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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – SEPTEMBER #36 – 22

© David Castenson

PICKS OF THE WEEK:
  • Late ’90s formed UK indie pop /synthpop band led by Huw Bucknell, The Spanish Amanda “Cats In Uniform” from “Let Them Eat Art!” EP                                                                                                                       

Established in 1998, the English Indie-Pop group The Spanish Amanda, the brainchild of Huw Bucknell, got noticed, in some way even here in Italy thanks to a couple of precious blogs, at the very beginning of the 2000s for a debut album via the German label Firestation Tower, with clear nods to the mid-80s UK New Wave/Guitar Pop/C86 and 90s Indie-Pop, that combined dancing New Order-style synthpop and Smiths-y jangly guitar tones coloured with lyrics rich of dark witty storytelling. Back on track in 2018 after about 15 years of hiatus, the band, which now operates as a trio, has just released a new EP as always with some noteworthy nostalgic, at times semi-acoustic, indie-pop tunes. The drum box leads the steady hypnotic pace of “Cats In Uniform” along with warm round bass pulsations, amid anxious effect-laden guitar flourishes and swishing keyboards, whilst cheeky, dramatic surreal vocal drama blends nervous declarations with breathless female backup whispers, to spoof the past cultural phenomenon of newspaper dating.

  • Japanese shoegaze /indie /noise rock band from Kyoto, ODDLY “Alligator” single from upcoming debut LP on Damnably

Kyoto‘s odd noise rockers’ new single fuses the incessant dynamic rumbling drive of the rhythms section with restless, and edgy guitar work a la Sonic Youth to screech, squeal and growl with outbursts of chaotic feedback glory over evocative male/female vocal delivery alternating aloof sass with caustic grungey screams, and numb repetitions to epitomise a dystopic lifestyle of oppression and dread.

  • French shoegaze /indie rock trio Subzero Fun “Lock Groove” from V/A “Rave Down Tracks – Volume 1” compilation on new Parisian label Rave Down

The birth of a new DIY record label is in itself always a good thing, if it then inaugurates its foundation with the first volume of a compilation full for more than half of unreleased quality tracks, makes it all even more intriguing. Paris-based Swevedriver-inspired imprint Rave Down collects seven talented bands from the French Shoegaze scene, spanning from the only one not French, South-Korean Syupeo Jenjang‘s driving whirling noisy energy, the skyscraping cliffs of the hyper-prolific soloist Jōetsu Shore, to the cosmic-tinged shimmering seamless blend of loud and quiet of Subzero Fun, intersecting ‘Echo Delay and Reverb’ with the reflective post-rock suggestions of Jen and the seemingly new band Lendl, the latter with dark nuances, the ambient/electronic elements of NGC2020, and So Many Lines‘ melodic psychedelic introspection. Highly recommended!

  • Italian lo-fi /electronic /dreamy psych-pop solo project, Quaint Ash “Let It Go” from the double EP “Quaint Ash • 1, 2 b” (reissue of the first two EPs 2010-11) on Lady Sometimes.
  • Seattle born, NY based alt-pop /shoegaze /trip-hop artist Klein Zage “Prince” from the upcoming LP “Feed The Dog” on Rhythm Section International
  • South London‘s electronic /dream pop producer and songwriter Jude Woodhead, AKA Saint Jude “No Angels” from the upcoming album “Signal” on Slow Dance
  • Gothenburg, Sweden shoegaze /dream pop duo Chivvy – “Kiddo” single from the upcoming EP on Novoton 
  • London, UK atmospheric /60s /psych /pop noir band fronted by vocalist Jade Vincent, Unloved “Thinkin’ About Her” ltd. 2-track 7″ single taken from the just released 3rd album “The Pink Album” on Heavenly
        
