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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – MAY/JUNE 2024 – #22-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • French bedroom pop /indie pop /synth-pop duo from Lille, Joni Île “In her red car” single

If I’m not mistaken, this is the first song in the English language, Marion Plouviez‘s sober and exquisite, emotional-laden guitar pop, laced with heartfelt bittersweet intimacy, this time through sweet, thoughtful nostalgic vocals, remembering a special grandmother and the secret world she lived in, to sway amid relentless vibrant guitar strums, soft percussion and airy keyboard spirals, one more time Joni Île manages to create an endearing indie pop charm with a French flair by which it is seamessly familiar to empathize and remain enthralled.

  • Paris shoegaze /dreampop /alt-rock band Berezina “Time Is A Monster” single from an upcoming debut EP

 The second single , “Time Is A Monster”, by genre-bending Parisian melancholic rockers triggers nervous heartfelt spoken word vocals rapidly releasing angst and pain, amid supportive back-ups and ghostly echoes, into a murky throbbing frenzy of sonorous humming basslines, meandering along with relentless vibrant streams of insistent sparkling guitar melodies, to reflect on the moody yet predictable flow of romance from bliss to doom.

  • Portland, OR five piece shoegaze /dreampop band Waking Sophia “When Things Become” single         

The new band from Portland re-imagines impressionistic and atmospheric, Slowdive-tinted, mesmerizing soundscapes in their first two stirring and immersive songs. “When Things Become”  outlines a dark ethereal realm where sad dreamy vocals sway with inner tumultuous momentums of stumbling drum beats, gloomy meandering bass lines, and drifting and trembling mists of effect-laden wistful shimmering guitar echoes, to evoke the heavy feeling of breaking free from illusion.

