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

Weekly Shoegaze / Dreampop / Psychedelic / Indie Tips – DECEMBER #49-23

© Peggy Despres


  • Liverpool, UK reverb-laced indie pop band led by singer-songwriter Mike Simms, aka Bright Islands “Tomorrow” off 2-track EP

Second EP for Scouse singer-songwriter Mike Simms with his organic and heartful jangle guitar pop infused with profound intensity and an uncommon sense of bittersweet intimate melodicism. “You don’t get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully” whispered Jens Lekman some years ago in tones certainly more lively than the achingly reflective lyricism of the Brit, that tugs deeply on our heartstrings with resonant melancholic introspection carved by relentless sparkly piercing guitar pain, punctuated by a repetitive unremitting carpet of tapping percussions and pinpoint basslines, to counterpoint and echo earnest vocal heartache and minimal female halos, whilst slowly enveloping sad violin strings weeping a final farewell to love.

  • Athens, Greece indie rock /shoegaze /dream pop DIY project Get Violet “June solstice” single                   

A captivating third single from an enigmatic and intriguing bedroom pop unit from the Greek capital, possibly their best effort so far, stirs an immersive rush of twinkling arpeggiated guitar and humming bass lines, to rapidly sway with urgent longing around heartfelt vocals, switching breathy introspection with rising passion, into a racing whirl of romantic obsession.

  • Sydney‘s power-prog-pop quartet (former members of Day Ravies), Sachet “Crushing Whims (Ride)” from the upcoming cassette EP “The Seeing Machine” on Tenth Court

Born from the demise of quite brilliant shoegazers Day Ravies, Melbourne‘s 4-piece return with a heady slice of Power-Pop sprinkled with perky 80s-tinged New Wave, to toss wind-blown, nostalgic and sassy moods injected by wandering spirals of vibrant obsessive guitar melodies along with throbbing and chugging bass lines, coiling around high-energy flirtatious vocals, with an exuberant passion for a nightly bike ride.

