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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – NOVEMBER #46-23

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Boston, MA dream pop /shoegaze /psychedelic band led by Reuben Bettsak, aka Emerald Comets “Silhouette” (single)

Another single immersed in blurry, lush and whimsical psychedelic sheens, a mind-altering excursion ala mid-90s The Brian Jonestown Massacre, swept by crunchy distorted guitars twirling and echoing in abrasive guitar riffs and excruciating high-pitched towering leads, interlaced with rambling wistful piano melodies and loose stumbling drums, unsteadily surrounding high angst whispery vocals and lingering ecstatic back-ups, in dangerous sways of a tempted fate.

  • Seattle, WA psychedelic post-shoegaze rock band Guest Directors “Our Last Christmas Time” from the “black solstice” Christmas” single “Our Last Christmas Time/Laser Hands (Turner’s Version)”             

Even if in truth I don’t have a great passion for Christmas singles, or better for all the consumerist holidays in general, less than two months after their well-received album, “Interference Patterns”, the Seattle band has shared an equally melancholic and liberating “black solstice ballad for the holidays”. Shrouded in a droning distorted lysergic haze, slowly plodding on thudding percussions, weaved by subtle twinkling guitar phrasing, wah-wah charged twisted swells and high bleeding flourishes around aching, heartfelt vocals, recalling “Our Last Christmas Together” beneath intense nostalgic feelings of sadness and bliss.

  • Singapore sadcore /grungegaze /shoegaze band, feelslikeyou “Haze” from “Haze / Summer” debut single

Debut two-tracker from a new Shoegaze band from Singapore caresses and scratches our senses with a dense electrifying misty vortex of delay, reverb, and fuzz, carved by loud squealing and ringing guitar flows, charged by heavy stumbling drum beats, to obsessively somberly vibrate and submerge lost and lonely vocals in an overwhelming “Haze” of numb pain. Chilly, moody, & mesmerizing, a terrific start.

