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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MARCH/APRIL #13-23

photo by Stephen Shore


  • Japanese experimental /dream pop /shoegaze unit Cosmicdust “Q” from the upcoming cassette E.P. “YAF”

The first teaser from the Japanese unit unfurls over an unsteady flow of shimmery harmony and searing dissonance, amidst sparkling winding guitar arpeggios with soft longing whispers and soft syncopated percussions, under a weighty warped abrasive dome of chaotic reverbs to channel faraway melancholic spirits cloaked in edgy disharmonious dread.

  • Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania shoegaze /psych-pop /dream-pop 4-piece Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms “Amiss” single

Wilkes Barre group’s new single radiates spacey and expansive stirring introspection that shudders through winding sparkling guitar melodies echoing under a crystalline night sky ruffled by stumbling drum beats, and warm sinuous bass line pulse, awash by emotive keyboard orchestrations, into intoxicating flows around uplifting heartfelt vocals, rising and falling in emotional searing sways of wisdom and hope.

  • UK indie-rock /noise pop project of former Horowitz member Matt Hicks, The Hermitts “The Moors” single

Old acquaintance of the most attentive and united ‘Popkids of the World’ as a member of the early ’00 Stoke-On-Trent‘s cult indie-pop trio Horowitz with their heavily guitar-laden fuzz pop channeling the spirit and the energy of C86 sound aesthetic from fellow citizens Rosehips and Bristol’s Flatmates mixed with the anodyne at times rickety lo-fi US indie rock a la Pavement or Guided By Voices, and sprinkled with hints to JAMC and Teenage Fanclub fuzz along Elephant 6-like power pop. The Hermitts is the solo project of Matt Hicks, always able, albeit no major surprises are to be expected, to compose compelling little noisy pop tunes played on essential but ceaselessly persuasive chords. After a 2022 4-track EP and a feature, with a cover of Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers classic, on the recent Zine/compilation “Lower Than Underground vol. 1”, both via the esteemed Greek DIY imprint Old Bad Habits Label, the new single is no exception driving nostalgic hazy moods through steady punchy rhythms, buzzing and ringing riff distortion and sizzling high pitched crying leads, to take wistful vocal hope into an uplifting, shared vision of “The Moors.”

