Record nerds unite for Fragments Of God! This space rocking experiment features Nashville locals Devin Lamp (Ascent Of Everest, Evil Bebos), drummer Siri Dev (Pujol, Badcop), bassist Mikey Owen (Little Viking, Badcop) and guitarist Brandon Highfill (Noi, Antarctica). Together they’ve recorded a five track EP for Meltface Records featuring this absolute gem! Stream or download the rest here.
Fragments Of God – ‘Starcrossed’
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Philly fuzz rock from Bleeding Rainbow‘s forthcoming album ‘Interrupt’. The first single ‘So You Know’ arrives a year after their last album ‘Yeah Right’. This 90s inspired rocker is packed with poppy vocal hooks and raucous riffage. ‘Interrupt’ will be available from February 25 courtesy of Kanine Records (preorder).
Bleeding Rainbow – ‘So You Know’
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Over the break I received an email requesting an update on Cardiff shoegazers The Voices. The trio (CS Munday, Chris Pompa & Clare Pompa) released three albums, the last being ‘Death Of A Lovers Song’ via Phase One in 2009. The Voices called it quits following a tour later that year. During their four year life span they released the lauded 2007 LP ‘The Sound Of Young America’ via My Kung Fu. Check out the title track below, a blistering wall of sound with washed out vocals. Speaking of, during my Google search I came across this comical ‘How To Sing In Shoegaze Style‘ guide, which notes “with Shoegazing, lyrics are short, poetic and sometimes convey a deep message that others will never understand.” Hehe.
The Voices – ‘The Sound Of Young America’
On February 11 Wichita release Cheatahs long awaited debut LP (pre-order)! I know, I know, I’ve been blabbing on about this record for the better part of a year. But… here’s another single called ‘Get Tight’ which follows the shoegazing ‘Kenworth‘, ‘Cut The Grass‘ and ‘Fall‘. The Londoners recently announced new tour dates for the UK and the USA (check ‘em out here). More on the album when I get my hands on it and cry tears of joy.
Cheatahs – ‘Get Tight’
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Songwriter Blaine Patrick has once again teamed up with vocalist Inna Kurikova to form a new duo called Dissolve (formerly known as Modern Charms). The San Francisco pair are starting the year with a three track EP (digital available now) with a 7inch planned for the coming months. ‘Statement’ is a beautiful piece of melodic shoegaze – highly recommended!
Dissolve – ‘Statement’
Glasgow noise pop band Life Model return with a new single ‘Come Round‘ featuring the b-side ‘East Coast’ (out January 20 – pre-order via Viscerality Records). This dreamy cut follows the quintet’s debut EP, released last April.
Life Model – ‘Come Round’
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If you got short changed at Christmas, perhaps this will cheer you up! Venera 4 have gift wrapped all of their recent singles into one free release – download ‘Winter Sessions‘ here. But there’s a twist, the songs have been re-recorded and stripped back to their rawest form. Acoustic shoegaze if there’s such a thing?? The French four piece are currently at work on their debut album, expected later this year.
Venera 4 – ‘Deaf Heartbeats’ (Winter Sessions)
Balms celebrated the new year with the release of a new two tracker ‘Surface / Over My Head‘. The San Francisco-based trio recorded this one at Tiny Telephone Studios (Explosions In The Sky, Deerhoof, Death Cab). The resulting single ‘Surface’ is a dreamy lo-fi tune which is awfully pretty! Keep an eye on Facebook for west coast tour details.
Balms – ‘Surface’
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Anytime a pop song from Stockholm comes my way, I figure it’s going to be good. There must be something in the Swedish water and Dream Lake is no different (excuse the pun). The dream pop duo (Isabella Svärdstam and Niklas Willar Lidholm) released their debut EP late last year via iTunes featuring ‘In My Head’. The easily accessible melodies should attract a wide following.
Dream Lake – ‘In My Head’
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In the lead up to a new full length, ambient electronic producer Julian Prott has delivered a new Hazy Mountains single called ‘Neon Velvet‘ (free download). The euphoric track shifts from a dream pop feel to a saturated synth anthem – there’s a lot going on here! Side note, I’m thinking purple is the early colour of choice for artwork this year.
Hazy Mountains – ‘Neon Velvet’