  • Nashville, Tennessee cosmic Americana /rock /folk /alt country singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose “Black Obsidian” from the upcoming third LP “CAZIMI”
  • Paris based Sheffield-born psych /garage rockers (Os Noctambulos, 39th & The Nortons, Nick Drunken Broken Arms & His False Dylan Cobb), Nick Wheeldon “No One’s, Never” from the upcoming second LP “Gift” on Le Pop Club Records
  • Sendai, Japan joint orchestral pop single by Pocopen (ex. sakana) and Koji Shibuya (yumbo), pocopen + koji shibuya “たのもしい王子 (tanomoshii oji)” from 鬼火 / たのもしい王子 –  upcoming 7″ single on Genjitsu Records.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia new romantic /dream /indie pop trio FEIR “Jendela” from debut s/t EP
  • Copenhagen, Denmark lo-fi /twee /indie pop duo appleseeds! “Anything Goes” new single from the upcoming album.                                                                                                                                                       
  • New York-based bedroom pop /dream pop duo BUBBLE TEA AND CIGARETTES “Santa Monica” from the LP “There’s Nothing But Pleasure” on Elefant Records
  • Denver, Co shoegaze /dream pop band MOODLIGHTING “Alright” single
  • Edinburgh, UK shoegaze /dream pop /indie surf pop solo project of Michael Kay Terence, AKA Swiss Portrait “Hideout” single
  • London based indie pop duo Phoebe Cross and Rich Mandell (both members of Me Rex), Happy Accidents “Lighter” from the mini-album “cgwarmth”
  • Wiltshire, UK-based atmospheric dream-pop solo project of songwriter and producer Jack Jazrawy-Brown AKA Sunspire “Sunlight” second single from the upcoming sophomore LP “The Ancient Place” on Crafting Room Recordings
  • Devon, UK indie /dream pop trio Pale Blue Eyes “Little Gem” from the debut LP “Souvenirs” on Full Time Hobby
  • North Vancouver, BC indie-rock /indie pop 4-piece Grade School “Grade School” from the new 2-track 7″ vinyl single “Grade School” on Kingfisher Bluez.
  • Hamburg-based dream /indie pop trio Roller Derby ‘Only You’ new single
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia-based garage /indie /jangle pop band led by Macedonian musician and composer Damjan Manevski, aka RUSH TO RELAX “Krukče” from the second 12″ vinyl album “Misli” on Hidden Bay Records, Look Back And Laugh and Pop Depresija
  • Olympia, Wa jangly fuzz indie pop band Field School “Bombs Away” from the third cassette EP “Swainson’s Thrush”                                                                                                                                                         
  • Oakland, Ca jangly indie pop band, the 1981 “Boomerang” (unreleased) from cassette EP “Polaroids” (collection of the 3 previously released songs plus 2 bonus) on Dandy Boy Records
  • Seattle, WA indie folk /dream pop solo project of Danny Rowland (Seapony), Space Daze “Maybe Not” single
  • Brooklyn, NY dream pop /jangle-pop /sob rock 4-piece Forever Honey “Could I Come Here Alone” title track from the new EP
  • UK shoegaze /post-rock duo from Exeter, Southwest Hotel “Walking On The Ceiling” from the new single “Walking On The Ceiling / Tombstone Lane”
  • Richmond, VA shoegaze band KEEP “In The Deep” new single from the upcoming “Happy In Here” LP
  • New York indie dance /synth-pop /shoegazing /indie pop duo COUCH PRINTS “Alive” single
  • Indonesian Shoegaze /Dream Pop band from West Kalimantan/Borneo, Lullaville “Alone” from the CDr EP ‘Unheared’ via Dead Set Eyes Records
  • Portland, OR’s premier jangly indie/ surf rock group Spooky Boys “Le Telephone” from “Which Ways Up” EP on BIRTHDIY
  • Wuppertal, Germany indie /grunge /shoegaze band Casino Garden “Tunnels” (Arcade Fire cover)
  • Californian indie pop /psych /shoegaze /dream pop band led by Cyrus VandenBerghe, AKA Welcome Strawberry “The Stream Guides Me Along” from the debut Self-Titled album on Too Good To Be True
  • Philadelphia, PA dream pop /shoegaze 5-piece Knifeplay “Promise” from the upcoming album “Animal Drowning” on Topshelf Records
  • Subang Jaya, Malaysia dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece ISLANDS “Fall Into Place” from the debut album “Changes”
  • ItalianIrish Dublin based post-rock /shoegaze /noise-rock /drone duo Daniela Angione and Michael Farren, AKA Submotile “Foreshadowing” from the upcoming album “One Final Summit Before The Fall” on Shelflife Records
  • Rostov na Donu, Russia noise rock /shoegaze 4-piece Aerofall “Heads” single from the upcoming third album ‘RH’ on Hands and Moment
