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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MAY #18-23

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Japanese ambient /dream pop /noise /shoegaze trio Rural District “mint blind violet” single

Japanese shoegaze noiseniks with a rollercoaster excruciating winding ride, wavering between ecstasy and pain, engulfed with loud, angsty piercing frequencies triggered by blistering guitar strains, swelling achingly high-pitched distortion, and a throbbing spasmodic rhythm section, to overwhelm breathless emotional vocal suffering, lost in a disenchanted stifling realm of frozen mental madness

  • Birmingham, UK noise rock /shoegaze band fronted by Jess Webberly, Graywave “Cycle” single on Church Road Records

Second compelling and powerful, both sonically and emotionally, single in a row for Jess Webberly‘s fronted outfit, straddling the lines between Indie rock, Shoegaze and Post-Punk, through a heady juxtaposition of evocative and ethereal dark atmospheric moods with harsh and abrasive cathartic noisy parts, to channel dramatic doom-laden realms into drifting distorted riffs, interspersed by wailing rippling swathes, and poignant reflective arpeggios, around bewitching pain-fueled vocals layering haunted cries with mad spoken words, and eerie celestial winds, to invoke lyrical intentions of anger and betrayal.

  • Athens, Greece shoegaze /new wave /indie rock band YOUTH VALLEY “Hurricane” from the upcoming album “Lullabies For Adults” via Shelflife (US) & Make Me Happy Records (Greece)

Athenian pop collective best combine their Dreamy, Gazey, Wavey sonic penchants laced with immaculate emotive melodic sensibilities, to spark rippling wanderings of mesmerizing glistening guitar tones that draw wistful crystalline fluctuations through an urgent undertow of sinuous moody bass pulses and heart-racing drum beats, echoing nervously around intense, emotional vocal confessions, releasing traumatic heartache into a dire unraveling of pain, toward unbound creative horizons.

