WL//WH Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MAY #20-23

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Birmingham UK post-punk /indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze singer-songwriter Oliver Beardmore “Fade” title track of the forthcoming album

Even if the cover seems to remain invariably the same, the songwriting of the young English artist Oliver Beardmore is increasingly getting richer and more intriguing with a sparkling and electrifying guitar-laden concoct of vibrant fuzzed-out riffs, shimmery rippling jangly chords, and soaring chilly chimes, charged by murmuring throbbing basslines and lively drum beats, to stir angsty vocal longing with swaying moods of dread and hope.

  • Peruvian dream pop /shoegaze 5-piece band Solenoide “Cartarescu” single from the first EP “Casa de Islandia” via Catenaria Discos

The debut EP by the Peruvian Dream-Pop /Shoegaze collective Solenoide float amid ethereal introspections, soaring distortions and shimmering reverberations along with a distinctive literature-enhanced lyrical twist. Likewise their name, seemingly inspired by Romanian novelist Mircea Cărtărescu, the lead single and the most shoegazing of the lot, cradles a dreamy dual male-female vocal interplay within a surreal atmosphere of low humming bass lines, syncopated drum beats, stirring glistening melancholic guitar melodies and churning riffs to arouse feelings of intimacy, warmth, and turmoil.

  • Maine indie pop /twee fuzz /shoegaze /dream pop outfit Field Studies “The Rougarou (demo)” from the demo collection EP “tryouts”

In their first 6-track Demo EP Maine‘s Indie-Pop newcomers rightly put lots of “tags” on their muffled and hazy, yet shimmery guitar-driven sound palette of mostly teasing and tasty quality, amidst effect-filled jangly guitar work, compelling spectral organ washes, and bewitching haunted vocal introspections. My favorite, along with the melancholic lullaby “Strange House”, is the most dynamic, yet relentlessly introspective of the lot, infused with breezy 60s folksy and nostalgic vibes to ignite shiny guitar riffs, wistful glistening twangs and glowing keyboard wafts, underpinned by chugging bass lines and trotting drum beats, into transformative sways around soft yet high piercing cries and emotional angst, to deliver folklorish poetry about the “Rougarou.” (werewolf). Absolutely a band to note down.

