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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – December #49-21

  • Wellington, New Zealand trip-hop /breakbeat /post-gaze /electronic solo project of musician and composer Matt Dalzell, aka METROSIDEROS “If This Be Love ft. POPORAZZI” (Single)

Sophisticated and refined music from the former guitarist of late 80s/90s Auckland’s shoegaze band The Malchicks, in his peregrinations around atmospheric trip-pop, covered by a gauzy mist of reverb, suspended between past and present, which besides the 90s inflexions, could be comfortably hosted, at the beginning of ‘2000, by labels such as Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv, their brilliant “Secret Love” compilation series, Compost, Thou Thoughts etc. Folktronica tinged new single, featuring the pristine captivating voice of Poporazzi, slowly lilts through dinging repetitive organic acoustic guitar plucks to stir mesmeric shuffled syncopated beats and smooth bongo percussive flairs lingering across intoxicating nostalgic horizons, haunted by swelling glaring suspenseful strings, to slip into a calm and groovy force of perpetual insight underneath dreamy, heartfelt vocal harmonies releasing doubt and fear into an intoxicating universe of uncertain fate.

  • Buenos Aires-based kraut /psych /dream pop shoegaze project of musician-artist Ferran Pont Vergés, aka Die Noia Futuriszka “Distant Room” (Single)

As always something noteworthy escapes our fleeting radar systems on every Bandcamp Friday, but we’re ready to catch up … Ferran Pont, (AKA DNF) blends sad post-punk melodic bass shadows with shimmering abrasive and pungent shivering shoegaze guitars and fuzzy ghostly lysergic wafts to squire long lost dreams from the disorienting warped moods of haunted nervous vocal evocations, shedding alternate dimensional light onto the future insight of a “Distant Room.”

  • Italian four-piece indie rock band from Turin, SMILE “Half Faith, Half Struggle” single

It applies here as above for the Turin-based 4-piece, back with a one-off, tense, sharp, almost cathartic year-end single, played with urgency and anger, almost like throwing away all its pent-up waste, in which the familiar touches of REM-like jangly gray melancholy are overwhelmed by noisy and emphatic doses of louder and emotional-ridden rockier hints to Minneapolis’ finest The Replacements and Hüsker Dü, through resonant bursts of abrasive fuzzy guitar mists, throbbing frenetically along with a snaky deep bassline and rapid rolling drum rhythms, to vault high strung vocal harmonies, filled with “Half Faith, Half Struggle,” into the chaotic gloom of modern-day madness.

  • South East London, UK indie jangle-pop DIY foursome The Hannah Barberas “Oh Santa Claus! (Faster Claus version)” from “Winter” EP (version included on the compilation “A Very Cherry Christmas vol.15”, released November 2021 via Doo Lang Records)

South London DIY indie-poppers The Hannah Barberas refurbish their last year’s Christmas tune  “Oh Santa Claus!” for the usual good cause. Please, check the band’s Bandcamp page.

