Catching Up On Japanese Shoegaze!

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Japan has been making lots of noise lately, so it’s time to take a peek at East Asia’s latest shoegaze creations! A number of submissions have come through plus Matthew from Muso Planet Magazine (Nagoya, Japan) has lent a hand with recommendations. Apologies in advance for any titles that are lost in translation. Now let’s get into it…

Cigarette In Your Bed – ‘Let Me Out’

Kicking off in Tokyo with Cigarette In Your Bed! The trio have just delivered their debut full length ‘Darkness’ via High Fader Records (Lemon’s Chair, Sugardrop, Yellow Loveless) after a few independently released EPs. Grab it at iTunes!

The Florist – ‘Middle Of Winter’

Next up is The Florist (you may have heard this pretty shoegazer on DKFM). The quartet includes members with completely different musical pasts (genre wise). Nevertheless, they’ve completed their debut LP ‘Dark Entries’. Grab that at Amazon or hold off til the iTunes release (later this month).

Universe Neko-ko – ‘Lovely Summer’

This is where translation starts to fail! Either way, ‘Lovely Summer’ turned heads after hitting Reddit late last month. Universe Neko-ko is a catchy blend of dream pop and noise that’s available now at Bandcamp.

For Tracy Hyde – ‘First Regrets’

For Tracy Hyde have sent in their latest tune ‘First Regrets’ (free download) taken from the EP ‘In Fear Of Love’ (out through File-Under Records). The young five piece are influenced by the Madchester scene, shoegaze, jangle pop and the like!

Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Uma To Hanataba’

And lastly, a favourite from Kinoko Teikoku! Taken from last year’s ‘Long Goodbye‘ EP. If you like this, take a listen to the recently posted ‘Whirpool‘. Please feel free to add your Japanese recommendations in the comments section. 感謝とお別れ!

More Japanese Shoegaze @ Muso Planet Japan!

Wildhoney – ‘Seventeen Forever’

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Wildhoney officially launch their second EP ‘Seventeen Forever‘ this weekend (@ The Crown, May 31). The Baltimore shoegazers (Joe Trainor and David Litz on guitars, Alan Everhart on bass, Lauren Shusterich on vocals and drummer Zach Inscho) formed in 2012 before releasing their much loved debut EP last year. Since then the five piece have shared the stage with Wild Nothing, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Weekend and Ringo Deathstarr (among others). Now it’s time to pour over the latest EP, as mastered by Jake Reid (Screen Vinyl Image, Roomrunner, Technicolor Teeth).

Wildhoney – ‘Seventeen’

Opener ‘Seventeen’ features Lauren’s debut vocal performance, she nails it. Wildhoney have evolved from their early demos, holding onto the playfulness of early cuts (‘Like Me‘ for instance) but adding more pop appeal. But of course, this is still very much a rock record, the screaming guitars of ‘Get Out Of My Dreams’ make sure of that. The vocal melodies work really well amongst the noise, evident by the pretty hooks of ‘Soft Bats’. It reminds me of Camera Obscura but with amps turned up to eleven! It’s hard to find fault with this EP, perfect for fans of Veronica Falls, Echo Lake or September Girls.

Wildhoney – ‘Get Out Of My Dreams’

The only downer is that it’s only three songs, so a few points will have to be knocked off the score just for that reason. The good news is, Wildhoney are hitting the studio in about a week! Their debut full length will be out this Fall through Deranged / Forward Records. Given the strength of everything we’ve heard thus far, it’s likely to be really special. Download Wildhoney’s ‘Seventeen Forever’ here or pick up a fancy gold vinyl copy from Photobooth Records!

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Power Pyramid – ‘Silence’

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Power Pyramid share ‘Silence’ (download) the first song from their forthcoming EP. The five piece bring the fuzz once again and this lo-fi rocker doesn’t mess about. The Oklahoma shoegazers have already given us the ‘Insomnia‘ EP this year but clearly have much more to say in 2014.

Power Pyramid – ‘Silence’

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow – ‘Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)’

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Philly six piece A Sunny Day In Glasgow have posted the third cut ‘Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)’ from their forthcoming full length ‘Sea When Absent’ (out June 23 through Lefse Records). This one carries a heavy sonic mass, with ping pong delay vocals, angular synths and off timed percussion. It’s an earful to be sure! Far more ambitious than the previous cuts ‘In Love With Useless…‘ and ‘Crushin‘.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – ‘Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End)’

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Lost Tapes – ‘Blame It On Rio’

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Lost Tapes take their dreamy jangle pop to New York City in the new video for ‘Blame It On Rio’. It’s the b-side to ‘Rubber Bracelet’, a fresh 7inch available through Beko! The Spanish duo (Pau Roca of La Habitación Roja and RJ Sinclair of Tokyo Sex Destruction) released their latest EP ‘Poetry Dates’ earlier this year, it’s also worth checking out.

Lost Tapes – ‘Blame It On Rio’

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