Posts Tagged ‘coldgaze’

October 3, 2017
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Leeds outfit FEHM has been making quite a name for themselves back home in the UK since they released their acclaimed debut EP, Circadian Life. They now bring us a mesmeric dose of their dark angular post-punk and gazey coldwave on Last Breath, a track off their new double A-side, Last Breath / Human Age. If you’re fond of bands like Interpol, Preoccupations, White Lies, and such, like we are, you’ll find yourselves falling head over heels for FEHM’s inky glum Last Breath. The new double A-side arrives October 27th via the band’s own label, Everything Has Meaning. 

July 29, 2017
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English four piece Violet Youth will be releasing their new EP, Primary Nature, on fledgling imprint Modern Sky UK come September 8th. But they’ve been kind enough to give us a preview of the four track record on Soundcloud, here. As soon as I heard the shimmering shoegaze and glowering post-punk on opening track Reliable Sources, I was hooked.  It’s exactly the sort of overcast and moody rock that I love. Coldgaze and darkwave combine on this scintillating gem. Violet Youth is a band for those who love Interpol, The Cure, Joy Division, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Violet Youth will be playing a special hometown show in Blackburn to preview the EP at The Bureau on July 29th prior to their show at the Plastic House at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on August 19th. 

June 1, 2017
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They made be named Bad Channels, but I’m loving everything that this Toronto band is channeling on their latest single Exo. Darkwave, dream pop, synthpop, post-punk, shoegaze, electro… this one has it all. This nebulous tidal wave of whirring synths, billowing vocals, and crashing drums is heavily steeped with 80′s nostalgia. Its Chromatics meets John Hughes, Au Revoir Simone meets TR/ST resplendence makes Exo the perfect Twin Peaks accompaniment. I can totally picture Bad Channels playing this song in the Bang Bang Bar. Exo is the lead single from Bad Channels’ Lost Time I EP, due out June 9th. Head to Bandcamp to pre-order or snag the single.

March 30, 2017

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Nutrition, a producer from Whian Whian, Australia, provides divine aural nutrients aplenty via his brilliant remix of Ruby Haunt’s gloomy brooding gem Freeway Crush. It’s a crisp and cool, mellow and chill indie dance edit that boasts an irresistible groove. It’s impossible not to crush on this laid back jam. Darkwavey flourishes are met by chillwavey disco, making this one of the more unique edits of the moment.  Nutrition’s remix of Freeway Crush is out now via Majestic Casual Records. Purchase the track from major outlets, here. You can also stream the remix via Soundcloud below.

February 9, 2017
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Aside from lo-fi noise pop project Grass Widow, singer songwriter Hannah Lew is also involved in a project named Cold Beat, also set in San Francisco. And that project happens to be preparing to release a new full length. The lead single from Chaos By Invitation is a gazey synthpop meets gauzy rock fluttterer named 62 Moons. The song orbits about us with ever rippling, nostalgic strumming animation. Cold Beat’s new album Chaos By Invitation arrives on April 7th via Crime On The Moon. There seems to be a lot of lunar love going on.

October 20, 2016
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It’s time for some local love as we delve deeply into the intoxicating nu-gaze and dream pop of one Oakland based band named Garlands, founded by Lisa Light (The Lovemakers, El Elle) and Mikael Johnston (Mephisto Odyssey, Dresden & Johnston). Their murky shimmering song The Ratio features evocative female vocals, analog synths, and washed out guitar lines, evoking I Break Horses, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, and Mazzy Star in the process. The track comes from their self titled debut full length, which drops October 25th. Garlands will be playing a record release party at one of my favorite San Francisco venues, Rickshaw Stop.

February 5, 2016
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Though Holy Esque comes from Glasgow, Scotland, their fantastic new tune is titled Oslo. The alt rock gem sports a symphonic build up that spellbinds from the start before launching full force into soaring, cinematic rock glory. Holy Esque’s bellowing vocals evoke WU LYF, but it’s as if WU LYF went MBV shoegaze on us, their vocals drifting in a cascade of heaving post punk and magnificently noisy distortion. Oslo is part of a trilogy of songs that tell the tragic story of a prostitute. The first in the series was 2012′s Ladybird Love, while the final piece will be Doll House from Holy Esque’s forthcoming debut album, At Hope’s Ravine, out February 26th and available to pre-order here.

December 17, 2015
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Let’s head over to Italy to drift away to the ambling beauty of Be Forest’s latest. The Pesaro natives offer up their signature blend of dream pop, darkwave, and shoegaze on new song Glow, which they’ve paired with a fittingly murky music video. Glow is intoxicating and bewitching with its gossamer vocals and rich strings. The trio also have me mesmerized with Glow’s muted beats and ghostly beauty. At times, it’s as if two of my favorite bands of all time, Chromatics and Future Islands, had merged into one. Glow will be out January 15th via We Were Never Boring and Coward Records, available to pre-order, here. Watch the video for Glow below.

December 8, 2015

One of my favorite debut albums of 2015 comes from Calgary’s Viet Cong, and FEWS easily reminds me of them with their brand of sinister post punk and math rock flavored guitar riffs on The Zoo, a dark and coldgazey song for which the band dropped a grainy music video. The London based Swedish band who just signed to Play It Again Sam also reminds me of some of my other favorite dark post punkers, like Editors, early Bloc Party, and Interpol, but FEWS sounds even more satisfyingly sinister. The Zoo’s music video was directed and animated by Alden Volney, who shot the psychedelic visual treat in post-industrial Malmö. FEWS are currently working on a debut album, holed up in South London in a studio with Dan carey. The Zoo is available as a limited 7″ single and digitally via Play It Again Sam.

August 19, 2015
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Coldwave, post punk, darkwave, noise rock… these are styles of music that aim straight for my twisted, wretched (okay not really) heart. In fact, Sealings’ new single White Devil is borderline math rock with its raucous, strained guitars and deep, raspy voices, reminding me of Viet Cong’s noisy post punk, but far more dusky. White Devil is taken from the Brighton trio’s debut album I’m A Bastard, out September 18th and available to pre-order, here.