  • Hamilton, Ontario ambient scientist, guitarist & composer Anne Sulikowski “never again drone” from the new single “The Visit”
  • English Ambient /Post-Rock artist from Merseyside, Dan Caine “We’ll Rest Here Tonight” taken from his new EP “Into The Mountains”
  • Swedish electronic /synthwave /Italo disco duo from Lund, Sally Shapiro “Christmas Escape” (Single) on Italians Do It Better
  • Filipino lo-fi /bedroom /twee /indie rock /sadcore artist NOA MAL “I Guess It’s Not Too Late” from the album “Nerve Damage”.
  • Serbian indie pop /dream pop project of Belgrade‘s singer/lyricist Ognjenka Lakićević (of the band Autopark), Olja – “jovane” single on POP Depression / Kišobran
  • L.A. folk /Americana /psych /cosmic rock and roll duo of Noah Kohll and Corey Madden, Color Green “So Far Behind” (Single) on Org Music
  • Auckland, New Zealand electronic /indie pop solo project Emmanuelle “Feelgood”                                           
  • Los Angeles indie /dreampop duo ZEELAND “Trail” single on Spirit Goth
  • Brighton, UK indie pop /yacht rock /dream pop 4-piece NATURE TV “Tell Me Something Good” new single.
  • Brighton, UK based kraut /psych-pop /dream pop duo Psylhouette ”An Age Found” from the new album “Psylhouette II”
  • Costarican Bedroom Pop /Shoegaze /Dream Pop singer-songwriter Lentamente “Química de Siempre” new single on Z Tapes
  • LA-based jangle-indie-pop quintet Massage “Lane Lines” title track from the new EP “Lane Lines” on Mt.St.Mtn.
  • Russian post-punk / Indie Pop band from Dimitrovgrad, Глухой Телефон – ‘Вези меня (The Smiths cover)’   
  • Bangor, Maine based twee pop/ jangle/ indie-pop trio SULLEN EYES “Vacation” (written by Kathy Valentine, originally performed by The Go-Go’s)                                                                                                                     
  • Seattle‘s indie surf dream-pop trio SEAPONY “In the Bleak Midwinter” (holiday song recorded back in 2012.)
  • Russian indie /dream pop band from Moscow, Свидание [Svidanie] “Крестик” title track from the mini-album «Крестик»                                                                                                                                                           
  • Michigan twee /C86 /indie-pop outfit THE PHOTOCOPIES “It’s Not Complicated” from the single “It’s Not Complicated / What’s Wrong With You Is What’s Wrong With Me”
  • Tokyo based indie-pop quartet Hazy Sour Cherry “Cold, cold winter” (The Pixies Three cover, 1963) from 2-track Christmas single “Bell of the beginning”
  • Venezuelan jangle /indiepop solo project from Caracas, Mañana El Espacio “Alguien Como Tú” from the new LP “Casi Nada Es Para Siempre”
  • Woodbridge, Suffolk based alternative indie rock band Slow Down Missy – “The Water Song” from V/A “United Cassettes Fundraising Compilation” via Slovakia’s United Cassettes
  • Greensboro, NC dream pop /jangly /indie rock band lead by a former member of Lookwell, Chris Jackson, CITIFIED “Expect Delays” from the new “Lie Like a Painter” album on Fort Lowell Records
  • Anglesey, North Wales alternative rock band lead by singer-songwriter Scott MarsdenHOLY COVES “The Hurt Within” single on Yr Wyddfa Records
  • Portland, Or indie rock solo project Baby Combat “Invisible” single
  • Seattle, WA cinematic noir-pop collective Echo of the Low Light “Gold Things” new single
  • Washington, D.C. indie folk /dream pop /indie rock band fronted by former The Silver Liners Jay Nemeyer, COLOR PALETTE “Shooting Stars” title track from the new “Shooting Stars” EP
  • US synth-wave side-project of Florida‘s Matthew Messore (Cathedral Bells), aka Midi Memory – “Sensory Overload (Feat. Doorbells)” title track from the debut LP “Sensory Overload” on Spirit Goth Records
  • England, UK jangle /synthpop /indie pop band The Third Cut “Frida And Eddie” from the new second EP “I Feel Bad So You Can Feel Good”
  • Wollongong, Australia Indie Rock /New Wave /Punk five-piece DROVES “Lava” off of new S/T EP
  • Shawnee, Kansas Goth /Roots /Rock and Roll /Indie Rock band Lonnie Fisher and the Funeral “Wrong Way” from the EP “Haunted”
  • First recorded collaboration, Kim Gordon & J Mascis – “Abstract Blues” new 2-track charity single on Sub Pop
  • Skåne County, Sweden indie rock quintet of Caroline Landahl (Hater), Tobias Widman (YAST), Erik Klinga (Simian Ghost, Light Vibes), Frederick Rundquist (FEWS, Hater) and Rasmus Andersson (FEWS, Hater), aka HORSE SHOW “Shame” from the debut “Falsterbo” [EP] on PNKSLM Records
  • London based drone /fuzz /psychedelic rock band Gnob – “Invocation” from V/A “EIGHT YEARS OF ACID BOX” A compilation of Acid Box bands past, present and future.
  • Swedish Prog /Heavy Psychedelic Rock band (formerly Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus), JIRM “You Fly” off their upcoming fifth album “The Tunnel, The Well, Holy Bedlam” to be released March 4, 2022 on Ripple Music
  • Spanish darkwave /post-punk /shoegaze solo project URCO “En sueños”                                                                        
  • Providence, Rhode Island post-hardcore /noise rock /shoegaze trio Darklands “Spite House” from the EP “FORGIVE YOURSELF”
  • Rio Grande Valley, TX alternative rock /shoegaze band GLARE “Bloom” from the debut EP “Heavenly” via Sunday Drive Records
  • American grunge /dream pop /shoegaze band NOTHING “Micha (Those Who Fear Tomorrow)” [Integrity cover] on Relapse Records                                                                                                                                       
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania experimental /ambient /shoegaze instrumental project of Jeff Wilson, aka Deeper Graves “Distant Fires” from “The Colossal Sleep” on disorder-recordings
  • Faenza, Italy nugaze /heavy shoegaze 4-piece Mondaze “Endless” off of the debut LP “Late Bloom” on Church Road Records
  • Italian shoegaze /dream pop band from Verona, You, Nothing “Lullaby” (single) on Floppy Dischi | Non Ti Seguo Records | Dotto Records
  • Canadian ambient /dream pop /shoegaze project of James Callan, aka Prepare My Glider “Breathe (feat. gouachepaint)” from the EP “Blinding Lights”
  • Austin, TX shoegaze /dream pop quartet BLUSHING “Sour Punch” from next February sophomore album “Possessions” on Kanine Records.
  • Celaya, Mexico dreampop /ambient /shoegaze 4-piece CHALENS “8760” from the debut album “Entre las hojas y por debajo de los puentes” on Koss Records
  • Mexico indie rock /shoegaze /dream-pop band lead by Ivan Flores, SOMEWHERE “On The Christmas Eve” (single)
  • Filipino 5-piece indie dream-pop band from Quezon Province, Spell the Words “Mister Greeting Card” from the new EP “I Guess I Miscalculated Things”
  • UK synthwave /dream pop band lead by Amanda Thompson, a.k.a. The Big Believe ‘Girl On Wire’ new single on Aldora Britain Records
  • Madrid-based psych-pop /shoegaze /dreampop project of Argentinian multinstrumentalist and producer Ezequiel de la Parra, aka Los Jardines de Bruselas “Fantasmas” new single
  • Leeds, UK synthpop /yacht rock 5-piece HEIR “Hotel Sleep Well” single
  • London based indie pop /folk singer-songwriter Fran Lusty “I’m Blue” single on Sweden’s Indieshake
  • Vancouver, BC dreamy indie-folk singer-songwriter KYLIE V “November” (Single)
  • Reykjavík, Iceland ambient /ethereal /classical project of the co-founder of the 90s experimental pop-group múm, Gyda Valtysdottir “In Corde” from the fourth LP “Ox”
  • Russian indie /folk /dream pop singer/songwriter based in Saint Petersburg, Polnalyubvi – “Твои глаза / Your eyes” (Single) on Sounds Good Lab