Tokyo Shoegazer, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Menkena, Reina Republicana, Lilys & more
It’s 2012! Let’s get to it.
1. Buddha On The Moon – Coastal Hwys
Killer Houston shoegaze off the well-named Stratospheric album.
2. Swirlies – San Christobal De La Casas
Stone cold crunchy shoegaze classic from a criminally overlooked band.
3. The Boo Radleys – Take The Time Around
Giant Steps anthem, complete with the weird cut out in the middle. You should check out what that part looks like in WAV form. A hidden message?
4. Tokyo Shoegazer – Just Alright
There are walls of guitar, and then there are wall of guitar. Very nice.
5. Lilys – The Hermit Crab
Another gem from Eccsame The Photon Band which nicely documents their shift from In The Presence Of Nothing shoegaze to the mod-pop The 3 Way. BTW Kurt, if you’re listening: new album please? It’s been six years!
7. Violet Age – Caledonia
Some nice dream rock out of Vancouver.
8. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act On Impulse
Intense, glorious rock and roll off In The Pit Of The Stomach. “We died alone…”
9. Dive – Reverberation
Full on midtempo Japanese shoegaze from 2003’s Freeze Frame.
10. Tearwave – Nothing’s Wrong
Slowdive-indebted ethereal pop tune from apparently defunct band.
11. The Fauns – Cool Stuff (Mastermind Mix)
Very nice dream pop offered as a free download at the end of the year. More please!
13. Menkena – Rocketships
Great buildup – from dusty roads to the deepest reaches of space. One of the many great tracks on With You I’ll Travel.
14. Reina Republicana – Verano
The track of the week comes from Pamplona, Spain. Great electronic synths during the verses explode into orchestrated choruses.
15. Eleventhfloorrecords – Jassafraine
Nice Swedish electronic dream pop that I’ve wanted to drop for a while.
16. Narrow Sparrow – Moon Temple
Every so often there’s a track that doesn’t really fit anywhere. So why not put it at the end of a mix?