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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – JULY 2024 – #27-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Houston, TX post-punk /shoegaze /dark dream-pop trio Monochrome Lover “Lover” single

Houston outfit finally returns with a lush and ethereal dark dream-pop reverie shaded in crepuscular hues, to elicit a grey dreamy haze from romantic brassy synth motifs and bright sparkling crunchy and vivid guitar ringlets, underlined by subtly crisp, swaying percussion grooves and warm humming bass lines, to enrapture evocative airy female vocals through celestial angst and sensuality into a shared conclusion of ‘love is made forever’.

  • Rangiora, New Zealand garage /jangle-pop /power-pop quartet (members of Transistors, Salad Boys, and T54), Best Bets “Monster” first single from the sophomore album “The Hollow Husk of Feeling” via Melted Ice Cream and Meritorio Records

Highly infectious, crunchy and bristly Power Pop ala The Replacements or Sugar, from the experienced Kiwi quartet. “Monster” releases dreamy and angsty vocals riding, with ramshackle strains, over a relentless vibrant flow of off-tempo drum beats, humming bass pulses, and abrasive ringing riffs, longing for love amid emptiness and doubt.

  • South Australia-based Dream Pop /Shoegaze one-man band of songwriter, guitarist, and producer Dave Thomas, aka Hey Calamity “Waking With The Dead” from the CD album “The Stranger You Know” via Shore Dive Records

The brainchild of Guitarist /Songwriter /Producer Dave Thomas, pulling from his kaleidoscopic array of musical inspirations, deftly creates an extremely fresh and striking guitar-driven sound through a fine balance between atmospherics and immediacy, that intertwines and blends the vibrant tones of indie rock and layered shoegaze textures with the ethereal allure of dream-pop, trimmed with synthetic brushstrokes. The album is a heady ebb and flow between soaring emotive effected vocalizations, energetic electrifying surges, ecstatic introspective moments and fanciful escapes, to merge into a melancholic ‘pop’ refinement. Overall ten catchy and immersive songs that captivate amid heartfelt intimacy and nuanced nostalgia.

