Liz Harris (Grouper) has formed a new trio called Helen (with Jed Bindeman and Scott Simmons). Their debut offering is a split single ‘Felt This Way / Dying All The Time’ (out now via iTunes). It sounds like these lo-fi recordings were captured on a cassette recorder, lying in the corner of the room during a jam session. The 7inch will be available from Exiled Records/Yellow Electric.
Helen – ‘Felt This Way’
Swedish shoegaze act Divehoney have just posted a new tune called ‘For Sure’ (free download). This time round the guitars are backed with synths and a distinct lack of drums. Check previous single ‘Blow’ from back in April. No word on an official release as yet.
Divehoney – ‘For Sure’
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Heavenly Beat unveils the second single ‘Honest‘ from the forthcoming album ‘Prominence’ (out October 15 through Captured Tracks). The work of John Peña (former Beach Fossils bassist) is easily digestible with light n’ poppy hooks. There’s a whole heap of sounds poking through, is that steel drums too?
Heavenly Beat – ‘Honest’
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Keith Canisius is best known for his dream pop creations and as the founder of Danish shoegazers Rumskib. This week he adds another feather to his cap, releasing an ambient, experimental EP called ‘Everything You Do Is Deja-Vu’ under the moniker Shortwave Broadcaster (available via Saint Marie Records).
Shortwave Broadcaster – ‘Everything You Do Is Deja-Vu’ [Premiere]
Keith was inspired (in name) by Milton William Cooper, a broadcaster who claimed to have seen proof of alien existence. In turn the four track release is fittingly spaced out, with meditative signals, hypnotic rhythms, reversed samples and electronic textures throughout.
However the surrealist soundscapes aren’t heavy listening, while fans of avant-garde / drone wouldn’t blink, there’s still leading melodies for more casual listeners to hook into (‘Europa’ for example).
‘Everything You Do Is Deja-Vu’ is a taster of sorts, there’s a sonic theme throughout that could be extended into more indulgent territory and longer compositions. However, there’s no details of a Shortwave Broadcaster full length as yet. In the meantime, pick up the EP at Saint Marie Records.
Visit Shortwave Broadcaster @ Saint Marie Records @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.
Beliefs are hitting the road (Europe and the UK) on the back of their debut LP (out now via No Pain In Pop [UK] / Hand Drawn Dracula [CAN] / Manimal [USA]). The Ontario shoegazers are celebrating the news with a new video for the album cut ‘She Comes Alive’. Tour dates below…
Beliefs – ‘She Comes Alive’ [VIDEO]
Beliefs UK / EU 2013 tour dates…
09.19.13 – Harlem Bar – Reykjavik IS
09.21.13 – Incubate Festival – Tilburg NL
09.22.13 – JC Den Eglantier – Antwerp BE
09.25.13 – Hafen 2 – Offenbach DE
09.26.13 – West Germany – Berlin DE
09.28.13 – Reeperbahnn Festival – Hamburg DE
09.30.13 – Seabright Arms – London UK
10.01.13 – Pivo – Glasgow UK
10.02.13 – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool UK
10.03.13 – Old Blue Last – London UK
10.04.13 – Espace B – Paris FR
10.20.13 – Piston – Toronto ON
Visit Beliefs @ Tumblr @ Hand Drawn Dracula @ Facebook.
Rarely do multiple songs from an album get posted here, even rarer when it’s a double a-side. But this new track ‘Suddenly’ by The Casket Girls is just too damn pretty to pass up! The two track cassingle (includes ‘Holding You Back’) and is available now through Graveface Records.
The Casket Girls – ‘Suddenly’
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London rock act Nevermind Me have posted their debut EP (download at Bandcamp). With male / female vocals and big chugging guitars, ‘Imagine’ is a stand out. Its unapologetically alt rock, with a nod towards 90s / shoegaze guitar bands (reminds me a little of Sunny Day Real Estate). It’s a worthy debut and hopefully a precursor to a full length.
Nevermind Me – ‘Imagine’
Last time we checked in with Tom Crandles (formerly Colours) he was teaming up with Tim Jenkins (Parades) on the dream pop project Au.Ra. Now the Sydney-sider has re-located to London and is putting the finishing touches on his latest solo project called Sun Machine. As you can see from the artwork, Tom isn’t much into marketing. *wink* but… with songs like ‘Save Your Sorrows’ that’s no biggie because the intergoogle is already in a spin. There’s a bunch of other lo-fi psych pop gems from Sun Machine on Soundcloud.
Sun Machine – ‘Save Your Sorrows’
Listen to Sound Machine @ Soundcloud.
Filmmaker Abteen Bagheri has produced Bored Nothing’s new video ‘Let Down’ (as premiered via Nowness). This tune is taken from the self titled debut LP, released in Australia through Spunk in 2012 (followed by an April USA release via Co-op). Bored Nothing is the work of Melbourne-based musician Fergus Miller. The only misstep is his moniker in my books! Its an underrated record and one that keeps luring me back for repeated listens.
Bored Nothing – ‘Let Down’ [VIDEO]
L.A. shoegazers Wild Eyes released two fresh tunes recently ‘Lose Your Head / Beneath Your Skin’. It’s prompted a revisit for me, namely the quartet’s great ‘Blue Haze’ EP from early 2012 featuring ‘Ride’ and this opener…
Wild Eyes – ‘Blue Haze’