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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MAY 2024 – #21-24

Photo by Frank Habicht

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • London, UK lo-fi sunshine /indie /dreampop solo act Pale “Nothing” off the 2-track single ” Nothing / Heavenly” via Spirit Goth Records

For some time brilliantly established as a seal of Dreampop quality with at least, if things go badly, two weekly new songs that shine with their own light, Spirit Goth label presents the London-based solo project, returning this year after a long hiatus since the 2021 debut single, which deftly creates dreamy tunes with soft, warm and breathy vocals that harmonize with stirring and delicate glistening guitars and nostalgic fluid carpets of glowing keyboards, floating in vibrant bittersweet longing for endearing lovelorn romance.

  • İstanbul, Türkiye indie rock /alternative rock /shoegaze band Straygaze “Girl with the screaming gaze” single

A compelling anxious and gloomy dark lullaby led by high-pitched dreamy vocals that suffer under the unspoken words of the “girl with the screaming gaze”, sways on an electrifying guitar carpet of sparkling arpeggios and emotive strums, swelling with soaring hypnotic sadness and swirling along achingly obsessive spindly wails, left aching with emotional cries of pain.

  • Jakarta, Indonesia 4-piece twee noise pop band Crayon Cats “It’s a love story willy nilly” off of debut 2-track “Demo”

The seemingly 2-track demo by the Jakarta unit Crayon Cats grabs us with their anachronistic, no less engaging and captivating, noise-pop laced with vibrant loud-laden punk urgency concealed and softened in a delicate and heartfelt melancholy, with catchy, buzzing and fully engaging results. “It’s a love story willy nilly” is about a relationship forged in fantasy and deception, igniting a rapid flow of frenetic ringing guitars, anxious bass pulses, and driving drum beats, to carry child-like vocals through the tumultuous friction.

