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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – JULY #30-22

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  • Melbourne based rock’n’roll /power pop band The Prize “Wrong Side of Town” from the upcoming 4-track “Wrong Side of Town” 7″ EP via Anti Fade Records.

If in the case of Triangle Rain Club we referred to a Power-Pop entirely from the 90s with hints to Lemonheads, or Teenage Fun Club; for the Melbourne based quintet, instead, we go back to the turn of the late 70s and the start of the 80s, amid Power Pop and New Wave, to those bands, sometimes unsung, such as The Nerves/The Paul Collins Beat, The Records or 20/20 just to name a few, jam-packed of irresistible melody and youthful angst-ridden vigour that defined the genre. The 5-piece churns out an exuberant, crunchy yet catchy, rock’n’roll-laden single that matches the electricity of those trailblazers, fueled with proto-punk edge, through groovy high-energy rambling moods, that supercharge relentless driving sharp guitar riffs and sizzling feverish melodies, to sway furiously around a rapid, angsty release of narrative lyrics, warning of the dangerous and alienating vibes found on “The Wrong Side of Town.”

  • Chicago, IL shoegaze /indie rock solo project of multi-instrumentalist Austin Smith, AKA Triangle Rain Club “In My Head” first single from the debut album

Chicago‘s one-man band delivers an invigorating, straightforward and catchy 90s-tinged slice of Power Pop sprinkled with Shoegaze sparkles ala Teenage Funclub, wistful and noisy at the same time, laced with a hazy slacker vibe. Urgent drums fuel nostalgic wandering abrasive guitar riffs shredding obsessive paths of regret and fear around numb husky melancholic vocals, brooding in a dark reverie about a relationship break-up.

  • Jakarta, Indonesia shoegaze band formed in 2005, Hazel “Over My Head” single from the upcoming EP on Anoa Records sublabel Tarsius Records

The seemingly long lost Jakarta‘s shoegaze band Hazel re-emerges from oblivion with a brand new atmospheric and emotional-ridden new single triggered by steady vibrant rhythms along with hazy droning, distorted guitar blankets and radiating wistful glistening lines that somberly glimmer and soar, to reflect angsty waves of fear and shame atop bittersweet, downtrodden vocals releasing stubborn feelings of letting go.