  • Kansas City-based ambient /ethereal /neo-classical /cinematic lullabies and creation of composer Laura Boland, aka Elska “Innigkeit” from the album “Dancing Alone” [Time Released Sound]
  • Brussels-based lo-fi /dark electronic /ethereal /minimal /wave /dub /synth-pop artist Bulie Jordeaux “Faille temporelle” from the cassette album “Visions” [Grande Rousse Disques/WOMB music]
  • Chicago, IL ambient /psych /post-rock band of singer-guitarist Matt Christensen, multi-instrumentalist Brian Harding, and drummer Mike Weis, aka Zelienople “Hold In My Hands” single from the upcoming album “Everything Is Simple” album [Shelter Press]
  • Los Angeles lo-fi /avant-Americana /cosmic psych-folk band Nighttime “Morning Moon” from the album “Lone Star”
  • Mexican shoegaze /folk /krautrock /psychedelic rock band from Mérida, Los Kowalski “Una Ciudad” from “Post Viva” EP (created in 2020 for three visual projects)
  • Washington‘s lo-fi bedroom-dream-slowcore-indie pop band Porch Kiss “Take the Blame” from the cassette EP “Loneliest Summer” via Start-track.com
  • London, UK based lo-fi /bedroom indie rock project of Lisbon-native singer-songwriter Natacha Simões, aka Maripool “Not Today” from the second cassette EP “A Day That Feels Like Nothing At All” via Smoking Room
  • Oslo, Norway indie /dream pop solo project Yndling “Never as Easy (feat. Petite Amie)” single [Spirit Goth Records]
  • Umeå, Sweden electronic /shoegaze /dreampop band Haermape “Plastic Shield” from the debut album “Benny vol 1.0”
  • Swedish minimal indie pop /rock band of twin sister duo from Malmö, 7ebra “Daybreak” from “Normal Song / Daybreak” [7″] single via PNKSLM Recordings
  • Oxnard, CA indie pop group formed in 2002Maria “I Will Remember You” from “I Will Remember You/I’m Set Free” 7″ single via YAY! Records
  • Atlanta, GA psych-pop / indie rock band Secret Towns “The Real Thing” single
  • Sacramento, CA indie pop band The Frenchmen “Change Of Season” off of the 2004 Clairecords’ album “Sorry We Ruined Your Party” remastered and re-issued on vinyl 12″ by Sacramento Records
  • Clare, Australia lo-fi /bedroom pop /indie /dream pop band, Bedroom Holiday “Chasing Stoplights” from “A New Way” EP
  • Scotland DIY bedroom surf /dream-pop /folk /jangle pop project of Edinburgh-based artist Michael Kay Terence, aka Swiss Portrait “Photobooth” single
  • Egersund, Norway indie power jangle-pop band led by singers and guitarists Frode Stromstad and Anne Lise Frokedal, I WAS A KING “Favourite Colours” single
  • Clare, Australia 3-piece indie /jangle pop band The Boltons “Melissa’s House” single
  • French bedroom pop /C86 /jangle /indie pop DIY solo project Few Border “Copenhagen” from the sophomore EP “Copenhagen”
  • San Diego, CA cosmic Americana /krautrock /indie rock band Saffron “Star Child” from cassette S/T EP (recorded in 2023 before the group dissolved into the improvising project of Public Universal Friend) via Plum Books
  • Aberdeen, Scotland jangle pop /psych-pop singer-songwriter, founding member and one-fifth of The Vapour Trails, Kevin Robertson “Ghosting” from the 4th album “The Call Of The Sea” via Subjangle and Futureman Records
  • Sandbach, UK bedroom jangle /indie /power pop solo project Candy Strypers “Thy Will Be Done”
  • Christchurch, NZ indie pop /indie rock singer-songwriter Mousey “Dog Park” off “Dog Park / Opener” single
  • Austin, TX indie rock trio Dress Warm “Backyard” single
  • Bay Area riot grrl /power-pop /indie rock project of wife-husband duo guitarist-songwriter Alex Velasquez and drummer Paul Igaz, aka Fast Execution “All You See Is Weather” from “Menses Music” EP 10″ via Dandy Boy Records
  • Australian indie rock /shoegaze 3-piece band from Brisbane, Sacred Blue “Hey” single
  • Austin TX-based four-piece power pop /indie guitar pop Gentlemen Rogues “Young ‘Til We Die” from “The Drolls / Gentlemen Rogues” Split Single 7″
  • New York power pop /new wave /indie rock trio Lame Drivers “Temple” from the second LP “Become an Island” via Jigsaw (CD) and Bleeding Gold (LP)
  • Paris shoegaze /dreampop /alt-rock band Berezina “Last Exit” 2nd single from the upcoming debut EP
  • Geneva, Switzerland post-rock /shoegaze /indie rock band Tract “Decay” from “Decay” EP
  • York, UK garage rock/jangle /power pop band Cowgirl “Fading Lights” lead single from the upcoming second LP “Cut Offs” via Safe Suburban Home Records
  • Caldicot, South Wales‘ garage rock duo The Bug Club “Lonsdale Slipons” from upcoming LP “On the Intricate Inner Workings of the System” via Sub Pop Records
  • Indonesian gothpop /indiepop duo of Aswhin Marmanto (Breath) and Bambang Bimo Prakoso (Blonde House, Alice Creek), Dog Dept “Tower” from “Unraveled” LP (originally released in 2020) via Ear to Ear
  • Seattle, WA indie /shoegaze /dreampop duo Glass Egg “Vern song” from “In Case I Forget You” EP
  • Boulder, CO indie dream pop solo project (a member of The High Lines), Sleep Club “Popstar” single
  • Gold Coast, Australia dream-pop project DREAM POP “See Me” single
  • Bath, UK indie /shoegaze solo multi-instrumental artist, Sandoval “On The Bridge” single
  • L.A. based ethereal dream-pop duo of multi-instrumentalist and producer Ryan Lum (founder of late 80s-90s act Love Spirals Downwards) and singer Anji Bee, aka Lovespirals “Noumenon” (Single)
  • Philadelphia, IL dream pop /shoegaze /dreamgaze WATER GRL “Don’t Go” from the debut “FOREVER” EP