  • Wattignies, France dream pop /shoegaze solo project Jōetsu Shore “Still Life” from the 10th album “Soundtrack”
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania grunge /shoegaze 4-piece Slughead – “Arctic Thunder” from the s/t EP on Love Canal
  • Texas emo /shoegaze /grunge band Gravedweller – “Losing Me” from the EP “Tissue” on Acrobat Unstable Records
  • Glasgow, UK Midwest emo /dream pop /shoegaze solo project The Forrest “Only If” from s/t debut album
  • Milwaukee‘s ambient /fuzzy /shoegaze solo project SHAMEWAVE “Ring Ring” from the 2-track single “AABB”
  • Philadelphia‘s shoegazey /noisy /dream pop band Puppy Angst “In sensitivity” single
  • Boston, Massachusetts based fuzzy /psych /shoegaze band Magic Shoppe “A Star Turns Blue” from upcoming 7″ vinyl “Patty Hearse” E.P. via Little Cloud Records (US) / Cardinal Fuzz (EU)
  • Thailand four-piece alternative /shoegaze /dream pop band from Bangkok, Death Of Heather “Head In The Sand” single
  • Houston, TX dream pop /shoegaze band Wallflowers “Rose Lens” from the first 2-track “Portrait Demo”
  • Bay Area shoegaze /indie rock band of guitarist/vocalist Marc Leyda (Wild Moth), bassist/vocalist Ryann Gonsalves (Torrey), guitarist Austin Montanari (Wild Moth), and new drummer Chris Natividad (Marbled Eye), aka Aluminum “Windowpane” from “Windowpane” EP 12″ on Dandy Boy Records
  • Austin, TX dream pop /shoegaze trio Allwax “Skin and bones” third single
  • Los Angeles Psychedelic Rock / Shoegaze solo project HAYIEN “Maybe Tomorrow” single
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Ca bedroom shoegaze /dream pop solo project Combers “Inside” from the debut “Inside // Sleepless” EP
  • Mid-90s Glasgow, Scotland noise /indie rock band Urusei Yatsura “Plastic Ashtray” from “Live Radio Scotland 1995” EP
  • Auckland, New Zealand noise-pop /indie rock singer-songwriter Amelia Murray aka FAZERDAZE “Break!” title track from the upcoming EP on section1
  • Osaka based Japanese two-piece shoegaze /noise indie rock band consisted of Makoto Miyoshi (vocal, guitar) a.k.a Rumania Montevideo & former Shonen Knife, Litsuko (vocal, bass), AKA Morphing People “I Don’t Care” single [included in the compilation “Japan Is Loud” announced by the American Cartoon Network adult program “Adult Swim” in August 2022]
  • Asbury Park, NJ surf punk /indie pop trio Dentist “Check The Calendar” from the upcoming 4th LP “Making A Scene” on Cleopatra Records
  • Kurgan, Russia post-punk cosmic /indie rock DIY solo project DIGITAL VEGETABLE “Astro-Female” single
  • Irish noise pop /indie rock band from Dublin, SPRINTS “Literary Mind” single on Nice Swan Records
  • Boston, MA lo-fi /noise-pop /surf rock project of Joe Bastian, aka SURF GHOST “Surf Ghost” from s/t EP.
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK indie /dream pop /new wave /electronic solo project SI FARRIER “Unnecessary Lies” from “Waterbed Demos 95-96″ EP
  • Gothenburg, Sweden post-punk /synth-pop /indie rock 4-piece BEVERLY KILLS “Fantasia” third single from the upcoming debut album “Kaleido” on Welfare Sounds & Records.
  • Cebu City, Philippines Electronic Synth-Pop group led by Joey Seno, LUXXX “Movements In The Dark” single on Melt Records
  • Swedish electronic /garage /wave /indie pop duo of twin sisters from Malmö, 7ebra “If I Ask Her” debut single on PNKSLM Recordings.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark indie /electronic musician Trentemøller “Into The Silence feat. DíSA” single
  • Montana based electro soul rock duo Desperate Electric “What Do You Want” single
  • US/UK psychedelic alt rock band Miscellen “Stone Fruit I” from the first part of the double album “Black Mandala I”
  • Polish kraut /psychedelic 4-piece Szacunek – “Podziel” debut single from upcoming EP “Filary” on Koty Records                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Sacramento, CA dream pop /indie rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist KELLY SLUSHER “A Love Song” (Single).
  • Canadian indie /dream pop solo artist Eric Howden, AKA Raised by Swans “Recaptured” first single from the forthcoming (2023) album “Raised by swans is the name of a man, volume 2: run with the silent wildfires”.
      
  • L.A. based ambient /spiritual jazz /folk /experimental musical project of multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Jesse Peterson, AKA Turn On The Sunlight “Naturally (feat. Cavana Lee)” from the album “You Belong” upcoming on Moon Glyph

© David Castenson

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