  • UK ambient collaboration between Cardiff-born Ride guitarist and Essex-based astral jazz duo, ANDY BELL & MASAL “Tidal Love Conversation In That Familiar Golden Orchard” from the album “Tidal Love Numbers” [Sonic Cathedral]
  • Pacific Northwest experimental /ambient /field recordings drone /cosmic Americana guitarist John Swanke “Three Dead Dogfish” from the album “Soundings in Fathoms” [Lighten Up Sounds]
  • Bay Area drone /cosmic /psychedelic /folk project of Glenn Donaldson (The Reds, Pinks and Purples), Steven R. Smith (Jewelled Antler collective) and Brian Lucas (Dire Wolves, Old Million Eye), 43 Odes “MUV” from the forthcoming vinyl 12″ album “HWN UN AMN” on Eiderdown Records
  • Guadalajara, Mexico experimental /world music /kraut /hauntology /psychedelic rock band DOROTHEO “Intencíon” from the third LP “Nada Escrito” via Six Tonnes De Chair Records and Half Shell Records
  • Lo-fi/ Baroque/ Bedroom Pop recording project of Toronto-based singer-songwriter Brent Randall (Gentle Brent, Electric Looking Glass) and veteran L.A. percussionist Johnny Toomey (The Turns, Electric Looking Glass), Vanity Mirror “Dandelion Wish” from the debut LP “PUFF” on We Are Busy Bodies
  • Cardiff, Wales based psychedelic collective Soft Hearted Scientists “What Grows Inside the Garden?” from the 8th album “Waltz of the Weekend”
  • Italian indie psychedelic pop band Tangerine Stoned “Sunny Day” from “a dog day afternoon” album on We Were Never Being Boring Collective
  • Copenhagen based Garage /Psychedelic Rock band The Velvet Doors “Don’t You” (Single).
  • Los Angeles based shoegaze /psychedelic rock band Tombstones In Their Eyes – “We Are Gold” from the new LP “Sea Of Sorrow” on Kitten Robot Records
  • Manchester-born, Berlin-based garage /psych /post-punk /indie rock group The Underground Youth ‘I Thought I Understood’ off the eleventh studio album ‘Nostalgia’s Glass’ on Fuzz Club Records
  • New Zealand-based shoegaze /dream pop project of Bay Area expat Trevor Montgomery, aka Young Moon “Deep Ecology” from the forthcoming third LP “Triggered by Sunsets” on Orindal Records
  • Austin, TX rock’n’roll /psychedelic rock four-piece HOLY WAVE “Happier (Featuring Estrella del Sol)” from upcoming LP “Five of Cups” on Suicide Squeeze Records
  • Bath, UK psych /folk /baroque /chamber pop artist and producer Alex Pester “So What?” from the upcoming album “Better Days” on Violette Records
  • UK shoegaze /post-rock /indie folk duo from Exeter, Southwest Hotel “Look Me In The Eyes” from the album “Woodlouse”
  • Kansas City shoegaze /psych /dream pop solo project Seventeen Years “Moonlight Hair” from the cassette album “Overslept”
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland-based Canadian lo-fi folk-gaze project of Aaron Powell, Fog Lake “Motorcade” from the album “Midnight Society”
  • French lo-fi /jangly pop /indie rock outfit Cimrya Deal “Maureen” from three-track EP “Maureen” on Aldora Britain Records
  • Electronic pop side project from The King in MirrorsRich May and Jonathan Troy of The Hi-Life Companion, PIER LIGHTS “I’ll Be Your Prince” from the debut album “The Heart Of Everything”
  • Montreal, Canada indie-rock /dream-pop group Grand Eugène “Bye Bye” single off upcoming eponymous EP ‘Grand Eugène’ on Délicieuse Records
  • Melbourne, Australia dream pop /jangle pop /surfgaze 4-piece Blanco Tranco “Petrichor” single off forthcoming EP “Get Back to Me When It’s Over” on Honeyglider Records
  • Bogor, Indonesia indierock /shoegaze /noisepop band MERAUNG “Merah Di Tiga” from debut 2-track cassette single “Merah Di Tiga” on Body Double//Disanorak
  • Bristol, UK-based indie-rock solo project of Muncie Girls’ singer/songwriter, Lande Hekt “Pottery Class” from the upcoming 2-track 7″ single “Pottery Class”
  • Scottish C86-indie-power-jangle pop duo from Glasgow, U.S.Highball “Irresponsible Holiday” from the upcoming 4th LP “No Thievery, Just Cool” on Lame-O Records
  • L.A.-based lo-fi /bedroom /dream /psych pop solo project Coolhand Jax “Majesty Mary” from the LP “Proper Fun” on Spirit Goth Records
  • New York-based soul /indie rock Texan singer-songwriter Hannah Jadagu “Lose” from the debut LP “Aperture“ on Sub Pop
  • Santiago, Chile indie rock band Nublados “Sueños en el Bolsillo” from “El Ático” EP on Lagartija Records
  • Galicia, Spain lo-fi /indie pop trio Chicharrón “Presenza” from the LP “O que Nos Queda por Non Dicir” on Ferror Records
  • Dream pop collaborative project of NYC‘s post-punker postlooperish and Virginia‘s singer & songwriter Melanie Ann, aka Shades of Violet “Sunsetter” single
  • UK/US shoegaze /dream pop side-project of artists Sidewalks and Skeletons (Jack Lee) & CASHFORGOLD (Jacqueline Torgerson), Soft Siren “4am” debut single
  • Rostov On Don indie rock /post-punk /new wave band Motorama “Next To Me” from the new album “Sleep, and I will Sing” on I’m Home Records
  • Los Angeles based indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop band FAIRFIELDS “4pm” new single
  • Orlando, FL shoegaze /dream pop band led by Matthew Messore, AKA Cathedral Bells “Everything At Once” the title track of the new LP “Everything At Once” via Born Losers Records
  • NYC shoegaze /dream pop /psychedelic rock band Acid Dad “1993” new single via Greenway Records and The Reverberation Appreciation Society
  • Jakarta‘s shoegaze /dream pop band Hazel “Dua Angsa feat. Pingkan (Dive Collate)” single on Tarsius Records
  • Memphis, TN shoegaze /dream pop /indie rock band The Mourning “On Heavy Drugs” single
  • West Midlands, UK indie rock trio Lyon Tide “Clinging to Satellites” second single from the forthcoming third album, “Asides” on Instant Feel Recordings
  • Brighton, UK new wave /indie-rock band Youth Sector “Free Parking” from the upcoming EP “Quarrels ” via Dance to the Radio