  • Hastings, England shoegaze /dream-pop /psych /indie solo project of Lush co-founder Emma Anderson “For A Moment (deary Dub Mix)” via Sonic Cathedral
  • Austin, TX ambient /dreampop /shoegaze female solo artist DOTTIE “Cherry”
  • Melbourne-based psych /folk music project, Adam Geoffrey Cole & Trappist afterland “The Squall.” from the 10th album “EVERGREEN- Walk to Paradise Garden”
  • Scotland/Germany experimental /spook /haunted folk collaboration between Grey Malkin (The Hare & The Moon, Widow’s Weeds, Sedna Chronicles) and Fogroom (Mimsy), Grey Malkin & Fogroom “The Old Dream” from “Shoreline Ritual” EP
  • Montreal, Québec psychedelic rock band Old Soul “The River” single
  • Southend On Sea, UK psych folk band Yes Today “Kind Words” from the debut album “Still”
  • Montreal, Quebec psych folk singer-songwriter Paige Barlow “Le sang me monte à la tête” from the debut  “Tabula Rasa” EP via Duprince
  • Paris-based baroque pop /chamber pop /indie rock song maker from Brittany (ALL IF), Olivier Rocabois “45 Trips around the Sun” from “The Afternoon of our Lives” LP
  • Los Angeles chamber pop /Baroque pop /psychedelic rock band Communicant “The Day” from the upcoming album “Harbor Song”
  • LA-based jazz /indie pop /folk beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist, Boy Deco “Daisy” single off the second EP “Real Sugar” via Nice Guys
  • Brazil/England world music /folk /psych-rock /Bossanova collaboration, Pedro Mizutani, Skinshape “Chorar Na Beira Do Mar” from “Pensando Baixo” EP via Nice Guys
  • Indonesia yacht /soft rock sunshine pop band of Yehezkiel Tambun and Kaneko Pardede from Jakarta, The Cottons “Ashes of Hope from “Harapan” EP
  • Los Angeles-based dream pop /indie rock /sadcore /slowcore duo Jeff Martin and Robby Fronzo, IDAHO “Throw The Game” from “Lapse” LP via Arts & Crafts
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts jangle psych-pop /indie rock band fronted by Miranda Soileau-Pratt, aka The Spatulas “Beehive Mind” title track of the debut LP “Beehive Mind” via Post Present Medium
  • Indonesian twee indie pop /twee punk band Cheesu ClubTacky” from the upcoming CDr 2-track single via Chaotic Pop Records
  • Mid-80s Yeovil, UK C86 /indie pop band The Chesterfields “My Bed Is An Island” third 7″ single from the new album “New Modern Homes” on Légère Recordings / Mr. Mellow’s Music
  • Leeds, UK indie /post-rock /sadpop /electronic pop band of members of The Blanche Hudson Weekend, fronted by Caroline McChrystal (Girl One And The Grease Guns, Sissy Space Echo & The Invisible Collaborators, The Edible Eyes), Ailsa Craig “Stories I’m Hearing” from “A Still Light From Nowhere : An Ailsa Craig Retrospective” [20092014] CD collection via Next Phase : Normal Records
  • Post-punk /indie-pop trio from the SF Bay Area, NEUTRALS “Last Orders” from vinyl 12″ LP “New Town Dream” via Static Shock Records & Slumberland Records
  • Tuam-via-Dublin-based, Irish garage-rock /power-pop outfit Oh Boland “Grass Walls” from “Western Leisure” LP 12″ via Meritorio Records
  • Liverpool, UK post-punk /jangly indie pop band functioning from 19801986, Personal Column “Same Old Situation” single originally released on Contrast Records in 1983
  • Sheffield, UK wave /indie rock /shoegaze /dream-pop band Rehearsed Living “Strange Space” single
  • Adelaide, Australian indie /synth-pop band New Labour “A New Motion” single
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina shoegaze /dreampop duo Estación Sur “Refugio” from the EP “Entre dos luces” EP via Pistilo Records
  • Greek four-piece indie jangle pop band from Thessaloniki, Secret Postcards “The Way Back” title track of the 10″ vinyl EP “The Way Back” via Old Bad Habits label
  • Columbus, Ohio power pop /indie rock band Smug Brothers “Javelina Nowhere” from “Another Bar Behind The Night” EP via Just Because Records & Anyway Records
  • Japan indie pop unit Jennifer Juniper “Under Your Star” single
  • Brooklyn, NY Grunge Rock /Dream Pop artist, Sara Devoe – “Sleep with me” single via Spirit Goth Records
  • Dunedin, New Zealand Americana /indie rock /dream pop band Marlin’s Dreaming “Earnestly (feat. Erny Belle)” new single
  • Queens, NY chillwave /surf rock /dream pop solo artist Dayaway “True Cyan” single
  • Portland, OR lo-fi /bedroom pop /indie /dream pop solo project of Jess White, aka Common Occurrence! “One More Way” single
  • Bristol, UK shoegaze /dreampop band Night Swimming “Let That Be Enough” single
  • Swedish indie /new wave /synth-pop duo Death on TV “Antidote” single<
  • Perry, Georgia indie /synth-pop solo project of Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out “Running Away” 2nd single from upcoming 5th LP “Notes from a Quiet Life” via Sub Pop
  • Shenzhen, China Midwest emo /trip-hop /shoegaze band Viola Release “The Next Station Is…” single
  • Chicago‘s bedroom pop /jangle /synth-pop /dream-pop project of Kenneth Foss, aka TEEN BLUSH “Whisper” new single
  • León, Mexican dreampop /indie-rock band Clan de Venus “Florecer the album from the new LP “Encuentro el Color”
  • Munich, Germany dream pop /indie rock solo project True Blue “Youth (Slowed + Reverb)” single
