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Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – NOVEMBER /DECEMBER #48-23

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Sydney, Australia indie /psychedelic /grunge /shoegaze solo project Oca Pine “No Eye” single               

A cold, blurry, equally isolated and soulful mashup of sound elements from psychedelia and shoegaze to dream-pop, and grunge, with intriguing groovy use of broken, echoing and shuffling rhythmic patterns, layered with rushing hazy distorted guitar textures, at times shimmering chords, to cover poignant, detached reverb-drenched vocal longing with clouded frequencies of alienation and shame.

  • Nagoya, Japan dreamy shoegaze pop band Mishca “Baskets” flexi disc single via Galaxy Train 

Exquisitely melodic and sparkling sunkissed indie pop from Japan arouses nostalgic amorous longing that wafts and swells on a bubbly relaxed bed of strolling beats and sinuous rubbery warm bass pulses, whilst piercing Spring-like chiming guitar melodies, insistently wail and echo atop a male/female vocal interplay of heartfelt croons, high joyful cries, and angsty romantic broods into a soft and dreamy sunset of blissful moods.

  • Cambridge, MA/Portland, OR bicoastal lo-fi /indie /psych pop DIY music project fronted by Miranda Soileau-Pratt, aka The Spatulas “March Chant In April” from the upcoming cassette EP “March Chant” on Post Present Medium

Whilst rooted in PNW/K Records/twee lineage, the first foretaste from the upcoming cassette EP via the long-running PPM label by The Spatulas nods to art rock Siltbreeze’s harsh 6-string rumblings and bare minimalism, punctuated by a clicking hypnotic percussive pattern, unveils a rustic obsessive dance under the spotlight scraped by abrasive discordant twangs, scattered throughout, over slightly distorted vocal whines with intensifying scratching sways of attention-grabbing romantic drama.

