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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MARCH 2024 – #13-24

art by Daïchi Saïto

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK lo-fi post-punk /indie pop DIY songwriter-musician Daniel McGee, aka Zenxith “Ed Wood Was There” 22nd and sophomore single from the upcoming album “Cooling Tower” via his own Salt Mine Records

The hyper-prolific young British singer-songwriter churns out a touching tune of bristly C-86-tinged melancholic charm about how the movie director Ed Wood was the only person who gave the silent film star Bela Lugosi a chance during the last days of his life, triggering a nostalgic bittersweet oscillating flow of tambourine-dusted soft stumbling percussions, meandering humming bass pulses, repetitive poignant tinny jangly guitar melodies and insistent lonely weeping keyboard motifs, whilst lost wistful vocals shiver with inhibited support and empathy.

  • Italian Shoegaze /Dream Pop DIY project of Tommaso La Rocca based in Leghorn, Inframell0w “Idyllia” single via fellow independent label Inner Animal Recordings

Tuscany‘s dreamgaze composer and musician’s new single, featuring his clearer ever vocal tone, arouses a vibrant tension-fueled surge of piercing, ringing guitar spirals, weeping obsessively over a hazy lilting bed of heart-skipping drum beats, and warm humming bass lines, to cocoon soft dreamy vocals in intense swells of introspective romantic moods.

  • French jangle /dream pop /indie pop band from Paris, Pale Spectres ‘For You’ new single

We welcome the vibrant return, after a long time, of the Parisian quartet with their distinctive nuanced pop, nodding to C-86  Sarah Records delicacies and The Cure gleams, rife with springy sun-speckled lightness, shimmery guitar-laden melancholia and dreamy bittersweet vocal harmonies. “For You” is a sentimental love song led by steady bouncy rhythms, along with a sinously humming and pulsing bassline, whilst a jaunty insistent wandering of languid prickly, and sparkling guitar melodies, lift in emotionally echoing vibrato atop romantic vocals and upbeat chorus, declaring an extreme tolerance of discomfort, “For You.”

