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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MAY 2024 – #19-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Aberdeen, Scotland jangle pop /psych-pop singer-songwriter, founding member and one-fifth of The Vapour Trails, Kevin Robertson “Rain Again” new single

Seamlessly walking on the pop tightrope between Jangle and Psychedelia, the Scotsman’s new single leans more toward the latter, weaving a moody wandering of vibrant strummed riffs, sparkling pain-fueled guitar melodies, enhanced by entrancing Chris Cacavas-like swirling keyboards around atmospheric vocals and ecstatic doomy backup harmonies, while reminding us not to get too cheery because if there is one thing you can count on it’s the “Rain Again”.

  • Massachusetts dream pop /shoegaze band Shallows “White Sands” single

Cinematic, lush and mesmerizing shoegaze romanticism from the Somerville based foursome, unfolds on thick hazy, dreamlike expansive layers of wistful sparkling guitar melodies, weaved with flurries of reverb-washed emotive drifts and shuddering plucks, to saturate the space in a broad swirl of heartfelt feelings along with beautifully tragic female vocals, radiating melancholy and pain whilst holding on to a loved one in the aftermath of a nuclear war.

  • Jakarta, Indonesia pop duo The Cottons “Harapan (Single Version)” from the upcoming “Harapan” EP

Less classic indie-pop than I remembered, but I’m talking about seven/eight years ago, the new daydreamy, bright, jazzy-tinged pop-at-heart tune, combines softly groovy brushing rhythms with vibrant searing rambling guitar licks, vaguely Steely Dan-style, and emotive twisted wah-wah keyboard swirls, to enrapture dreamy male/female vocals, in beautiful romantic bliss. The duo’s kind of new sophistic-pop incarnation could not prove more captivating.

