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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – JUNE 2024 – #23-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • London-based shoegaze /dreampop solo project Rainsong “Spinning” single

A “fuzzy, bittersweet dreampop gem” suggests the London‘s DIY musician, driven by tight yet loose rhythms, lilting shimmery riffs sway and weave with fluttering ringing misty blurs of guitar distortions, desolately hovering and reverberating atop subtly strained, dreamy vocals, expressing the nonsensical mood of being disconnected.

  • London-based lo-fi dream pop /shoegaze group These Sleeping Hands “These Sleeping Hands” from the 2-track single “Home / These Sleeping Hands”

The most captivating flip side of the new two-tracker from the enigmatic London‘s Shoegazers is awashed in 90s nostalgia and soulful romantic moods, as fuzzed-out wailing guitar sweeps swell and dot the wide shimmery lonely landscape on which falling through high dreamy vocals, lost in agony and ecstasy of wavering effusive mists.

  • Clare, Australia 3-piece indie /jangle pop band The Boltons “Our Compromise” (originally written in 2020)

As is perhaps clear we have a fondness, we are not the only ones for God’s sake, for everything that revolves around the erratic talent of Australian musician Caleb/Joel Carr, possibly since his music always pulls sensitive aural chords of bygone passions, the latest single under the alias The Boltons sounds like a The Smiths workout of sorts, fully enticing as usual starting from the cover artwork. When people pretend to be in love it feels like the out-of-control electricity of angsty jagged, loose-limbed and chiming guitar melodies cutting through taut hums of sinuously pulsing bass lines whilst restless romantic vocals long for relief from the grating repetitious patterns of expected lies.

