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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – Sept. #37-21

  • Italian Jangle /Indie Pop solo project of multi-instrumentalist-singer and songwriter Andrea Calvo, GRAND DRIFTER “Haunted Life” debut single from the upcoming album “Only Child”[Subjangle / Sciopero Records]

Written enveloped in lost nostalgic moods inspired by the beloved music of Sarah Records, Go-Betweens, or possibly George Harrison, the first single from Italian singer/songwriter, with the help of a bunch of friends (his full YoYo Mundi band and a couple of Smiles members), unfurls swaying energetic acoustic strums that trigger steady drum beats and a sinuous pulsing bassline, punctuated by a moving string of poignant piano keys, smearing with subtly groovy echoes of early Dream Syndicate’s droning fuzzy guitar riffs and piercing distorted licks, heightened in the casual Dylanesque warmth of harmonica swells, to build a shiny depth-defying expanse of wistful ripples around the magnetic vocal interplay of emotional male vocals and light whimsical back-ups, to draw dramatic passion and angst from a “Haunted Life.”
Piedmont bred musician stirs a glowing atmosphere of autumnal melancholy encompassed with heartfelt sentiments, that gently waft over you through the golden leaves and, as so it often happens with the most understated and sheer pop, slowly burrows deep into the heart.

  • Swedish bedroom /jangle /psych /dream pop project of Fredrik Bergstrand (formerly Valskrik), Scuba Dvala “Anxious Eyes” new single

Swedish sophisticated songwriter is back, after almost a year, with a fanciful and bewitching new single, poised between soothing dreamy pop and delicate psychedelia, lush and soft like the first spring sun, yet at the same time tinged with subtle introspective turmoil, lead by a smooth, sinuously groovy rhythm section, drowned in ethereal plaintive luscious synths combined with glistening jangly guitar melodies, to build a velvety and enveloping surface, perturbed by sparse nervous lashing hits, on which contemplative vocals and woozy whispers sway along with whimsical keyboards into dazy and obsessive realms of angst, deception and murderous “Anxious Eyes.”

  • Clare, Australia jangle /dream-pop /guitar pop project ENGLISH SUMMER “Tall Story” (Single)

Hanging in between shelved albums, song sketches and a remarkable songwriting talent yet to fulfil, the artist from Clare, Australia returns with 2 brand new songs almost at the same time, from which, as according to the musician himself, the most refined is the as exuberant and sparkly, as it is brittle and edgy, “Tall Story”, cloaked in an ambience of momentous personal conviction, joining the dots between early 80s Postcard Records and mid 80s Creation Records, equally brilliantly ramshackle yet irresistibly urgent guitar pop.  It unleashes crisp spritely shiny guitar riffs that carve wistful melodies of bursting raw vibrancy over sinuous bass pulses, and rickety, scattered drum beats, whilst dramatic male vocals release regretful confessions of disenchanted love into the stormy suggestions of deceit.

