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Soundtrack2 Ep. 95: Replicate

Disappears, Lower Dens, Stagnant Pools, Blonde Redhead, Deep Cut & more

Photo by Phil Askew, luminouslives.com

An online breach at our host meant this week’s mix is about a week behind. The tracks are still blistering, but the newer ones are – well, less new than usual.

What music are you digging these days?

1.   The History Of Colour TV – I Knew It Was Wrong But I Did It Anyway
Dramatic opening chord gives way to shoegaze pop goodness.

2.   Deep Cut – Decision Time (Electric Loop Orchestra remix)
Motorik space pop by former member of Revolver.

3.   White Rabbits – Heavy Metal
Chillwave funk with fabulous stabs of guitar.

4.   Florence + The Machine – No Light No Light (Spector Ryan Gosling Remix)
I haven’t loved F+TM, but this production brings texture and a bit of drama, kind of like Austra. Not too familiar with the remixer, but sounds like that should change.

5.   The Naked And The Famous – No Way
There’s freezing rain outside, but there are signs it’s letting up.

6.   Now, Now – School Friends
Great new track from this wistful band. You can’t help but hang on the singer’s every word. Look for it in March on new album Threads.

7.   Sea Oleena – Swimming Story
Like an illicit nighttime dip in a candle-lit pool. Captivating. And from Canada!

8.   The Nocturnes – Grandmother Make A Steeple
Lovely track that sounds a bit like Chris Isaak and Pink Floyd. This is one of many gems on Aokigahara.

9.  Conduits –  Top Of The Hill
Omaha represent! Can’t wait to hear more from this band.

10.  Disappears – Replicate
Boom! They’re back. Praise them…that is all.

11.  Fields Of Industry – The Sum
Track from a few years back that needed to be heard.

12.  Lower Dens – Brains
Second return to form this episode! Love this dense, tense track as it speeds towards an uncertain ending. “Don’t be a friend…”

13.  Stephen Paul Smoker – Green City
Fabulously weird psych blues.

14.  R.M. Hendrix – Last Year’s Hopes Are Playing Through The Wall
Engrossing swirling psychedelia.

15.  Stagnant Pools – Consistency
Track of the week.  If you need a shot of slacker shoegaze rock and roll, look no further.

16.  Asalto al Parque Zoológico – Warn You
Still carrying the flame for the classic shoegaze sound!

17.  HEHFU – Come Home
Short burst from the Come Home EP.

18.  Blonde Redhead – Big Song
Sometimes, choruses need only consist of one vowel.

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 49: Everything Is Gone

Crystal Stilts, Red House Painters, Lower Dens, Airiel, Brian Jonestown Massacre & more.

Original, not retro: 1980 checked=

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

Very nice…kind of like The Stranglers crossed with The Teardrop Explodes.

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

Harpsichord basher. Imagine Ian Curtis fronting the The Yardbirds.

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

Loud 90’s guitar and singing make me think of Husker Du or REM. “I wanna be here after everything’s 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.

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