  • Runcorn, UK ambient /coldwave /folk /experimental /electronic /synth project of musician Gordon Chapman-Fox, AKA Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan “A Shared Sense of Purpose: 1973 Version” from the vinyl 12″ LP “A Shared Sense of Purpose” [Castles In Space]
  • Berlin-based dreamy indie pop /electronic /indietronica solo project of drummer-composer and long-time member of The Notwist (as well as Alien Ensemble, AMEO, jersey, Ditty etc.) Andi Haberl aka SUN “Cluster” from the upcoming debut LP “I Can See Our House From Here” on Alien Transistor
  • Barcelona-based, ambient /experimental /leftfield /electronic Greek Anatolian singer-songwriter Daphne X “Hands are Flowers” from the upcoming cassette album “An Echo Of Something I Don’t Remember [Paralaxe Editions]
  • London, UK dream pop duo DEARY “Beauty in all Blue Satin (White Flowers Remix)” from “Remixed” EP [Sonic Cathedral]
  • Australian ambient /dream pop /shoegaze musician (half of In Virtual Skies), Michael Freckelton “Dagger (Slowdive Cover)” single
  • Cork, Ireland ambient /sadcore /alternative folk band Boa Morte “A Cloud of Stars / 2122 (Reworked)” (originally from the 2023 fourth album “The Total Space”) single
  • Scottish ambient /dream folk band based in Glasgow, Constant Follower “Turn Around For Me” from “Turn Around For Me / See You Soon” ltd. 7” single
  • Montreal-based acoustic /poetry /psych folk songwriter, guitarist and singer, Myriam Gendron – “Dorothy’s Blues” from the third album “Mayday” via Thrill Jockey and Feeding Tube Records
  • Normandy, France indie folk singer, songwriter and musician guillaume AltamirA “L’argile et le blé” title track of the cassette album “L’argile et le blé”
  • Boston-born, St.-Louis-raised, Brooklyn, NY-based indie /dream /experimental folk singer-songwriter Jackie West “Ethereal Nature” from the debut “Close To The Mystery” LP 12″ via Ruination Records
  • Wiltshire, UK based indie rock /folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lila Tristam “Sounds Like Easter” first single from her upcoming debut studio LP
  • Southend On Sea, UK psych folk band led by singer-songwriter Amy Glover, aka Yes Today “Moon” from upcoming LP “Still”
  • Scottish synth-pop-rock /indietronica duo of Aidan Moffat & Malcolm Middleton, Arab Strap “Summer Season” from the 8th LP “I’m totally fine with it don’t give a fuck anymore” via Rock Action Records
  • Birmingham, Alabama ambient /cinematic /psych /goth /indie rock band led by artist Jeffrey Cain, aka IRIS DOE “Tears Ignite Again” from forthcoming LP “The End of Unknowing” via Communicating Vessels
  • Helsinki-based atmospheric dark wave /psychedelic /dreampop duo Tuomas Alatalo & Henna Emilia Hietamäki, aka Cats Of Transnistria “Big Sleep” single 
  • Californian experimental folk singer-songwriter Kathryn Mohr “Cut” part of The Flenser‘s compilation “Your Voice Is Not Enough” celebrating the work of Low
  • Kansas City, MO bedroom pop /shoegaze /dream pop solo project Seventeen Years “Painless” single
  • Portland, OR lo-fi /bedroom pop /indie /dream pop solo project of Jess White, Common Occurrence! “The Same” from “EP #4” single
  • Paris-based baroque pop /chamber pop /indie rock song maker from Brittany (ALL IF), Olivier Rocabois “Stained Glass Lena (Edit)” (bonus track) from the upcoming new LP “The Afternoon of Our Lives”
  • London based indie /dream /psych pop band led by brothers Angus James and Oliver James, The Death Of Pop “The Next Day Was Sunday” from the album “DK98 Flog” via Hidden Bay Records and Discos de Kirlian
  • Trans Atlantic Francophone guitar pop /jangle /indie pop /synthpop band formed by Thierry Haliniak (My Raining Stars), Philippe Lavergne (Les Freluquets) and lyricist Gilles Ramey, Meyverlin “The Apprentice” from the sophomore LP “Therefore” via Brest’s Too Good To Be True Records
  • Californian indie pop /surf /dreampop /garage-pop singer-songwriter-musician Josh Hwang, aka Castlebeat “Tom’s Place” single via Spirit Goth Records
  • Clare, Australia noise /jangle pop band The Boltons “Old Appalachia” single
  • Toronto indie /C86 /jangle pop duo (formerly Ducks Limited), Ducks Ltd. “When You’re Outside” single on Carpark