  • Melbourne‘s experimental acoustic goth country duo Nigel Yang & Jonnine Standish aka HTRK ‘Real Headfuck” from the new LP “Rhinestones”.
  • Italian dreampop /electronic duo based in Milan, ONEIROS WAY “Immersion” (Single) off the upcoming album “The Dawn Is Near” on Dischi del Minollo
  • Australian, Naarm / Melbourne based dream pop /electronic duo Amanda Roff & Tom Carlyon AKA Time For Dreams “Designing The New World” from the new LP “Life of the Inhabitant” on It Records
  • London, UK post-punk /darkwave /dreampop solo project from the guitarist of goth-pop trio Candy Cane, Stay Sleeping “The Dark (ft. Spike Pop)” new single on Ezi Deth Rekords
  • Montreal, Quebec synthpop /indie-rock /dream pop 4-piece Helen Paradise “Soften the Blow” from the new single “External World / Soften the Blow”
  • Northern dream-pop torch songstress based in London, HANNAH HU “Secrets” from upcoming debut EP “Prisoner Of Love”
  • Sidney, Australia leftfield avant pop home recording project of Annabel Blackman (from Body Type), aka SOLO CAREER “Imperial Leather ” from the new EP “The Sentimentalist” on Dinosaur City Records
  • Australian dream-pop solo project of Brisbane‘s musician (ex Babaganouj and Go Violets) Harriette Pilbeam aka HATCHIE “This Enchanted” new single out now on Secretly Canadian and Ivy League Records                             
  • Canadian psych /dream-pop /trap-gaze /shoegaze solo project of Vancouver Island‘s artist Debbie Debased, aka SUFFER FOOLS “Bourgeois Death (album version)” from upcoming debut LP “The Rise and Fall of D. Debased” on Factotum Cassettes & Oddities                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • UK psychedelic /cosmic rock /dream pop /indie folk project of producer-songwriter Nick Holton, aka HOO “Still Dream” from the upcoming second LP “We Shall Never Speak” (feat. guitarists Neil Halstead & Lee Lavender) on Big Potato Records
  • Polish instrumental post-rock trio from Kraków, Transmission Zero “Those Brief Moments” off upcoming LP “Bridges”
  • Leicester based, English DIY Indie Dreampop artisans Dayflower “Dream Of Shore” (Single)
  • Moscow, Russia dream-pop /shoegaze project of Dmitry Gruber, Echoedreaming “Broken Coast” [single] off new EP “Songs From The Dream” on his label Hjördis-Britt Åström
  • Phoenix, AZ post-punk /dream pop /synthwave solo project Secret Attraction “A Love That Never Fades” from the new album “Sensitivity/Drifting” on Stratford Ct.
  • Saint Jérôme, Québec, acid house /Balearic /Madchester /electro-pop music project of Danny Provencher (a.k.a. Under Electric Light), 122 North “Drive” from the debut “Night Drive” album on Too Good To Be True.     
  • Chicago, IL-based lo-fi pop made out of electric pianos & drum machines by Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone), aka ADVANCE BASE “Wall of Tears” (K.T. Oslin Cover, 1986) from the cassette album “Wall of Tears & Other Songs I Didn’t Write” on Orindal
  • San Francisco DIY kitchen pop project by Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums etc), The Reds, Pinks & Purples “Waiting on a Ghost to Haunt You” off the 2-track new single “Did You Put Your Song Up Today?”
  • French shoegaze /indie-pop band from Paris, PALE SPECTRES “Supermarket Love” (Single)
  • South Wales-born, Liverpool-based impressionistic dream-pop songwriter Alex Stephens, aka Strawberry Guy – “Sun Outside My Window” title track from the upcoming LP “Sun Outside My Window” on Melodic Records 
  • Wellington, New Zealand ambient /indie pop /dream pop musician/producer and photographer (Junica, Over The Atlantic, Physical, Psychic Powers and Bright Music), Nik Brinkman “The Beach” off the debut LP ‘Secret Stairs’ on Declared Goods
  • Moscow, Russia indie rock/dream-pop 4-piece Kosmos Na Potolke (Космос На Потолке) “Рельсы (Альбомная версия)” from the debut album “Маленькая Луна”
  • Barcelona-based post-punk /new wave /dream pop band BRUISES “Not Awake” new single on Hidden Track Records
  • Canadian five-piece indie project from Hamilton, Ontario, CAPITOL “Moths All Around Me” off of the new EP “All the Rest of My Heads” on Meritorio Records
  • Clare, Australia jangle /dream-pop solo project ENGLISH SUMMER “It’s Funny How Things Disappear” (Single)
  • Glasgow’s angular art-rock surrealists Herbert Powell “Velcro Dinner” off upcoming debut album “Here In My Scheme, Here It Ends” on Lost Map Records
  • Leeds, UK indie /krautrock /shoegaze 5-piece Fehlt – “Kopfkino” off the debut EP ‘Figure Two’ on Clue Records.
  • Bloomington, Indiana post-punk /shoegaze /dream pop band Daguerreotype “1000 Times” (Single)
  • L.A. based dream pop /indie rock band fronted, and curated by California bred Brendan Sepe (Pesos), SEMI TRUCKS “13th Floor” from upcoming vinyl 12″ LP “Vs. California” on Meritorio Records
  • Bordeaux based indie-folk /indie-pop project of Bootchy Temple guitarist Samuel Roux (39th And The Nortons and Jaromil Sabor collaborator), aka Handy Curse “Mind Eye” from upcoming debut LP “Humdrum” on Safe In The Rain Records
  • US lo-fi indie /jangle pop outfit SILT IS “Her Favorite Flying Nun” from “Silt is Slander” EP on Elf Medication Recording Commissary
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana psych /shoegaze /dreamgaze trio NECROMOON “Chrysalis” from “Spirit Fair” album
  • Faenza, Italy nugaze /heavy shoegaze 4-piece Mondaze “Words Undone” off upcoming debut LP “Late Bloom” on Church Road Records (UK), Quiet Panic (US), Tafuzzy (ITA), Coypu Records (ITA) and Through Love Records (ROW).
  • Toledo, Ohio shoegaze /noise rock duo HOLY COAST “Hell Burns” from “Hell Burns With The Desire To Erase You Like You Were Never There” debut EP
