A few weeks back, Drowned In Sound did a full week of posts on a type of music we like a lot. Yep, shoegaze.
Digesting it all hasn’t been easy. Particularly since it inspired us to discover tons of new stuff. We’ve recapped a lot of what they discussed and encourage you to click on the links to find out more.
DiS starts with an overview of the genre, then dives into interviews with pioneer Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave3) and current leading light Ulrich Schnauss. Like virtually everyone, they don’t like pigeonholed into representing — or playing — just one type of music.
Ulrich sums it up: “I still feel like I’ve only just started and am still in the process of developing the basics of my ‘musical language’…slowly, over the years I feel like I’m getting closer to a sound that is not so heavily dependent on taking ingredients from the music I grew up with.”
The new psychedelia
I was struck by something Northern Star Records boss Scott Causer said – that shoegaze acts are an extension of psychedelia. It’s no revelation, but when people think of psych bands, many that spring to mind are the ones that imitate the late 60s/early 70s sound.
I feel shoegaze of the late 80s and 90s continued to evolve psychedelic music, and today’s best bands are evolving it further. If you’d like to go even deeper into the discuss of what is and what isn’t shoegaze, go for the interview with Andy Oliver of the Third Wave Collective.
See here for some drool-worthy takeaways:
- Free Northern Star sampler including brilliant Nova Saints track
- Unconventional list of 5 shoegaze albums everyone should own – including Canada’s own Southpacific!
- 50 essential shoegaze albums on Spotify
- Shoegaze mixtape of best 40 tracks
Of course I don’t agree with a lot of the selections, but if you read the comments, neither does anyone else!
To me, that’s a sign of great music – it inspires people to talk about it into the wee hours.