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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – JULY #27-23

photo by Mainak Bose

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Brisbane, AU ambient /shoegaze /dream pop solo project of D. Pearce, aka KIGO “Like amber” from the single “Like amber/Keep dreaming”

Australian Ambient Shoegaze composer Kigo returns, bringing back bitter-sweet memories of The Blog That Celebrates Itself Records and the sorely missed Chris T.,  with a more crystalline, lightened re-elaboration of an early 2015 atmospheric single. Calm, immersive and wistful flows of glistening radiant guitar ripples, lilted by light percussions, glide and high surge in subtle distortion, over haunting, barely audible, reverberated celestial vocals, drifting in an agony and ecstasy of disconnected moods.

  • Nashville, TN based, Springfield, OH-bred surf /dream /indie pop musician and composer, Jack Landess “Hourglass” from the 2-track single “Hourglass / Honey Boy”

With freshness and panache, on the same style of Beach Fossils and Real Estate’s shiny, languid, jangly gleams and crystalline sun-kissed surf riffs, “Hourglass” is a bright heady drown-out immersion that sparks hypnotic, twinkling 6-string obsessions, bouncy drums, and sinuously throbbing bass lines, to enshroud drowsy ecstatic vocals in swaying introspective emotions, whilst stirring the soul of a lost desert wanderer with a beautiful forward momentum of hope and dreams.

  • Michigan-based twee /C86 /indie-pop solo project of London-native Sean Turner AKA The Photocopies “Straight F’s” from “Untogether” EP

Yet another new EP for the prolific English expat guitar pop composer with his usual heady blend of bubbling energy and endearing melodic flair, rife with buzzing fuzz and subtly shimmering jangle, that pulses with vibrant nostalgia over a brisk swaying rhythm section, emotive swirling keyboard washes along with a whirring flurry of sizzling guitar textures, to surround soft angsty vocal drama with feverish regret and longing for a simpler time.

