster bassist Sym Gharial, aka Primitive Ignorant “LAST IN THE RIOT (ft Le Junk)” new single
- Russian electronic-shoegaze band from Moscow, Secrets of the third planet/S3P “The Space Voyage” title track from the soundtrack album of the first Soviet sci-fi movie “The Space Voyage” released in 1936.