  • Early 2000s cult Dunedin, NZ noise /bummer folk duo of Kaaterama “Motty” Morehu and Clayton Noone, aka The Strange Girls “Truly” from the 7″ single “Truly & Lyric” (recorded around 2002) via Soft Abuse
  • US ambient /psychedelic /dark folk duo of Kalee Beals & Min Naing, aka Blood Hunters “To Err Is All” from the album “Death is a Goddess” physical release soon via Fiadh Productions
  • Devon, UK woodland folkadelica group led by Stephen Stannard, The Rowan Amber Mill – “We Hung the Stars” from the upcoming album “Evocation Projection Harmony Solidarity” via Millersounds
  • UK bedroom indie folk singer-songwriter James Smith, Good Good Blood “Bosses” from the upcoming album “Forever Scars” via Fox Food Records
  • Improv /slowcore /indie folk project of guitarist and singer-songwriter based in Athens, Greece, Pavlo Paloka “Wrong Equal” from the debut album “Hummingbirds”
  • Oslo, Norway indie /dream pop solo project Yndling “Careful” single [Spirit Goth Records]
  • Oxford, UK-via-Lyon electronic avant-pop musician Julia-Sophie “Numb” from the upcoming second album “Forgive Too Slow” via Ba Da Bing Records
  • Melbourne, Australia art-pop /electro pop /dreampop musician, composer and producer, Brigitte Bardini “Crush” 2nd single from the upcoming second LP “Blue Tigers”
  • London-based dream-pop duo Mi.el “She Will Be Gone” single
  • Marietta, Georgia jangle pop /shoegaze /dreampop singer-songwriter Copperplate “Dream within a dream” title track of the debut album “Dream within a dream”
  • Gold Coast, Australia dreampop /shoegaze solo project DREAM POP “Cry” single
  • London-based indie /shoegaze /slowcore on-off solo project of Owen ‘O’ Williams from The Tubs, Cotton Crown “Sad Evil Perfect Angel” from two-track tape “Perfect Angel” via Gob Nation
  • Florida-based shoegaze /dream pop project of Matthew Messore, aka Cathedral Bells “Corridor” single via Jang94
  • Californian bedroom dreamy indie pop band LHRK “Honesty”
  • South Korea-based dreamy surf-tinged jangle /bedroom pop from Scottish musician David Skimming, Lunar Isles “Fade Out” single.
  • Stockholm, Sweden’s dreamy /shoegaze /lo-fi /indie duo Robert Church & The Holy Community “92” new single
  • Oklahoma City indie bedroom pop / dreampop singer-songwriter Ford Chastain “Strangers” from the upcoming cassette album “Wavelines” via Start-Track
  • Belgium-based shoegaze /psych-pop/ dream-pop band led by Joachim Liebens, The Haunted Youth “Into You” single on Mayway Records
  • London based indie /dream pop music producer, artist/songwriter Nikonn feat. MeLLLo “Places in my mind” single
  • Japanese bedroom /ambient /electronica /r&b /Bossanova /psychedelic /indie pop composer (guitarist in the band Saboten Radar), Kenji Kariu / 狩生健志 “それから光が / And Then There was Light…” from “Rain / Water” – 狩生健志 「雨 / 水」album via bruit direct disques
  • Greece darkwave /dreamgaze /dreampop /shoegaze project Urban Space “Warm Summer Evening” single
  • Indonesian indie rock /shoegaze band Themilo – “Langit Seharusnya Biru” from “Love Purrs” cassette split album with The Veldt via Anoa Records
  • Reading, UK 90s Sarah Records-affiliated legendary indie pop band Blueboy “One” from the new 4-track 7″ EP of the same name via Precious Recordings of London
  • Amsterdam-based indie pop band led by Willem Smit, Personal Trainer “Round” 2nd single from upcoming sophomore LP “Still Willing” on Bella Union
  • EnglishBarcelonian 60s psychedelic rock /jangle pop trio (formerly early 90s Portsmouth’s band Candystash), Pantomime Horses ~ “Plastic Glasses” from the CD album “Forever Polyester” via Subjangle
  • Manchester, England-based Future-Retro-Modernist garage-psych stalwarts THE SPEED OF SOUND “Half Life” from new album ” A Cornucopia: Minerva” 3xCD via Big Stir Records
  • Copenhagen, Denmark indie rock pop quartet Mansfield “Chasing after You” from “For All the Right Reasons” album
  • Glasgow-based indie rock /post-punk /indie pop collective Nightshift “Crystal Ball” from third album “Homosapien” via Trouble In Mind Records
  • Vancouver jangle /power pop trio Motorists “Barking at the Gates” from the second album “Touched by the Stuff” via Bobo Integral