  • Belgian ambient /experimental /post-rock /piano /folk chantress Annelies Monseré “I Sigh, I Resign” title track of the album “I Sigh, I Resign” [Horn of Plenty]
  • Carrboro-via-Bellingham, WA ambient /ethereal /chamber pop /psychedelic pop solo project of sound engineer and songwriter Casey Proctor, aka Haruspex Palace “Plateau” from cassette  S/T album via Geographic North
  • Portland, OR ambient /ethereal /electronic duo (Goldmund, Mint Julep), Helios and Hollie Kenniff “Sepal” single
  • Zurich-based jazz /bossanova /psychedelic pop /synth instrumental music project of Swiss multi-instrumentalists and producers Martin Schenker and Luzius Schuler, aka Melting Steine “Glide” single [Phantom Island]
  • UK ambient /dream-pop /shoegaze /breaks /electronic /folk musician and composer Eric Loveland Heath, aka E.L. Heath “Dovey Jungle” from the “Cambrian” EP CDr via Wayside & Woodland Recordings
  • Marietta, Georgia atmospheric /jangle pop /shoegaze /dreampop singer-songwriter Copperplate “(redacted)” from the upcoming second album “r​é​appara​î​tre”
  • Washington‘s lo-fi bedroom-dream-slowcore-indie pop band Porch Kiss “Bus Lot” from “Afterthought” EP via Star-Track
  • Montreal, Quebec indie rock /dream-pop /folk /psych-pop collaboration Vanille & Corail “Poupée russe” from “Tu me vois comme je suis” EP via Bonbonbon records
  • New Jersey lo-fi /emo /indie /dream pop /shoegaze /slowcore singer-songwriter Elliott Fullam “Keep It Close” from the album “Ready to Leave”
  • Atlanta, Georgia-based dreampop solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone, aka Bathe Alone “Fear Everything” from the album “I Don’t Do Humidity”
  • Brighton, UK indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze /post-rock solo project Sea of Days “Angel of the Streets” from “Earth” EP (third of the four EPs from the Elements series)
  • Melbourne-based shoegaze /dream pop /psych-pop band HYLA “Giving Ground” single
  • California indie rock /dream pop duo Sonia Gadhia, CASTLEBEAT ”Goodbye” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Spain-based Venezuelan-born indie pop /dream pop DIY singer-songwriter Maddie Moon “Hold (drifting away)” new single via 7 Tapes
  • Oklahoma City bedroom indie pop/dream pop musician and composer Ford Chastain “Past Lives” from the cassette album “Wavelines” via Star-Tracks
  • Dallas, TX 3-piece shoegaze /indie rock /noise pop /dream pop band Ultra Bloom “Velouria” first single
  • Portland, OR electronic /synthpop / dream-pop duo of Hollie and Keith Kenniff (aka Helios, Goldmund), Mint Julep “So You Say” (new version of a song originally from 2020)
  • Vancouver, BC dream pop /synth-indie pop duo Jay Arner and Jessica Delisle, Energy Slime “Magic Wand” from upcoming LP “Planet Perfect” via We Are Time
  • Stockholm-based, Swedish dream pop /synth-pop solo project of Tobias Isaksson (Laurel Music, and Irene), Azure Blue – “Three Times The Drama” third single from the forthcoming 6th album “The Night of the Stars” via Matinée Recordings
  • UK collaboration between Norwich‘s electronic musician Matt Couchman and indie-twee pop trio, Lost Signal & The Happy Somethings “Time” single
  • Hamburg, Germany singer-songwriter-jingle-jangle-fuzz-power-baroque-pop-wallofsound project theCatherines “All Hail To The Conquering Heroes” from the 2-track single “All Hail To The Conquering Heroes b/w Don’t Get Hysterical”
  • Sandbach, UK jangle /indie /power pop solo project of singer-songwriter Paul Hughes, aka The Candy Strypers “Never Gonna Happen” from the album  “Pond Life”
  • San Francisco-based folk-tinged lo-fi indie jangly pop solo project of multi-instrumentalist and Paisley Shirt Records head Kevin Linn, aka Sad Eyed Beatniks “Monumental Ensemble” from the upcoming album “Ten Brocades” via Meritorio Records
  • Greek four-piece indie jangle pop band from Thessaloniki, Secret Postcards “Dear Diary” from the 10″ vinyl EP “The Way Back” via Old Bad Habits Label
  • Italian lo-fi /indie /dream pop band split between Helsinki and Bergamo, DEINE MUTTI “Sambadrome” new single
  • German jangle indie pop collaboration project between Sebastian Voss and Nero Bates from Münster, Cinema Engines
  • Leicester, UK-based DIY jangle /indie pop solo laptop recording DIY project of Neil Hill, Shopfires “Family Of The Year” from the album “Holding On To Let Go” on Subjangle
  • Edinburgh, Scotland-based indie rock band The Letting Go “She Lied” debut single via Stereogram Recordings
  • US indie /jangle pop outfit The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness “T.B.W.T.P.N. (Demo)” from the vinyl edition plus demos & a bonus track of “Dead Calm (Deluxe Edition)” (originally released in 2019 on Pretty Olivia Records) via Bobo Integral Records
  • West Midlands, UK C86 /jangle /indie pop trio formed in the early 90s, Proctors “Seven Wonders” from the album “Snowdrops and Hot Air Balloons” via Sunday Records
  • Los Angeles-based dream pop /shoegaze /psychedelic rock band led by John Andrew Fredrick, THE BLACK WATCH “Myrmidon” from the album “Weird Rooms” via ATOM Records
  • Berlin-based, Belgian indie rock band from Leuven led by Wim Janssens (Joy Wellboy), Ellroy – “Ratrace” 1st single from the upcoming album “Lost Tapes Pt. III” a selection of unreleased tracks and demos 19972023 via Siamese Twin Records
