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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – JULY #29-22

Jean Marais in ‘Orphée’ directed by Jean Cocteau, 1950

  • Stockholm, Sweden indie /dream pop band LILAC “Wither” first track from the debut album “There’s someone else in my skin”

In times of unexpected, welcome comebacks, the Swedish band Lilac, which were made known around 2017 thanks to a couple of enticing EPs, return with a brand new single, even announcing their long-awaited debut album. A 90s-inspired wistful dream-pop/shoegaze sound ala Real Estate or Alvvays, filled with shimmering reverberations and jangly crystalline nuances, cloaked in sun-hazed bittersweet melodies and a melancholic sense of nostalgia, while keeping a carefree flair. “Wither” bursts with an emotive melodious uplift of shimmering strums and sparkling, billowing wistful guitar melodies to enshroud dual airy angsty male/female vocals in sweeping surges of mercurial whims arousing feelings of urgent restlessness and hopeless desire.

  • Leeds, UK & Riga, Latvia based noise-gaze /shoegaze outfit Last Victorian Death Squad “Snow” from the EP “Snow/Starcrossed” on Shore Dive Records

You are sure to always find the fuzzy-pop song that grabs you instantly with every release from the ‘Purveyors of violent noise and blissful melodies since 2017 ‘. The opening “Snow” is a two-minute long noisy chaotic maelstrom of urgent steady rhythms, and frenzied, shivering, squealing guitar distortions enveloped in a blanket of swirling melancholy around the impassioned aching vocal desperation of a lonely soul, whose doubt and longing drive urgent surges of nostalgia and fear into overdrive. Poignant Brit-pop vocal tinged melodic emotive tension with full-bodied swirling guitar riffs in the second track, “Starcrossed“, plus also an unusual cover version of 80s glam heavy rockers Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, whose I should have a wrinkled dusty vinyl somewhere, a good hint to recover it.

  • Norway/Germany indie /jangle-pop duo of Jørn Åleskjær (The Loch Ness Mouse, Sapphire & Steel) and Sebastian Voss (Nah…, The Fisherman and his Soul), AKA HERR WADE “Askim” from “Altenberge” EP on Platiruma!!!

In the two musicians’ playful challenge to write a song on each of their living locations without ever having been there, “Askim” is a song about Jørn‘s hometown in Norway, written by Sebastian, with nuanced romanticism and heartfelt immediacy, penning an uncanny picturesque lyrical storytelling accompanied by his soft atmospheric vocal delivery over shifting rhythms, romantic winding guitar strums laced with glistening jangly flourishes, soft serene bright synth stabs, decorated with minimal blasting trumpet’s poignant vibrancy, to stir the soul with an unseen beauty, fascination, and love for a faraway place shared by friends.