  • L.A. based ethereal /dark wave solo project of Tara Jane, aka CARESS “Crazy For You” (Slowdive Cover)
  • Wigan, UK ambient /shoegaze /krautrock /electronic musician and producer (songwriter and co-founder of Engineers, and Ulrich Schnauss collaborator), MARK PETERS Ft. Dot Allison “Switch On The Sky” from the upcoming second solo album “Red Sunset Dreams” via Sonic Cathedral
  • German/US dream pop /ethereal wave duo of GermanBrazilian multidisciplinary visual artist, musician & singer Gloria de Oliveira and L.A. based longtime David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley, Gloria de Oliveira and Dean Hurley “All Flowers in Time” from the upcoming LP “Oceans of Time” on Sacred Bones Records
  • London, UK noir-pop/shoegaze/dream pop duo of Dean Garcia (formerly of Curve) & Rose Berlin, SPC ECO “Broken Light” from the new album “Be The Change” July 2022 Series
  • Brighton, UK experimental /kraut /electronic dance pop 4-piece Fujiya & Miyagi “Digital Hangover” from the upcoming LP “Slight Variations”
  • Vienna, Austria dream pop /synthpop musician and artist Sofie Royer “Baker Miller Pink” single on Stones Throw
  • Chicago’s bedroom chillwave /synthpop act Spirit Pure “Easy” debut single
  • London based folk pop singer-songwriter Ella Walker, aka WILDES “Far and Wide” single from the upcoming debut LP “Other Words Fail Me”
  • L.A. based ambient /indie folk singer-songwriter Helen Ballentine, AKA Skullcrusher “Whatever Fits Together” from the upcoming debut LP “Quiet the Room” on Secretly Canadian
  • German lo-fi /bedroom /acoustic /dream pop /indie pop solo project Slowlife – “Dreaming” single                   
  • Tampa, FL bedroom indie pop solo project Peli Gene – “Pipe Dreams” off of debut EP “Are You Alive”             
  • Kawartha Lakes, Ontario psych indie pop trio HEAPS “Little Blue” 4-track EP “Little Blue”                             
  • Philippines 4-piece dream-pop group from Dumaguete, UJU “Promises” single on Melt Records.
  • Tolyatti, Russia shoegaze /dream pop collaboration Faience Knife, Цветут Сады “Береги” single
  • Puerto Rican relocated to New York ambient /shoegaze /dream pop trio Isla Invisible “Our Collapse” from CD/cassette Split EP with Adiós Cometa on Velvet Blue Music
  • Fresno Ca indie /dream pop duo Paradise Blossom “Shape Of You” single on BIRTHDIY
  • US indie /dream pop project Puddle Noir “Shades” second single
  • Philadelphia based dream pop /psych pop solo project of War On Drugs bassist Dave Hartley, AKA Nightlands “With You” from the album “Moonshine” on Western Vinyl
  • Southern California dream pop band TWIN OAKS “Soft Light” part of a split single with Mines Falls
  • Portland, OR queer jangly indie-pop band The Crystal Furs “Charlatan” first single from the album “In Coastal Light,” coming September 2022.
  • San Francisco, Ca twee /shoegaze /indie pop /bedroom pop project of Lavender Blush‘s Ryan Lescure, AKA Devoted Fans “Lake Street” from the debut EP “July”
  • Spanish jangle indie pop band from Madrid, Puzzles y Dragones ‘El final de mi felicidad’ the first single from the upcoming sophomore LP on El Genio Equivocado
  • Late 80s Essex, UK C86 /indie pop trio The Rosslyns “There’s Always Next Year” from the retrospective remastered collection “All We Ever Did Was Try” (19891990) on Harriet Records
  • Philadelphia dream pop /indie pop duo Blood Sound “Strawberry” single
  • San Jose, Costa Rica alternative rock /dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece Adiós Cometa “Prefiero Quedarme” from CD/cassette Split EP with Isla Invisible on Velvet Blue Music
  • Tokyo, Japan indie rock/shoegaze band MOON IN JUNE “Summer Pop’97” from “Evergreen” EP
  • Phoenix, AZ shoegaze /ethereal dream pop project of guitarist and producer Andrew Saks (Millia Pink and Green, This Was Tomorrow- Saint Marie Records) & vocalist Gwendolyn, Goodbye Ranger “We Collide” from the debut EP “Memories and the Sky”.
  • Phoenix, AZ jangle dream pop trio Sweet Season “Cuter Than The Neighbors” from the EP “Twenty Two”
  • Barcelona, Spain shoegaze /dream pop /indie rock solo project MIRELIGHT “A Ticket To Go” single
  • London, UK beat-driven dream pop /shoegaze solo project, Sunnbrella “Wrong” single
  • Shanghai, China indie rock /shoegaze band RUBUR “Deprived of Grief” from the 2-track single “Meanwhile…”
  • Boston, Massachusetts indie rock /shoegaze band DROPBEAR “Sitcom Show” from “Spiralized” EP
  • Chicago‘s shoegaze band Muted Color “Radial” (Single) from the forthcoming new two-song EP “Radial” via Fever Ltd.
  • Portland, Or shoegaze /dream pop band GLOOMCHURCH “Roller Ghost” title track from the new EP “Roller Ghost”
  • Northern Ohio post-rock/ shoegaze band FLOURISH “The Woman Dressed in Sun” from “Ephemera” EP
  • Bristol, England/Newport, Wales lo-fi shoegaze /noise rock trio Thinking With Sand – “Between” from the upcoming vinyl version of last year’s debut album “Dreams and half truths” via Oscarson
  • Austin, TX indie /fuzz pop /shoegaze band OBSERVER “Plastic” from the upcoming LP “Absence of Humanity”
  • Philadelphia‘s post-hardcore /shoegaze /noise-pop 5-piece TIME “Adios” from the new LP “Hydrangea” on Jump Start Records
  • Californian Noise pop/Shoegaze band from San Diego, QUALI “Stalker” from the third album “When The Dark Presses”
  • Stockholm, Sweden indie rock /post-punk 4-piece The Vapour Veils “Live Forever” (originally released as “Dimman” by Stilla Havet on Novoton in 2021) single
  • Auckland, New Zealand noise-pop /indie rock singer-songwriter Amelia Murray aka FAZERDAZE “Come Apart” single on section1
  • New York based jangle pop band led by ex-Panel of Judges frontman and Melbourne-via-NYC luminary Dion Nania, AKA Free Time “That’s Rare” from the upcoming third LP “Jangle Jargon” on bedroom suck records
  • North Carolina‘s atmospheric goth-metal-post-punk-psych-noise rockers WAILIN STORMS “Drag” from the 4th album “The Silver Snake Unfolds” on Gilead Media
  • Sacramento, Ca’s post-hardcore /grunge /emo band Anxious Arms “Wasted Days, Wasted Years” off of the split cassette EP with Dull Mourning on Sunday Drive Records.
  • Melbourne, Australia shoegaze /indie rock /dreamo band PALE SPELLS “Lighter Shade Of…” single
  • Amsterdam based alternative indie guitar rock noise pop band VON VEH “Turmoil! Turmoil!” from the upcoming EP “Undecided”
  • Rostov-on-Don, Russia indie rock trio STRUK TU RA “Переливы” single
  • London, UK indie /dream pop 4-piece Bleach Lab ‘Take It Slow’ new single on Nettwerk Music Group
  • Fortaleza, Brazil indie guitar rock duo of early 2000s veteran musicians Mário Quinderé (Dead Poets) and Regis Damasceno (Velouria), AKA Fish Magic “Youth” the first single from Fish Magic’s 4th album “Kamakura” on midsummer madness
  • London, UK indie rock /dream pop solo project of Zoe Mead, aka Wyldest “Tin Foil Girl” from upcoming LP “Feed the Flowers Nightmares” on Hand In Hive                                                                                                        
  • Modena, Italian psych /dream folk singer and songwriter Sara Ammendolia, aka HER SKIN “Suitable” new single on We Were Never Being Boring
  • Edinburgh, UK indie folk singer-songwriter Bonnie Kemplay “19” single on Dirty Hit                                   
  • Los Angeles based indie rock singer-songwriter Blondshell “Kiss City” single
  • New York based dream pop /indie pop Chloe Berry “Darling” new single
  • Indie pop singer-songwriter from the North-East of Scotland, RACHEL JACK “Colour Me Unimpressed” single
  • Durham, North Carolina indie folk duo Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Meath, The A’s “Wedding Dress” from the debut LP “Fruit” on Psychic Hotline

Marianna Rothen photography

Marianna Rothen photography

marianna rothen photography