  • Scotland‘s lo-fi /ambient /drone /dub /noise /groove /psych rock/downtempo band led by Mark Scanlan, aka Black Hill Transmissions “Last Walk To Blind Lake” from the new album “TRANSMISSION #3”
  • Philadelphia, PA 1989 founded, stoner rock /psychedelic band led by brothers Michael and John Gibbons, Bardo Pond “War is Over part 1” from the archival LP “Volume 9” [Fire Records]
  • Austin, TX ambient /experimental /shoegaze/ dream pop artist DOTTIE “Fawn” new single
  • UK kraut /shoegaze /psych-rock band formed by Simon Scott of Slowdive, Three Quarter Skies – “Holy Water” off limited-edition “Shoegazer Christmas” split 7” with deary via Sonic Cathedral
  • San Francisco-based lo-fi /bedroom pop /shoegaze /indie-pop solo project of April Magazine bassist and singer, Katiana Mashikian, aka Mister Baby “Canyon City Blues” from the cassette Self-Titled EP
  • Omaha, Nebraska longtime blues /psychedelic rock guitarist, singer and songwriter David Nance “Cut The Conversation” from the cassette album “Shameless Kiss” via Western Records
  • London-based indie rock /folk project, formed in 2020, of James A. Smith & Bettina Schroeder (9f the Beach Bullies) and Mari Royla with John Muldoon, aka The 4&7 “Contribution” from “The Beach Bullies present: The 4&7” EP
  • Adelaide, Australia dream pop /indie folk quartet of Elliot Oakes, Hamish Gibson-Smith (Dead Roo), Harriet Fraser-Barbour (Workhorse), and Tom Matheson (Junk Harmony), aka Pine Point “Say It Again” from upcoming EP “Be Longing” via Swirl Records
  • British Columbia-based indie folk /pop band led by multi-instrumentalists-songwriters Jesse Henderson and David Parry, LOVING “Medicine” from the upcoming album “Any Light” via Last Gang Records
  • Solihull, UK veteran post-punk /folk /indie pop band since 1977, The Drain On The Balcony “Across The Sea” from the fifth studio album “Quattro Stagioni” via Local Underground and Old Bad Habits Label
  • Hamburg, Germany folk rock /indie-pop guitarist-singer-songwriter, Herr D.K. “Zu mir?” from upcoming EP “Hydra” on Tapete Records
  • Bristol, UK indie pop /folk guitar project of former collaborator of Joanna Gruesome, Grubs, The Early Years and Trust Fund, Roxy Brennan (aka Radisson Blue), aka Two White Cranes “Forest” from the “Self Build” EP via Lost Map Records
  • London-based electronic /indie /dream pop Czech singer-songwriter Misha Chylkova “Just Like Christmas” (Low cover) from “Last Night a Stranger Carried My Tree” single on Gare Du Nord Records
  • Galway-based, Swedish visual artist and dream-folk musician Cecilia Danell, aka A Lilac Decline “Here On The Coast” single off the upcoming 2024 third album via Rusted Rail
  • Australian-born, Oakland-based psych /surf /dream/indie pop artist Hazel English “Real Life” single
  • Belfast, UK indie /soulgaze /psychedelic pop solo project of Ruairí Richman, aka Lemonade Shoelace – “Soul Syndrome” single
  • Los Angeles surf /psych /beach-pop project The Tyde “Heal Thyself” from the long-awaited fifth full-length “Season 5” via Spiritual Pajamas
  • Melbourne, Australia new indie rock band led by English-born singer-songwriter and guitarist (Flywheel, The Cannanes), Alluvial Nuggetts “Codeine” the first single off the upcoming 2014 self-titled debut album via Lost And Lonesome.
  • Sidney, Australia folk /indie rock band THE BRIGHTS “Enough of You” from the debut LP “Oyster Rock!” on Meritorio Records.
  • Miami, FL indie /dream pop singer-songwriter Mr Floyd Larry “Sweet Caroline” single
  • Ottawa, Ontario homemade dream pop solo project Preloved “Silver Springs” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  • Spain-based Russian born synth /indie-pop artist Victoria Zolotukhina, aka April June “It’s all my fault” new single
  • Chicago-based post-punk /indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop DIY singer, composer and musician Alessia Kato, aka Ghost Days “Leave it behind” from the debut LP “Angel Tears”
  • Indonesian indie pop /dream pop trio, mmmarkos! “Delirium” off of the cassette EP “Preliminer” on Paska Records
  • Adelaide, Australian post-punk /wave /jangly romantic pop duo New Labour “Houses of Parliament” from the album “Shall We Pray, Dear?”