  • Madrid-based spiritual jazz project by Brighton-native saxophonist, flautist and composer, Chip Wickham “Cloud 10” title track from the upcoming LP “Cloud 10” on Gondwana Records
  • Cork-based Irish experimental /psych /electronic pop musician, singer and songwriter (member of Crevice, Howlbux and The Altered Hours), Elaine Howley “Silent Talk” from the debut album “The Distance Between Heart And Mouth” on Touch Sensitive
  • Vienna-based drone punk /surf /garage wave /rock ‘n’ roll fuzz artist Bobby Would “Targets” from the album “STYX” on Kashual Plastik
  • Christchurch, New Zealand based fuzzy lo-fi pop singer /songwriter (former River Jones, Fran, Wurld Series, Salad Boys), BEN WOODS “Teething” from the album “Dispeller” on Meritorio Records
  • Rochester UK Medway‘s indie /psych /garage pop 4-piece THEATRE ROYAL “1994″ from the EP “Beneath the floor” EP
  • London, UK ’80s indie pop /post-punk troubadour Michael Tooney-Head, aka Mick Trouble “Glad I’m Not Me” from the EP “Oddities and Sodsities” (B-Sides and Flexi Disc Singles)
  • Phoenix, Arizona’s new wave /jangle /indie rock trio Fine China “Trees At Night” title track from the EP “Trees At Night” on Velvet Blue Music
  • ’90s Indonesian short-lived lo-fi /twee /noise /indie pop band AGGI “Television Personalities” from the CD album “Aggi Hates You (Completely)” a collection of the band’s out of print EPs on Jigsaw Records
  • Santiago, Chile dream pop /shoegaze /indie pop project of singer-songwriter Carlos Univaso, AKA Univaso “Lo Que Adolece” from V/A “Hotel Records Chile Vol. 3″ compilation album                                                                                        
  • Mexico City bedroom dream pop solo project, VHS Sports “somedays” single on Spirit Goth Records
  • Sacramento, Ca bedroom indie /dreampop singer-songwriter DOLLGIRL “Heavenly” single
  • Costa Rica‘s dreamgaze singer-songwriter ARDE PLUTON “Juega Salvaje” from the demo EP “Siempre Perdiendo”
  • Japanese indie pop /neo acoustic outfit Diogenes Club “Count on Me” from “Count on Me” 7″ vinyl EP + ltd. unreleased 5 tracks CDr on blue-very label                                                                                                                  
  • San Jose, Ca twee indie noise pop 4-piece STAR 99 “Vegas” from the EP “STAR 99”
  • Boise, Idaho alt indie rock all-girl band Plum Vision “Your Mom” single
  • South Korean post-rock /indie rock /shoegaze outfit 93min. “Twin” single from “Twin” on JK Music
  • Manchester, UK dream-gaze duo ATMOS BLOOM ‘Something Other Than You’ from the first album ‘Flora’ on Spirit Goth Records
  • French shoegaze /indie pop solo project Maud Anyways “Boil” single.
  • Washington, DC-based post-punk /new wave /indie rock DIY project of writer and producer Mike Toohey, aka Irish Basement “Bear Trap” new single
  • London, UK based DIY bedroom jangly dream pop one-girl band by Portugal-native Natasha Simões, AKA Maripool “Softly” single on Practise Music                                                                                                                       
  • Washington, D.C. based shoegaze /power-pop /indie rock outfit No One Sphere “Parachutes [Coldplay]” (reimagined version)
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba alt-country /slowcore /indie pop band MEADOWS “Run Around” from “Joyful” EP
  • Melbourne, Australia shoegaze /indie rock 4-piece FIRE BY THE RIVER “Anywhere” from 3-track “Demo” EP
  • Los Angeles indie rock 4-piece band GOON “Lyra” off of the second album ‘Hour of Green Evening’ out now
  • English indie-pop duo of composer/multi-instrumentalist Pete Hobbs and lyricist/singer Jof Owen, aka The Boy Least Likely To “Get Into The Summer” off of “Get Into The Summer b/w The Sadness In The Air” 7″ Single
  • San Francisco, Ca lo-fi /shoegaze /indie rock solo project BADVRIL “Tall Sam” single
  • Houston, Texas shoegaze /slowcore outfit Bedlocked “See Through” from the debut S/T album
  • Chicago lo-fi /dream pop /bedroom pop project of Kenneth Foss aka TEEN BLUSH “Other Faces” single
  • Lincoln, Nebraska dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece GHOSTLIKE “Empty Thoughts” title track from the debut EP
  • Californian indie-garage-jangle pop singer /songwriter /musician Josh Hwang, aka CASTLEBEAT “Cinema” (Single) on Spirit Goth
  • Glasgow, UK indie pop /shoegaze /dream-pop duo Simon Liddell (Frightened Rabbit) and Carla J Easton, aka POSTER PAINTS “Falling Hard” from the upcoming s/t album on Ernest Jenning Record Co.                      