  • Naarm/Melbourne psych-punk trio Bitch Diesel “I Don’t Wanna Go Out” (Cover of X-Aspirations1978 anthem) from “HAIL” Cassingle
  • Salford, UK psychedelic collective GNOD – “Pink Champagne” from the new album ‘La Mort Du Sens’ via Rocket Recordings
  • French heavy psych trio from Le Mans, STONE FROM THE SKY – “City | Angst” first single from the third album, “Songs From The Deepwater” on More Fuzz Records
  • Tennessee grunge /noise rock /shoegaze solo project Vacant Graves “Memoria” from upcoming EP “DAMNED”
  • New York shoegaze /post-grunge 4-piece SOUL BLIND “Phantom Pool” from “Third Chain” EP on Other People Records
  • Madison, Wi slowcore /noise pop /shoegaze band Slow Pulp “In Too Deep” (Sum 41 Cover)
  • Ghent, Belgium experimental /indie rock /slowcore project of Gilles Demolder (guitarist of death metallers Oathbreaker and Wiegedood), aka Siem Reap “Might As Well Stay” from the upcoming LP “Now What?” on Isolation Rec.
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil psych /new wave /indie-tropical band Estranhos Românticos “Sol (feat. Cony Piekarz)” from the new album “Último Sol”
  • Woodstock, NY-via-London, UK indie /ethereal /dream-pop duo Tessa Murray & Greg Hughes, aka STILL CORNERS “Heavy Days” (Single)
  • Livingston, UK jangle /dream-pop /psych-pop 5-piece THE TROPICANAS “Calypso Kool” off “Calypso Kool” E.P
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, England ’60s /power-pop /jangle pop band THE PRE-AMPS “Hard To Say” off 7″ vinyl EP “Four By Four” on Hurrah! Música
  • Arizona jangly /garage psych-pop 3-piece band, The Exbats “Coolsville USA” from upcoming LP album “Now Where Were We” on Goner Records
  • Pittsburgh lo-fi /shoegaze /noise-pop trio BARLOW “At Home” from the new LP “Walls Of Future”
  • Nottingham, UK indie /shoegaze producer Will Crumpton, aka ORTON “Your Way” from his upcoming debut EP ‘Sparring’ on Phlexx Records
  • Costarican Bedroom Pop /Shoegaze /Dream Pop artist Lentamente “Panorama en 3D” off the album “Sismos” on Z Tapes                                                                                                                                                 
  • Portland, Maine based dream pop /shoegaze 4-piece Crystal Canyon “Haunt You” (Single)
  • Hamilton, Ontario indie rock /shoegazey /dreampop outfit Basement Revolver “Transatlantic” new single from their forthcoming sophomore album ”Embody.”                                                                                                                     
  • Dark dreamgaze /indie rock duo from Minneapolis, ALL EYES “Backslide” from the quarantine album “Daystar.
  • Austin, TX-based dream /garage /psych-pop band Semihelix “I Will Take It” single off upcoming LP on Mariel Recording Company
  • Melbourne‘s alt-indie-rock four-piece, Moaning Lisa “Too Many” new single
  • Gothenburg, Sweden post-punk /dreampop /indie rock band, Makthaverskan “This Time” first single from the album ”För Allting” via Run for Cover Records
  • Washington, D.C. bedroom /psychedelic /dreamy indie-pop husband/wife duo The Infinite Daisy Chains “Hope You Grow” lead single off of upcoming EP “Between You and Me”.
  • Los Angeles based indie rock songwriting project of Justin Sullivan (Kevin Morby, The Babies, Flat Worms), aka NIGHT SHOP “Forever Night” from the album, “Forever Night” due February 11th, 2022 on Dangerbird Records.                                                                                                                                                     
  • Costa Mesa, Ca alt /indie rock quartet GREER “Happy People” title track from upcoming EP “Happy People” on Epitaph
  • Texan dream pop-rock band from Dallas, FEVER CULT “Over It” (Single)
  • Oakland, Ca shoegaze /noise pop /dream pop duo The Acharis “Jesus Thrill” from upcoming LP “Blue Sky/Grey Heaven” on Zum Media/Cranes Records/Coypu Records.
  • Filipino shoegazer Sean Patrick Ambalada from Caloocan, Venus Crytrap “Lullaby” (The Cure Cover) from “Crytraps in Gaza” Split EP.” with Ashtrays to Gaza
  • Hong Kong-based electronica /dreampop /shoegaze band TYNT “Piety” single
  • Sheffield, UK lo-fi /alt-country /indie pop /indie folk project of Liam James Marsh (Fine, Bedbound By Summer, Tired Eyes, Short Story Picture Book), aka Kid Chameleon “Spin / XO” off the new album “The Pull of the Bulrushes” out Oct ’21.
  • Scottish dreampop solo project from Glasgow, Community Swimming Pool “Nobody But You” from upcoming “Gloom / Bloom” LP on Z Tapes
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania dream pop /indie rock 4-piece THE REAL SEA “Jeong Kwan” (Single)
  • Long Beach, Ca jangle /garage /surf /dream pop /indie rock band, Sweet Nobody “If I Should Die Tonight” from the sophomore LP “We’re Trying Our Best”
  • Lille, France DIY dreampop project of singer-songwriter Elodie Pereira, aka Ellie Meriz “Nothing’s Never To Be Mine” (EP version)
  • L.A. based dream pop/indie pop artist, Lexi Vega, aka MINI TREES “Youth” from debut LP “Always In Motion” on Run For Cover Records
  • New York‘s indie-rock duo of Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman, aka Diet Cig “Priority Mail (Alt Version)” from upcoming EP “Don’t Like Driving Like I Used To”
  • Filipino ambient /indie-folk musician, singer-songwriter based in Bacolod City, BEA DOLLOSO “Yellow” (Single) on Lilystars Records
  • Central Pennsylvania experimental /lo-fi /shoegaze side project of janedriver, CINDY DOE “Don’t make me cry” from the upcoming album “A thousand dreams that would awake me” on Stellar Frequencies
  • Porto, Portugal lo-fi /hip-hop /chill /loops /jazzhop project LYFE – “Palmeira” from the sophomore LP “Paraiso Lofi”

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