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!
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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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Croatian based all girl post-gazing trio 'Tús Nua' have unleashed a stunning new video to accompany their recently released single 'Matches', lifted off their forthcoming full length album 'Dimensions Exist'. If you haven't heard about these girls yet, 'Tús Nua' formed in 2014 & are currently based in Zagreb. They self-released their debut EP entitled 'Existence' in April 2015 and are currently recording their first full length LP which should be out by the end of the year. The band are made up of Jordi Ilić, Jelena Božić and Matea Milevoj with Lucija Potočnik playing bass for studio purposes. This latest single is available to buy/download from: www.tus-nua.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: My Invisible Friend
RELEASE DATE: 19/09/16
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records.
I don’t throw the grand rating of 5/5 around so easy. The album/EP has to be of top quality; has to be of a level of thought provocation and originality that goes that one step further than other bands and artists in that particular genre. It has to be a piece of music that one can revisit with as much reinvested interest as before… A piece of music smart enough to set itself apart from mediocrity or blandness. And this band, the Italian fuzz/noise/shoegaze masters 'My Invisible Friend' have done all of this on their three track self-titled EP; which somehow excels further, with more interesting and brilliant aspects as many full length albums have. What is this EP? It’s a noise-riddled adventure, a passionate and tasteful throwback drowned in originality that defies genre and musical blandness to echo in your ears with an EP sound worthy of a 5/5 rating… What else is there to say?
'My Invisible Friend' are an Italian noise-gaze band who practice in the art of shoegaze/noise rock and pop/darkened Krautrock and even a tad of drone music thrown in there for good measure. Throughout the EP the band blast away with noise-orientated feedback over catchy and diverse shoegaze riffs and a powerful and echoed sound that is contrasted with barely audible vocals, evoking some sort of dream pop element into the mix. The self-titled EP begins with the hazy, over six minute fuzz/crunch of ‘Eyes’ which starts like a garage-rock song, rattling the listeners ears heavily, before introducing the airy and tiny vocals. Eventually, at around the one minute mark, the listener is introduced to a fantastic, Kraut-ish riff that suits the drum machine-sounding drums. The song builds and builds, occasionally sinking into mesmerisingly beautiful patches of dream-inspired shoegaze murmurings before perhaps the greatest riff on the whole EP fills the listeners ears. After this, the true mixture of shoegaze and noise rock begins to show, creating an absolutely brilliant track.
The following track ‘Endless’ creates a thicker and much heavier atmosphere than its predecessor with a much more layered and eerie track, this time exceeding nine minutes, making it a mini-epic of a track. ‘Endless’ is filled with Whirr influenced instrumental ear piercing by the guitar and is helped subtly by the rat-tat-tat of a slow, drone style drum machine in the background. The vocals that inhabit the track seem softer than on ‘Eyes’ and the opening half of the song has it pitched as almost a dream pop tune, until it transforms into a much more thorough version of itself. This seems like the sort of song that would project a wall of sound-style presentation at live shows… A spectacle of true and utter genius. Around the four minute mark the track becomes an atmospheric monster, with all matter of layering, reverb, echo and noise drowning out the breathy and alluring vocals. After each listen ‘Endless’ becomes more accomplished and dreamy than the riff-centred ‘Eyes’, which seems minuscule after each listen when compared to the wild beast that is ‘Endless’. In essence, ‘Eyes’ is the beautiful, mesmerizing and shimmering shallow end of the pool, while the much deeper and heavier ‘Endless’ presides in the deep end, where beauty is evident, but there is so much more water.
