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

WL//WH Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips #40

  • Denton, TX shoegaze/dreampop/noise-pop band FLOWERBED “Everything” new single

“Everything” thrives of sharp contrasts, intense facets, and enticing melodies, amidst a heavy reverb-drenched layer of fizzling abrasion and sparkling hypnotic guitar strings that buzz and stir to enhanced clear, ethereal, atmospheric vocal harmonies that slowly soar into a nuanced hazy bliss.

  • Wellington, New Zealand “trip-hop post-gaze” duo of Matt Dalzell (formerly songwriter and guitarist for NZ shoegaze pioneers The Malchicks), and young chanteuse Ellie Rose, aka Metrosideros “You Don’t Need To Carry That Load” debut single

Hypnotic resonant syncopated beats embrace the smokey haze with introspective and soothing intensity, plodding along with groovy sliding guitar riffs, emphasized by beautifully haunted soulful female vocals digging deep into a tumultuous array of emotions and the steady grind of life’s painfully heavy burdens, to form a poignant and melodious catharsis for the soul. Released almost on the sly at the end of August, I quickly listened to it but somehow slipped out of my hands, Wellington duet is a striking promising mix of experience and youthfulness.

  • Southend On Sea, UK based lo-fi/shoegaze/fuzz loving-grungers HIGH/LOW “Hole In My Skin” from the new EP “Milk Moustache” (EP 4 in a monthly series of 6)

Prolific lo-fi Bedroom Fuzzed-Out Grungers are one of those bands with a well-defined sound, in this case, the American guitar noise rock of the 90s with the addition of a pinch of power pop, which despite the seemingly exterior uniformity, have the uncommon knack for grabbing your attention from the first to the last song without losing tension and catchy appeal. Just listen to believe the latest EP with the guitar that distils blankets of equally strident and pristine noise of melodic swirling sinuosity with an irresistible pop-grunge roughness, backed a constantly pulsating groovy rhythm section, and buoyant, soul-bearing vocal harmonies, to keep you irresistibly hooked.

