Sleep Party People – ‘Floating’

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‘Floating’, the latest record from Sleep Party People is out worldwide this week, dive into the LP stream below! For the uninitiated, this is the work of Denmark’s Brian Batz, a multi-instrumentalist with an MBV fetish and too many keyboards! It’s an eclectic mix of oddities that doesn’t disappoint. Pick it up via Riot Factory.

 
Sleep Party People – ‘Floating’ [Stream]

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Slowness – ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’

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June 3 marks the release of ‘How To Keep From Falling Off A Mountain’, the second album from Slowness (out through Blue Aurora Audio on vinyl/digital). The LP benefits from some high profile production talent, including producer Monte Vallier (Wax Idols, The Soft Moon, Weekend) plus Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low) on mastering. It sounds great but isn’t over baked! Founding members Julie Lynn (bass/keys/vocals) and Geoffrey Scott (guitar/keys/vocals) are joined by a host of other musicians on the album. Enough of the preamble, let’s get stuck in.

 

Lead single ‘Mountain’ opens the album and unsurprisingly, it’s one of the strongest tracks. While ‘Division’ follows a light groove and highlights the beautiful vocal harmonies, a delight throughout the LP. It’s perhaps the most conventional song on the album, from this point Slowness start their exploration. Taking queues from classic prog rock, psych and dream pop but not sitting firmly in any particular camp. ‘Anon’ could’ve been written in the 60s or 70s, if it had, Pink Floyd would’ve been fans. This is trippy stuff! ‘Anon (Part II)’ is the most concise but there’s plenty of indulgent moments, or minutes (is more accurate). Which is intentional however it will eliminate casual listeners and be too slow moving for some (excuse the pun).

Slowness have distilled their dreamy psych pop powers into a hypnotic concoction that’s thoughtful, meditative and wholly intoxicating. It’s not a quick fix, this is a mature record but it’s worth the trip. Perfectly suited to a smoke filled room! *wink*

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  • Beautiful vocal harmonies
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  • Perfect for late night sessions!
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  • May be too indulgent for some
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The Death Of Pop – ‘Whenever’

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We’ve been following The Death Of Pop for some time now (most recently the single ‘Circles‘) but it looks like the forthcoming EP ‘Fifths’ will be their most accessible work to date. The London-based act have signed up with Art Is Hard, the EP is out July 28 digitally and on 7inch flexidisc (pre-order). Our first listen is ‘Whenever’ which builds on the reverb heavy jangle pop of ‘Circles’ but is even catchier. It’s a big step away from their shoegaze debut! Brits can catch the five piece on tour later this month (details).

 
The Death Of Pop – ‘Whenever’

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Contrast – ‘Less Than Zero’

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Contrast have released their second EP ‘Less Than Zero‘, check out the stream or download at Bandcamp! The Melbourne foursome (Nathan Brown, James Thomson, Jack Crook and Thomas Smeets) dip their toes in post punk and shoegaze. The previous singles ‘Pipe Dreams’ and ‘Dull’ are stand outs, while the new cuts include the title track and the dreamier sojourn of ‘Drum Machine’. Dig in!

 
Contrast – ‘Less Than Zero’ [EP Stream]

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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!