Indonesian based dreamy alt-shoegazing five piece 'Heals' have unleashed a stunning brand new single entitled 'False Alarm' & its accompanying video via the very impressive Indonesian based independent record label FFWD Records. This new single is lifted off their forthcoming full length album penned in for release later this year. The band formed in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia back in 2013 and they are made up of Alyuadi Febryansyah - lead vocal/guitar, Reza Arinal - vocal/guitar, Muhammad Ramdhan- Guitar, Octavia Variana - vocal/bass & Adi Reza - drums.
You can buy/download/listen to this latest single over on Spotify & iTunes right now!
by Primal Music
Los Angeles based heavy shoegaze four piece 'Leaf' have unleashed a brand new video to accompany their latest single 'Wait Until' lifted off their stunning debut four track EP entitled 'Nothing Seems Real'. Their music is paradoxically linked back to everything good that came out of the early 90's shoegaze scene with pivotal artists such as 'Swervedriver, The Verve, MBV & Ride' being bandied about as references to their collective sound. The band are made up of members of The Gimmicks, Crystal Antlers & The Orphans. 'Nothing Seems Real' was recently voted as one of Primal Music's top 20 releases of 2016, having blown us way after only one listen! You can get your hands on the full EP by heading over to leaflosangeles.bandcamp.com
In a cyclonic maelstrom of reverberation the opening salvo’s of ‘Wait Until’ instantly grab this listener by the ears and swings him nonchalantly around the room. The combination of soaring angry guitars, explosive drums and the unwavering throb of bass frequencies lure you into a blistering cacophony of luscious noise and ultimately pander to your every sonic need, but it’s the highly addictive vocals that conjure up a plethora of influential bands from this music genre, both past and present, thus adding a hue of invincibility to the collective greatness of ‘Leaf’ that I haven’t been able to tag on any other band for some considerable time.
Torino based alt-rock trio 'Someday' have released a brand new video to accompany the latest track entitled 'Last Lesson' to be lifted from their debut ten track full length 'This Doesn't Exist'. The album is penned in for release digitally today (February 10th 2017) via 'Seahorse Recordings' followed by CD distribution in late February via Audioglobe. The band are made up of Daniele Bianco, Michele Fierro & Fabio Digitali, with a sound that skips nonchalantly through impressive passages of alternative rock peppered at times with melodiously dark guitar progressions, atmospheric post-rock reverberations and interesting vocalisations. The full album is available to buy/download right now from: someday.bandcamp.com
Formed in 2009, Santa Cruz based noisy & melodious shoegaze trio 'Manorlady' have been creating and self-releasing some sonically astute soundscapes via a seriously addictive back catalogue that skips nonchalantly through shoegaze, dream pop and alternative rock with relative ease. Now the band have unleashed the latest single and it's accompanying video from their October 2016 release 'Barely Not Dead'. The band are made up of Melissa Bailey - bass guitar/vocals, Aaron Bailey - guitar/vocals & Cameron Bailey - drums. The single is called 'Some Chance Stay Cool' and you can get your hands on it and the bands back catalogue via hear.manorladyband.com
'Some Chance Stay Cool' swirls into the ether on a lusciously addictive, tremulous guitar progression before exploding into a massive wall of reverberating noise, cushioned by throbbing bass frequencies and a metronomic percussive pattern. It's impressive duel boy/girl vocalisations circumnavigate the entire piece and at times cut though it's angry wall of sound guitars to bring a kind of serine haze to proceedings. Very impressive indeed!
Finnish based noisy shoegaze quartet ‘Mumrunner’ have unleashed a stunning new video to accompany their latest single entitled 'Cascais'. The track is lifted from their most recent five track EP 'Gentle Slopes' originally released back in September 2016 via ‘Wolves And Vibrancy Records (Vinyl)’ & ‘Soliti Records (Digital)’. Mumrunner's collective sound embraces melodious, reverberating tones, seductive otherworldly musical progressions & beautifully ethereal dream pop flourishes and intertwines them all with driving swathes of shoegaze inspired alternative rock to collectively bring something magical to the sonic table. The video for 'Cascais' was directed by Otto Heikola and with the use of old 16mm archive footage, newly recorded imagery using an actual 1960's era camera and some amazing technical wizardry, it places the band members into the particularly violent events of World War II. It's a really cool video and actually very hard to distinguish between the archived footage or the newly filmed sequences.
'Cascais' explodes into earshot held fast within a captivating maelstrom of glorious reverb laden guitars, intricate lead licks, driving bass lines and thunderous drums. It uses it’s stunning vocal progressions to cut through the monumental instrumental noise to inject patches of serine ethereal clarity into proceedings.
You can get your hands on the full 'Gentle Slopes' EP by heading over to wolvesandvibrancyrecords.tictail.com, Soliti Records or via mumrunner.bandcamp.com
Berlin natives 'Highest Sea' have unleashed a vividly brilliant new video to accompany the lead single entitled 'Wait For The Night' lifted from their debut EP 'Haunted Hearts' penned in for release on February 24th 2017 via the Berlin based independent record label 'Späti Palace'. For those of you who are new to the sounds of 'Highest Sea', they burst onto the scene back in 2015 with a three track self-released demo filled with dreamy, psych induced soundscapes layered with sublime, melancholically delicious vocalisations courtesy of the fantastic Leila Zanzibar.