  • UK ambient /jazz /cosmic /kosmische /folk act Arboria “Changeling” from the remastered ltd. vinyl 12″ reissue of the 2019 debut album “Arboria” [UP IN HER ROOM]
  • Montreal, Quebec ambient /trip-hop /ethno-acid /dream pop /ambient exotica project of Multi Culti co-founder Dreems and Jacoby, ANGELO CRUZMAN & JACOBY “Futuro Feminino” from the 7″ vinyl EP “In Your Mind” [Multi Culti]
  • Belfast, UK indie /psychedelic pop solo project Lemonade Shoelace – “Do Whatever Makes you Happy” title track of the debut EP “Do Whatever Makes You Happy”
    Melbourne‘s funk/psych pop 4-piece band Sunfruits “Hello Future Me” off of debut album ‘One Degree’ on Third Eye Stimuli Records and Earth Libraries
  • Parisian indie pop /electro-acoustic multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Peter Dallas “The Devil I Know” single on Nice Guys
  • London, UK dream pop /shoegaze band WHITELANDS “Setting Sun (A.R. Kane Initiation Dub)” off the upcoming ‘Remixes’ EP via Sonic Cathedral
  • UK lo-fi psych /post-punk /jangle /indie pop solo project of INformatiON! label owner Tom Bryant, aka The Living Rainbow “Winter Tale” from the third cassette album “A Winter Tale” on Maidstone‘s INformatiON!
  • UK shoegaze /post-rock /indie folk duo from Exeter, Southwest Hotel “There Are Many Things I Could Have Been” the first single from the third album “Woodlouse”
  • Sidney indie pop pioneers (19771985), The Particles “The Trumpet Song” (1984) off upcoming vinyl 12″ LP compilation “1980s Bubblegum” (collection of all the released material plus 1983 Triple J Live At the Wireless session) via Chapter Music
  • Philadelphia-based cosmic pop /power pop /indie rock quartet Radiator Hospital “Sweet Punisher” from the upcoming LP “Can’t Make Any Promises” on Salinas Records
  • Brooklyn‘s DIY C86 jangly indie pop duo Jeanines “Tilt In Your Eye” from the upcoming ltd.7″ single “Each Day” on WIAIWYA & Slumberland
  • UK 60s-tinged lo-fi /indie pop /psychedelic rock /jangle /power pop /singer-songwriter and DIY musician, BLAKE “Time for a Change” from the upcoming CD album “Plainsongs” on Subjangle
  • UK-based acoustic /power pop /jangle /psych /indie pop singer-songwriter Paul ‘Trip’ Ryan aka SUPER 8 “The Hangman’s Daughter” from the eighth album “HOOPLA” on TBM/The Beautiful Music
  • Surabaya, Indonesian indie pop band Lunarways “Balada Distorsi” from upcoming debut LP on Paska Records
  • Manchester, UK scuzz-pop band SUMOS “Enemies” from the upcoming debut album “Surfacing” on Meritorio & Safe Suburban Home.
  • Concord, CA fuzzy /jangle /indie /bedroom pop side project of Jason Dezember (Nar, Ski Instructors, Plastic Shoelace, The Bagpipe Operations), The Ashenden Papers “Left on Henderson” from the CD/cassette 4th album “Night Walk” on Subjangle and Secret Center Records
  • Santa Rosa, CA jangle /psych /dream /indie pop quartet Nice World “Cold Waits Outside” from “Enjoy the Weather” EP
  • Norway/Germany jangle-pop collaboration of Jørn Åleskjær (The Loch Ness Mouse, Sapphire & Steel) and Sebastian Voss (Nah…, The Fisherman and his Soul), aka HERR WADE “Frühstück bei Timpanies” from the new album “Tatsächlich nur ein Lied” on Bureau Platiruma!!!
  • UK twee/jangle /indie pop trio The Happy Somethings “Ruddy Vile” from “KICKIN’ THE BALLS” EP
  • Italian lo-fi /jangle /dream /indie pop band split between Helsinki and Bergamo, DEINE MUTTI “梅雨 (stagione della pioggia)” single
  • Swedish lo-fi indie pop band from Kungälv, Fort Not “Scum” from the upcoming LP “Depressed For Success” on Meritorio Records
  • Hamburg, Germany jangle indie pop band DEUTSCHE WELLNESS “2, 3 Worte” debut single
  • Swedish indie /noise pop/power pop band PoPo “Idiosyncratic” (unreleased) from the compilation “File – The unwarranted best of PoPo according to PoPo”
  • Barcelona-based indie-pop duo of Pau Roca (La Habitación Roja) and RJ Sinclair (Tokyo Sex Destruction), LOST TAPES “CROSSING TOWNS” from “Crossing Towns” 7″ vinyl E.P. via Shelflife and blue-very label
  • Arizona-based, early 90’s Leeds, UK-born, Sarah Records affiliated indie /noise pop group BOYRACER “It Just Fell Down the Back of the Fridge from “We Have Such Gifts” album (originally released as Lathe Cut 8inch record plus live in Japan 2002 tracks)
  • Sheffield-based mid-’80s formed indie pop group ONE THOUSAND VIOLINS – “Why Is It Always December? (BBC Peel session version)” off upcoming “John Peel session 25.09.85” 10″ vinyl EP on Precious Recordings of London