  • L.A. based beats /funk /soul /jazz performer, producer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Mocky “Just A Little Lovin'” single
  • Norway‘s ethereal /soul /doo wop /indie pop band led by Morten Martens, aka Les Imprimés “It’s Over (Instrumental)” from the album “Rêverie (Instrumentals)” via Big Crown Records
  • Lebanon folk guitarist-singer-songwriter Rogér Fakhr “East of Any Place” title track from the LP “East of Any Place” (unreleased album recorded in single day sessions in the late 1970s) [Habibi Funk 025]
  • Durham, NC ethereal folk music singer-songwriter Emma Geiger “Empty” single
  • Cornwall, UK ambient /psych /folk musician, painter, singer & songwriter Daisy Rickman – “Willow’s Song” from “Weird Walk x Wicker Man Bundle” on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of The Greatest Film Ever Made™ [Leyline]
  • Kyoto, Japan ambient /new wave /experimental pop artist Sonoko “Méditation” from “Chante” 7″ EP [STROOM.tv]
  • Australian ambient /trip-hop /samples /breaks /electronic pop duo Julia McFarlane and co-conspirator Thomas Kernot, aka J.McFarlane’s Reality Guest “YouTube Trip” off the upcoming second album “Whoopee” via Night School Records and Felt Sense Records
  • Australian indie pop band formed in 1978 in Brisbane, led by singer-songwriter Peter Milton Walsh, The Apartments “Breakdown in Vera Cruz” from the vinyl reissue of the 1997 studio album “Apart” [Talitres]
  • London-based indie folk singer-songwriter Robin Allender “Strange Campus” from the album “Underground River”
  • Los Angeles based indie rock singer-songwriter Kilo Tango “Dancing on the moon” single
  • Seattle, WA dream pop duo Bubble Tea and Cigarettes “Emi” single on Lauren Records
  • US ambient /electronic /experimental pop project, ambent “transposed family recipes” title track of “transposed family recipes” EP [surf]
  • UK dream pop /trip-hop band based in Bristol, OSLO TWINS “Miss Yesterday (Nightbus Remix)” from “Miss Yesterday Remixes” EP
  • Christchurch, New Zealand alternative pop /dream pop quartet Yumi Zouma “Desert Mile” from “EP IV”
  • London-based indie/ethereal /psych-pop /dream-pop duo Tessa Murray & Greg Hughes, aka STILL CORNERS “Secret World” from the upcoming 2024 LP “Dream Talk”
  • Sarnia, Ontario jangle /dream pop /cosmic country singer-songwriter Daphne’s Demise “Bedroom Window” single
  • Late ’70s founded, London-based post-punk /psych /folk rock /indie pop band The Trudy “Where The Roses Grow” from “Outside Time” mini album
  • France-based baroque orchestral pop project of Brisbane‘s Maxwell Farrington and Christophe Vaillant (Pony Taylor and The Strawberry Smell), aka Maxwell Farrington & Le SuperHomard “Begging’s Not My Business” from the upcoming LP “Please, Wait…” via Talitres
  • UK surreal-pop project of Liverpool-based songwriter and producer, Tom McConnell, aka Novelty Island “1102” single from the forthcoming 2024 EP ”Taped Over” on Nine X Nine
  • Birmingham, CA-based indie pop /rock singer-songwriter Chayse Porter “Flowers in Chains” from the upcoming third LP “Endless / Boundless” via Earth Libraries                                                                       
  • New York-based lo-fi bedroom indie folk singer-songwriter Parent Teacher “Life Insurance from “Women & Children” EP
  • London-based early ’90s founded, C86 /punk /psych /indie rock band led by David Feck, COMET GAIN “CHRISTMAS RECORDS!” from “(I hate) CHRISTMAS RECORDS!” E.P.
  • Scottish jangle indie-pop duo from Glasgow, U.S.Highball “Our World” (Paul Williams cover, 1977) charity Christmas single
  • Sandbach, UK jangle /indie /power pop solo project of singer-songwriter Paul Hughes, aka The Candy Strypers “Forgot The Christmas Tree” single
  • Scottish five-piece guitar-based indie rock band from Glasgow, The Supernaturals “Xmas Lights” off the 2-tracker” Christmas is Doing My Head in” single
  • Los Angeles-based dream pop /indie pop project of composer, and producer John Girgus (Sarah Records’ Aberdeen, Languis, Non Ultra Joy), Legendary House Cat “When I First Met You (Acoustic Remix)” from “Acoustic” EP
  • London based purveyors of Cinematic Swing-noir and Antique Beat led by Stephen Coates, The Real Tuesday Weld “Trouble” (off the upcoming ‘Heartbreak Remedies’ album) from “Winter Warmers” EP
  • Ottawa, Ontario bedroom /dream pop /indie pop solo project FROWN LINE “Come Around” single via Lauren Records
  • Adelaide, Australia new wave /jangly romantic synth-pop duo New Labour “You Hide Behind Flowers & Lies” single
  • Bristol, England lo-fi pop group formed in 1990 by former The Groove Farm singer-guitarist Andrew Arthur Jarrett, Beatnik Filmstars “Pop Girl” from the CDr live album “It Would Be Great To Be Someone Who Matters More” (Recorded Live at LA CAV, Bristol on October 12th, 1990) via Raving Pop Blast! Recordings
  • Thessaloniki, Greece 5-piece 60s psych /jangle /fuzz garage punk band The Basements “Mary Ann” from the vinyl 12″ LP “Sounds Of Yesterday” via Lost In Tyme Records
  • Shenzhen, China emo /indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze collaborative project, Bloody Castle, North Koreans In China, PostmodernHippie, Neon卫柏 -『Street’s Light』from “Signal of the release”single [Viola Release]
