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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – May #21-21

  • Minato City, Japan alternative /noise /shoegaze band BLOOD PICK ME “Blood To Blood” title track from the new EP “Blood To Blood”

Minato City‘s blurry yet turbulent 4-piece deploy a chaotic, crashing and industrial-tinged take on shoegaze, combining a collision of ecstatic nebulous melodic reverberations with dense, vibrant and droning noise edgy energy, fueled by loud thunderous rhythms, and female/male vocal interplays of magnetic darkly allure, in an intoxicating and enveloping buzzing storm to the senses.

  • Swedish dream-pop /shoegaze /indie-pop quartet from Lund, No Suits In Miami – ”Buffy” (Single)

Although, as they warn us in advance, it’s not a song about vampires, the 4-piece from Lund, with their constantly evolving emo-indie-pop, know how to be infectious and get straight to the heart, through rambunctious rhythms that drive a relentless pace through energetic pulsing bassline, bright tingling keyboard chords, and abrasive swarming and shimmering wistful guitar bursts to surround lost, numb female vocals’ sad simmering drop of nihilistic dread into an isolated frenzy of detached euphoria. “We don’t need anyone / We don’t need anything at all.”

  • Palembang, Indonesia twee/ indie-pop band LAZY EYE “Polaris” new single

Endearing, wistful and nostalgic 90s influenced indie-pop from Indonesian trio, featuring rambling energetic strummed guitar lilting into reverb stained glistening jangly melodies, cut in swishing metronomic synthetic beats, while sweet dreamy female vocals long and croon in a hopeless lonely outer space flight with light playful whispers caressing the stinging pain of isolating bliss.