  • Los Angeles ambient /experimental /electronic duo Brother Graybill and Sister Jem, AKA Pudding Moon “Knowing” from the debut self-titled EP
  • Brisbane, Australia experimental /ethereal /ambient folk artist Ellena Ramsay AKA Fhae “Body” from the album “Sombre Thorax” [4000 Records]
  • Sidney‘s experimental /electronic /synth-pop act, 33 – “Diminishing Return” from the cassette EP “Bradley” on ALTERED STATES TAPES
  • Southampton, UK ambient /cinematic /dream pop /shoegaze /psychedelic band SUPERDRONE “Bathed in Light” from the album “Stereoized”
  •  German psychedelic cosmo funk band Takeshi’s Cashew – “Full, Half, New” from the second album “Enter J’s Chamber” [Laut & Luise]
  • West Yorkshire UK ambient /pastoral /post-rock /folk group led by Richard Adams (Hood co-founder), The Declining Winter ‘The Fruit Of The Hours” from the album “Really Early, Really Late”
  • French post-rock /indie folk singer-songwriter (bass player of hardcore-punk band Birds In Row) from Laval, Quentin Sauvé “Loophole” from the album “Enjoy The View” on Hummus Records
  • Montreal, Canada indie-rock /dream-pop group Grand Eugène “Danser” single on Délicieuse Records
  • Milano, Italy indie pop /rock /folk Montreal-born musician-singer-songwriter Giuliano Dottori “Addio sogni di gloria” from upcoming LP “La vita nel frattempo” 
  • Reading, UK jangle /indie pop collective Zephyr Club “Passer-by”
  • UK 60s jingle jangle pop band THE PLUS 4 “She’s In My Head” 4th single.
  • Los Angeles indie folk /dream pop /garage /space psychedelic rock band Dream Phases “Mrs. Songbyrd” from the 7″ single “Velvet Knife / Mrs. Songbyrd” upcoming via Nomad Eel Records
  • Newport, South Wales psych /power pop / indie rock 5-piece Burning Ferns “Danger In The Western Hemisphere” off the third LP “World Of The Wars” on Country Mile Records
  • Vancouver / Washington power pop /indie rock band The New Pornographers “Bottle Episodes” from the album “Continue as a Guest” on Merge Records
  • Adelaide, Australia alternative pop /garage /indie rock solo project The Man Himself “Illiterati” single
  • Medway, UK DIY experimental /post-pop jangle /guitar pop 3-piece band (featuring former members of The Subway Sect, Baby Birkin, Ye Ascoyne D’Ascoynes, Armitage Shanks, Rusty, One Free Fall and Bob Collins & The Full Nelson), The High Span “Not In A Good Way” from the vinyl 12″/CD self-titled debut album via Spinout Nuggets
  • Reykjavík, Iceland indie rock 5-piece band Ókindarhjarta “Dystópíski draumurinn” from the debut mini-album “Ókindarkvæði” on post-dreifing label
  • Los Angeles indie rock duo Dog Ears “Good as Gone” from “Good as Gone” EP
  • Australian indie rock duo Royel Otis – “Going Kokomo” off the EP “Sofa Kings”
  • London-based, Yorkshire‘s post-punk /art rock /indie rock outfit DEADLETTER – “The Snitching Hour” single
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi lo-fi /garage /space /psychedelic rock band Blue Daze “The Rancher” debut single
  • Kansas City-based jangle /psych pop 4-piece Eggs On Mars “All’s Well Elsewhere” from the LP “Warm Breakfast”
  • Leipzig, Germany Kraut-Psych-Rock 5-piece band Kamala “Talking Dirty” from the LP “limbo666”
  • Christchurch, NZ indie rock //shoegaze/dream pop project of New Brighton-based singer/songwriter (formerly All Fall Down, Bridal Path, Cardigan Bay, Condensations, etc.), Blair Parkes “Almost proud” single from the forthcoming album “Breezy”
  • Michigan-based twee /C86 /indie-pop solo project of London-native Sean Turner AKA The Photocopies “This, That, and the Other” from 5-track EP “Amateur Dramatics”
  • Hamburg, Germany indie-jangle-noise-power pop band (former members of 90s bands such as Legendary Bang, Kristallin and Dr. König Arthus), CRABBER “D.I.M.” first taste from the forthcoming album “Crabber Crabber Hey!” on Jigsaw Records
  • GermanNorwegian indie-pop duo Sebastian Voss and Jørn O. Åleskjær AKA Herr Wade “Tio knivar (feat. Johan Lundgren)” first of a series of collaborative singles via their own label Bureau Platiruma!!!
  • Wolverhampton, UK folk /psychedelic /indie rock band led by Billy Haynes, The Calamity “Fake Your Own Death” (single)
  • West Wiltshire, UK based garage jangle punk /power pop band led by Tom Brown (of indie-rock duo Rural France), Teenage Tom Petties “Posters” from double A-side single “Posters / My First Beer” on Safe Suburban Home Records
  • Oakland, CA lo-fi indie rock /shoegaze /gaudy pop punks CVCC “Bardo Youth” single
  • Australian one-man dream-pop project from Victorian Surf Coast, VULPIX “Losing Sleep” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • San Bernardino, CA jangle dreampop /shoegaze /indie rock solo project of Manuel Joseph Walker, ❀ Foliage ❀ “What?” single
  • L.A. alt rock /sludge /dream pop /shoegaze 5-piece Draag “Demonbird” from upcoming “Dark Fire Heresy” LP
  • Huntsville, Alabama emo /indie rock /slowcore solo project of David Broom, AKA Gawshock “Alright” from the second Self-Titled EP
