Far from the multi-platformed mainstream musical hubs and hidden deep within a scene so overlooked by the big radio corporations that its generally left alone to allow shoegaze fans run a meandering course of blissful musical discovery, sits an online radio station so important that its unhealthy demise due to corporate bureaucracy would be nothing short of a bloody travesty. We've all read about the unhealthy reams of read tape surrounding online broadcasters and their downgrading of broadcast rights due to the changes in US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) fees and we've seen first hand various online stations being forced to cease all operations indefinitely due to lack of funding to pay these overhyped & inflated broadcasting fees! If it continues we will lose a very important tool that allow's unsigned artists to get their music across to a wider online radio audience. Online stations worldwide, Dj's & their embedded radio shows, focusing on various musical genres are a key promotional resource for todays underground artists. I mean, how many TRUE champions of this modern day underground shoegaze scene can you count on your fingertips at this present moment in time?
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Mute Swan by Half / Wozniak
Broadcasting out of Fresno, California, DKFM has been at the forefront of the genre's resurgence since it launched in 2012 but more recently has faced an uncertain future due to changes in US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) fees. They are an important mainstay in todays scene, helping to sustain and develop many of the movement's best bands. DKFM continue to be a major influence on us here at Primal Music and have been the 'Go To' site for us for all things shoegaze & dream pop since our early radio show days on Radioaktiv back in 2012.
Now, two brilliant UK based musical outfits, the impressive Gateshead based 'Half' & Edinburgh's finest 'Wozniak', have released a stunning collaborative track entitled 'Mute Swan' with the aim of raising much needed funds to help DKFM to stay on the air. The track has been released as a pay-what-you-like download through Bandcamp with all income going to help support DKFM and you can help in the fight by heading over to: herelieshalf.bandcamp.com and pledging as much or as little as you like.
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Colorado based duo 'A Shoreline Dream' have been best described as 'progressive shoegaze'. They combine lush sampled textures, wall of sound dynamics, and vocals layered like a synth, similar in vein to bands such as Ride, Slowdive and Sigur Rós. The band are Ryan Policky - vocals/guitar/keys/bass/programming & Erik Jeffries - guitar. 'Whirlwind' is the third single from their ever-evolving new record, which is being released song by song before its completion and will eventually culminate into the bands first ever vinyl release. This latest single gets its official release on September 2nd 2016 and will be available to buy/download from: ashorelinedream.bandcamp.com
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whirlwind by A Shoreline Dream
'Whirlwind' is a driving sonic surge of glorious dark energy. The instrumentation pulses & swirls as it circumnavigates those hard hitting vocalisations, infectiously dragging swathes of impressive atmospheric reverb with it to pummel the senses. There's also a subtle but refreshing hue of old-school post-punk swirling within the sonic maelstrom, reminiscent at times to Bauhaus, Joy Division & The Sisters Of Mercy.
Swedish based post-gazers 'Zeit' have returned with a fantastic new single entitled 'Wonder' and it follows on from their stunning 2015 single release 'Your Eyes'. The band have been mesmerising the underground fraternity with a blistering mix of layered shoegaze laden soundscapes intertwined with post-punk drive and overloaded with impressive melody driven vocal lines. 'Wonder' is available to buy/download right now from: zeit.bandcamp.com
Wonder by Zeit
'Wonder' swoons on layers of golden hued reverberating guitar lines, subtle bass frequencies and beautifully articulated vocal progressions that are chocked full of glorious atmosphere & inthralling melody! This is a magnificent return to form by a band at the very peak of the shoegaze wave!
Canadian based psychedelic explorers 'The Orange Kyte' have returned with another immense new single entitled 'The Lone Rooster'. This latest single see's the band continuing on with their musical manifesto of releasing one new track per month in varying sonic shapes & sizes and it is the follow up single to the mesmerising 'International Caveman'. The band are made up of 'Vancouver based but Dublin born', Stevie Moonboots & a revolving door of likeminded musicians with players on this latest single track listed as: Bass, Acoustic Guitars & Vocals by Stevie Moonboots, Synths, Electric Guitars & Tambourine by Robbie Brady (Exploding Eyes) & Drums by Dave Mulvaney. 'The Lone Rooster' is available to buy/download right now from: theorangekyte.bandcamp.com
The Lone Rooster by The Orange Kyte
'The Lone Rooster' humbly begins on sequenced percussive hits and a wonderfully melodic acoustic guitar progression before the vocals swirl into earshot and instantly hook you into a meandering groove. True to form though, 'The Orange Kyte' majestically launch into a stunning layered psychedelic extravaganza, reminiscent at times to 'The Dandy Warhols & Brian Jonestown Massacre'!