The EP’s final track is one that will no doubt circulate most predominantly in discussion about this EP. It will probably receive the most airplay and critical and commercial narration out of any track, and will easily be the most listened to song on the entire EP… Maybe even more so than the entire EP itself. As any listener may think, I believed that ‘Endless’ would be the most large-scale track on this whole EP… Taking into consideration its size and layering… But then the band threw in ‘Sleepless’ at the very end. ‘Sleepless’ is an almost 18 minute epic, layered in the bands token sound they have expressed on the former two tracks. Its towering and heavy characteristics make it difficult to feature in words, and thus, in this very review. The few things I will say about ‘Sleepless’ is that its editing/mixing and layering are of an exceptional quality, as it maintains its vast and echoed momentum for the entire song. The very writing skill required to write such a song is also immensely evident, as the band express feelings and evoke images through nothing but pure sound. The dream-pad sound that is eventually drowned out by droning noise sees the band at their most shoegaze passage of music… It is an absolute must listen.
This EP is a 5/5 for a number of reasons ! One of them though is that I was not bored at any point during the EP, meaning that 'My Invisible Friend' jumped the preverbal shark that so many other shoegazers tend to wade in the same pool as. Another is that it surmounts genre in the sense that it blends noise with reverb, dream with drone and low strung vocals with feedback laden guitars. There are many more reasons… But I urge you to make your own by listening to one of the most interesting, original and brilliant Shoegaze releases in the past while… Ultimately, it exceeds many albums by so called professionals, collaborations or supergroups, by sticking to its own, injecting some influence and beautifully crafting its sound.
'My Invisible Friend' will release this latest self titled three track EP on the 19th September 2016 via the indomitable purveyors of all things fuzz, the London based 'Fuzz Club Records'. Head over to www.fuzzclub.com for pre-order details.
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Cam Phillips is a writer and above all, a music lover, who seeks to gain experience through writing and listening. He is also an avid film viewer and art and literature junkie who enjoys creative writing. His most recent published work was featured on the Australian heavy music blog, I Probably Hate Your Band.
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.
Leeds based experimental psych-gazing trio 'Jellyskin' have unleashed a stunning new single entitled 'Grey Glass Hat' and have also had it included on a fantastic little compilation release courtesy of the Manchester based independent record label 'Sea Of Skin Records'. 'Jellyskin' create stunning musical soundscapes that gracefully meander through shoegaze, dream pop and psych rock whilst taking a decadent swerve on route through space-rock and atmospheric post-rock.
'Grey Glass Hat' floats on a wave of beautiful golden frequencies as metronomic percussive patterns, soothing ethereal vocal lines and the soaring synth swells carry the listener through layer after layer of reverberating sonic joy ......
Berlin based post-gazers ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream’ released their self titled eleven track debut album back on the 20th of January 2016. With a sound that traverses the very edges of 90’s alt-rock and 80’s post-punk but also has its foundations buried firmly within the hazy early days of the first wave of shoegazers ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream’ collectively create stunning layered reverberating soundscapes that build intensely throughout each verse and soar impressively when required throughout every single chorus break. The band have just released a brand new video to accompany their stunning track 'Drowning' lifted off the aforementioned album and it harks back to those early 90's, low-budget, alternative music videos! The full album is available to buy/download right now on various formats via nomouth.bandcamp.com
‘Drowning’ has a distinct post-punk edge reminiscent of early ‘Cure’ but with a shimmering bright reverb induced hue ....
Michigan based dreamy shoegazers 'Great Black Night' have returned after a short hiatus with a stunning new two track single entitled 'Living Life'. No strangers to our little music blog, 'Great Black Night' have been wowing us with solid, no nonsense slices of well written and melodically melancholic shoegaze standards for a few years now and this latest two track release is no different.
Living Life Single by great black night
'Do What You Were Born To Do' kicks things off with a genre defining swagger as it meanders through layers of fuzzy chord progressions, throbbing bass lines and steadying drum patterns, as those duel boy/girl vocal attacks swirl high up in the sonic ether and transfix the listener from the off. 'Spit You Out' veers more towards the alt-rock side of the gazing spectrum as its building drum patterns add atmosphere and those lead guitar licks compliment another stunning vocal performance. Reminiscent at times to seminal UK stalwarts 'The Verve' and highly recommended, 'Great Black Night' are back with a bang!