Single Lash might be one of Austin’s most under-appreaciated acts; they quietly released a beautiful LP back in 2016, and now they’re prepping Providence for you. The shoegaze element that resonates with most folks lurks in the background of this song, though I’m drawn to that cleaner guitar cut that seemingly dances its way through. But, Nicolas’ voice has this deep seductive quality that’s hard to ignore; it’s both powerful and soft at once, letting the guitars ring around his every note; it’s almost as if he’s calling to you through the noise in your speakers. I love the sublime fade out offering more of a shimmer as the tune turns to its close. Look for the album to drop on October 26th via Holodeck Records.
A wash of fuzz immediately emanates from your speakers when you press play on this brand new single from French outfit An Ocean of Embers. Elsa Muller enters the pictures, almost as if her voice has been recorded as a soundbite. But, the song begins to unfurl, and in doing so, the fuzzy riffs begin to craft a dense melody of beautiful noise, giving Muller the perfect space to quietly let her voice slink beneath. It’s only the band’s second tune, and already we’re awaiting to see what comes our way next. This single is available now from Ovvk Recordings.
I’ve been streaming this new single from Baltimore based artist Lauren Lakis all morning and I’m finally ready to stop being selfish and share it with you guys. The track in question, “Lead Us On”, is both fuzzy and gritty, while still bringing some brightness with its raw and lo-fi take on shoegaze/pop. One can certainly feel swept away in the emotional and very personal feel of the track. Welcome to the music world Lauren.
Lauren Lakis will release her first solo LP entitled FEROCIOUS on June 22nd via Cavity Search Records.
The shoegaze and post-punk genre is pretty saturated in our music scene right now, so it’s nice when you find a band who do it right or add something new. Tucson based Mute Swan do exactly that with this new track and video called “Enough Fun”. It’s super washed out with an insane amount of heaviness and crazy guitar reverb. It’s like Colourmusic meets Clap Your Hands. Ya dig.
Mute Swan currently have this single available for purchase on a Lathe Cut 7″ single.
Man it’s been a bit since we’ve heard anything from the Brooklyn based, ATH favorite band Lazyeyes. As usual, I say things like that to explain my excitement for the band when I’m sent some new music after a small hiatus. So join in my excitement will you and check out this sweet new song “Echoes” from our old friends in Lazyeyes. The song blends a really great shoegaze/dream pop sound with a very nice dose of new wave to keep things interesting. This is one of the better songs I’ve heard this month. No doubt.
Lazyeyes will release Echoes on June 15th via Egghunt Records.
This new Wylderness track has instant gratification for those fans of the intersection of shoegaze and dream pop; the guitars do a fuzzy dance in the distance while the rhythm section establishes pace. Then the vocals comes in, surfing atop the song’s structure, falling with the cresting waves of the track; they also have this drawn out syllabic approach, giving off a ghostly vibe amidst the pop sensationalism. If you like what you’re hearing from the group, then you’d be wise to keep track of them, as they’ll be releasing their self-titled debut LP on Succulent Recordings on March 23rd.
Chile’s Maff have already given us one spectacular single, and they’re back with a new tune…this time in English. Once you listen, you’ll clearly hear the distinctive sound of shoegaze, though I’m particularly fond of the presentation here. The verses are soft, predominantly percussion and reverb vocals. It’s the space in between verses where the pedals jump in with walls of distorted guitars cascading down through your speakers. Perhaps the strength of the group is the restraint, as they craft their noise around a central melody, never jumping too far into the noisiness that accompanies the work of many a peer. The band will release their Melanina EP, and let’s hope that sets the tone for a future LP, as I can’t get enough of this.
From the instant this new Maff song jumps through your speakers, the guitars and percussion crash upon you, wave after wave of noise…beautifully crafted, of course. Then, the group pull back, allowing the Spanish lyrics to take center-stage, which makes sense seeing as the group calls Chile home. For me, the draw is in the unique details that flourish throughout, such as the way the guitars ring, then abruptly stop around the 1:20 mark, culminating in a dizzying nosedive of guitar noise. The band will release their Melanina EP on April 2nd, and I’m crossing my fingers that it’s filled with tracks as beautiful as this.
We’re really really excited to kick of the label side of ATH with our first release of 2018: Blushing‘s Weak EP. It’s a heavy dose of dreamgaze gems, all organized into a handy 12″ record. Several tracks have already garnered raves from the likes of DKFM Radio to the esteemed Gold Flake Paint, so clearly they’ve got something you need. Plus, if you’re in the Austin area, you can catch the band live at their release show at Cheer Up Charlies on Saturday night. It’s a pretty solid bill, with Ringo Deathstarr and Single Lash among bands filling the evening out. Just because we love you, we’re streaming the album below for you, in advance of its Friday release. You can grab the vinyl version HERE or the tape HERE.
Feel like we had a banner year for ATH Records last year, but 2018 seems really big (in my mind anyways). I couldn’t think of a better way to start off the new year than with the release of Blushing‘s Weak EP. The band just dropped another of the tracks from the album today, and it’s every bit as enjoyable as the entire EP. Shouldn’t have to go on and on about how much I really enjoy it, so I’ll just leave you with the tune below. You can grab the vinyl version HERE, or pick it up on sweet cassettes over HERE. Don’t forget the release show at Cheer Up Charlies on January 27th!