  • London-based ambient /folk /acoustic guitar project from Matt Ashton (of drone pop combo The Leaf Library), aka Sun Drawing “Lokakuinen Meri [The Sea In October]” from the CD album “Aamut Kirjastossa [Mornings At The Library]” [Objects Forever]
  • Adelaide, Australia/Leeds, UK-based experimental /ambient /electronic pop once-a-decade collaboration of Jason Sweeney (Panoptique Electrical, Pretty Boy Crossover) and Richard Adams (The Declining Winter, Hood), aka Great Panoptique Winter “You Were There” from the CDr album “This Time Alone” on Sound In Silence
  • Melbourne-based, Tasmanian experimental noise jangly folk transplant trio Mount Trout “Dan’s Bar” from the second “Petrol Bush” LP 12″ via Albert’s Basement
  • Ipswich, Australia lo-fi /dream pop /psychedelic folk band The Garbage & Flowers “Wildflower” from the 10″ lathe cut EP “In Walhalla” via Garden Seat
  • Ashington, Northumberland (UK) rock /Americana /indie folk band formed in 1985 led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist G.W.Lang, aka St. James Infirmary “More Than A Touch Of Roy” from the cassette album “Abandoned” [Cruel Nature Records]
  • New Zealand indie rock creative collaboration between members of The Bats, The Clean, Tall Dwarfs and Toy Love (Kaye Woodward, Alec Bathgate, Paul Kean, and Hamish Kilgour), The Sundae Painters “Serious Eye” from the S/T album via Leather Jacket Records and Merge Records
  • Iceland ambient /minimal /folk solo project of Ólafur Josephsson (aka Stafrænn Hákon), aka OPandolfo “Another Day” from the CDr album debut album “Patterns” [Sound In Silence]
  • Barcelona bedroom pop /acoustic /electronic /post-punk /folk /indie pop young musician and composer (Grushenka, Filles Europees, VLIVM and Errático), Nil Nadal “Mur Murs” from upcoming cassette album “Encara” via Hidden Bay Records
  • Philadelphia, IL goth ethereal synth-pop duo In Mind “Can’t Help Myself” off the debut “The Healing Machine” EP
  • Atlanta, GA experimental /psychedelic /dream pop solo musician and composer Orchid Mantis “Light Take Me There Again pt. I (ft. Patient Wave) ” off 2-track single “Light Take Me There Again”
  • Cleveland, OH ambient /dreamgaze /ethereal /folk /dream pop /post-rock solo project of singer-songwriter Jenna Fournier (NIIGHTS), aka Kid Tigrrr “Shapes of Water” single
  • Brest, Brittany electronica /dream pop /ambient pop musician Soaz, aka Jung & I – “Autumn” from “Matter” EP cassette via Music From The Masses
  • Queens, NY-based electronic drone dream pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alexia Avina “Cutting Ties” from the album “In The Pantheon Of Decay” on Lost Map Records
  • London-based Stereolab‘s vocalist and co-founder, Laetitia Sadier “Une Autre Attente” first single from her upcoming album, “Rooting For Love” via Drag City & Duophonic Super 45s
  • Swedish ethereal wave /post-punk /shoegaze /dream pop duo PINK MILK ”Andromeda” single                     
  • Los Angeles-based dream pop /synthpop duo CD Ghost “Somebody Else” the second single off of our upcoming EP “Vignette I”
  • Australian indie pop band formed in 1978 in Brisbane, led by singer-songwriter Peter Milton Walsh, The Apartments “No Hurry” from the vinyl reissue of the 1997 studio album “Apart” [Talitres]   
  • Los Angeles-based indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop solo project of founding member of Chromatics, Adam Miller “Vincent” title track off “Illusion Pool” EP
  • Philadelphia-based indie /shoegaze /synthpop /dream pop project of multiinstrumentalist Gregory James, aka The Skating Party “Slow Attack” from upcoming LP “Age of Cruel” via Hidden Gem Records
  • Seattle, WA alternative indie rock quartet fronted by singer Julia Shapiro, Chastity Belt “Hollow” from upcoming 2024 album “Live Laugh Love” via Suicide Squeeze Records
  • Irish alt /indie rock band from Galway, NewDad “Nightmares” third single from the upcoming album “MADRA”
  • Liverpool, UK experimental electronic /psychedelic pop female songwriter-sound carrier Jane Weaver “Love In Constant Spectacle” (single) via Fire Records
  • Oxford, UK indie /art-rock trio of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner, aka The Smile “Bending Hectic” single from the upcoming second studio album, “Wall of Eyes” on XL Recordings
  • London-based indie groove pop band founded in 1995, Spearmint “Tell Me About My Sister” from the 10th album “This Candle Is For You” via WIAIWYA records and their own hitBACK label
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania indie pop band founded and fronted by Marc Pattini, aka Kisswhistle “Eyelashing” from the CD collection “Closure. Collected Songs: 19962000” [Harriet Records]
  • UK jangly indie pop /synthpop band formed in the late ’90s by Huw Bucknell, The Spanish Amanda “Go-Betweens” from “Sweet Dreams, Dreams Charlie De Gaulle – A Spanish Amanda Retrospective” 2xCD (CD1 – 1995-2001 and CD2 – 2021-2023) via Subjangle
  • Indonesia indie twee pop 4-piece Sharesprings ”Here Comes the Past” single
  • Greek indie pop band formed in 1988, One Night Suzan “Postcards” from “Till the End of Time” LP 12″ on make-me-happy
  • London-based indie folk /rock musician and composer (formerly of The Broken Family Band, and Singing Adams), Steven Adams “Living In The Local Void” from the album “Drops” [Fika Recordings]
  • Seoul, South Korea-based, Scottish surf-tinged /bedroom pop multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter David Skimming AKA Lunar Isles “Finish Line” single
  • UK twee /jangle /indie pop trio The Happy Somethings “It’s Christmas Time (we’re as miserable as sin)” from the Christmas LP “DON’T MENTION IT”
