Crystal Stilts, Red House Painters, Lower Dens, Airiel, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more.
1. The Pastels – Truck Train Tractor
Monster indie pop tune that gets kinda silly towards the end. How many times can one sing the word “tractor?” Unless you’re a kids entertainer, of course.
2. The Wedding Present – Crawl
Great bass riff, great guitar, and Gedge at his finest. WP is kind of like Rush – not musically of course, but their tunes go with many types of music, yet they’ve always done their own thing.
3. Airiel – Thinktank
Big hooks over sunny shoegaze.
4. Pop Will Eat Itself – Like An Angel
5. The Turn-Ons – 1/11
Spiralling Seattle shoegaze off Curse.
6. Sloan – Lemonzinger
Smeared tune from their Sonic Youth phase. They still put their Halifax spin on the sound.
7. Crystal Stilts – Shake The Shackles
8. Lower Dens – Completely Golden
Baltimore chillwave that seems a cut above. Check out the very good Twin Hand Movement.
9. Le Corbeau – L’innocence Revient Encore/Reve D’Ivresse
Site says they’re from Norway, but this creepy dark rock and roll is clearly sung in French. Love the bridge.
10. Ghost Box Orchestra – The Moon Hangs Low
Drone psychedelic pop. If that makes any sense at all.
11. Brian Jonestown Massacre – Anemone
Intro to Boardwalk Empire reminded me how fantastic this band is. This song wins the award for “Best Placement of Guitar Runs.” This one’s off the brilliant Their Satannic Majesties Second Request.
12. Colour – Everything Is Gone
13. Red House Painters – Mistress
You can’t get a much more beautiful dream pop ballad than this. Off their second self-titled album, the one with the rollercoaster on it.
14. The Ills – Vulnerable
Described as “post-rock/shoegaze from Bratislava, Slovakia.” This chill number’s my favourite of the tracks on To Wish Impossible Things. Great guitar – more post-country than post rock!
15. Woodsman – Insects
Drums and guitar set a dark, reverb-drenched course. Download here.
16. Active Child – I’m In Your Church At Night (School of Seven Bells remix)
Struggled with this one a bit. Cool electro shoegaze with New Order beats? Download here.