  • Berlin-based ambient /wave /electronic /experimental pop Greek harpist, composer and singer-songwriter Sissi Makropoulou, aka Sissi Rada “Sunnefo” off upcoming new album, “Aporia” [STROOM.tv]
  • West Coast ’60s pop /Bossanova /psych /folk /indie rock singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt “World on a String” 2nd single from the upcoming fourth album “Here In The Pitch” via City Slang and Mexican Summer
  • Sydney-based, Australian veteran r&b /indie rock singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa “Is There Anybody There? (feat. Melita)” single
  • Los Angeles based orchestral pop /glam /art-rock crooner Ward White “Continuity” from the 15th “Here Come The Dowsers” album via Think Like A Key Music
  • Veteran UK 60s /Soul /R’n’B /Latin Jazz /Funk /Bongo-Hammond-Fuzz fusion band since ’98, Big Boss Man “Scotch Of St James” from the 5th album “Bossin’ Around” [Spinout Nuggets]
  • Manchester, UK chillout /wave /dream pop singer, composer and musician Kathy Pacific “made4u” from the debut CD EP “Specifics”
  • Brighton, UK-based indie-pop project of Dolly Mixture former member and Spelt singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist RACHEL LOVE “Why” single from the upcoming album “Lyra” via The Cat Collects
  • Spain-based dream pop / indie-pop artist Victoria Zolotukhina, aka April June “Emotional Problems” new single
  • Copenhagen-based shoegaze /dream /indie pop 4-piece KINDSIGHT  “Acid Island 45” from the upcoming second album “No Shame No Fame” on Rama Lama Records
  • Ottawa, Ontario indie folk pop band led by Hannah Judge, aka fanclubwallet “Picture Of Her” from debut EP “Our Bodies Paint Traffic Lines”
  • Swedish lo-fi /fuzzy /indie pop duo Robert Church & The Holy Community “Lakeside” new 2-track single
  • Dreamy surf-tinged bedroom pop from Scottish musician David Skimming based in South Korea, LUNAR ISLES “Adrift” single
  • Kansas City, MO bedroom pop /shoegaze /dream pop solo project seventeen years “You are” single
  • Munich, Germany indie /dream pop solo project Phantom Youth “Cherish It” of the upcoming S/T album [Spirit Goth Records]
  • Ontario bedroom /indie folk /dream pop solo project of singer-songwriter Chris Minielly, aka Jaguar Sun “Don’t Stress” from the EP “For You” on Born Losers Records
  • Brooklyn, NY/Philadelphia, PA Mid-Atlantic Dreamgaze duo Makeout City “Everytime” single
  • Argentinian/Australian dream pop collaboration, BLKYRS / VULPIX “me ves” single via Spirit Goth Records
  • Jakarta, Indonesia post-rock /dream pop /jangle /indie pop 4-piece formed in 2016, Secret Meadow “All Things Left Behind” new single
  • Lincoln, UK electro indie pop side project of the indie band Karma It’s Cool, Solitary Bee “Love Wakes Up” single off the forthcoming six-track EP ”Bloom”
  • Bay Area-based Paisley Pop/Jangle Pop /Garage Rock singer-songwriter R.E. Seraphin “Virtue Of Being Wrong” off the sophomore LP “Fool’s Mate” via Take A Turn
  • Leeds, UK jangle psychedelic pop band VAN HOUTEN “Coming Of Age” from the debut “The Tallest Room” album on Clue Records
  • Adelaide, Australia new wave /jangly romantic synth-pop duo New Labour “Hours” single
  • Victoria, BC power pop /folk /indie rock duo Rupert Yakelashek and Talia Fay, aka Teenage Art Scene & Talia Fay “Get off the Road” from upcoming “Get off the Road” (EP)
  • UK four-piece C86 /jangle /indie pop band The Artisans “Appleby Fair” from the sophomore album “When Saturday Comes” (double album with a bonus disc of the self-titled debut) on Subjangle
  • Maidstone, UK jangle pop /indie pop band The Shop Window “Blues” from upcoming double LP “Daysdream” via Jangleshop Records
  • Vermont sunshine-psych-folk-pop duo Hungrytown “Feel Like Falling” 2nd single from the forthcoming album via Big Stir Records
  • London‘s indie pop /guitar rock band The Understudies “Is There Gonna Be Dancing?” 2-track single (unreleased tracks from the 2014 sessions of the debut album “Let Desire Guide Your Hand”)
  • Huntington Beach, CA noise pop /indie rock one-man band led by Charles Martin, aka The Rocky Valentines “Sing The Song” from the debut album “Erase” via Velvet Blue Music
  • English indie rock duo The Lovely Eggs “Memory Man” off upcoming LP “Eggsistentialism”
  • Bristol, UK lo-fi /noise /indie guitar pop band featuring former members of Beatnik Filmstars, The Flatmates, The Five Year Plan, Rorschach, The Groove Farm, etc. (aka Charlie Tipper Experiment, Charlie Tipper Conspiracy, Arrest! Charlie Tipper), The Charlie Tipper Rebellion “Second Time Around” from upcoming album “Second Time Around” via Old Bad Habits Label
  • Toronto, Ontario indie /slacker rock /shoegaze /slowcore project of Charlie Berger (Slowly, Tonemirror, With Hidden Noise, Slow Planet), DORMER “Wake” from the new LP “Concerning You”
  • Virginia Beach, VA shoegaze /dream pop project Sonic Blue “Marble” off two-track “Juseyo” single
  • Clearwater, FL Shoegaze /Dream Pop entity Luma Fade “Quantum Sleep” from the upcoming sophomore LP “Visitor”
  • Sydney, Australia 5-piece dream pop /psychedelic rock /shoegaze band lucidbloom “Calamity”
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  • Munich, Germany shoegaze /folk /indie rock band Hallway “Hill” single via new basement
  • Oberlin, OH experimental /electronic /dream pop /shoegaze guitarist and vocalist Mari Park “ditch lily” from the 2-track single “ditch lily/every time”
  • Czech experimental /ambient /post-rock /noise /shoegaze /doomgaze band Manon meurt “Timeless” second single from the album “Unravel” via Minority Records
  • Denver, CO post-rock /gothgaze /doomgaze band BleakHeart “Where I’m Disease” first single from the second album “Silver Pulse” via Seeing Red Records
  • Berlin-based ambient /blackgaze /dreamo /post-rock /shoegaze band Nava Calma “A Last Hurrah For The Bedlam” first single from the first album “The Full Weight Of Everything” via Stellar Frequencies
  • Mexican post-rock /ethereal blackgaze project of Victoria Carmilla H., aka A. Yólotl “Tlazohtla” from S/T EP
  • Perm, Russia experimental /kraut /psychedelic /dream pop /stargaze band Gnoomes “Ule” from “Uletai” EP via Rocket Recordings
  • Russia‘s shoegaze /post-rock collaboration between Andrey Novozhilov (Olhava/Trna), Vladimir Frith (RYE/Reflection Nebula), Tim Yusupov (Somn/Olhava) & Michail Kurochkin (Somn), Reverb On Repeat “Луна” single via Reflection Nebula
     
