Relay Tapes – ‘Semblance’ [EP]

A few weeks back we heard ‘By Now’ by Aussie shoegazers Relay Tapes. This week the Brisbane natives delivered a fresh EP called ‘Semblance’. It’s four tracks of Relay Tapes finding their footing; from the droning opener ‘Jellyfish’, to the aforementioned single, and the sparse closer ‘Blindly’. It’s an early taste, but Relay Tapes are one of 2018’s exciting prospects. More please!

Relay Tapes – ‘Semblance’ [EP Stream]

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Wylderness Share Their Top 3 Shoegaze Albums

British shoegazers Wylderness (Chet, Phil, Marz and Oli) share their favourite shoegaze albums of all-time, with a Youtube playlist to match! It follows their impressive ’72 and Sunny’ single (as streaming below). So far Wylderness have received airplay from Amazing Radio and BBC Radio Wales, along with live shows alongside Pinkshinyultrablast and Acid Mothers Temple. The Cardiff/London-based band are currently readying their debut album with producer Rory Atwell (of Veronica Falls, Telegram, and Palma Violets fame). The future is looking bright, and from what I’ve heard, it’s going to be special! So here ’tis, Wylderness’ albums picks…

My Bloody Valentine – ‘Loveless’

If there’s one record that defines shoegaze it has to be ‘Loveless’. The record is full of fuzzy guitars, keys and layers of dreamy vocals which swirl, bend and crawl to wrap you up in a blanket of noise. Three of us were at Primavera Festival in 2009 and saw My Bloody Valentine. It was just the most incredible and intense live experience, and we couldn’t get over how loud they were outdoors on a festival stage.

Chapterhouse – ‘Whirlpool

Whirlpool mixes together psychedelia, jangly pop, nasal The Jesus & Mary Chain guitars, sustained vocal harmonies, and throws in some Sonic Youth-esque freak outs for good measure (on songs like ‘Autosleeper’ and ‘Guilt’). The drums on ‘Pearl’ and ‘Falling Down’ really stand out as they have this processed, almost mechanical sound to them.

Ride – ‘Nowhere

‘Nowhere’ was Ride’s first full length album, following on from three EPs. It’s full of great pop songs drenched in frantic wiry guitars, psychedelia, string sections and full-on noise freak outs.

WYLDERNESS’ Youtube playlist

Only Shallow
To Here Knows When

Falling Down

Vapour Trail

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Collapse – ‘Tokyo / Meadow’ [Delirium Poetry]

Japanese noisemakers Collapse release their second EP ‘Delirium Poetry’ this week (get it thru Disk Union). It follows their 2016 self-titled debut EP and the ‘Curse/Drop‘ single. Check out Collapse’s lead single/video for ‘Meadow’ below, it’s a great listen. Hopefully the full release hits Bandcamp soon. *crosses fingers*

Collapse – ‘Tokyo’ / ‘Meadow’ [taken from the Delirium Poetry EP]

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All About Rockets – ‘End’

Sacramento space rockers All About Rockets return with their latest EP ‘End’ (available now). The opener ‘Stop The Sun’ is a progressive psych tune with an apocalyptic swagger. The foursome mix it up with a blend of ‘gazey , droning slow burners. There’s something here for fans of post-rock, psych or shoegaze. Stream in full below…

All About Rockets – ‘End’

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Launder – ‘Fade’

L.A.’s John Cudlip teams up with guitarist Zachary Cole Smith (of DIIV fame) and French singer Soko for a new project called Launder. The trio have posted ‘Fade’, taken from their forthcoming debut EP ‘Pink Cloud’ (due March 23). It should sit well with fans of jangly dream pop; a la Day Wave and Hazel English. In fact, the recording was produced by Day Wave (aka Jackson Phillips) in his Echo Park home studio. Definitely one to keep an ear on.

Launder – ‘Fade’ [Pink Cloud EP]

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Blushing – ‘Weak’ [EP]

Blushing have delivered their confident sophomore EP ‘Weak’ (out via Austin Town Hall Records). It was recorded at Bad Wolf Recordings in Texas, and arrives a year after their debut EP ‘Tether’ first impressed. The Texans launched the EP on the weekend with a show alongside Ringo Deathstarr, also Austin natives. Since forming 2015 the quartet have walked a line between indie, dream pop and shoegaze. They are uniquely comprised of two husband and wife pairs. Kudos to them. I’d be arguing too much to create! Rather, Blushing craft solid melodies that are influenced by acts like the Cocteau Twins and The Sundays. They balance the pretty with the gritty; from the sugary and dreamy ‘Bliss’ to the noisier ‘Hidden Places’. The digital, vinyl and cassette varieties are available now.

Blushing – ‘Weak’ [EP Stream]

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