  • Chicago, IL power /jangle /indie pop musician and composer Kai Slater, aka Sharp Pins “Lorelei” from the second LP “Radio DDR” via Hallogallo Tapes
  • Hamburg-based German singer-songwriter-jingle-jangle-fuzz-power-baroque-pop-wallofsound-DIY-Home-Studio-Project, aka theCatherines “Call In Case Of Falling” single
  • NorwegianGerman indie jangle pop duo of Jørn O. Åleskjær (The Loch Ness Mouse, Monobird, Swart Vredag) and Sebastian Voss (The Fisherman and his Soul, Nah…, Lancaster), Herr Wade “Krimifieber in meinem Kinderzimmer” single from the forthcoming album “Herr Wade ermittelt” via Bureau Platiruma!!!
  • US/Swiss Indie /Dream /Jangle Pop duo of Andy Jossi (Dawn, The Churchill Garden) & Gretchen DeVault (The Icicles, Voluptuous Panic, Hero No Hero), aka THE BLUE HERONS “Go On” title track of the debut CD album “Go On” via Subjangle
  • Manchester, UK indie rock /dream pop one-man band of Mathew Mills, aka Goodbye Wudaokou “Dark Wave / In Your Arms” from the upcoming first album “Mirror Skies”
  • Italian 4-piece dreampop /shoegaze /indie rock band from Milan, swan•seas “Ethan” from the debut LP “Songs In The Key Of Blue” via Shore Dive Records
  • Brooklyn, NY shoegaze /indie-pop band DIIV “Reflected” from the LP “Frog In Boiling Water” via Fantasy Records
  • Munich, Germany indie /wave /synth-pop project of a member of the bands Slut and Pelzig, A Certain Someone “Time Is On My Side” single
  • Michigan Dream Pop duo Bluhm “Midnight Hill” single
  • Indonesian twee indie pop /twee punk band Cheesu Club “Tacky” from the 2-track single “Do u like cheese?” via forfun.cookies
  • Oakland, CA indie pop band fronted by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Yea-Ming Chen, Yea-Ming and The Rumours “Ruby” off the LP “I Can’t Have It All” CD/12″ via Dandy Boy Records
  • Bristol, UK based indie pop band (made up of members from The Candy Darlings and Mousefolk), Candymouse “Last of the True Believers (single edit)” 2nd single from the upcoming album “The Light Just Bends” via Teatime Records (UK) and Old Bad Habits (Greece)
  • English indie rock duo The Lovely Eggs “Echo You” from the LP “Eggsistentialism”
  • Bedfordshire, UK-based psych /kraut /melodic indie pop band led by wife-and-husband team Vanessa Vass (The Melons) and Tim Vass (Razorcuts), Silver Biplanes “Broken Instruments” from the sophomore LP “Travelling by Candlelight” via Old Bad Habits Label (GR) and wiaiwya (UK)
  • San Francisco-based dreampop /Madchester /big beat /shoegaze /jangle pop /indie rock 4-piece Aluminum “Pulp” from the second album “Fully Beat” on Felte Records
  • Bandung, Indonesia dreampop /indie rock project Puremoon “Leave” from the debut LP “Fade”
  • Sheffield, UK art-rock /shoegaze /dreampop band New Ghost “Over” single
  • Greek one man’s cinematic instrumental post-rock project from Athens, The Abyss Inside Us “a glimpse of hope” from the upcoming album “Stigma” vinyl 12” via vrijheid records
  • Serbia post-metal /sludge /shoegaze band OMIDARI “Raindrop” debut single
  • Laramie, Wyoming dream pop /shoegaze /peaveygaze band Ampule “Here before” from “Gizmo / Here before” 2-track Tour Tape
  • California dream pop /indie rock /jangle pop /shoegaze band Onira “Meadow” single
  • Russian indie /dream pop /post-punk collaboration Predznanie + Дисциплина Безбольной Биты “Не моя вина” single
  • Chișinău, Moldova shoegaze /dream pop act Cotton Voltage “When Day Breaks” single
  • Argentina drum & bass /electronic /shoegaze band Error Vanessa “0 Entre 0” single
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil indie rock /shoegaze band RU NA “Relative Speed and Movement of Projectiles in Action (Dioxipe)” off the upcoming LP “Heliades” via midsummer madness
  • Des Moines, Iowa indie rock /shoegaze /dreampop duo (FKA Elison), Holding Hour “Come undone” single
  • Chicago dreamy indie rock /shoegaze quintet Muted “Sudden Change” off the upcoming debut album ”Take I Lovely You” via Fever Ltd.
  • Naga, Philippines based Marl Amador‘s solo shoegaze noise-pop project Possvm “Sleep” single
  • Ottawa, Canada grunge /shoegaze /indie rock duo SOFTCULT “9 Circles” from the EP “Heaven”
  • Montreal, Québec 2-piece grunge /shoegaze band Never Easy “Choke” single