  • Manchester, UK indie rock /dream pop one-man band of Mathew Mills, aka Goodbye Wudaokou “Beautiful Nostalgia” from the upcoming debut album “Mirror Skies”
  • Mid-‘80s Christchurch, NZ 5-piece jangle /psych /guitar pop band All Fall Down “Third in a series of sun songs” from the remastered version of the band’s Flying Nun 19987 only release “My Brand New Wallpaper Coat” EP
  • 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 “Like All Great Men Do” from “A Still Light From Nowhere : An Ailsa Craig Retrospective” [2009–2014] CD collection via Next Phase : Normal Records
  • Michigan retro jangle pop /noise pop duo Mighty Clouds “Anagram” from the 7″ single “Anagram / Just Friends” via Antiquated Future Records
  • Chinese indie noise pop band AloneTogether “Lost in Summer” from “Today I’m Getting a Bob” EP via 眼泪回收TearsCollection
  • Chinese indie rock /shoegaze /noise pop band 天然味道Natural Flavor – 夏日祭、唯我一人 – from 少女终末旅行 by 天然味道Natural Flavor- EP via Small Animals Records
  • Surabay, Indonesia indie /shoegaze outfit Fleuro “Kota Lelah” from “Sonic Archives” EP via Outta Sight Records and Swirl Records
  • Chicago-based DIY goth /post-punk /shoegaze /dream pop singer-songwriter Alessia Kato, aka Ghost Days “Vampire Blu” single
  • Kraków, Poland indie rock /shoegaze band Strumień Świadomości “zostaw gołębia, żeby żył” single
  • Italian dream-pop /post-rock /shoegaze band led by guitarist and composer Marco Barzetti (Backward Tapes, True Sleeper), Weird. “Surreal Love [10 years Remaster]” (originally recorded in 2014) via Lady Sometimes Records
  • Helsinki, Finland shoegaze /dream pop band Hattara “Vika biisi” single
  • Toronto-based international grunge /shoegaze band Otsyuda “Drift” debut single
  • Seoul, South Korea post-rock /dreampop /shoegaze band Project Mosi – 짊어지기 (Burden) – from the debut LP 침묵하고 부수고 답하기 (Silence, Crumble, and Answer)
  • California four piece dreampop /indie rock /shoegaze band Onira “Luster” from the EP “Plain to See”
  • Tucson, AZ ambient /post-metal /post-rock /shoegaze /instrumental project Scale & Feather “Haze and the Clarity” single
  • Irish Noise-Pop /Shoegaze group based in Dublin, Diving Bells “places” single
  • New York indie rock /grunge /shoegaze band Glimmer “Homesick” single
  • Marseille, France electronic /indie rock /shoegaze quintet Seppuku “Belinda” from upcoming debut album “Times” via Howlin Banana Records
  • Phoenix, AZ dreampop /shoegaze band Glixen “Splendor” from “Audiotree Live” EP
  • Freehold, New Jersey alt-rock /shoegaze band ALL UNDER HEAVEN “Always” from the debut LP “What Lies Ahead Of Me” via Sunday Drive Records
  • France metal /slowcore /grunge /shoegaze quintet DEAD HORSE ONƎ “That Day” from the LP “Seas Of Static”
  • Milan, Italy shoegaze /post-rock soundtrack-ambient project of Nick Magister, aka Memoire Noire “Lumen” single
  • Czechia-based UK drone /krautrock /space rock /psychedelic group founded and led by Demian Castellanos, The Oscillation “Mantra” off new album “The Start Of The End” via All Time Low
  • Los Angeles instrumental 60s /library music /soundtrack /surf /psychedelic /garage band Trabants “Mantra” new 2-track 7″ single
  • San Francisco indie rock /power pop band French Cassettes “When You Know, You Know” off the third album “Benzene” via Tender Loving Empire Records
  • Austin, TX shoegaze /indie rock /dance band Nuclear Daisies “Dandelion Wine” single from upcoming album via Portrayal of Guilt
  • San Francisco‘s Power Pop /Indie Rock /Post-Punk solo project, Golfball Jr. – “Swamp Lungs” from the LP “Memory Museum” via Discontinuous Innovation Inc.
  • London based 5-piece indie-pop group Sparky’s Magic Piano “Walls” single
  • Malang, Indonesia-based garage punk /indie /alt-rock Javanese solo project, Inveigh “Rekah” from “Dinamika” EP via Haum Entertainment
  • Belgian lo-fi /power pop /garage punk /rock’n’roll trio Itches “Master Of Time” from the upcoming album “Two Flies In One Clap” via UhmYeahSure and Ronny Rex
  • Cleveland‘s garage punk band MK Ultras “Your Face” from the debut cassette EP “Secret Tape” via Painters Tapes and Big Neck Records (12″ vinyl)
  • Croydon, UK-based indie rock Parker brother trio (Nosferatu D2, Tempertwig and Superman Revenge Squad), My Best Unbeaten Brother “Blues Fatigue” the last single from the debut mini-album “Pessimistic Pizza” via Audio Antihero
  • Pamplona, Spain indie rock /post-punk trio Borla “Berorik ez” from the “Kordoba Bidea” LP 12″ via Flexidiscos
  • Rochester, NY soul /pop /rock & roll instrumental solo project of Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets guitarist as well as The Hi-Risers singer/guitarist, Greg Townson “Paint The Town” title track of the new EP
  • Toronto, Canada indie rock singer-songwriter Meagan Aversa “Divots” from “Blood Moon” LP
  • Golden State’s cosmic country /psych /folk troubadour Kyle Field, aka Little Wings “Handful of Earth” off of the full-length album “High on the Glade” via Perpetual Doom
  • Philadelphia psych /space free folk instrumental duo of Jesse (Elkhorn/Heavy Lidders) and Jeffrey (Dire Wolves/Heavy Lidders), aka Vatic Folk “Sixth Wav”
  • Orléans, France electronic /hip-hop /jazz /fusion /pop artist Jaze Baqti “To New Beginnings” single

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