  • New Jersey garage-pop /folk /jangle-pop band Lightheaded “Dawn Hush Lullaby” from the upcoming album “Moments Notice” on Slumberland Records
  • South London’s 4-piece jangly /indie pop band Adults – “Trouble” from the upcoming split EP “…in the big league” with Spank Hair” via Fika Recordings
  • Melbourne, Australia–based 4-piece jangle /indie guitar rock outfit Quivers “Apparition” from the upcoming debut LP “Oyster Cuts” via Merge
  • West Midlands, UK early ’90s formed, C86 /dream /jangle /indie pop band (formerly The Cudgels), The Proctors “Signs of Life (Vinyl Version)” from the upcoming album “Snowdrops and Hot Air Balloons” via Sunday Records 
  • Austin, TX-based shoegaze /indie pop /jangle /dream pop band, Letting Up Despite Great Faults “Swirl”
  • Vancouver, BC indie pop /shoegaze /jangle-pop band The Sylvia Platters “Same Devices” from the new cassette LP “Vivian Elixir”
  • Indonesia noise / indie pop band Crayon Case “because” new single
  • Oakland, CA power pop /bubblegum mod pop band Lunchbox “Time Won’t Lie” from the LP “Pop and Circumstance” [Slumberland Records]
  • Brooklyn, NY folk /psych-pop /indie rock quartet Climax Landers “Jailbreak” from the album “Zenith No Effects” via Gentle Reminder + Home Late
  • Madrid-based indie pop /post-punk band For Your Information “Un Tercer Lugar” from “La Grieta” EP
  • Amsterdam, NL indie guitar pop quartet Naive Set “No Relation” from 2-track single “No Relation / Moving Target” via At Ease
  • Paris-based 4-piece Heavy Dream Pop band Prune 99 “Spencer” from the debut EP “Sand Reflection”
  • UK 4-piece new wave /indie rock band led by former Hefner singer-songwriter and guitarist, Darren Hayman, New Starts “Under The Striplights” first single off upcoming debut LP “More Break-Up Songs” via Fika Recordings
  • Japan indie noise pop /shoegazer unit Junji Kanzaki – glass bead game (ガラス玉遊戯)single
  • Austin, Texas-based DIY Alternative Indie Rock musician, singer and composer EVNTYD “Sunday” from the single collection “Watershed” EP
  • Charlotte, NC post-punk /jangle /shoegaze /dream pop band WINE PRIDE “If I Knew” from the cassette EP “Lost Years” on Crafting Room Recordings
  • London-based shoegaze /dream-pop band of Miki Berenyi on vocals/guitar (Lush), Kevin ‘Moose’ McKillop on guitar (Moose) and Oliver Cherer (Gilroy Mere, Aircooled), Miki Berenyi Trio “Vertigo” single
  • Marietta, Georgia jangle pop /shoegaze /dreampop singer-songwriter Copperplate “Veneration” from upcoming LP “Dream within a dream”
  • London-based dream pop/ shoegaze band sadplanet “Four Days” debut single
  • London-based dreampop guitarist and songwriter Keeley Moss, aka Keeeley “Days In A Daze” single from the forthcoming second full-length album via Tiny Global Productions
  • Glasgow‘s Britpop /grunge /shoegaze duo Saint Sappho “Too Far Gone” single on Optimo Music’s new Optimo Music Rocks imprint
  • Edinburgh, Scotland Post-punk /Shoegaze duo Mapped By A Forest “Before The End” single
  • Helsinki, Finland shoegaze /dream pop band Hattara “Leiju” single
  • Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Spain shoegaze /dreampop duo Sophie And Me “One Man” from the EP “Future”
  • Portland, Maine-based dreampop /shoegaze band XO “Feeling Like I Do” (written by Superdrag) single
  • Lincoln, NE dreampop /shoegaze band Ghostlike “Pulling Turnips” from the 2-track single” Pull”
  • New Jersey dream pop /shoegaze band Gloomchurch “Honey Locust” from the EP in advance off the upcoming full album “Dracula Cat”
  • Adelaide, South Australia 5-piece Nu-Gaze /Dream-pop group Chancery Lane “DIGITAL ZOMBIES” from the debut 3-tracker “EP.1C”
  • Pachuca, Mexico 4-piece indie pop /shoegaze band Last Videotape “Slowbroke” from the album “Los Arcos”
  • Toledo, Ohio Noise-Pop /Post-Rock /Shoegaze band Dollar Dreams “Cuts” from the EP “You’re Halfway There” via Trawaaz Record.
  • Houston, TX new dreampop /shoegaze band led by Wendolyne Barrios, Tincture “Punish” single
  • Pittsburgh, PA grunge /shoegaze project Strayline. “Circles (feat. blood pact, Jovan Macias)” from EP
  • Cassino, Italy four-piece shoegaze band ultranøia “Astratta” first single from the upcoming debut EP of the same name via Kosmica Dischi