  • Danish dream pop /noise pop /shoegaze duo Donna Martin Graduates “When The Night Falls Apart” single
  • California dream pop /shoegaze /indie rock band Faces in Leaves “Dreamscapes” debut single
  • Switzerland/US ethereal shoegaze dream pop project of Andy Jossi & Krissy Vanderwoude, aka THE CHURCHHILL GARDEN “dreamless” new single
  • Antwerp, Belgium post-rock /dream pop /shoegaze band NEWMOON “Eternal Fall” from upcoming 2024 LP “Temporary Light” via Quite Panic
  • Athens, Greece shoegaze /indie rock band Messier 13 “Apartment” single
  • Seattle, WA three piece indie /noise rock /fuzz pop /shoegaze band NO FLOOR “Gain” single on Neon Sigh
  • Italian Dream Pop /Shoegaze band from Verona/Brescia, May Eyes Love “Why Everything We Care About Is Falling Apart?” from the debut EP “Letters To A Dead Friend” on Shore Dive Records
  • Northampton, UK Shoegaze /Indie-Punk band thistle “Magpies” from debut 3-track “Lomochrome” EP
  • Taipei City, Taiwan shoegaze /slowcore band Anewer “Haze” single
  • Brooklyn, NY five piece indie rock /shoegaze band Punchlove “Dead Lands” single on Kanine Records
  • Danish/Norwegian shoegaze outfit Meltway “Disarray” from the debut album “Nothing Is Real” via via Through Love Records
  • North Alabama 4-piece indie rock /heavy shoegaze band No Culture “CVNDY WVTR” from the debut “Dioxazine Dream” EP
  • Bogor, Indonesia 4-piece power-pop /indie rock unit Texpack “Edelweiss” single from 2014 second album
  • Seattle, WA five-piece garage pop /psychedelic /shoegaze band BLACK NITE CRASH “Affliction” 2nd single from the forthcoming 2024 album “Signal to Noise” via Neon Sigh
  • Easthampton, MA indie rock band led by songwriter, guitarist and singer Candace Clement (Bunny’s A Swine, Footings), All Feels “Shoreline” from the single “Shoreline / Absent” via flower sounds                       
  • Brisbane, Australia indie rock /Britpop /shoegaze /psychedelic rock DIAL “All Is Known” from “DIAL” EP
  • Rome, Italy neo-psychedelic band Modern Stars “Bartleby” first single from the LP “Termination” via Little Cloud Records /Sister 9 Records /Clostridium Records                                                   
  • Vienna, Austria-based kraut /drone /fuzz psychedelic rock music project Dim Electrics “Ways of Seeing” from Self-Titled album 12″ via Sulatron Records
  • Swiss baroque pop /kraut /folk rock /psychedelic pop alchemist since 1988, Balduin “Melt Away” single
  • Austin, TX-based folk /psych /indie rock project of singer-songwriter-multi instrumentalist Claire Hamilton and her collaborators, Psychic Seatbelt “Pep Talk 437” from Hooky EP
  • Philadelphia-based punk /indie prom rock band led by Ava Rose, aka Happy Body “Plastic Lovers” from cassette self-titled EP [Spared Flesh Records]
  • Brunswick, Australia noise pop /post-punk /indie rock 5-piece Hooper Crescent “Karaoke Love” 2nd single from 2024 second album “Essential Tremors” via Spoilsport Records (AU/UK/EU) & Earth Libraries (US)
  • Russian alternative /indie rock /dream pop /shoegaze /noise-pop rock band Lurve “L.I.F.E.” single via Spirit Goth Records & Anchor Lights
  • St Leonards on Sea, UK post-krautrock /indie rock band of Justin Welch (Piroshka, Elastica, Suede JAMC), Oliver Cherer (Gilroy Mere, Dollboy, Miki Berenyi Trio.), Katherine Wallinger (Wedding Present, Viv Albertine) & Riz Maslen (Neotropic), Aircooled “No Reason To Lie” from upcoming debut EP “Eat The Gold” on Music’s Not Dead
  • Auckland, New Zealand rock’n’roll garage punk band The Cavemen “Without You” from “Ca$h 4 Scrap LP via Slovenly Recordings
  • Occitanie, France garage punk One Man Band / solo project by Hugo Carmouze, aka Opinion “Hyperglam” single from upcoming 2024 album ”Horrible” via Flippin’ Freaks Records, Les Disques Du Paradis and Nothing Is Mine
  • Melbourne shoegaze /trip-hop /electronic /dream pop collaborative project of Kate Durman, Lachlan McGeehan, and Morgan Wright, aka Acopia “This Conversation is Getting Boring” off the self-titled sophomore album
  • Chicago, IL indie rock /shoegaze /psychedelic rock band The Courts “On Yr Mind” the lead single from the 2024 EP “Is a Place”
  • Chicago lo-fi /dream pop /bedroom pop project of Kenneth Foss, aka TEEN BLUSH “Such Great Heights” (The Postal Service cover)
  • Richmond, Virginia lo-fi /psych /indie rock rapper, singer and record producer Travis Miller, aka LIL UGLY MANE “ORANGE OVER” from the single “SPILL”
  • UK synth-pop /trip-hop /electronica /avant-pop duo Andrew Hargreaves (Tape Loop Orchestra, The Boats) & Beth Roberts, aka THE MISTYS “Markers: Pulselovers Remix” from the cassette remix EP “Detached Arrangement” [Castles In Space]
  • Barcelona indie /dream pop /post-punk /dark wave duo Slow Connection “Dust” single
  • Philadelphia, PA dream pop /psych-folk trio Pine Barons – “Electric Fingertips” single via Grind Select
  • Christchurch, NZ indie /dream pop /bedroom pop composer and multi-instrumentalist, Lukas Mayo AKA Pickle Darling “Deathly” (Aimee Mann cover) via Father/Daughter Records
  • Brooklyn, NY-based bedroom indie pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Barrie Lindsay, aka Barrie “Hard Candy” single

© Rory King