Posts Tagged ‘Swirlies’
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?
Moonface, Swirlies, Younghusband, Centro-Matic, Lunch & more
1. Miracle Fortress – Tracers
New post punk tune gets the ball rolling. This track reminds me of a far cooler version of Talking Heads. Freaky breakdown too.
2. Moonface – Fast Peter
Wolf Parade guy gets his epic synth rock on.
3. For Those Who Know – Competition (Drone Control Remix)
Blissed out dream pop with great washes of guitar and heavily distorted vocals.
4. Apparat – Black Water
Producer Sascha Ring drops a slow moving dream pop beauty here.
5. 2muchachos – Magic Tanner
Glacial organ from this Russian band reminds me of some tracks from the fabulous National Parks Project.
6. Fallen Rule – Let People Not Be Your Foundation
7. Starfyler 59 – Play The C Chord
A classic midtempo rock tune with a slight twang.
8. Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes
Trying something a bit different with this track from one half of The Fiery Furnaces. Reserve judgement until the track fully kicks in.
9. Centro-Matic – Only In My Double Mind
Texas crew brings glimmering, hopeful rock and roll with lovely harmonies. Bit of an Arcade Fire vibe.
10. Lunch – Turn Around
Remember The Replacements? Imagine them gone shoegaze…sorta.
11. Radical Dads – Walking Wires
80s-style indie pop from Brooklyn.
12. Younghusband – Carousel
Song of the week! Glorious shimmering shoegaze available from RCRDLBL.
13. Swirlies – Sound Of Sebring
Fabulous moody shoegaze from 1996’s They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons.
14. Airiel – Airtight Angels
Yes! Swirling shoegaze rock and roll. Must play more Airiel.
15. Bailterspace – Unseen
Air bass time! Killer nihilist shoegaze from the legendary Kiwi band’s Aim EP.
16. White Noise Sound – Sunset
Waiting for the second coming of Spacemen 3? Look no further.
Autolux, Tamaryn, Starflyer 59, Film School, No Age & more
1. No Age – Glitter
Didn’t like this one so much initially, but it grows. Distorted noises make this track.
2. Film School – Heart Full Of Pentagons
New track that sounds very New Order. Nice though.
3. Heartbeat Hotel – Fins Of A Shark
Now we’re talking. Dreamy shoegaze, available at the Toronto band’s Bandcamp.
Summer’s in full swing with this righteous garage rock tune. Recommend you follow it with “Surfin’ Bird” on your next surf mix.
5. Party Photographers – Piano Vache
Philly band deliver some reverb ringing guitar.
6. Rancho Relaxo – Black Nectarine From The Simian Heart
Now these guys are interesting. Straight outta Norway, with lots of good songs. This one’s inspired by 90s BJM.
7. Tamaryn – The Waves
Heavy drone rock from the streets of San Francisco.
8. Swirlies – Pancake
Note to self: play way more Swirlies. Marvellous noisy midtempo shoegaze.
9. Autolux – Census
Ode to Canadian PM Stephen Harper’s showdown about data collection? Or the latest claustrophobic transmission from a long-forgotten space outpost? You decide – and check it out on Transit Transit.
10. Beat Connection – Sunburn
Groovy mood piece that seems to keep coming back. Surf Noir EP is free from their Bandcamp.
11. The CQ – Dreaming
12. Laboratory Noise – The Value Of Experiments
These guys are clearly Doves fans, but that’s not a bad thing if they make an epic rock tune this good.
13. Starflyer 59 – You’re Mean
Rejected for our first episode, this slacker-gaze track works itself into the mix.
14. Eternal Summers – Pure Affection
Lazy but slightly dreary tune suggests that – despite the title – summer is winding down.
Oddly compelling ambient remix that bubbles under with MIDI snaps, sequencer chimes and dissonance. It’s a long way from EBTG.