  • Perth, West Australia four-piece post-shoegaze band Gloam “Hinder” single
  • Pittsburgh, PA 4-piece alt-rock /shoegaze band Threaded “Swell” from 2-track single “Split”
  • Columbus, OH indie noise rock /shoegaze outfit Abel “Dust II” from upcoming cassette LP “Dizzy Spell” via Candlepin Records
  • Louis, Missouri emo /fuzzy shoegaze band, With Glee “Ivy Mike” from the album “Neither Prayers nor Demonstrations”
  • Lincoln, NE dreampop /shoegaze band Ghostlike “Pulling Turnips” from the single” Pull”
  • Sidney, Australia 4-piece shoegaze band ADORER “Burial” from the debut S/T EP
  • Japan alternative /shoegaze solo project Kuragari – またここへ来た – from 4th cassette album “Niconico”
  • Washington, DC fuzzed out /shoegaze /indie rock trio Same Heads “Side Sleeper” from “Sea Grass” EP
  • Brooklyn, NY shoegaze /indie rock band Rat Palace “Woman of the Year” from the debut cassette album “Dust Free Home” via Candlepin Records
  • Austin, TX shoegaze /psych /noise-pop band DAIISTAR “Velvet Reality (Sonic Boom Remix)” from “Clear” 7″ single via Fuzz Club Records
  • Milan, Italian shoegaze /cosmic rock /krautrock /psychedelic project of multiinstrumentalist and composer Lorenzo Parisini, aka Bear of Bombay “Tears From Space (Ft. Clustersun)” single via No Me Escucho Records
  • Sweden dark psych /post-rock band Orsak:Oslo “080 Dutchman’s Wake (Part II)” from the single “Iron Echoes” via Vinter Records
  • Philly shoegazey /psych noise rock trio Heliocentric Overdrive “Into the stars” new single via Patetico Recordings
  • Serbia/Germany/Austria transnational krautrock /noise rock /Serbian folk /experimental trio Gordan “The Bell Is Buzzing” from S/T album via Glitterbeat Records
  • Cork, Ireland experimental /krautrock /psychedelic /drone band Pôt-Pot “No friends” from the LP “Going Insane” via Blind Head Recordings
  • Richmond, VA 60s fuzz garage rock punk band The Ar-Kaics – “Outsider” from “See the World on Fire” LP via Feel It Records and their own Dig! Records
  • Atlanta, Georgia indie rock /post-punk /rock and roll band Ultra Lights “Clockin Out” from “Nostalgia b/w Clockin Out” 7″ single via Chunklet Industries
  • Seattle, WA garage /indie rock /psych /grunge trio Wild Powwers “Gossamer” from upcoming album “Pop Hits and Total Bummers Vol. 5” via Nadine Records (vinyl) and Den Tapes (cassette)
  • San Francisco‘s punk /slacker indie rock band Pardoner “Future of Music” from upcoming 4-track “Paranoid in Hell” 7″ EP via Convulse Records
  • Indonesian emo /pop punk band COLORCODE “LOSING PASSION” from “CHECK MY SANITY” EP [Outta Sight Records]
  • Nottingham, UK mod /r& b /beat /punk /power pop power trio Sharp Class “Catch My Breath” single
  • Southampton, UK indie rock band Mega Sun Machine “Lightheaded” debut single
  • Swedish minimal indie rock duo of twin sister duo from Malmö, 7ebra “Normal Song” from “Normal Song / Daybreak” [7″] single via PNKSLM Recordings
  • Los Angeles based indie rock band Hacienda Gardeners “Nomad Revitalized” from the LP “Revitalized”
  • London dreampop /indie rock duo Wings Of Desire “You’ll Never Walk Alone” single
  • Seattle, WA indie rock band No Monaco “Not Yet” single
  • Montreal, Quebec indie pop /synthpop artist (FKA Alpen Glow), Amery – “Hotwire The Nite” 2nd single off debut LP “Continue As Amery” via Night School
  • Umeå, Sweden‘s synth-pop /indie-rock 4-piece band Duschpalatset – “Öronbarn” single via Rama Lama Records
  • Lucerne, Switzerland indie surf rock band Binary Sunset “maillot de bain” single
  • Florida emo /indie rock 4-piece Camp Trash “Smokescreen” from the acoustic demo EP “Jesus With A Handgun”
  • Dublin, Ireland indie rock band Sack “Wake Up People” single
  • Horncastle, UK psych /indie /folk duo Ken Popple and Kevin Taylor, aka Lord Fayrebank “A Matter of Time” single
  • Dublin-based indie folk singer-songwriter Barry McCormack “We Will Prevail” single
  • Belfast-based orchestral pop /indie rock alternative music project of multi-instrumentalist Jake McCrea, Moon Landing “The Last Two People on Earth” single
  • Nice, France instrumental ambient /post-metal /post-rock solo project BRUME “The Days Between Us” from the album “So Far, So Close”

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