  • Toronto, Ontario shoegaze /slacker /slowcore project of multi-instrumental musician/artist Charlie Berger (Slowly, Tonemirror, Soft Wounds, With Hidden Noise, Lacquer), Dormer “Lose the Plot” from the album “Concerning Me” via Loss Leader Records
  • Birmingham, UK indie /shoegaze /dream pop singer-songwriter Oliver Beardmore ‘The Smiles Don’t Reach Their Eyes’ single
  • Bristol, UK indie/dream-pop 5-piece Stay Lunar “Distance” single                                                         
  • Prague, Czechia dream pop /indie rock trio WHYYES “Posmotri” from the debut album “Pochemuda”
  • Imphal, India psychedelic /shoegaze /dream pop trio Lo! Peninsula “Super Glue” (Hoirong cover)
  • Glasgow, UK Shoegaze /Dream Pop /Ambient band Perpetual Void “Moonlit” single
  • Tolyatti, Russia noise pop /psych /shoegaze /dream pop band FAIENCE KNIFE “Надоели” from the EP “Фазы”
  • Estonian dream pop /shoegaze collective Pia Fraus – “French Exit” (single) on Seksound Record label
  • Boston, Massachusetts-based Shoegazing Dream Pop band The Shallows “Soft Night” third single from the upcoming LP
  • Manchester, UK based dream pop /shoegaze four-piece CRUUSH “Features” single on Heist or Hit.
  • Savannah GA dream pop /shoegaze DIY 4-piece Smalltalk “Remembrance” from “Rosemary” EP
  • Cochabamba, Bolivian psych /post-punk /dream pop /shoegaze quartet Últimos Glaciares “Labios Ultramar” from the second LP “Ceremonias”
  • Japanese indie rock /shoegaze outfit SWALLOW THE SLOW “アオシグレ” title track of “アオシグレ” EP
  • French lo-fi /post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze solo project Ruined Church “Worthless Loser” from the album “See You Next Life//”
  • Los Angeles Psychedelic Rock / Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Tær awæy” single
  • Polish noise rock /shoegaze band from Głogów, Heathermint “Honeypearl” single
  • Wollongong, Australia post-punk /noise rock /shoegaze trio MINERS “Right Of Way” (Recorded in 2019 during the self-titled album sessions)
  • Columbus, OH indie-rock /shoegaze duo The Cordial Sins “Hide” single
  • Moscow, Russia indie / grungegaze band Heavy Plane “Солнце в глаз” from the album “REMEMBER”
  • Nashville, TN noise /post-rock /shoegaze /doomgaze trio LOCKSTEP “Museum Mind” first single from upcoming debut LP “Arrival”
  • Berlin/Brussels psychedelic /shoegaze /indie rock’n’roll band (past and present members of Gang Of Four, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tricky, The Fuzztones and The Third Sound), Golden Hours “Calling Me Home” from Self-Titled album on Fuzz Club Records
  • French Post-Punk-Space-Kraut-Power-Pop-Psych-Synth-Gaze band from Rouen, MNNQNS “Shall We Get Started” from the forthcoming 10″ EP “The Second Principle-Extended” extended version of 2022 ‘The Second Principle’ album
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazilian lo-fi /indie /noise /psychedelic rock band GUEERSH “A Curtinha” off the album “Tempo Elástico” on Transfusão Noise Records
  • Chicago, IL blues /rock’n’roll /hard country band WACO BROTHERS “In The Dark” from the 10th LP “The Men That God Forgot” via their own label Plenty Tuff Records
  • Chicago, IL grunge /indie rock band Honeysick “What You Are” debut single
  • Vancouver, BC ‘wonky pop’ group Divorcer “Bug” from the EP “Espionage”
  • Melbourne, Australia garage /post-punk trio CABLE TIES “Time for You” from upcoming LP “All Her Plans” on Merge Records
  • Los Angeles indie pop /folk singer-songwriter Ivan Caves “Strangers” second single
  • Orlando, FL bedroom /electronic /folk /experimental pop solo project Laptop Funeral “A Warm Afternoon” from the upcoming album “Something Blue” on Z Tapes
  • León, Spain punk-pop /electro-pop trio TELECLUB “El Karry” single off upcoming 4-song EP “Recordarás Mi Nombre” on Elefant Records
  • Melbourne electronic /dream pop band  Aeroplane Mode “This Time” new single                                                       
  • London-based band indie rock /post-punk /new wave /synthpop band Idle Youth “Alone” single
  • UK indie /dream pop duo Nikò (FR/IT) & Jakes (UK), PECQ ‘Left Behind’ the first single from pecq’s third EP ‘Amnesia’s Ritual’
  • Sydney, Australia indie rock all-female 5-piece Mega Fäuna “Desire Lines” first preview of Mega Fäuna’s forthcoming debut EP.
  • Swiss experimental /electronic /dream pop /indie folk sister duo, Ilajan “Boy and the Sea” off the new EP “Villes de Papier” out April 14th on Hummus Records
  • Louisiana Balearic /jazz /funk /pop /folk rock duo Will and James Ragar “Forever” from the reissue of the 1980 album “Will & James Ragar One” 2xLP vinyl/CD on BBE
  • Louisville, Kentucky ambient /shoegaze /post-rock solo project, Bradley Coomes “Untitled” from the upcoming album “Communion Sessions” [Deus Marginalia]

photo by Stephen Shore

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