  • Los Angeles-based indie /dream pop /synthpop project of composer, and producer John Girgus (Sarah Records’ Aberdeen, Languis, Non Ultra Joy), aka The Legendary House Cats “When I First Met You (Remix)” single
  • Berlin/London Italo disco /dream pop /synthpop Argentinian brother-sister duo Minimal Schlager “Running Up The Hill” (Kate Bush cover) from the album (of remixes, demos and covers) “Dance Is A Place Of Resilience” on Duchess Box Records
  • Montreal, Québec lo-fi /indie /electro-pop singer-songwriter (one half of Chambre Claire), Chloé Jara-Buto “Henry Ponge” single
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK indie /dream pop /new wave /electronic solo project SI FARRIER “Temptation (feat. Jim Shepherd)” from “Fictionary – fic63” EP
  • Russian post-punk /indie-rock duo based in Yekaterinburg, Сова [Sova] “Крутится Земля” single
  • Los Angeles-based lo-fi indie /psych pop solo project Coolhand Jax – “The Matinee” third single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Australian five-piece Victorian based alt rock’n’roll band Bones and Jones “Make You Smile” from upcoming third LP “Love You” on Bonsai Records
  • Hamden, CT-based indie rock /guitar pop band originally from Christchurch, NZ, Drive!Sucker “The Kids Weren’t Ready” (single)
  • Australian Indie /Shoegaze band from Brisbane, Phantasm Street. “She Waits” from the debut single “Summer // She Waits”
  • Tampa, FL experimental bedroom pop /jangle /psych /dream pop /indie project of Jake Benfant aka Dreams on Tape “Lost in My Head” from the EP “Tomorrows Unknown”
  • Brisbane, Australia indie /shoegaze /dream-pop project of Julian Francis Pearce AKA J. Francis “Lonely Star” second single from the upcoming j. francis album “Still In Love With Dreams”
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ambient /folk /dream pop /shoegaze solo project Dramamine “Ask My Heart” from the album “Medicine for a Friend”
  • Los Angeles Dream Pop /Psychedelic Rock / Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Holding On” single
  • Metz, France Shoegaze /Dream pop duo Lucas Nicolas (Fear of Tomorrow) and Benjamin Lelièvre (Randy Lover), Sugar in Wine “Stranger” single
  • Italian shoegaze /post-punk /dream pop /indie-rock band from Naples led by Andrea Caccese, Dead Rituals – “Faults (Featuring Isadora Eden)” single
  • San José, Costa Rica Bedroom Pop /Shoegaze /Dream Pop artist Lentamente “Espionaje” new single
  • Irish nu-gaze /dream pop outfit fronted by singer, guitarist, songwriter and enigmatic Dubliner Keeley Moss, KEELY “Seeing Everything” first single from the debut album “Floating Above Everything Else” on Dimple Discs
  • Brussels, Belgium indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop duo Tom Stokx and Arno De Ros, King Viktor “Riptide (feat. The Haunted Youth)” first single
  • Melbourne-based indie rock /dream-pop /shoegaze bedroom recording project of Josh Prendergast, AKA Dayzed “Quicksand” single
  • L.A. veteran shoegaze /psych /jangle /indie pop band led by John Andrew FredrickThe Black Watch “More Lies from the Government” single
  • Charleston, South Carolina bedroom /jangle /indie /dream pop project of Kim Hart Weldin, aka Shiny Times “Only Me” from “Memory Dumpster” EP
  • Oslo/Los Angeles dream-wave /shoegaze /dream pop collaboration, Mirror of Haze & ghost georgie “The Lake” single
  • San Antonio, TX ambient /dream pop /shoegaze band led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Josh Hatten, Crux of Faith “Relatable” new single
  • Toronto, Canada shoegaze /dream pop four-piece (former members of the Mean Red Spiders and NECK), Away Forward “Mission to Venus” off the third album “Afterglow”
  • Italian shoegaze /new wave /dream pop trio Ultrasaturated “Swimming Thru” debut single
  • Sidney, Australia dream pop /shoegaze solo project of Trillion guitarist Peter Bridle, AKA Lakes Region “Coming Through the Night” single from the upcoming first album “Vital Signs”
  • Richmond, Virginia dream pop /shoegaze /emogaze solo project Always Other “It was Laura, Living in my Dreams [part two]” single
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina experimental /shoegaze /dream pop band led by Nicolás Castello, aka NAX “Blue” from “Nax. LP II”
  • Italian indie /dream pop /shoegaze solo project of Michele Cingolani, AKA Waving Blue “You Should Try” from the E.P. “You Should Try”