  • Russian electronic sovietwave collaboration, Проект Берлин [Project Berlin] & Аpтек Электроника [Artek Electronica] “ Привет, весна!” title track of the EP “Привет, весна!”
  • Perth, Australia jangle /dream pop /shoegaze music project of Steve Matzkov, Seven Hour Days “Hidden Charm” single
  • London-based indie rock /psych /dream pop /shoegaze solo project Rainsong “Coma Baby” from “Coma Baby / andstartagain” single
  • Quetzaltenango, Guatemala emo-punk /shoegaze trio Failing Exploration “Permanence” single
  • Wellington, NZ 4-piece psych /shoegaze /doompop band Libbianski “No Respect for Breathing” title track from the debut album “Useless Splendour”
  • London-based alternative rock /shoegaze band PURS “Dissipate” single
  • San Diego, CA post-rock /noise /shoegaze band Distressor “Tragedy” single
  • Brooklyn, NY lo-fi /noise /slacker rock /shoegaze band Retail Drugs – “Take It Back” from cassette LP “I love you so !” via Candlepin Records
  • Tijuana, Mexico grunge /shoegaze band Obscuridad Perfecta “Ciudad Perdida” from the debut EP “Asuntos” 
  • Los Angeles 4-piece dream pop /shoegaze dream merchants Closedown. “Skywards” (unreleased) from the album “Dissolve” (re-mixed versions of classic tracks initially from the 1994 debut “Nearfield”) LP 12″ [painted air]
  • Indonesian shoegaze /dream pop /indie pop band Latch “Desire from the maxi-single “Nails” via Ear to Ear
  • Parisian electronic /dreampop /shoegaze band Julia KG “The Empire Never Ended” from the debut “Empire” EP
  • Oregon dream pop /indie rock /shoegaze project of Brandon Setta, aka You Wish “Lathe” title track of the forthcoming LP “Lathe”
  • Aberdeen, Scotland alt /indie /noise /shoegaze band Moody Moody “Feels Like This” single
  • Seattle‘s shoegaze /psych-rock 4-piece New Age Healers “All Wrapped Up” 2nd single from the forthcoming LP “The Spin Out”
  • Moscow-based emo /shoegaze /indie rock band Mental Map “Candice” the first single from the self-titled LP
  • Munich, Germany-based Californian Psychedelic/ Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Eternal” from the 2-track single “Eternal/Recurrence”
  • Boston, MA early 90s shoegaze pioneers Drop Nineteens “White Dress” (Lana Del Rey cover) [Wharf Cat Records]
  • Monterrey, Mexico dream pop /shoegaze /post-punk band Sonidos Rotos En Primavera “Valium” single
  • Milan, Italy 4-piece dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock band swan•seas “Fuzzy feeling” from the album “Songs in the Key of Blue” via WADDAFUZZ! Records (IT) and Shore Dive Records (UK)
  • Bangkok, Thailand 4-pieces shoegaze / alternative rock band Svalblue “Blue” title track of the debut EP “Blue”
  • Japanese shoegaze / indie pop solo project Hoach5000 “90s Crush” from “Pieces” EP CD [TESTCARD RECORDS]
  • Brighton And Hove, UK rock’n’roll /shoegaze /psychedelic rock solo project Pink Elderflower Moon “Falling Apart” single 7″ via Fuzzed up & Astromoon Records
  • Austin, TX indie /garage /psych rock solo project Sundozer “Reactor” from “Death Bloom” EP
  • London-based dark psychedelic shoegaze band Ghost Patterns “Solid Air” single
  • Bristol, UK garage punk /punk pop band COSMIT – “Punisher” from the EP “Still Cosmit” via Specialist Subject Records
  • Swedish fuzzy progressive stoner rock quartet Skraeckoedlan “Astronautilus” from the LP “Vermillion Sky” [FUZZORAMARECORDS]
  • Bristol, UK-based noise pop /art psych rock quartet Shoun Shoun “We Woke The Monster” single
  • Berlin-based indie folk-pop-rock singer-songwriter Anna Erhard “Botanical Garden” single via Radicalis Music
  • Greek rock-n-roll /garage /indie rock singer-songwriter lola demo “Love Bite” single
  • Brazilian 4-piece indie shoegaze band Justine “O QUE RESTOU EM MIM (feat Wry)” from the self-titled LP “JUSTINE”
  • Warrington, UK lo-fi indie pop /folk singer-songwriter and musician Aidan McCormack Voller “What is Mine pt. 2” second single off the upcoming debut LP
  • Swiss indie /folk pop project of songwriter Roman Gabriel (The Kind Hills, The Dentals) and singer Andrew Pelletier (Fur Trader), aka Seasonal Falls “Lie Down” from upcoming debut LP “Happy Dayz”
  • Montreal, Québec bedroom pop /slowcore /folk /indie rock singer-songwriter Michael Charles Hansford, aka MOLLY DRAG “Dogfight” from the upcoming LP “Mammoth” via I’m Into Life Records 
  • St.Petersburg, FL/Seattle, WA lo-fi /shoegaze /dream pop duo Chlorinefields “I’ll stay right here and lay” single
  • Japanese math /post-rock /indie rock band Jikou “マイナスヨンド” from “YADORIGI / マイナスヨンド” single via further platonic records
  • London-born folk /indie rock singer-songwriter Ella Smoker, aka gglum “The Garden Dream” title track of the debut LP “The Garden Dream” via Secretly Canadian
  • English folk group set around producer Stephen Cracknell, The Memory Band “I Don’t Believe In You” from the album ‘‘Never The Same Way Twice’’ a collection of previously unreleased archival recordings compiled to coincide with twenty years since the release of the band’s first album

art by Daichi Saito

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