Picks Of The Week:
- Palmerston North, New Zealand dream-pop/emo-pop/shoegaze duo SPORT DREAMS “Late” from debut s/t EP on Papaiti Records
New Zealand duo Sport Dreams deliver a captivating debut EP interspersed with an impressive balance of instrumental simmering somber intensity and painfully intimate vocal charm. Terrific dream pop.
- Brooklyn, New York alt/grunge/shoegaze/noise-rock trio DISMAL STARS “Bobby Valentine” from debut cassette mini-album “Genie”
Possibly the most welcome rock album surprise of the week is the debut of Brooklyn‘s power trio Dismal Stars. Embracing the classic guitar-rock of the 90s with grungey and shoegaze undertones through a concoction of tight, hooky, and sharp-edged guitar riffs, strong bassline, pounding drums, over angsty vocals to create something refreshing, powerful and insanely addictive with intimate and moving, slightly noisy, little sad gems like “Bobby Valentine”.
- Experimental pop singer-songwriter from New Jersey, aka 4:44. “Memories” from the album “Dream-Wake” on Loser Pop
Singer-songwriter from New Jersey, under his 4:44. moniker distils an exquisite pop pearl set in his new album. Gently melodious guitar strums, washes of spacious bright synth, enticing sinuous rubbery bass pulses heightened by somber and longing vocals imbue a contemplative, introspective and hazy mood steeped in nostalgic charm and contemplative melancholy.