  • Luxembourg-based psychedelic /shoegaze duo CYCLORAMA / “Kid Satellite” from the album “Kill The Myth”
  • Stockholm-based kraut /post-punk /shoegaze /indie rock duo LOW-RES “Aberdeen (feat. Emelie Strange)” from the LP “Därför” on Adrian Recordings
  • Orlando, FL shoegaze /dream pop band led by Matthew Messore, AKA Cathedral Bells “Better Half” from upcoming LP “Everything At Once” via Born Losers Records
  • Petersburg, FL shoegaze /dream pop band Captive Frame “Unapologetically” single from the upcoming self/titled LP
  • Alternative /post-rock /shoegaze band from South of Ireland, Halcyon Low “House of Gold” from s/t EP
  • Bristol, UK experimental /ambient /dream pop/post-punk /psych /shoegaze band Nossiennes “Fresh Water Bodies” from the album “Fresh Water Objects” on Shore Dive Records
  • Texas dream rock /shoegaze band GLARE “Blank – Remastered” from “Into You / Void In Blue” EP 12″ vinyl (remastered early recordings) via Sunday Drive Records
  • L.A. indie rock /shoegaze solo project Sunflower Heaven “Farewell” from the EP “Send The Heavens Crying”
  • Italian shoegaze /psychedelic rock trio Human Colonies “Forever My Queen” (Pentagram cover) from the cassette split single “Human Colonies / TENEBRA” on Nonomori
  • Fort Worth, TX shoegaze /dream pop /noise-pop band FLOWERBED “Hide” new single
  • Massachusetts noise rock /shoegaze /alternative-rock band, Broken Head “I Want Everything” ltd. 7″ Single on Sunday Drive Records
  • Mexico City-based alternative /dream pop /shoegaze band, RILEV “Sueños” single
  • Columbus, OH emo /indie rock /shoegaze 5-piece band Minnows “Future Ruins” first single from the upcoming debut album “Foreign Moon”
  • Brooklyn, NY ambient /noise pop /shoegaze band Dead Leaf Echo “Shadowlight” from “BOO” EP
  • Cardiff, UK instrumental ambient /shoegaze /post-rock band, False Hope For The Savage “Cinders” first track from the upcoming debut album
  • Gainesville, Florida-based indie rock /grunge-gaze band, Bed Bug Guru “Hazy” single
  • Catania, Italy experimental /dark wave /post-punk /neo-psychedelic rock composer Emanuele Tucci, aka TUCCI “Call me” off “My Cave” EP
  • Leeds UK post-punk /space rock /psychedelic band Deathtrippers “To Light (BCF Demo)” to be released on the Deathtrippers 3rd Album in early 2024
  • Liverpool, UK indie rock /psych pop band THE BALCONY STARS “RESTLESS 23” [remixed version, originally released in 2013]
  • Madrid, Spain post-punk /indie pop /dark punk trio RATA NEGRA “Bien Triste” from upcoming 2-track  7” single “Bien Triste” via La Vida Es Un Mus
  • French kraut /indie pop /shoegaze band led by singer-guitarist-composer Grégory Peltier from Strasbourg, JOHNNY TCHEKHOVA “Ceci n’est pas une chanson française” from the upcoming album “Blue Collapse” on Antimatiere
  • Boston, MA New Wave /Indie Noise Pop /Post-punk duo, Sweeping Promises “Egyptian Shumba” from V/A “ILLUSION OF CHOICE” LP 12″ A Girlsville Benefit Compilation For Feline Rescue, Inc.
  • UK indie rock 4-piece Coach Party “All I Wanna Do Is Hate” single on Chess Club Records
  • Santa Rosa, CA grungy indie pop trio Decent Criminal – “Time” off “Direct Hit! / Decent Criminal” split EP 7″ + comics via Dirtnap Records
  • Gothenburg, Sweden alternative /indie rock band Great Hare “Another Lad Insane” single
  • Chicago, IL noise /indie rock trio Lifeguard “17-18 Lovesong” from upcoming “Dressed in Trenches” EP 12″ on Matador Records
  • Pennsylvania indie pop singer-songwriter Kiley Lotz, aka Petal “You Really Love Me” new single
  • Northampton, Massachusetts lo-fi /bedroom pop /indie folk /indie pop band led by songwriter Chloe Deeley, Sailor Down “Bat Signal” from the upcoming debut album “Lookout Park”
  • Northampton, MA bedroom-pop solo project of Chloe Deeley, aka Sailor Down “Bat Signal” from upcoming cassette album “Lookout Park”
  • Madrid, Spain acoustic indie folk pop band Corazón “Yoko” from the debut “Fuerza Descontrolada” EP
  • London, UK folk indie pop singer-songwriter Lexie Carroll “Growing Pains” from cassette debut EP “It’s Difficult to Talk”
  • US longstanding experimental /classical /drone /guitar loops /ambient project started in 1999 of Jon DeRosa (vocalist of Black Tape for a Blue Girl), Aarktica “A Leaf’s Prayer” from the instrumental album “Paeans” on Projekt Records

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