  • France-based dream pop /shoegaze collaborative music project started by British musician Andrew Rose in 1984, Callière “Lisbon” from the CD EP “Lisbon”
  • Christchurch, NZ indie rock /shoegaze /dream-pop project of Annemarie Duff (ex Miniatures), aka T. G. Shand “Scenes” new single
  • Italian shoegaze /dream-pop /indie rock band Sons of Twilight “Forget me (And disappear)” from “Perfect lie” EP
  • Birmingham, Alabama dreamo /slowcore /shoegaze /grungegaze 4-piece Mood Room “Clairvoyance” single
  • Chicago, IL shoegaze /indie grunge solo project of singer-songwriter Olivia Wallace, aka Sick Day “Overexposure” title track of the debut cassette EP via Substitute Scene Records.
  • London-based alternative /indie rock /shoegaze band Cloud Cover “Facehealer” from the debut EP “Cloud Cover”
  • Brisbane, Australia 4-piece dream pop /shoegaze band Local Authority “Disconnect” single from upcoming album ”Memory Loss”
  • Los Angeles-based dream pop /new wave /space rock band Modern Time Machines “Ghost Signs (Sleight of Hand)” single
  • Irish Noise-Pop /Shoegaze group based in Dublin, Diving Bells “Ivanohe” from the debut album “Have Taken to Bed”
  • Chicago, IL Alt /Indie Rock /Shoegaze band, MUTED COLOR “Sudden Change” from the debut LP “Take I Lovely You” via Fever Ltd.
  • UK indie rock /dream-pop /shoegaze solo project PARLOUR “Wavy” single
  • Nashville, TN based Indie Shoegaze band Nashville Saints “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
  • Redlands, CA lo-fi ambient /desert rock /shoegaze DIY solo project, We Made It To The Desert, Now What? “Your Hands Still Smell Like Her Perfume” from debut S/T EP
  • Gold Coast, Australia shoegaze project SHOEGAZER “Nobody Else” single
  • Harrisonburg, Virginia-based Iraqi grunge /shoegaze solo project nabeel / نبيل “khaif – خايف” single
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota post-rock /shoegaze /sludgegaze 4-piece band Another Heaven “Painkillers” from the upcoming 5th album “See You Later”
  • Philadelphia-based indie rock /shoegaze band, Farewell Days “Crawl” single
  • Madison, Wisconsin grunge /noise rock /shoegaze /indie rock band Interlay “LVS” from “Hunting Jacket” EP
  • Chicago-based 4-piece alt rock /grunge /shoegaze band Sleepwalk “Left Out ” from “Out Of Focus” EP via Summer Darling Tapes (EU tape)
  • Buenos Aires-based, Argentinian 4-piece emo /shoegaze /indie rock band Fin del Mundo – “Vivimos Lejos” first single from the new studio album “Hicimos crecer un bosque”
  • Nashville, TN post-punk/new wave/dream pop band led by songwriter and producer Joseph Lekkas, Palm Ghosts “Don’t Change” (INXS cover) charity single via Sweet Cheetah / Poptek Records
  • Paris-based psych /shoegaze /indie rock duo Agnès Gayraud (La Féline) and Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf, Oiseaux-Tempête), aka GRIVE “Wait and See” first single from the debut LP “Tales of Uncertainty” via Talitres
  • Los Angeles garage /folk /space rock /psychedelic rock band Dream Phases “Turn Away” from the upcoming LP “Phantom Idol” via Coconut Spaceship Records
  • Asheville, NC alt country folk /slacker /indie rock solo project of Wednesday guitarist, Waxahatchee collaborator, MJ Lenderman “She’s Leaving You” from the upcoming debut LP “Manning Fireworks” via Anti-Records
  • Nashville, TN indie rock quartet The Privates “I’ll Be Honest” from the best of vinyl collection (plus two unreleased new tracks) “We Are Really Rocking Now, Haven’t We?” [2004-2009] via YK Records
  • New Orleans-based folk /power pop /garage punk band led by musician and songwriter Cas P. Ian, Twisted Teens “When The Wire Get Cut” from “TOURTAPE” cassette album cassette for the band’s current EU-Tour via Turbo Discos
  • Bay Area alternative /indie rock trio Sour Widows “Witness” from the debut album “Revival Of A Friend”
  • Phoenix, AZ surf /power pop /rock’n’roll /garage rock band The Rebel Set “Bummer City” title track of the upcoming “Bummer City” LP via Chaputa Records
  • London-based indie-pop group Sparky’s Magic Piano “Dominoes” single
  • Echo Park, CA-based bedroom lo-fi /indie folk /dream pop /synth-pop solo project, Tomemitsu “Losing My Mind” from upcoming LP “Dream 2” via Friends of Friends Music
  • Brooklyn, NY indie /synth-pop duo The Dream Eaters “I AM BLEEDING INTERNALLY” single
  • Minneapolis, MN industrial /folk-gaze /krautrock /psychedelic improvisation /jam band led by Steve Palmer and Matt Beachey, Cassini “Statesboro Day” from the debut vinyl 12″ LP “The Cassini Promise” via echodelickrecords
  • Dutch kosmische guitar psych magick /sonic raga trips/ melodic mantras / esoteric electronica project of musician and composer Ajay Saggar, aka Bhajan Bhoy “Fazer” from the upcoming “Peace Frequencies / Healing Frequencies (The WFMU + WGXC Sessions 2023)” album
  • Belgian alt-country /freak folk /psychedelic rock group led by singer-songwriter Koen Kohlbacher, aka Birds That Change Colour – “Don’t Fall Down” (1966) from upcoming V/A “I Think Of Demons – A Tribute to Roky Erickson Vol. 1″ CD compilation via Gruselthon
  • UK experimental /ambient /cinematic /folktronica project led by Paul Newland (formerly one-half of The Lowland Hundred), aka Clevelode “Outside (The Epping Forest Country Club)” from the album “Muntjac” [Fenny Compton]
  • Brooklyn, NY indie folk singer-songwriter Marem Ladson “Song to the Siren” (written by Tim Buckley & Larry Beckett, 1967)

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