  • English Ambient /Post-Rock artist from Merseyside, Dan Caine “The Shores of Nowhere” taken from his forthcoming album “Also Known as Life”                                                                                                                                                                               
  • San Francisco-based space folk band lead by Sarah Gagnon, Hectorine “Saltwater” from upcoming cassette sophomore album “TEARS” on Paisley Shirt Records
  • London, UK based ethnic /jazz /pop /psychedelic duo of French multi-instrumentalist Kit Martin and Instanbul‘s singer and multi-disciplinary artist Merve Erdem, aka KIT SEBASTIAN “Lady Grinning Soul” from V/A “Modern Love” a diverse compendium of specially commissioned cover versions of rarities and classics in tribute to David Bowie on BBE
  • San Francisco, Ca electronic /IDM /dreamgaze duo of Roberto Burgos & Valerie Cooper, Sweet Trip “Eave Foolery Mill Five” from the album “A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals” on Darla Records               
  • Tolyatti, Russia noise pop /shoegaze /dream pop band FAIENCE KNIFE “Hoax” new single
  • Melbourne based neo acoustic /indie pop band Foreign Correspondent “The First One” from the upcoming “A Quizzical Look” 12″ vinyl album on Kocliko
  • Aberdeen, Scotland‘s jangle power-pop solo project of founding member and one-fifth of The Vapour Trails, Kevin Robertson “See How We Love” from the new album “Sundown’s End” on Subjungle
  • Brazilian lo-fi bedroom pop /dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock solo project by the guitarist /vocalist /songwriter of Rio band The John Candy, Guilherme Almeida, aka Electric Lo-Fi Seresta – “At Twenty Two” from the 5th album “Moondial FM” on midsummer madness
  • Australian lo-fi /indie /dreampop solo project from Melbourne, Static Animal “Still A Fool” title track from the new EP
  • UK/Netherland indie/dream-pop trio CIEL “Never Alone Again” new single
  • Hamilton, Ontario dream-pop artist ELLIS “What If Love Isn’t Enough” new single
  • Sydney, Australia indie /shoegaze /dream pop duo EGOISM “Lonely But Not Alone” (Single)
  • Legendary Swedish indie-pop trio Acid House Kings “A Little Dancing” new single after 10 years                           
  • Los Angeles Psychedelic Rock Pop/ Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Blind By Choice” (Single)
  • Melbourne, Australia ambient /shoegaze artist Thomas Lee, aka OCEANS “Come So far” from the debut EP “Come So far”
  • Victoria, Canada shoegaze /psych rock /dream pop 3-piece DID YOU DIE “Hallie” from “Bleeding Light: The Original Soundtrack” inspired by/inflamed by Rob Benvie‘s novel.
  • Berlin-based bedroom pop /indie /dream pop solo project by Stockholm‘s Johannes Göthager, aka DARKLY “Monkey Grip” from the new album “Radiolaria”
  • Phoenix, AZ chill-wave /synthwave /dream-pop solo project Secret Attraction “A Love That Never Fades” from the new EP “A Love That Never Fades”
  • Sheffield, UK indie /synthwave /dream pop /guitar pop band, Rehearsed Living “Avalanche” from “Don’t let me go” EP
  • San Francisco, Ca new wave /shoegaze solo project (fka Sara Stuttgart), SONDERS “Intruder” from the debut album “Reflection”
  • London, UK dream pop 4-piece SENNEN “Forty Years” (originally released by Club AC30, 2005) from 15th Anniversary 2x Vinyl Edition of debut LP “Widows (Expanded Edition)” on Sonic Cathedral
  • Dublin-based dreamwave band A RITUAL SEA ‘Serpentine” from the double a-side single “Desire Lines/Serpentine” on Icy Cold Records
  • Toronto, ON new wave /indie rock band Hollow Graves “Swimming” new single
  • Canadian shoegaze /indie rock alternative solo project from Quebec City, WORRY “After Something” title track from the new EP
  • Wellington, New Zealand indie rock /emo singer-songwriter (fruit juice parade, Sports Dreams), shannengeorgiapetersen “Home Again 4” new single
  • Sacramento, Ca dream pop /indie rock singer, a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist KELLY SLUSHER “Someday” (Single)
  • Portland, Or dream pop/post-punk/art-rock duo LORE CITY “I Know You Know” from the upcoming album “Participation Mystique”
  • Toronto lo-fi art-alt-post-pop-rock duo Blackout Orchestra – “A Thousand Times” from V/A “Hearing Voices And Quiet Noises” on Aldora Britain Records
  • London, UK alternative indie rock trio The Arthur Brothers “Watson Pt.1” new single on ClearLight Records / Declared Goods
  • Brooklyn, NY ambient /dream pop /psych /indie rock /shoegaze /alternative rock trio MINAXI “Violet” from upcoming EP “Sialia”
  • Russian Shoegaze /Dream-Pop band from Saint-Petersburg, BLANKENBERGE “No Sense” (Single)
  • Bangkok, Thailand indie rock/shoegaze/noise-pop band KUNST BKK “Dry Tears” from V/A “The Year Shoegaze Broke’s 2nd compilation “normalexotic: Thai Shoegaze and Related Genre Compilation, Vol.2”
  • Maryland dream pop /noise pop /shoegaze bedroom project THE PLEASURE HOLES ”Peach” (Single)
  • Australian-bred Marseille‘s punk /psych /garage rock solo project of Le Villejuif Underground frontman and half of CIA Débutante, Nathan Roche “Opium” from upcoming V/A “Spasmes du Hasard – 20+1 years of Sdz Records” via SDZ Records
  • Denver, Co psych /garage band lead by songwriter Ryan Wong (Cool Ghouls), Supreme Joy “EastWest” from the first cassette album “Joy”
  • Leeds, UK indie rock quartet L’objectif ‘Burn Me Out’ sophomore single on Chess Club                                                
  • Toronto jazz /cosmic /funk /psychedelic rock 5-piece POSSUM “Clarified Budder” from the upcoming LP “Lunar Gardens” on idée fixe records
  • Cape Town, South Africa indie /shoegaze /psych /alt-pop 4-piece HONEYMOAN “Super Emotional” from upcoming EP “Palace”
  • Minneapolis indie rock band Partial Traces “Cold Clouds” from the upcoming LP “Wild Surf / Quiet Blues” on Salinas Records
  • Brooklyn, NY alt indie rock act GLOM “Again” (Single) on Vinyl Post
  • Brooklyn, NY r&b /soul /psych /dream-pop artist Triathalon “ALONE (Eyedress Remix)” from “SLEEP CYCLE Remixes” album.
  • Texas bedroom dream-pop project of Alex Montenegro, aka Skirts “Always” new single from upcoming “Great Big Wild Oak” LP on Double Double Whammy.
  • North Vancouver, BC indie-rock 4-piece Grade School “Keep You Sane” from the debut 7″ EP “Keep You Sane” on Kingfisher Bluez
  • San Francisco jangle/guitar rock/indie pop project of Thomas Rubenstein (The Lovebirds), The Telephone Numbers “Open the Door” from the upcoming LP “The Ballad Of Doug” a co-release by Meritorio Records and Paisley Shirt Records
  • Jakarta, Indonesia indie /post-rock /shoegaze solo project of Sound Of Rain member, theandino’s “Dia Ternyata” from “Black and White” EP
  • Tulsa, Ok instrumental shoegaze /new wave /post-rock band lead by Johnathon Ford (Pedro the Lion/Roadside Monument), Unwed Sailor “Palladora” from the LP “Truth or Consequences” on Spartan Records
  • Swedish one-man shoegaze /darkwave /electro project of Göteborg‘s musician Andreas Lindh, D4RKSTAR “Lead Me Astray” new single
  • Northville, NY indie /dream pop /shoegaze instrumental solo project, Ian Edwards “Sleeping On A Cloud” from “Wishes” EP
  • L.A. Balearic /disco /electronic producer POOLSIDE “Losing Control” (Single)
  • Oslo based indie /dream pop project of Silje Espevik, aka Yndling “Cotton Candy Skies” second single on Kerry On The Cake                                                                                                                                                        
  • Portland, Oregon ambient electronic artist (one half of Mint Julep), Hollie Kenniff “Sunset Chant” from the upcoming album “The Quiet Drift” on Western Vinyl

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