  • Denver, CO indie rock/shoegaze /dream pop /’slop pop’ band KISSING PARTY “Graceless” title track of the new LP “Graceless”
  • Granada, Spain-based D.I.Y. Shoegaze /Indie Rock /Pop duo Apartamentos Acapulco “Nuestro Mejor Momento” off the new LP “LA RECONCILIACIÓN”
  • Luxembourg-based bedroom pop /indie-rock project of singer-songwriter Jana Bahrich, aka Francis of Delirium “Lighthouse” single
  • Knoxville, Tennessee indie rock /cinematic synthpop solo project of Brandon Biondo, aka The New Romantics “I Don’t Cry” single
  • Melbourne, Australia shoegaze /synth-pop/dream pop DIY one-girl-project, Japanese Heart Software “All that you want (feat. Animal Ghosts)” single
  • UK dream pop /psych rock /shoegaze twin musicians, Abstract In Sound “Mesmerized” single
  • Italian Dream Pop /Shoegaze band from Verona/Brescia, May Eyes Love “Broken Lily” from the debut EP “Letters To A Dead Friend” on Shore Dive Records, Coypu Records and Dear Gear Records.
  • Columbus, Ohio shoegaze /dream pop bedroom artist Surface Interval “Lemon Drop” from the debut EP “Saturation”
  • Japanese dream pop /shoegaze solo project of Michael (ex. Concrete Twin/AiZA/MIRA), The Deep Sleep “Touch me with your fingertips (feat. SHOKO)” from the album “The magnificent steiner” [DREAMWAVES RECORDS]
  • Mexico City-based 3-piece indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop band SADFIELDS “Adiós” single
  • Olympia, WA shoegaze /dream pop project The Etnos “Mangled Love” from the debut “In My Memories” EP
  • Derbyshire, UK lo-fi /noise /shoegaze project Lushen Tides “Things Fall Apart” the lead track from the upcoming debut album, “Perfect Moments”
  • European shoegaze/dream pop act DREAMWHEEL “Wild Days” from the debut EP “Redeemer” vinyl 12″ via Nefarious Industries
  • Italian shoegaze /dream pop trio from Frosinone, Neraneve “Ologramma” from the cassette debut S/T EP
  • London, UK shoegaze /dream pop duo DEARY “Fairground” from the S/T debut album [Sonic Cathedral]
  • Manaus, Brazil space rock /noise rock /shoegaze band Logos Lunares “Nosso presente” from “Traços Vulgares” EP
  • Cologne, Germany alt-rock /shoegaze band Gifts For The Earth “Soft Gloss” off “Soft Gloss/ Ricochet”
  • Birmingham, Alabama 4-piece doom /noise pop /dreamo /sadcore /shoegaze band Mood Room “Soliloquy from “Reality TV” EP
  • Dream-pop /shoegaze project of Russian multi-instrumentalist and composer Dmitry Gruber with Nika Ámotnik (vocals, lyrics), Echoedreaming “Microbug Of Your Mind” from the LP “Potentially Super Loud”
  • Minneapolis‘ slowcore /shoegaze /grunge /noise rock trio Double Grave “Waste Me” off the 4th cassette LP “What Else” on Disposable America
  • Concepción, Chile grunge /shoegaze /indie rock band Adelaida “12 Días” from the 5th studio álbum “Retrovisor”
  • Bristol, UK grungy indie rock three-piece Wych Elm “Plague” from “Field Crow” EP
  • New York dark wave /electronic /dream pop /synthpop solo project R. Missing “Heavens Lower” single
  • Chicago, IL synth-pop /indie rock singer-songwriter and bassist Pictoria Vark “I Can’t Bike (Teenage Sequence Remix)”
  • Cologne, Germany electronic /indie rock /synthpop duo COMA “The Same” single on City Slang
  • Mexico City-based Neopsychedelic /Shoegaze trio ENDLESSS “Nothing Left to Say (Live)” from “Live Session” EP (Live Session @ Núcleo Emergente, Mexico City)
  • Stockholm-based indie rock /psychedelic /shoegaze musician and composer Jonatan Westh (former member of shoegazers Blackstrap) aka Holy Ship “Imitation“ single from Holy Ship’s upcoming album “Beyond Frames”
  • Cambridge, UK indie rock /noise /psychedelic quartet Yoke “Game of Crows” from “Yeah” EP
  • Paris-based Arabian fuzz /trance /psychedelic rock band led by Thomas Attar Bellier, Al-Qasar “Sham System (The Limiñanas Rework)” French duo Lionel and Marie Limiñana re-imagine the instrumental track from Al-Qasar’s 2022 debut album “Who Are We?” [Glitterbeat Records]
  • Düsseldorf, German experimental /krautrock /electronic pop band Kreidler “Loisaida Sisters” from upcoming 7th LP “Twists (A Visitor Arrives)” [Bureau B]
  • Melbourne, Australian garage rock /punk band (members of Stiff Richards, Speed Week, Jackson Reid Briggs), Split System “Alone Again” from the sophomore LP “Vol.2” via Drunken Sailor Records (UK), Goner (US) and Legless (AU)
  • Belfast-based indie rock /folk Irish singer-songwriter Jamie Welles “Soul In A Bowl” single  
  • Washington DC alt-rock /grunge solo project MERCIFVLL “Novocaine” (Prod. Grayskies)
  • West London-based four-piece indie /alternative rock band The Youth Play “After a Moment” from “Wildflowers” EP
  • Auckland, New Zealand k-indie pop /dream pop band Phoebe Rings “아스라이 (Aseurai)” single
  • Montreal, Québec indie pop /psych pop artist SUNNY MONEY “New Skin” single                                     
  • Sevilla, Spain funk /synthpop /dream pop trio, Magic Gardening Club “Human Silence” single on BIRTHDIY
  • Denver, CO lo-fi /indie pop /synth pop music project of artist and producer Meghan Holton, aka Mon Cher “Talk” from the LP “Sweet & Heady”
  • London-born indie rock songwriter Ella Smoker, aka Gglum “Easy Fun” single [Secretly Canadian]
  • Los Angeles-based Canadian r&b /indie folk pop singer/songwriter Abby Sage “Hunger” single
  • Savannah, Georgia lo-fi /indie rock /shoegaze /dark dream-folk singer-songwriter Sophie Brochu, aka Fauvely “Deer song (acoustic)”
  • Folk-rock band featuring Vic‘s  Joana Serrat, Northern Irish singer-songwriter Matthew McDaid and Catalonians Roger Usart and Victor Partido, aka Riders Of The Canyon – “Sunflower”(Low cover, 2001) via Great Canyon Records