  • Berlin-based, via Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea, soul /psych /calypso /Bossanova /jazz Israeli/Brazilian band, Moriah Plaza “Mais Amor” debut s/t album via Batov Records
  • German “Neo-Kraut” /“Diskurs-Pop” experimental electronics /folk duo Balint Brösel & Brannten Schnüre – “Disco” from upcoming V/A “Gespensterland” album [Bureau B]
  • Glasgow, UK psych /post-punk /indie rock DIY solo project of Vital Idle and ex-Golden Grrrl, Ruari MacLean, aka ESSEN “Burned at Both Ends (with E.R. Stevens)” from the cassette EP “Tape 2”
  • UK post-punk freak-out /kraut /electronic /psych-pop /dream folk collective project LOST MAP presents WEIRD WAVE (a who’s who of Lost Map faves, including L.T. Leif, Susan Bear, Pictish Trail and members of Kid Canaveral, eagleowl, Savage Mansion and more) “Astral Difficulties / Weird Wave” from the upcoming splatter vinyl 12″ album “Lost Map presents Weird Wave” [Lost Map Records]
  • San Diego, CA lo-fi shoegaze /experimental noise pop music-art project MUMBLE “I Lost You There” single
  • Birmingham, UK Bedroom Lo-Fi Dream Pop/Shoegaze solo project (offshoot from late ’90s outfit Avrocar), Geneva Drive “First Light” from upcoming (ltd. handmade gatefold CDr) mini-album “Soft Like Fire” on Wayside & Woodland Recordings
  • Paris-based ambient /krautrock /avant-garde electronic music artist and composer, Audrey Carmes “La fin du film” from the debut album “Quelque chose s’est dissipé” [Métron Records]
  • Seattle, WA ethereal shoegaze/dream pop/ dark pop project of Jancy Rae, aka MØAA “Jaywalker” title track of the second album.
  • Manchester, UK ambient /drone /field recordings /ethereal /noise /post-rock /dream pop /experimental duo of Claire Knox and Richard Knox (A-Sun Amissa / Shield Patterns, etc), aka Bleaklow “Grains in the Water” from the debut EP “Glume” [Gizeh Records]
  • Mexico City‘s ambient /ethereal /dream pop /kraut /psych /folk solo songwriting project of Mint Field guitarist and lead singer, Estrella del Sol “Sólo Yo Puedo Cuidarte” from the album “Figura de Cristal” on Felte
  • London-based cosmic synth-pop artist Hinako Omori “foundation” single [Houndstooth]
  • Montreal, Quebec-based French-pop /dream pop /neo-synth-folk solo project of Josianne Boivin, aka MUNYA “Un Deux Trois” single from the upcoming LP “Jardin” on Luminelle
  • Boston, MA lo-fi indie bedroom pop LAYZI “Summer ’17” from “summer ’17 // idk” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • New York indie rock /electronic pop solo project Sipper “Mood” single
  • Brighton, UK-based grunge /dream-pop /indie rock trio CIEL “Make It Better” title track of the new EP via Jazz Life and V2 Records
  • South-West London-based alt /indie rock trio Slaney Bay “EST” off the upcoming EP “Why Does Love Mean Loss?”
  • Los Angeles-based jangle /indie pop band The Creepy Crawlies “Yolk of Love” off the upcoming album “Weeds”
  • Indonesian surf /jangle /indie pop /dream pop /post-punk /indie rock band from Jakarta, BEDCHAMBER “New Times” from the album “Capa City” on La Munai Records
  • Düsseldorf, Germany C86 /indie rock /jangle /guitar pop band started as the bedroom project of former Subterfuge drummer Lars, The Radio Field “Other One (feat. Phantom Handshakes)” from upcoming “Don’ts and Dos” album on Subjangle
  • Busan, South Korea Surf /Indie-Rock quartet Say Sue Me 세이수미 “Mind Is Light” single on Damnably
  • Massachusetts-based indie rock /jangle-pop project of David MacDonald, aka Couchboy “Piece Of Mind” from the CD compilation “Couchboy: Singles and What Nots (20212023)” on Subjangle
  • Swedish lo-fi indie pop band from Kungälv, Fort Not “Tell Me Nothing” from the new LP “Depressed For Success” on Meritorio Records
  • Melbourne-based post-punk /jangle guitar pop band Life Strike “Downwinders” from upcoming sophomore LP “Peak Dystopia” via Stable Label and Bobo Integral
  • Wales, UK indie rock band Spencer Segelov & Great Paintings “And We Get Burned” first 7″ single from the upcoming album “You’re A Lighthouse, I’m At Sea” on Country Mile Records
  • Toronto, Ontario psych /disco /new wave /Britpop /indie rock band led by multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Josh Korody aka Breeze “You’ve Decided” from the upcoming album “Sour Grape” on Hand Drawn Dracula
  • Swedish shoegaze /dreamgaze 3-piece from Malmö, Echo Ladies – “Fabrik” new single from upcoming LP “Lilies” via Rama Lama Records and Gazehop Records
  • Japanese emo /shoegaze /dream pop /indie pop solo project スネイルプル / Snailpool ー デザイア- from the album デイドリームスケープ
  • UK 5-piece shoegaze /dream pop band from Bristol, Stay Lunar ~ “I only love you when the sun sets” from the “When the sun sets” EP
  • Hamburg, Germany jingle-jangle-fuzz-power-baroque-pop-wallofsound-DIY-Home-Studio project of Singer-Songwriter Heiko Schneider, AKA theCatherines “Storm Warning” single
  • Finnish dream wave /dream pop singer-songwriter Mémoire Profonde “Nowhere” single
  • Tokyo, Japan indie pop /twee /jangle pop /shoegaze band BOYISH “青い雨 (after the blue rain )” single
  • Chicago indie /synthpop /dream pop solo project COOL HEAT “Harmless” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Melbourne-born, Edinburgh-based dream-pop project of ex Kins frontman Thomas Savage aka Vilde “Piñata” from the upcoming album “Hope”
  • Brisbane, Australia garage /shoegaze /post-punk /indie rock band Start Together “Skeptics” from the upcoming debut album “Separate Beds” on 4000 Records