'Wait For The Night' is a dark stalking beast that undulates and pulses through layered reverberations and sonically astute psychedelic vibrations. It builds through it's verse progressions with visceral aplomb, shuddering deftly on a wave of tremulous repetitious guitars and steadying percussion all underscored by cascading bass frequencies and beautifully addictive vocal lines before effortlessly exploding into it's chorus parts and on into a turbulent maelstrom of beautiful noise. This is a sublime track and it bodes well for the full forthcoming debut EP release.
Fantastic Leeds based experimental alt-psych collective 'Jellyskin' have unleashed their latest single entitled 'Milk Of Magnesia' and it's dark accompanying video to the masses. Formed in 2016, 'Jellyskin' are made up of Will, Zia & Olly and they spent months writing and recording before announcing themselves as a band. They exploded onto the underground psych/gaze scene back in June 2016 with the release of ‘Grey Glass Hat’ which garnered serious online attention for the band. The track has since been re-released on tape via Blak Hand Records. 'Jellyskin' create stunning musical soundscapes that gracefully meander through shoegaze, dream pop, psych rock and it's many sub genres.
'Milk Of Magnesia' is intensely addictive. It moves slow, is draped in swathes of psychedelic reverberation and is deliciously repetitious. It will have have you hooked from the off with it's burgeoning percussive pattern, layers of stunning atmospherics, swirling synth swells and luscious lead licks. It has subtle eastern esoteric vibes underscored by droning instrumentation coursing through it's inner core that envelopes those sublime duel vocalisations with visceral aplomb. 'Milk of Magnesia' is a stunning track from start to finish making 'Jellyskin' the ones to watch in 2017.
Formed in 2013 between Bologna & Florence, noisy Dosso Del Liri based alt-gazers 'Human Colonies' have just unleashed the stunning lead single entitled 'Big Domino Vortex' (and it's brilliant accompanying video), lifted from their forthcoming seven track debut EP of the same name penned in for release on 23rd January 2016 via MiaCameretta Records & Lady Sometimes Records respectively. Their sound languishes around the fuzzier end of the shoegaze spectrum with driving 90's alternative rock tendencies deftly underscored by melodious swathes of layered reverberation and punchy vocalisations. The band are made up of Giuseppe Mazzoni - vocals/guitar, Sara Telesca - bass & Claudio Palo - drums and 'Big Domino Vortex' follows on from 2015's seven track release 'Calvary'.
'Big Domino Vortex' lurches into earshot on a wave of swirling feedback before exploding into the ether on a bedrock of driving percussion and melodious, throbbing bass frequencies. It's verse progressions swoon as those up front vocal lines ride a fuzzy sonic tidal wave before we're treated to those explosive chorus parts and it's luscious lead lines. Punchy, smooth and to the point 'Big Domino Vortex' only whets the appetite for what's to come on the full EP!
London (Hackney) based fuzzy & atmospheric psych/shoegaze outfit 'The Marbles Jackson' have announced a brand new single & visually compelling accompanying video directed by Naoko Takahashi entitled 'Ten Million Suns', penned in for release on the January 26th 2017 via Feline Frequency Recordings. This latest single is the band first since their highly successful full length album 'Notes To Dust' wowed us back in April 2015. The band are made up of Terry Kirkbride - voice/drums/acoustic guitar/drone, Naoko Takahashi - electric guitar/voice, Simon Gwyne - keys/electric guitar/slide guitar & Mikey Belfast Gibson - bass. 'Ten Million Suns' (backed by Wish For) is released on digital download and very limited edition Red Cassette Tape on 26th January 2017 and will be available to pre-order very soon via ffrecordings.bandcamp.com
'Ten Million Suns' echoes in a swirling haze of reverberation as the highly addictive vocalisations of Terry Kirkbride shimmer and glide through diminished instrumental drones, fizzing percussion and tremulous acoustic frequencies. The track loops and arcs through many different sonic permutations all the while cushioning your senses with beautifully intense passages of hypnotically charged psychedelic tones deftly underscored by brilliantly executed production techniques.
Austin based shoegaze/alt rock four piece 'Honeyrude' have unleashed the first single, a one song teaser entitled 'Roger McClain' and it's brilliant accompanying video from their forthcoming full EP that's penned in for release sometime in the spring via Shifting Sounds. The band are made up of Ian Lund - guitar, Billy Kunath - bass, Paul Goetz - drums & Jess Ledbetter - guitar/vocals and what they collectively create are melodious soundscapes filled with mesmerising lead licks, uplifting hooks and glorious vocalisations that deftly skip through jangling shoegaze & brilliantly executed rock ‘n’ roll whilst being marvellously steeped in 90's sounding nostalgia.
The band reference My Bloody Valentine, The Verve, Failure, Medicine, Teenage Fanclub & Swervedriver as major influences on their overall sound so what's not to like?
We'll be keeping our well tuned ear's out for these guys throughout 2017.