  • Toronto indie /C86 /jangle pop duo (formerly Ducks Limited), Ducks Ltd. “Hollowed Out” first single from upcoming sophomore LP “Harm’s Way” on Carpark Records
  • Augsburg-based, Anglo–German kraut /C86 /jangle /dream pop /indie pop 4-piece The BV’s “Clipping” from the 2024 album “Taking pictures of taking pictures” vinyl 12″ via Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten
  • London-based lo-fi /drone /indie /freakbeat /fuzzy garage /psych project of Comet Gain co-founder, singer-songwriter and guitarist David Feck (aka Charlie Damage), aka David Christian “JOHN CALE” from the album “REKKORDS!”
  • UK indie-rock /noise pop project of former Horowitz member Matt Hicks, The Hermitts “Change” from the debut LP “Weight Of The World” on Next Phase : Normal Records.
  • UK lo-fi /psych-pop /indie pop /folk duo S.Herbert and M. A Welsh, aka Misophone “All the ghosts of evening” from the double album “A floodplain mind” via Another Record (2xCD) and Galaxy Train (tape)
  • Hamburg, Germany jingle-jangle-fuzz-power-baroque-pop-wallofsound-DIY-Home-Studio project of Singer-Songwriter Heiko Schneider, AKA theCatherines – This Year My Wishlist Only Says “Peace” – from “Plati-Holy!-Ruma!!! A Christmas Hit” EP via Bureau Platiruma!!!
  • Ottawa, Ontario lo-fi /dream pop /jangle /synth-pop duo SKYTONE “Paris” single
  • UK-based power pop /jangle /psych /indie pop singer-songwriter Paul ‘Trip’ Ryan aka SUPER 8 “RESOLUTION (Happy New Year)” from “The Plus 4 EP #1”
  • Swedish indie rock collaboration between Tobias Borelius, Mattias Larsson & Daniel Gunneberg, aka The Emerald Park / Danish Daycare / The Lonely Sasquatch “We Wasted All Our Memories” sophomore co-op single
  • Geelong region, Australian bedroom pop /rock’n’roll /indie rock band WINKSY “Sport” from the upcoming LP “My Anatomy” via Bonsai Records
  • Glasgow, UK synth-pop project of Naomi Griffin of Martha and Adam Todd of The Spook School, aka Get Wrong “Something To Tell You” off debut self-titled EP via Father/Daughter (US) and Alcopop! (UK)
  • St. Louis, Missouri shoegaze /indie rock /dream pop /indie pop band Algae Dust “Rewind” from new EP “In Hindsight”
  • Chicago-based indie /synthpop /dream pop solo project COOL HEAT “Real Life” single
  • Portland, Maine dream pop /shoegaze /dreamy alt-rock singer-songwriter Darksoft “Only Human” off the new LP “Greyscale” via Spirit Goth Records
  • Bay Area‘s 4-piece jangle-pop group The Umbrellas – “Echoes” from the upcoming 2024 sophomore album “Fairweather Friend” on Tough Love
  • Highland Park, NJ shoegaze /dream pop/ indie rock solo project, Skot Kremen “Quiet” single
  • Adelaide, Australia indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop 4-piece Sunsick Daisy “Faith” from “Breathe In… Breathe Out” EP
  • West Midlands UK lo-fi /bedroom /dream pop /indie pop solo project MOGY – “Poster girl / Best thing (I never had)” single
  • Vienna-based alien pop /psychedelic /space folk one-girl band of Austrian origin founded in 2020 in Tokyo, LILLIE CREATURES “Child” debut cassingle
  • Norwegian ethereal wave /dream pop /experimental audio/visual artist, Glassmanet “Breathe (Underneath)” from the “EBB” EP
  • Peruvian indie rock /psychedelic /shoegazey collective from Lima led by Paloma La Hoz and Henry Gates, aka Thank You Lord For Satan “I Want to Know What Love Is” (Foreigner cover) new single via Buh Records.
  • ItaloBelgian dream pop /shoegaze band Maquillage “Blue” debut single
  • Kalmar, Sweden shoegaze /indie rock project of Jens Fransson (former member of Sack Lunch), Trash Ratio “Payphone” single
  • Los Angeles-based shoegaze /trip-hop /dream pop solo project of Hong Kong-born Chris King, aka Kai Tak “Villains In My Mind feat. Foie Gras” single
  • France-based dream pop /shoegaze collaborative music project started by British musician Andrew Rose in 1984, Callière “To See You Smile (ft. Mary Wyer)” from the single “To See You Smile c/w Dynamo”
  • Seattle, WA based cinematic dreamy noir pop band, Echo of the Low Light “Dance” single
  • Swedish indie rock /shoegaze /psych pop songwriter and producer from Gothenburg, Mathias Engwall, aka llawgne “Into Deluxe” new single
  • Brisbane, Australia indie rock /shoegaze band Fragile Animals “Start It Over//No More Lies” from the debut album “Slow Motion Burial” via Hobbledehoy
