Posts Tagged ‘shoegaze’

May 22, 2018

It’s impossible to resist Tiny Deaths’ dream pop when you’re as much of a fan of bands like Au Revoir Simone and School Of Seven Bells as I am. We find ourselves spinning in bliss to their snowy thrumming, sleek whirring new single Always, which comes accompanied by an understated visual gem

“dedicated to survivors” and directed by Catherine Orchard. The crystalline dream pop and glassy synthpop song is a preview from Tiny Deaths’ sophomore album, expected to arrive later this year. 

May 14, 2018

If you haven’t listened to the new Beach House album yet, I highly suggest you get on it, quick! The Baltimore dream pop duo have put out an exceptional new full length, and my current favorite off the record is this gazey purling, dreamy purling song, Lemon Glow, though that could swiftly change within the next few days since there are so many amazing songs on 7. Hit up their webstore, here, for some cool merchandise and purchase links. 

May 8, 2018

Hannah Van Loon first caught our attention as a charismatic member of esteemed Oakland indie outfit Trails and Ways, so we were rather despondent when she parted ways with the band. But then she started releasing solo music as Tanukichan, proceeding to mesmerize us and intoxicate us with her dreamy whirring shoegaze and svelte, airy vocals. We’re more than ecstatic now that news has arrived of a debut full length. And guess who’s on board as producer? None other than Berkeley’s Chaz Bundick, or Chaz Bear, a.k.a. Toro y Moi! Sundays drops on July 13th, and Tanukichan has shared a sumptuous new song by way of a picturesque music video, too. Lazy Love is a glorious dream pop and hazy shoegaze song. Despite what seems to be a leisurely pace, it climbs to vigorous highs on the back of its emphatic guitar riffs. We find ourselves caught between restless agitation and tranquil, torpid bliss. It’s a state we want to stay in forever, listening to Tanukichan. I could spend many a summer afternoon drifting away to Lazy Love on repeat, and I probably will. Pre-order Tanukichan’s debut album Sundays, here.

May 8, 2018

I know this new Beach House has been out for a moment, but the more I listen to Black Car, the more I find myself bewitched by its mind melding beauty. Black Car is a song deeply entrenched in hypnotic whirring rumination. It’s as ambient and atmospheric a cut as we’ve heard from Beach House in recent months. The Baltimore dream pop and indie rock darlings pull me into a deep reverie with their latest taste from their forthcoming album 7. The gazey thrumming, pensive brooding single adds to my great excitement for 7, which arrives this Friday, and which I’ve already pre-ordered forever ago. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you can find links to do so, here.

May 1, 2018

I must have been hiding under a massive rock when Floating Room released their acclaimed debut album Sunless back in 2016, and I’ve made it a mission to take time to check it out now that the Portland band has re-surfaced with an intimately thrumming new tune named Seashell. Gazey purling rock and stormy glistering dream pop intertwine on the song, which arrives with a fittingly misty and cloudy video. Seashell is like a combination of My Bloody Valentine and Pixx, wonderfully bewitching and deeply intoxicating. Not an idle moment can be found on the song, whose knotted guitars also exude a hint of dark post-punk. Floating Room has announced their sophomore album, too, which is named False Baptism. The full length arrives June 22nd via Good Cheer Records. Pre-order, here.

April 27, 2018

Well, she’s done it again, folks. Australia’s Hatchie has charmed us to no end with her effervescent shimmering, youthful whirring brand of guitar luscious dream pop. It’s been a more than vindicating journey as a fan, haven fallen for her Cocteau Twins-inspired music a year ago when she made her debut with Try. In the interim, Harriette Pilbeam’s buzz has grown quickly, such that we were even able to catch her at SXSW last month. Now, she’s preparing to release her first EP come May 25th on Double Double Whammy, and new single and video Sleep is our latest dose of the singer songwriter’s synth whirling, gazey swirling music, which never fails to take us on nostalgic carousel rides that brings back vivid memories of our youth. Hatchie says: “‘Sleep’ is about feeling frustrated with someone who can’t communicate their feelings. In this song I’m trying to coax someone into talking to me by any means necessary, even if it means visiting me in dreams. You can pre-order Hatchie’s debut EP Sugar & Spice, here

April 25, 2018

Los Angeles artist Mikale D’Andrea keeps it simple and to the point on the Soundcloud profile for his new project SAVI MINDS. “I like writing songs about how I feel, and I like using sounds that portray the way I think,” he says and continues: “My goal with SAVI MINDS is to expose the hidden layer of myself that I never want to tell anyone about.” We’re infinitely fortunate we get to witness and partake in what artists reveal of themselves through their music, and we’re more than lucky we get to sway to the gauzy strums and gently spiraling synths found on SAVI MINDS’ first single, Dreaming. Its mellow psych rock and chill shoegaze wallows in a spectrum of despairing emotions, but we drift on the song’s incandescent shimmers and ultraviolet waves in pure, untroubled bliss. SAVI MINDS’ Dreaming can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 17, 2018

On my last night in Austin for SXSW, I was so exhausted from running around for 5 days and nights straight that my legs were wobbly. Most of my music friends had left the day prior, but I managed to dance my heart out solo to Cut Copy at one of Culture Collide’s showcases anyway, then I made sure to trudge myself over to Our Girl’s midnight set. I probably looked like a zombie. I’m eternally grateful I did so, because the London trio gave me the perfect set of gazey indie rock to close out an epic week. And now, they’re back with a new tune, appropriately titled I Really Like It, to remind me of that meaningful evening of fine music. Just when I thought I had enough of SXSW, and as I was feeling a little disconcerted from not running into people I knew, I remembered how spectacular music can be and how serendipitous any day can be when there are magnificent bands to see, even when you’re alone. Dulcet and sweet like Angel Olsen yet raw and infectious with shades of Wolf Alice, I Really Like It is quite the charming lovestruck token, a crush song to enhance our crush on Our Girl. 

April 11, 2018

Swedish indie pop act Boys has revealed a second song from her debut album Rest In Peace, and it’s an utterly arresting sonic confection. Nora Karlsson began writing her first original songs at the young age of 17. Now that she’s 22, Nora has already toured around the world as guitarist for Swedish psych pop outfit HOLY, and her music is a far cry from her early lo-fi home recordings. That Weekend is a swirling indie delight, a dreamy wafting whiff of wistful sparkling nostalgia oozing honest, intimate charm. Boys’ debut album Rest In Peace will be out May 11th digitally and on limited edition vinyl & cd via PNKSLM Recordings. Pre-order from their store, here.

April 11, 2018

Hariette Pilbeam has made a rising name of herself out of Brisbane, Australia as Hatchie, with her gazey dream pop and purling indie rock. We’re ecstatic to have written about her for the Official SXSW Bloggers Guide this year, and we made sure to make our way out to Secret Sounds x Sounds Australia showcase during our week in Austin to take in her music. The Cocteau Twins inspired artist returns with her 90s inflected sun-kissed sound on new single Sugar & Spice, another glistening dose of her ravishing artistry. Hopefully, she’ll make her way out to California sometime soon. That short set at SXSW only served to whet our appetite and create an even more intense urge to see her again. Sugar & Spice is the title track from Hatchie’s next EP, out next month. Pre-order, here.