  • San José, Costa Rica 4-piece noise-pop /shoegaze /dream-pop band Marea Tranquila “Todos Menos Yo” single
  • Dream-pop /shoegaze band from Taiwan, Chirrp. “Starry Night” from the first “Demo” EP
  • Chicago, IL dream-pop /shoegaze duo Sunshy “Poison” last single from upcoming debut LP
  • Winnipeg, Canada emo /grunge /shoegaze band Guilty Sleep “Waltz for Fallen Lovers” from the debut EP “Seeds”
  • Leeds, UK grungy indie rock /nugaze trio Lozenge “Aubrey Plaza” from the debut cassette “Blink Into Nothing” EP via Pleasure Tapes
  • New York‘s alt-rock /indie rock band Been Stellar “Passing Judgment” from upcoming LP “Scream from New York, NY” via Dirty Hit
  • Vancouver, BC alt rock /noise rock /shoegaze band SMUSH “Lizzy Mcguire” single
  • Jacksonville, FL alternative rock /emo /grunge shoegaze band Leaving Time “Wish” single via Sunday Drive Records
  • Peoria, Illinois grungegaze /shoegaze band Glittermouth “Empty Head” from “None Of This Matters” EP
  • Kansas City, Missouri emo /post-hardcore /grunge /shoegaze band Remorsefully Numb “Hiraeth” from “Cool Eyes” EP
  • Charleston, SC alt rock /grunge /noise rock /shoegaze band Pure Pleasure “Counting Sheep” from debut cassette S/T EP via Limited Hangout
  • Brisbane‘s garage pop /psychedelic rock quintet Nice Biscuit “Rain (Single Edit)” via Bad Vibrations Records
  • Los Angeles garage /folk /space rock /psychedelic rock band Dream Phases “Speed of Light” from the upcoming LP “Phantom Idol” via Coconut Spaceship (vinyl) and Mutation Records (tape)
  • Portland, OR psych-garage 4-piece rock & roll band The Shivas “Closer To Me” from the forthcoming 8th album ”Can’t Stop Coming Around” on Tender Loving Empire
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil kraut /acid jazz /indie rock /psychedelic rock band Oruã “Real Grandeza” from the upcoming album “PASSE”
  • Lisbon-based UK psychedelic rock band led by Cork’s Mark Waldron-Hyden (drums, synth, vocals), pôt-pot “We Were Always Here” from the 10″ EP “GOING INSANE” via Blowtorch Records
  • London, UK swamp blues /drone /kosmic free jazz /psychedelic rock band project, The Jonny Halifax Invocation “Thank You” single
  • Portland, OR experimental indie-rock project led by former Honey Bucket guitarist Matt Radosevich, Shop Regulars – “Mischief” from the upcoming debut s/t album
  • Brooklyn, NY art-punk /psych-noise rock band pelvi$$ “Strange Voices” from the cassette album “Control” [Fuzzy Warbles Cassettes]
  • San Francisco‘s indie slacker rock /punk band Pardoner “Future of Music” off of 4-track 7″ EP “Paranoid in Hell” via Convulse Records
  • Málaga, Spain emo /noise /indie rock band Vis Viva “Recuerdos e instantes” first single from upcoming LP ” La Reminiscencia” via El Genio Equivocado
  • Queens, NY indie /post-punk /disco /wave duo The Heart Attack-Acks “I Get So Moody When I’m Not in Love” single
  • Germany indie rock band by brothers Tom and Mike Zitzelsberger, aka Deathsport “Being a Person is a Nightmare” single via Duchess Box Records
  • Glasgow, UK enduring folk pop-rock singer-songwriter (The Suede Crocodiles, Orphans, Kevin McDermott Orchestra), Kevin McDermott “Sha Na Na (Who shot the…)” third single from the forthcoming “Sniper Davey” album
  • Perth, West Australia Blues /Folk Rock group The Bures Band “Green Town” single
  • Newcastle, UK pop folk singer-songwriter Nev Clay “Leaving Do” from upcoming LP “So Little Happened For So Long”
  • Boise, Idaho folk and western songwriter, guitarist, and pedal steel player Freeman Dejongh “Iowa” single via Curation Records
  • US ambient /psych /dark folk duo of Kalee Beals & Min Naing, aka Blood Hunters “Fleeting Memories” from the album “Death is a Goddess” physically soon on Fiadh Productions
  • Hamburg 4-piece progressive /post-rock band HALMA “Driving By Numbers” title track of the 8th instrumental album “Driving By Numbers” via Kapitaen Platte
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina lo-fi /bedroom /hip-hop /chillwave /vaporwave /sampleadelia /shoegaze producer Entidad Animada “Reducción de daños” [beat-tape]

Photo by Lewis Morley, Mersey Girls, Liverpool, 1964

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