  • Seattle, WA shoegaze /indie rock band Waves Crashing “Sleepwalk” off “Ancora” EP via Shore Dive Records (CD)
  • Doncaster, UK psychedelic /space rock/ shoegaze band 93MillionMilesFromTheSun “Through The Blink Of An Eye” from “Buried Dreams” EP via 1991 Recordings 
  • Boston, MA 4-piece dream pop /doomgaze /grunge /shoegaze band Vivid Bloom “Believe” from the debut EP “Out of Focus”
  • Derbyshire, UK lo-fi /noise /shoegaze solo project, Lushen Tides “Perfect Moment” title track of the upcoming debut album, “Perfect Moments”                                                                                                       
  • Seattle, WA indie rock /shoegaze band Wasting “Closer” single
  • New York-based dream pop /indie rock trio led by former Phaser, Boris Skalsky, aka Dead Heart Bloom “Better Than Most” (Single) from the upcoming new album “Dream States”
  • Indianapolis, Indiana post-hardcore /shoegaze band Razorway “Belong” from “Demo 2023” EP
  • Brooklyn, NY 4-piece post-shoegaze band Semaphore “Everlong” (Foo Fighters cover)
  • French post-rock band from Rennes, Hanry “Cyclone” single
  • Italian shoegaze /noise rock /indie rock band TIGER! SHIT! TIGER! TIGER! “Stones” single from the 2024 album “B l o o m” on To Lose La Track Records and Coypu Records
  • Arizona-via-Alberta cinematic psych garage rock project of songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Evan Uschenko & percussionist Ille van Dessel, aka GHOSTWOMAN “Ottessa” from the LP “Hindsight is 50/50” [Full Time Hobby]
  • Berlin-based indie rock /neo-psychedelic trio Voodoo Beach “Nein” from the debut LP “Wonderful Life” on CRAZYSANE RECORDS
  • Melbourne, Australia indie-rock punk band The Vovos “Hanahaki Disease” single on Blossom Rot Records
  • Swedish DIY lo-fi garage pop project of Åsa Söderqvist based in Gothenburg, Shitkid “Dirty Guy” from 10th anniversary vinyl/CD reissue of the debut LP “Rejected Fish” in a previously unheard, studio version and unreleased tracks on PNKSLM Recordings
  • Glasgow-based slanted indie-rock five-piece Savage Mansion – ”Present Tense” from the upcoming 2024 LP “The Shakes” via Lost Map Records
  • UK Mod Power-Pop Garage band The Hurricanes “Things Could Be Better Than This” from the LP “Here Comes The Storm” via Spinout Nuggets                                                                                                       
  • North East of England‘s early 80s mod punk /post-punk band Model Workers “My Winter of Discontent” from ltd. 7″ EP “Cry” first time Sealed Records‘ reissue (plus 2 unreleased demos and booklet) of the lone 7” originally released in 1981 on their own Make it Yourself label
  • Italian garage rock /rock’n’nroll /power-pop band led by singer-songwriter troubadour Astrid Dante, aka Miss Chain & The Broken Heels “Since You’re Gone” from the album “Storms” via Wild Honey Records.
  • Hove, UK two-piece psych /garage /surf rock instrumental band The Space Agency “Tanchozuru タンチョウ鶴” single
  • Asturias, North of Spain 60s teenbeat /garage pop rock band BOBKAT’65 “Solo tenías que quedarte” from The Routes/Bobkat’65” split 7″ EP via Action Weekend
  • Scottish rock’n’roll /garage-beat combo Thee Girl Fridays “Double Crossing Double Agent” off “Double Crossing Double Agent / Ejector Seat” 7″ single via Spinout Nuggets
  • Norway/Germany jangle-pop /indie pop collaboration of Jørn Åleskjær (The Loch Ness Mouse, Sapphire & Steel) and Sebastian Voss (Nah…, The Fisherman and his Soul), aka HERR WADE “Autostrade (feat. Yvy Pop)” single on Platiruma!!!
  • Osaka, Japan easy listening /lounge /j-pop /calypso /indie pop younger sister & an older brother pop music unit, Wa Wai Music Resort – パシフィック温泉 – single [Local Visions]
  • Toronto-based, Ontario synthpop /dream pop singer-songwriter, producer, and performer Fleur Electra “Romanticize” single                                                                                                                                                     
  • Penzance, UK cinematic folk /acoustic pop singer-songwriter Kelsey Michael “Music Of The Waves” single
  • Indie folk singer-songwriter from East London, Art Block “It’s OK” single