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The Blessed Isles – ‘Caroline’

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There’s been several calls for The Blessed Isles to be added to our ‘Shoegaze & Dream Pop Albums On The Radar‘ list. Their ‘Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night’ album has been added, plus I’m posting the lead tune ‘Caroline’ and the album stream. The Brooklyn duo (Aaron Closson and Nolan Thies) spent five years working on the release; a mix of new wave, dream pop and electronic sounds. There’s still some limited vinyl left here, along with digital downloads (available now via Saint Marie).

 
The Blessed Isles – ‘Caroline’ [‘Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night’ LP Stream]

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Mute Swan – ‘Just Like Weeds’

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‘Just Like Weeds’ heads off the jangly psych oddity that is Mute Swan‘s ‘Ultraviolet’ EP (out September 30). The foursome have emerged from a garage in Tucson’s west side with five bold new songs. Mute Swan have already been praised by The Fader and Impose, hear more at Bandcamp.

 
Mute Swan – ‘Just Like Weeds’

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Vivienne Eastwood – ‘Messy’

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If ‘Messy’ is indicative of Vivienne Eastwood‘s upcoming EP then we’re all in for a treat! It’s a stunning ambient trip from the Brooklyn shoegaze act. A submerged head nod to MBV and the classics; with all the warmth and fuzzy edges you’d expect. It’s the first new music we’ve heard from the quartet since 2012’s ‘Rose Pedals’ (as below), which is equally awesome. The new EP is dropping on October 6, with a release party happening at Night Of Joy (for the New Yorkers).

 
Vivienne Eastwood – ‘Messy’

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Light Fantastic – ‘Something Like Love’

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‘Something Like Love’ kicks off Light Fantastic‘s campaign for their debut long player ‘Out Of View’ (available October 7). The reverb heavy, psych-tinged rocker is 100% sunshine. The San Francisco-based collective worked with engineer and guitarist Rex Shelverton (of Tamaryn) for the album. Light Fantastic bridge surf rock with dream pop n’ jangle. Most importantly, there’s great songwriting courtesy of Terry Sowers and his twangy Rickenbacker.

 
Light Fantastic – ‘Something Like Love’

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Kestrels – ‘Waiting’

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Kestrels return with their third album on September 30 featuring the lead single ‘No Alternative’ and their latest ‘Waiting’. I had a listen to the record this week, and I know you’ll love it! The Halifax noise pop trio is drummer Paul Brown, bassist Devin Peck and singer/guitarist Chad Peck (of We Need Secrets / Noyes Records fame). Kestrels spent two years carving out the record, as mixed by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins / Sunny Day Real Estate). Pick up the limited gold and purple splatter vinyl through Sonic Unyon.

 
Kestrels – ‘Waiting’

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Orchin – ‘If I Ever’

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Orchin have served up ‘If I Ever’ (the b-side to ‘One’). It’s another shimmering delight from the LA-based three piece. The group is led by Sydney expat Jeremy McLennan, who weaves intricate melodies through a mass of guitar strings and reverb. I like where Orchin is going with this one, the latter half of ‘If I Ever’ really opens up. If I could direct an 80s teen movie, this would be on the soundtrack! Download a copy here.

 
Orchin – ‘If I Ever’

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