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina experimental/ambient/shoegaze/dream pop project of Nicolás Castello, NAX “Restricción aérea” from the new instrumental EP “Un mundo distinto”
  • Leeds, UK bedroom/dreampop/lo-fi folk songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Donnelly, aka ELKYN “Winter (Joe Johnson Remix)” from the album “Beech Remixes”
  • Tokyo, Japan post-rock /shoegaze musician OTOM “Brilliant Sky, Pt. 2” new single
  • Brooklyn, NY indie pop new project by Phil Sutton (Pale Lights) with friend musicians from Lake Ruth, Alpaca Sports, The Ladybug Transistor and Crystal Stilts, Love, Burns. – “Gate and the Ghost” off upcoming 7″ single “Gate and the Ghost / It’s a Shame” on Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten                                          
  • Ottawa, Ontario dream pop/jangle/indie rock DIY duo SKYTONE “End of the Summer” new single
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia lo-fi indie troubadour MORVERN // “Tears that I’ve cried” new single from the new EP “Anemoia” on ŠOP Records
  • Seattle dream-pop duo Night Hikes “Anyway” new single
  • English indie/gaze/dream-pop band from Leicester, DAYFLOWER “Stuck to You” new single                             
  •  UK two-piece dream pop band, Deja Blu “Crystal Eternal” new single                                                                           
  • Manchester, UK bedroom dreampop duo Atmos Bloom – “Just Another Day” off the S/T debut EP
  • Stockholm, Sweden indie-pop duo of Gustav Tranback (Paper Hearts, Dismal Plight) and Mikael Carlsson (The Honeydrips, Dorotea), Salt Lake Alley “Going Down” the third single from the upcoming debut album “The Way It Feels”.                                                                                                                                         
  • French indie-rock project of the frontman of Parisian post-punk band Rendez-Vous, Francis Mallari – “Come On Baby” debut single                                                                                                                                                     
  • Cairo, Egypt dreampop/synthpop project of Moe Hani, aka Dirty Backseat “Desire (feat. Blue Boy)” from the single “It’s Over + Desire” on SLOVVDK
  • UK indie/electronic/trip-hop band A House In The Trees “Where You Hiding?” from the upcoming “Farewell” EP on Memorials of Distinction
  • Oakland-based lo-fi post-punk/indie rock solo project of Vacant Stare Records head and musician Rob I. Miller (of Dick Stusso, Blues Lawyer, and Flex and formerly a member of Mall Walk and Mister Loveless), aka Christian Singles “Junk Drawer” from the album “Maybe Another Time” on Vacant Stare & Mt.St.Mtn.
  • Tasmania 4-piece lo-fi/emo-country/indie rock band DOLPHIN “Old Woman” from the new album “If You’re Cold They’re Cold” on Rough Skies Records
  • Detroit psychedelic power trio SHADOW SHOW “What Again Is Real?” from the new 7″ single “What Again Is Real? b/w Is This a Dream?” on Hypnotic Bridge Records.
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia indie rock/shoegaze/psychedelic band PURE PHASERS “On” from the new EP “Push”
  • London, UK post-punk/indie rock 4-piece Desperate Journalist “The Fear” (Pulp Cover)
  • Cardiff-based indie-psych-rockers Red Telephone “Victoria Park” from the single compilation “Red Telephone Singles”
  • English cosmic psychedelic rock band from Liverpool, MUGSTAR “Zeta Potential” from upcoming album “Graft” on Centripetal Force (North America) and Cardinal Fuzz (UK/Europe)
  • Brisbane surfgaze/dreamgaze band The Double Happiness – “Oysters Can Dream” off upcoming album ‘Surfgazing’ on 4000 Records
  • Jakarta, Indonesia indie-pop band THE SENSITIVE “Do everything or else yourself” from THE SENSITIVE / TO DIE Split single via let’s kiss a secret
  • Baltimore, Maryland indie/power pop quartet CONCRETE CITY “Don’t Do It, Man!” from the single “Don’t Do It, Man & Same Things”
  • Cult mid-80s Glasgow C86/psychedelic punks THE BACHELOR PAD “Country Pancake” from the upcoming 12″ vinyl LP compilation “All Hash and Cock” on Emotional Response
  • Australian scuzzy garage jangle-punk triumvirate from Melbourne, DEPARTMENT “New Crave” new single on Sunset Pig Records
  • Toronto indie rock/grunge/shoegaze/guitar rock collaboration between Jake Lehman (Lonely Planet) and Charlie Berger (Slowly), both members of the band Tonemirror, Slow Planet “Long Goodbye” new single (essentially written and recorded by Charlie Berger while in isolation)
  • Mexico City shoegaze/dream pop solo project of Carla Sariñana, bass player and co-founder of Mexican rock band Ruido Rosa, SILVER ROSE “Las Distancias” new single
  • Tacoma, WA indie rock/shoegaze trio Waves Crashing “New World” new single
  • Dutch shoegaze/indie rock band from Groningen, THE MUDD “Esc” single from The Mudd’s upcoming EP “Look at Me,” out October 16th.
  • Irish shoegazing noise-pop outfit based in Dublin, DIVING BELLS “Always” new single off forthcoming EP
  • Brooklyn relocated to Oakland guitar rock trio ABSENT CITY “Ticker Tape Parade” off upcoming debut LP, “Continue Normal Living” via Homing Instinct Records
  • Los Angeles based shoegaze/dream pop 4-piece Wild Signals “The Gallery” new single
  • Exeter, UK indie-rock solo project Muncie Girls‘ singer/songwriter, Lande Hekt “Whiskey” from upcoming debut LP “Going to Hell” on Get Better Records
  • Nashville, TN based dream pop/indie rock outfit fronted by Jordan Gomes-Kuehner, HEAVEN HONEY “Total Abandon” off 7″ vinyl single “Total Abandon b/w Tomorrow I’ll Try” via To-Go Records
  • Noise Rock/Pop shoegaze band from San Antonio, TX. HAPPYVOID “Iris Trance” single off 2nd album coming later in 2020.
  • Australian bedroom shoegaze outfit from Adelaide, LUCE CARGO “Let Down” debut single
  • Griffith, Indiana Shoegaze/Dream Pop band, WHIMSICAL “Take All of Me (Static Daydream Remix)” from the new single “Take All of Me”
  • Brighton, UK shoegaze/dreampop duo Jane and Andrew Craig, DREAMS OF EMPIRE “Hidden Girl” new single from the upcoming sophomore album “Encapsulation”
  • Los Angeles based shoegaze/dream-pop project by Rhyan Riesgo, aka TODAVIA “Lone” off the new CD/Cassette album “Orange Faint of Sky”
  • Los Angeles psych/jangle/shoegaze/krautrock/noise-pop quintet led by Joe Trainor (ex-Wildhoney), DUMMY “Pool Dizzy” from upcoming ‘EP2’ on born yesterday records
  • Bordeaux, French new wave/synth-pop trio (former members of Lokomotiv Sofia, Watoo Watoo, Photon), VACANCE “Bord de mer” from the upcoming debut album “Nos Futurs” on Thessaloniki’s Melotron Recordings
  • Seattle’s dreamy post-punk outfit FOTOFORM “Yves Klein Blue (Styrofoam Remix)”
  • Newport, UK new wave/indie/synth-pop solo project of Rob Morgan, aka Honeybourne “Each Conversation (edit)” from “Each Conversation” EP, a collection of re-mastered experimental recordings from 1996.
  • London, UK noir-pop/shoegaze/dream pop duo of Dean Garcia (formerly of Curve) & Rose Berlin, SPC ECO “All In My Dreams” off new “10月EP October EP”
  • Swedish electro-pop /dreampop duo The Ghost Of Helags “Night Summer Waiting” new single                   
  • Los Angeles lo-fi indie-pop artist Kowloon ‘Come Over’ new single on Roy Records                                          
  • Polish instrumental/post-rock/shoegaze one-man-band project BLARESCAPE “Inertia”
  • Russian electronic/atmospheric/industrial/space/post-rock instrumental outfit, I am waiting for you last summer “In Circles” from the new LP”Self-Defense”
  • Indian shoegaze/dream pop/psych rock three-piece band based in Imphal, Lo! Peninsula “Wounds That Sting Never Heal, Do They?”
  • East London-based indie folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist LILA TRISTRAM “Go Back To Bed” from the album “Our Friends” on wiaiwya
  • North East London, UK cosmic rock/drone pop 6-piece The Leaf Library “Falling Coda” from the album “Monument Five: International Foam”

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