  • Devon, UK indie /psych /shoegaze /electro-modernist guitar group Pale Blue Eyes – “Takes Me Over” from the forthcoming album “This House” via Full Time Hobby
  • Guadalajara, Mexico ethereal /dream pop /synth wave trio NORWAYY “Anestesia” from the EP “Uróboros”
  • Japanese indie rock /post-rock /shoegaze instrumental solo project (aka kinoue64), Takuto Kinoshita 犬泪夫藍 from the album 放棄されたアイデア 1
  • Hobart, Australia ambient /post-rock /instrumental six-piece FOLLOW “Fields of Gray” from the upcoming debut LP “Old Haunts” on False Peak Records
  • Kyiv, Ukraine lo-fi /indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop group Last Past. “Observer” from the album “CAPACITY OF SENSE” on electricity
  • Adelaide, Australia-based new ambient /shoegaze project of guitarist Joel Carr (The Fields, English Summer), Go Season “Take Care” first single
  • Perth, Australia post-punk /dream pop /nugaze solo project, Underglaze “Dissipate and Disagree” from the debut EP “Down”
  • Vancouver/Toronto jangle indie rock trio Tough Age “Which Way Am I?” from upcoming LP “Waiting Here” on Bobo Integral
  • South Tangerang, Indonesia indie /dream pop /shoegaze /noise pop band Humsikk – “The skies are grey without you” from V/A “Unknown Pleasure 23” cassette compilation via Japan‘s blue-very label
  • Argentinian shoegaze /indie rock /dream pop 5-piece band from Buenos Aires, Montegrande “Ciudad de las luces” single
  • Moscow, Russia Lo-fi /Shoegaze / Dream Pop /Indie Rock band from Moscow, Breskina “The Son” single
  • Kansas City shoegaze /noise /grunge /alternative rock foursome Perfume USA “Angelfist” from the 7″ EP “Kiss It Goodbye” [Setterwind Records]
  • Boston, MA dream pop /shoegaze /psychedelic pop collaborative band led by Robert Preston Collum, PINK MEXICO “Delete” from the album “Mirrorhead” on Quiet Panic
  • Baltimore, MD alternative /shoegaze rock band Talking to Shadows “Soma” off upcoming EP “Lost”
  • Long Beach, CA shoegaze /dream pop trio STILLFILMS “How Do I” second single
  • London-based shoegaze /dream-pop duo, deary – “Beauty in all Blue Satin” single via Sonic Cathedral
  • Minneapolis dream pop /shoegaze band LUMARI “Carina” from the album “En Phases”
  • San Francisco garage rock /grunge /shoegaze band, chokecherry “Glass Jaw” first studio single
  • Venice, Italy dream pop /shoegaze band Glazyhaze “Censor me” from the first album “Just Fade Away”
  • Los Angeles groovy shoegaze /noise pop band Mo Dotti – “Ever” from upcoming V/A “Stories” cassette compilation on Practical Records
  • Philadelphia, PA shoegaze band founded in 2019 by Matthew Paul Whiteford, Cigarettes for Breakfast “Join the Circus” title track from the upcoming album “Join the Circus”
  • Austin TX grungegaze /heavy shoegaze duo No Evil “Hold On” from the debut single “Hold On / Morphine”
  • Richmond, Virginia emogaze solo project Always Other “40 Days” [Slowdive Cover]
  • Connecticut shoegaze band Easeless “Posion” from 2-track single “Poison // Save”
  • Chicago Noise Rock /Grunge /Dream Pop /Shoegaze band Old Coke “Coffee Eyes” single
  • Charlotte, NC emo /indie rock /shoegaze trio CLEARBODY “New Essence” from the upcoming EP “Bend Into a Blur”
  • Louisville, Kentucky dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock duo Caustic Flowers “Foxhole” first single from the upcoming first LP
  • Edinburgh, Scottish post-rock /post-punk /psych /shoegaze duo Sun Shines Cold “The Figurehead (The Cure Cover)”
  • Norman, Oklahoma psych garage rock band Helen Kelter Skelter “Best Friends” from the upcoming EP “CHROMA CRAWL”
  • Austin TX garage /indie rock duo THE ANSWERS “Girlfriend” (Jonathan Richman cover) single part of the compilation “We Jonathan” on French label AB Records
  • Boston, Massachusetts rock’n’roll /power pop band The Amplifier Heads “When We Go Home Again” single on Rum Bar Records
  • Vancouver power pop /indie rock power trio Night Court “Out of Control” from the upcoming third album “Humans!” via Debt Offensive Records and Snappy Little Numbers
  • Christchurch, New Zealand emo /indie rock 4-piece Model Home “Leaky Home Simulator 2031” (additional vocals by Carb on Carb) first single from the debut album on False Peak Records
  • Brooklyn, NY indie rock /rock’n’roll band Groupie “No Chaser” single
  • Murcia, Spain indie /dream pop /synthpop band led by Alejandro Martínez (former member of Klaus&Kinski), ALEXANDERPLATZ “Virgencica” single from the upcoming third album “Noches blancas, mañanas negras” on Jabalina Música
  • New York-based house /indie dance /synthpop /electronic duo Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better) and Elizabeth Wight (Silver Hands), Pale Blue “Laura” from the album “Maria” [Crosstown Rebels]
  • Kansas City, Missouri retro /synth-pop /synth wave project (members of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and friends), Dragon Inn 3 “Only You” (Yaz cover) from the sophomore cassette LP “Trade Secrets” via American Laundromat Records
  • Spanish indie /synthpop /dream pop producer from Valencia, Fertita “A Lo De Antes” single on Delicieuse Records
  • Bilbao, Spain surf /dream /indie pop four-piece AIRU “En el más allá” single                                         
  • Brighton, UK indie pop /dream pop /yacht rock 4-piece NATURE TV “Illusions” new single on Heist or Hit.                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Queens, NY surf /indie /dream-pop singer-songwriter Dayaway “I Wish” single
  • Los Angeles cosmic Americana /psych /folk-rock collective Mapache “People Please” from forthcoming LP “Swinging Stars” on Innovative Leisure
  • Edinburgh, Scotland folk singer-songwriter Neil Scott Pennycook, aka Meursault “Laugh Track” from s/t album on Common Grounds Records

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