  • Portland, Maine dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock singer-songwriter Darksoft “Somewhere Nowhere” from the LP “Relativism” via Spirit Goth Records
  • Portland, OR psych /shoegaze /dream-pop duo Shady Cove “True” single
  • Asheville, NC sadcore /shoegaze /indie rock band Trust Blinks “Burnout” from “Turns to Gold” EP
  • Seoul, South Korea-based lo-fi noise rock /shoegaze project Precocious Neophyte “감기약 Panpyrin” from the cassette EP “Stony”
  • Dublin-based folk rock /shoegaze /dream-pop quartet, of all living things “My Call” from “Cold Plunge” EP
  • York, UK lo-fi nu-wave /shoegaze band AIMING “Falls Apart” single
  • Seoul, South Korea post-rock /shoegaze solo project Clamono “The Post Night” single
  • Philadelphia-based indie rock /shoegaze solo project, Farewell Days “Blue” single
  • Newport, Kentucky lo-fi /indie rock /dream-pop /shoegaze band Left at Orion “Blue” second single
  • Brisbane, Australia alternative /dream pop /shoegaze brother duo Ethan and Jeremy Clark, Beige Walls and No Roof “Wisdom (feat. Beesounds)” from the upcoming S/T album
  • Naga, Philippines indie /shoegaze outfit Possvm “Stray” from single collection EP “III”
  • Christchurch, NZ indie rock /shoegaze /dream-pop project of Annemarie Duff (ex Miniatures), aka T. G. Shand “The Cheese” new single
  • Chișinău, Moldova shoegaze /dream pop act Cotton Voltage “It Has Commenced” single
  • Dreamgaze duo from Thailand, Sleep In The Class – “Days Gone By” from V/A “DELVE INDISTINCT: Thai Shoegaze and Related Genre Compilation, Vol. 3” album [Thai Shoegaze Compilation]
  • Washington noise /shoegaze band Blaire “Windy” from the 2-track single “MAY”
  • Melbourne indie rock /shoegaze band Garage Sale “Sink In Yr Ship” from the EP “Stars Fall 2” via Sore Horse
  • New York-based 4-piece nugaze /grunge /shoegaze band Velvet “Staring (alt) feat. Wisp” from “Romance: Special Features” EP
  • Melbourne-based grunge /dreamo /heavy shoegaze quartet GUSH “Mirror” single
  • Italian alternative rock /shoegaze act Kodaclips “Viola” single
  • Danish dream pop /noise pop /shoegaze duo Donna Martin Graduates “Same Mistake Twice” from the 2-track single “Same Mistake Twice / Broken Vintage Toys”
  • Italian shoegaze /indie rock project of Francesco Di Marco (one half of the duo Electric Drama), Hinkfuss “Something to Forgive” from the debut LP “Follow Shadows”
  • Birmingham, UK indie rock /shoegaze solo project Graywave “Dancing in the Dust” title track of the new EP “Dancing in the Dust” via Church Road Records
  • Massachusetts 4-piece alternative-rock /shoegaze band, Broken Head “Spilled Milk” from “The Morning Ends” LP 12″ on Sunday Drive Records
  • Austin, TX noise/ post punk /shoegaze band Bloody Knives ”Runna” of off the 5th album “Drowning In Light”
  • Hamburg, Germany post-hardcore /Britpop /emo /shoegaze band ENTROPY “Papered Over Some” off the upcoming album “Dharmakāya” via Crazysane Records
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands industrial electronics /noise-rock /post-punk /psychedelic collective Radar Men From The Moon “Psychic Warfare Now!” from upcoming LP “Vomitorium” on Fuzz Club
  • Swedish space psych-rockers The Janitors “In a Bliss” from the LP “An Error Has Occurred” via Rocket Recordings
  • New York 5 piece indie rock /shoegaze /neo-psychedelic band GIFT “Going In Circles” from the upcoming second LP “Illuminator” via Captured Tracks
  • Glasgow-based two piece kraut /psychedelic /alternative rock band Man of Moon “Swim” from the album “Machinism”
  • Cape Town, South Africa indie rock /psych /krautrock /shoegaze band Sakawa Boys “Berlin” third single off the upcoming album “Out of the Dark”
  • Solo garage punk/ rock ‘n’ roll project of Auckland, NZ born/Brooklyn, NY based former The D4 and A Place To Bury Strangers member, Dion Lunadon “Goodtimes” from the upcoming Mini LP “Memory Burn” via Beast Records
  • Tokyo, Japan 60s garage rock trio The Fadeaways “Rack My Mind” first single from the upcoming “Pretty Wild” 2024 Australian Tour LP via Cheersquad Records & Tapes
  • Pittsburgh, PN psych /60s garage rock trio CENTURY III “I C LIGHTS” single
  • Wellington, New Zealand indie rock band led by songwriter and guitarist Tessa Dillon, aka Mystery Waitress “Nightbug” from the upcoming sophomore LP “Bright Black Night” via Flying Nun Records
  • Chicago‘s indie rock band led by Ella Williams, Squirrel Flower “Cortez the Killer” (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover) recorded live in Austin, TX at 2024’s SXSW
  • Italian electronic /psych /indie pop band led by Valentina Giani, Skelets On Me “Sunday Bubu” single from an upcoming EP via We Were Never Being Boring Collective
  • Barcelona-based electropop /indie pop Venezuelan duo LA ESTANCIA “Blau” from “AHORA” EP
  • Los Angeles-based dream pop /synth-pop duo Magdalena Bay “Death & Romance” single via Mom+Pop
  • Richmond, Virginia indie-folk-pop singer/songwriter Kate Bollinger “Any Day Now” from upcoming LP “Songs From A Thousand Frames Of Mind” on Ghostly International

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