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia jangle /indie /dream pop duo MINT CHERRY “Carry On” new single
  • Los Angeles-based shoegaze /indie rock /dream pop musician John Cudlip, AKA Launder “Harbour Mouth” from the debut LP “Happening” via Ghostly International
  • Paris, France alternative /slowcore /coldwave /shoegaze four-piece PENCEY SLOE – “The Run I. & II.(feat. Stéphane Paut & Justin K. Broadrick)” single on Prophecy Productions
  • Canadian ambient /dream pop /shoegaze alias of Toronto‘s multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Relph, AKA Indoor Voices “Falling” title track from the album “Falling”
  • Lucerne, Switzerland ethereal /shoegaze /dream pop project of Swiss multi-instrumentalist-composer Andy Jossi and US vocalist Krissy Vanderwoude, THE CHURCHHILL GARDEN “Always there” new single
  • Toronto, Canada grunge-gaze /shoegaze solo project of Charlie Berger, SLOWLY “Dizzy” from the new album “Distance” on Lossleader Records
  • Sacramento, CA indie /jangle /dream pop /shoegaze band DESARIO “Lonely Lights” from the fourth full-length album “Signal and Noise” on Sunday Records & Fort Lowell Records.
  • France-based dream pop /shoegaze collaborative music project started by British musician Andrew Rose in 1984, Callière “Golden (The Churchhill Garden remix)” from 2-track single “Tombstones”
  • Italian dream pop /shoegaze band from Genoa, SWEAR “Wide Awake” from the debut “Lucent” EP.
  • Victoria, Australian Experimental /Post-Vaporwave /Shoegaze solo project Kozstandsya “Drown” from the album “Make or Break”
  • Sweden fuzzy shoegaze doom-pop solo project Kitten Paws “Sommarbriserna” title track from the EP “Sommarland”
  • French lo-fi post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze solo project Ruined Church “Worthless Loser” single.
  • San Francisco, Ca post-grunge /noise-pop /shoegaze band DRAINER “Sunwashed” single from the upcoming album “Under the Sun”
  • Madrid, Spain post-punk /dream pop /shoegaze band SÝN “De Corona una Llama” single
  • Thailand Indie Rock /Emo /Dream Pop /Shoegaze band Electra Complex “Sirens” new single
  • Melbourne, Australia fuzz-pop /shoegaze /indie rock 4-piece Garage Sale – “Crack” from the debut LP “Shimmer”
  • L.A. fuzzy space rock trio Modern Time Machines “Somewhere Between” from the third full length album “Practical FX + Physical Media”
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee heavy shoegazers LACING “Days” from the upcoming cassette EP “Never” on Bummer Recordings and Candlepin Records 
  • Scotland‘s dream pop /noise-pop /shoegaze 4-piece Sunstinger – “Only in the Morning” new single                             
  • South Korea dream pop /synthpop trio Seoul Magic Club “Wish Wish” from “평화-Peace” EP
  • New York wave /electronic /dream pop /synthpop duo R. Missing “New Present City” single
  • Spain-based Russian-born dreampop /indie-pop artist Victoria Zolotukhina, aka April June “Leave Tonight” single                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Peruvian synthpop /dream-pop band from Lima, Catervas “Espejismos” [single] on Automatic
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands indie rock /synthpop trio Klangstof “Plastic Gun” from the upcoming third LP “Godspeed to the Freaks”
  • Brooklyn, NY post-rock /math /experimental 5-piece Hakanai “We Will Dismantle Death” new single
  • Halifax, Canada lo-fi /psych /surf /indie rock twin brother duo Peter & Will, aka MUNICIPALITY “Today Begins” single off of upcoming cassette album “Sun Room” on Human Sounds Records
  • Wellington, New Zealand indie rock /noise-pop band Bleeding Star “Cancer” from 3-track Demo
  • Oklahoma‘s dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock duo Mario and Heather Macias, AKA Winter Of Our Faith “Wasting Time” from the upcoming LP “Wasting Time”
  • Colorado‘s shoegaze /indie rock band GLEEMER “In Your Way” from the EP “Here at All”
  • L.A. based surf /indie rock band led by Reno-native Jacob Rubeck (Gap Girls) & Nicholas Rattigan (Current Joys), aka Surf Curse – “TVI” from the upcoming LP ‘Magic Hour’
  • Boston, UK indie folk duo Bedbound By Summer “Closure” single from upcoming EP
  • East Tennessee based singer/songwriter Jennifer Jane Niceley – “Stay Tuned: Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) [TV Theme]” from V/A “Stay Tuned: Season 2” a weekly TV theme song cover series on Perpetual Doom

Jean Marais in ‘Orphée’ directed by Jean Cocteau, 1950