Spent the great deal of this morning on the heavier side of shoegaze, so lets pull back a little as the wintry weather creeps in by spending some time with Ian Wayne. Ian’s vibe kind of reminds me of the middle ground between recently popular acts like Twain and Hovvdy; it offers a gentle vision that will appeal to fans of the delicate side of indie rock. It’s the perfect sort of tune for just staring blankly off into space, accepting the world that surrounds you as the notes seep into your skin. This song features on Ian’s new album, A Place Where Nothing Matters, which just dropped last week!
Sonic Jesus have two things going for them, at least in my book: One, their were remixed by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3; Two, they shared a split with our local Austin faves, The Black Angels. That’s a win already, and we haven’t even started the talk of the band’s newest single. It begins with this stabbing electronic note, complimented by a slow rhythmic pulse just beneath. Eventually, guitars come in shadowy forms, haunting the corners of the track, just as the vocals hold this mysterious power amidst that rhythmic electronic stab. This tune will feature on the band’s new album, Memories, dropping on November 30th.
Not in the too distant past, An Ocean of Embers covered Moose‘s “Last Night I Feel Again” (Reprise 1991), and they’ve finally touched it up and added an acoustic version, as well as instrumentals to craft their own single. I love that you get to hear the acoustic version because it really offers up that soft underbelly that so many folks seem to ignore in favor of guitar noise reverberating through their speakers. The latter half of the original cover gets awfully noisy at the end, building perfectly into the acoustic version should you choose to stream it all. Enjoy!
Behind the walls of distorted guitars usually lives a pop band, at least that seems to be the case when we’re talking about Waves of Dread. The band open their latest single building that noise wall, but it quickly recedes in favor of these calmly beautiful vocals; they stay steady and sit in the midst of everything around them. It’s almost like they’re building music in the vein of Teenage Fanclub, only with dreams of being on the heavier side of that musical spectrum; I’m pretty sure I love anything this group comes up with. If you grab it HERE, you get a bonus track, but you’ll have to wait until the 10th of December to hear the band’s new EP.
We’ve been fans of the psych-folk-pop of Golden Daze for a few years now, so I’m stoked to hear/see that they’ve announced a new LP and shared the beautiful “Blue Bell” with us. This go round, it seems that the duo of Ben Schwab and Jacob Loeb have toned down the psych a bit and explored the quiet folk route. There’s this utter wistfulness/nostalgic quality to this song and the video; the two gentlemen of the group sit a-la Simon & Garfunkel with their guitars, their voices just barely whispers. The song builds layer on layer to its end and I’m completely smitten with hearing the track grow. Warning, “Blue Bell” may cause repeated listening.
Golden Daze will release their new LP, Simpatico,on Autumn Tone on February 15 of next year.
Eerie Wanda, out of Amsterdam, has a new video for you that’s a lovely treat for this Friday. “Moon” is a gauzy dream, with Marina Tadic’s vocals leading you through the fog and holding your attention for its duration. It’s quite a delicate tune; acoustic guitar subtle synth sounds, and rich vocals are all it takes to ensnare you, and then a drum machine picks up the pace a bit. The song has a bit of a spell-like quality to it. When it’s done, you’re a little confounded and it’s kind of hard to go back to the real world. Spend some time dreaming with this video below.
We’ve been hyping up the release of Gorgeous Bully‘s latest for a wee bit, and the day has finally arrived for you to give Closure a listen. While I expected the album to have some fuzzy bangers, like the opener “I’ll Be True,” I didn’t expect the softer side of things to shine quite so brilliantly. You get it on the album’s second track, “Gum,” offering up a sound that’s reminiscent of everything rad in Australia at the moment. But, while not always as upbeat, there are other soft, and even sad, numbers like “Tripping” and “Happiness.” It gives you a mix of everything that’s great about the project; you can grab it for the NYP option HERE, as well as order the vinyl LP!
I guess the theme for today’s tracks is lush and dreamy, and it’s safe to say I’m not complaining a bit. This one, from Living Hour, who hail from Winnipeg, is a lovely slice of shoe gaze magic. Group vocals make this one shine bright, while the sleepy guitars and slow-mo percussion let the track ooze out. The honeyed sound feels kind of sunlight reflecting on water, or at least that’s all I can think about as I watch this video from the group. Take a listen and let yourself zone out for a few minutes. It’s Friday, you deserve it.
San Diego’s Los Shadows have one thing that the rest of the dream pop acts…a sound rooted in Latin rhythms. The opening guitar lines sound like an homage to the beach, but immediately the drums roll in crafting this vibe that’s unlike anything out there. They move it into these smoothed out dreamy croons that crest atop the front of the mix; it ends up giving the song this natural swinging sensation that I cannot escape…nor do I want to. There’s a funky closing minute that definitely brings the Latin vibe full circle. While this single is brand new, you can check in on the group’s other work HERE.
You ever hear a song and it just feels like it belongs in a really well shot film? Like everything about it screams montage? That’s the feeling I got the first time I pressed play on this gem from Tiny Ruins. The New Zealand group is well on their way to releasing their upcoming third LP, Olympic Girls, and “School of Design” is their latest lush single. I think the cinematic feel comes Hollie Fullbrook’s velvet vocals and detailed storytelling. Apparently the track was recorded live–which makes this track even more haunting, as it feels so very polished and perfect. Take a listen for yourself below.