The Faux Noise, Cadence Weapon, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, No Joy & more
The essential summertime shoegaze mix? Perhaps.
1. Alligator Indian – Our Love Was A Crime
How could it have taken this long for us to feature a post punk band from Asheville? Bucket list one step closer to completion.
2. The John Candy – Anyway, Anywhere, Anyhow
Breathless C86 indie pop from a few years back, complete with delirious guitar riff.
3. Mandarinaduck – Tenderhearted Destroyer
A perfect mixture of tension and soaring choruses out of the Ukraine. I won’t say anything about the band’s name.
5. Fort Lean – Sunsick
This tune kind of got stuck in my head.
6. Crocodiles – No Black Clouds For Dee Dee
Endless Flowers, one of the most anticipated albums in ages, finally dropped. Of all the tracks this groovy psych number stood out for me.
7. Miniatures – Midwinter (Air)
Melbourne crew dives into some heavy shoegaze on this gem.
8. Pink Mist – Touchdown Kid
“She gives me nothing for nothing…” Brooding intro gives way to a dark Hawaiian dancefloor.
9. No Joy – Junior
Great shoegaze single from one of Montreal’s finest. Coming out soon on Negaverse.
10. Cadence Weapon – Conditioning
We at S2 love hip hop, but we never thought it could fit in our mix. Of course, that’s until we heard this superb new track off Hope In Dirt City.
11. The Faux Noise – Leave Her To Heaven
Curious mixture of beats and dream pop. “Forgive me one more day…”
12. Autolux – Plant Life
Still mining the masterpiece that is Future Perfect.
13. The December Sound – Truth Hearts
Boston band takes us down with drone and shoegaze.
14. ivansxtc – Yesterday
Crooning dream pop tune from a few years back that I only recently discovered.
15. Brother Sun, Sister Moon – All You Need
Turn off your mind…
17. Great Northern – Low Is A Height
Speaking of defunct bands, my iPod recently served up this stunner from Turning Twilight Into Daylight.
18. 2 Hearts and Chemicals – Froid (ft. Guylaine Vivarat)
The mellow vibe rolls on with hushed French vocals and strings out of L.A.
19. Family Band– Night Song
Closing the curtains with an eerie riff and lines like “hold me here till morning takes my eyes…”