Posts Tagged ‘The Fauns’

Soundtrack2 Ep. 92: On Impulse

Tokyo Shoegazer, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Menkena, Reina Republicana, Lilys & more

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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!

6.   The Domino State – For Now
This London band sounds like a more blissed out version of Dears.

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!

12.  Engineers – Twenty Paces (A Shoreline Dream remix)
I loved their two previous records, but it took some time for To An Evergreen to speak to me.  Lovely futuristic sound on this track.

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?

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Soundtrack2 Ep. 72: Blowin’ Cool

The Sky Drops, Skylar Grey, Paquin, Superhumanoids, Bloody Knives & more

Photo by Phil Askew, www.luminouslives.com

1.   Zombie Girlfriend – Driving Song

Perfectly titled opener from the Baja, Hungary band.

2.   Odonis Odonis – Mr. Smith

My fellow Torontonians drop some ecstatic post punk a roll.

3.   Bloody Knives – Whatever You Want

Airy Austin dreamy shoegaze.

4.   Caged Animals – Girls On Medication

Love this wiry track and the buzzsaw guitars.

5.   Swervedriver – Blowin’ Cool

In honour of them hitting town last weekend, here’s a gem from Mezcal Head.

6.   The Sky Drops – Cut That Corner

Love listening to whatever they put out. Think The Posies with more edge. Am I the first to make this comparison?

7.   Drowner – Written

Melancholic, beautiful Cocteau Twins inspired classic shoegaze. Fantastic vocals and choruses. “When I see your face….”

8.   Paquin – Tether

New Zealand band drops this slice of shoaring shoegaze.

9.   Skylar Grey – Dance Without You

Huge, distorted tune over thumping beats. This one’s a sneak peek of her upcoming album.

10.  The Fauns – 1991

Just gorgeous shoegaze classic off their seminal self-titled album. A few weeks back they put out this fun video to update their fans.

11.  The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

Found that the lead-off track to their a truly great album slots in nicely here.

12.  Flying Saucer Attack – Wish

Running down more classics, this time a 1994 shimmering psychedelic beauty.

13.  The Dandy Warhols – Insincere

Always loved the floating in space vibe from this one, taken from Welcome To The Monkey House.

14.  Silver Swans – Mother Of Pearl

Light electronic pop tune with a hint of 60’s girl group.

15.  Superhumanoids – Mikelah

Fantastic, inspirational track that brings to mind the fabulousness of Stars or Young Galaxy.

16.  Starfire Connective Sound – Electric Whore

Brazil band drops some mysterious, dark techno.

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