  • Chinese bedroom /dream /indie pop outfit from Wuhan, AmovingmoviE – 和平公园 The Peace Park – from the album – 汉海乐园一日游 One day’s journey in Wuhan – via Sango Records
  • Melbourne-based indie-pop three-piece (aka The Cat’s Miaow), Hydroplane “City Terminus” from the upcoming double vinyl compilation album “Selected Songs 19972003” on World Of Echo
  • Salamanca-based, Spanish ethereal /shoegaze outfit led by founding member Pedro L. Ortega, aka Bélver Yin “Una vida por delante (Candela´s song)” from the upcoming vinyl album of new recordings “Para Mi Madre” [Efficient Space]
  • Detroit, MI shoegaze /psych /dream pop 4-piece VAEGA “Phaser Days” sophomore single
  • Stockholm, Sweden soft rock /dream pop duo Curiositi “Moon” (feat. Liam Amner of Hey Elbow, Alice Boman on drums) single
  • Salamanca based, Spanish ethereal /shoegaze outfit led by founding member Pedro L. Ortega, aka Bélver Yin “Una vida por delante (Candela´s song)” from the upcoming vinyl album of new recordings “Para Mi Madre” [Efficient Space]
  • Brooklyn, NY dream pop trio SHE’S A VAMPIRE “Pink Orange Red (Cocteau Twins Cover)” from “Demos” EP 
  • Richmond, VA electronic /post-punk /dream pop /shoegaze project of Tony Gloom from Petrified Entity, aka Choline “Won’t Last” from the first single “Veil”
  • São Paulo, Brazil alternative dream pop shoegaze band Echo Upstairs – “in/out” from the EP “Il Mondo” out 21/July/2023 on midsummer madness
  • Tokyo, Japan dream pop /shoegaze band Magic Love “Wait For Rain” from the first album/compilation “Vestige” on Letter Records
  • New York dream pop /shoegaze band Velvet “No Spring feat. Brandon Setta” from “No Spring” EP
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana shoegaze /dream pop band Necromoon “Orange Peel” single
  • New York dream pop /shoegaze band Iceblynk “The Exploding Boy” from V/A “Pictures of You: A compilation of covers of songs by The Cure” via God Is In The TV Zine
  • Florence, Italy dream pop/shoegaze band WE MELT CHOCOLATE “no meaning man” first single from the forthcoming second album
  • Glasgow, UK shoegaze /alternative rock band FAZED “Be quiet and drive (far away)” (Deftones cover)
  • Antonio, TX Noise Rock/ Shoegaze band HAPPYVOID “Slow” single                                                   
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma dream pop /shoegaze band Roverandom “Cliche” from the debut mini-LP “Spinning”
  • Indonesian Shoegaze /Post-rock group from Surabaya, SHRINE “Sorrow” off the EP “Sacred Limbo”
  • Boston, Massachusetts slacker rock /heavy shoegaze band Bedroom Eyes “Planted” off the upcoming LP “Turned Away” on à La Carte Records (vinyl) and Suburban Creep Records (tape)
  • Philadelphia, PA shoegaze band founded in 2019 by Matthew Paul Whiteford, Cigarettes for Breakfast “Pretend” from the upcoming album “Join the Circus”
  • German Dream Pop /Shoegaze duo from Heidelberg, The Virginia Planes “Grounded” second single
  • Harrisonburg, Virginia-based Iraqi grunge /shoegaze solo project nabeel / نبيل “lazim alshams/ لازم الشمس ” single
  • Chicago, IL noise rock /grungegaze band BOSSES “Trascendental” single
  • Russian lo-fi /shoegaze /noise /indie rock band Лесные Окраины “Звёздыì” from “Вперёд к приключениям” EP on Raw Pop Syndicate
  • Brisbane, Australia post-hardcore /indie rock /shoegaze band HOT RENO “Crying In Your Sleep” single
  • US atmospheric black metal /shoegaze /blackgaze artist Damián Antón Ojeda, AKA Sadness “Please…” from split cassette album “Sadness // Abriction” via Canti Eretici
  • Long Beach, CA indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop trio STILLFILMS “Safe Bet” single
  • Raleigh, NC indie rock 4-piece TRUTH CLUB “Blue Eternal” single via Double Double Whammy
  • Polish kosmische /rock’n’roll /improvised /space /kraut /psychedelic rock one-man band of poet and musician based in Poznań, A.J. Kaufmann, aka Fairyport Convent “Flying Object Alert” from the album “Flower Power of the Witching Hour” on The Swamp Records.
  • L.A.-based shoegaze /psych /dream pop duo TREMOURS – “Dark Glasses” single on Little Cloud Records
  • Auckland, New Zealand post-punk /psych /shoegaze /fuzz noise-rock 3-piece Swallow The Rat ”Terra Nullius” from the upcoming third album “South Locust” on Shifting Sounds
  • Hamburg, Germany jangly /punk /mod /power pop band (Fka Dr König Arthus), CRABBER “Dogged by Fortune” from the third LP “Crabber Crabber Hey!”
  • Mansfield, UK avant rock /kraut /psych /indie rock duo of Andy (Duke) Whitehurst and Andy Pidluznyj (of New Apostles), Zoom Unit “Cold Comfort Creek” from the LP “The Evel Knievel Blues”
  • Detroit-based indie rock songwriter-producer Ian Ruhala, aka Hala “R.S.V.P.” single
  • Grunge-gaze /indie rock solo project of New York singer-songwriter and poet Alexandra Antonopoulos, aka Honeycrush “Milk Teeth” single on Dune Altar
  • Perth, Australia indie rock 4-piece Smol Fish “Big Love” single
  • Spanish electro-punk-pop band original from Asturias, AXOLOTES MEXICANOS “Amarre” single on Elefant Records
  • Toronto, Canada indie-rock-folk songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Joe McLeod “What A Pity” from upcoming LP “The Dancer And The Bear” on We Are Busy Bodies
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands ambient /classical /jazz /folktronica multi-instrumentalist and composer (head of Melody As Truth records and 1/3 of Gaussian Curve), Jonny Nash “All I Ever Needed” off the upcoming album “Point Of Entry” [Melody As Truth]