A bloody masterpiece!
The Day Is Gone by Tall Pines
Brisbane based grungy shoegaze trio 'Tall Pines' have unleashed their debut single entitled 'The Day Is Gone' to the masses. With a sound that skips gracefully between quiet melodic passages & dark heavy swathes of reverberating doom 'Tall Pines' are a breath of fresh air to this worn out modern day shoegaze scene. The single is available to buy/download right now from: tallpines1.bandcamp.com and is recommended by us lot here at Primal Music HQ.
'The Day Is Gone' gyrates on glorious reverb induced guitar squall as the impressive percussive attack & the intertwining bass frequencies hold a steady hypnotic beat. The melodic duel vocal lines impress as the track explodes into its chorus parts and a towering layered wall of intoxicating guitars pummel the senses.
This is recommended listening!
Following on from their stunning April 2016 single 'For A While', Sydney based alt-shoegaze four piece 'Sketch Jets' have unleashed a beautiful single entitled 'Where We Will Be'. The band have a distinctive sound that weaves in and out of blissful shoegaze with aplomb. They are made up of Lachlan - Guitar, Tom - Bass, Vocals, Hugh - Vocals & Adam - Drums and this latest single is available to buy/download right now from: sketchjets.bandcamp.com
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'Where We Will Be' surfs into earshot on soaring reverberating guitar squall as the percussive attack hold fast to terra firma. The bass lines throb as they circumnavigate the hazy melody driven vocal lines, all the while instilling a feeling of ethereal joy! It's Simply stunning!
Formed in early 2013, noisy shoegaze trio 'Flocks' have been holed up rehearsing in Bayswater in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Three years and five drummers later they are ready to unleash their debut record to the masses. 'Man' is the first single to be lifted from the aforementioned debut and it was released back on July 4th 2016. The single is available to buy/download right now from: flocksrecordings.bandcamp.com
Man by Flocks
'Man' is a noisy jaunt through melancholic vocal lines, layered reverberating guitar progressions, melodic bass frequencies and steadying drum patterns. 'Flocks' have magnificent fuzzy shoegaze qualities that are there for all to see and are ones to watch going forward.
London-via-Norwich psych-pop outfit 'Teen Brains' have released the first single from their forthcoming highly anticipated EP 'Translucent' thats penned in for release on September 12th 2016 via Witchgirl Recordings (UK) and Citrus City Records (USA).Read more
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New York based alt-shoegazers 'Elemantra' released a brand new two track single entitled 'Peach Fuzz' back on the 10th July 2016. This latest track is lifted from their recently released sophomore album 'Foreign Breath'. The band are made up of Justin W - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, 6 String Bass, Brent B - Guitar, Nick B - Bass & Jonah - Drums and you can get your hands on 'Peach Fuzz' plus the new album right now from elemantraband.bandcamp.com
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'Peach Fuzz' is swift, sharp, shock of melodically brilliant alternative shoegaze with intricate instrumentation and those instantly addictive vocal lines ....
Leicester & Hamburg based dark experimental psych gazers 'Children of Leir' have unleashed a gargantuan sonic behemoth in the form of their latest single, the brilliant 'Shades'. The track is a cover version of the Lee Hazlewood song of the same name and it doesn't disappoint. It's also the first single to be lifted from their forthcoming new album which is penned in for release on the August 25th 2016. 'Shades' is only available to buy/download from: childrenofleir.bandcamp.com
Shades(Single) by Children of Leir
'Shades' is a dark fuzzy ball of glistening sonic energy that drones as it skips along its designated path, deliciously perched upon a skittish bed of motorik-driven percussive patterns. The swirling mass of reverberating noise carefully circumnavigates that addictive duel vocal attack as those organ crescendo's tease and the hypnotically charged instrumentation instils both giddying excitement & atmospheric trepidation all at once.