Lightfoils – ‘Hierarchy’

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Lightfoils first full length ‘Hierarchy’ arrives this week via Saint Marie (vinyl / digital) and wow what an album! The Chicago-based five piece have taken the time to get it right (since the release of their 2012 debut EP). This is a much more expansive outfit, that was clear from the lead single ‘Diastolic‘.

‘Hierarchy’ shines the spotlight on Jane Zabeth’s vocals which cover a lot of melodic ground. It’s not a straight up shoegaze record but guitarists Neil and Zeeshan create the kind of textural backdrop you’d normally associate with the genre. It’s inventive work, especially on the stand outs ‘Addict’ and ‘Mock Sun’. Together they’ve crafted a mature album, intricate but not over polished. It sits somewhere in dream pop land and should appeal to indie pop/rock lovers in general.

‘Passage’ is a slow motion rocker with lovely warm reverb, the opening is a little reminiscent of The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now’. It arrives at a point in the album where something different is needed and Lightfoils don’t drop the ball. ‘Track 7 (no title)’ opens with angelic sounds that blend into drone, a perfect interlude for the later half of the LP. ‘Alovetodestroy’ kicks the energy level right back up before rounding out with ‘Hideaway’ and ‘Track 10 (no title)’. It’s a great mix of energy levels and breaks for air, an album in the traditional sense. If you’re a fan of big swooning vocals and guitar haze then ‘Hierarchy’ is a no-brainer, one of the better dream pop/shoegaze records of the year so far.
 
Lightfoils – ‘Hierarchy’

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Lightfoils - 'Hierarchy'
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  • Diverse LP with wide appeal
  • Loads of melodic dream pop on offer!
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LSD And The Search For God – ‘Heaven’

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Believe it or not but LSD And The Search For God have unveiled their new video ‘Heaven’! The California psych meets shoegaze outfit (with more members than I can keep track of) have announced that a new EP is imminent, titled ‘Heaven Is A Place’. It’s been almost a decade since they first formed, and many years since their debut EP. In fact, this video was first announced last July during an interview with The Big Takeover! But LSD And The Search For God haven’t exactly been idle, they’ve played a number of shows throughout 2013. Not to mention previous tours alongside Colm O’Coissoig (My Bloody Valentine), The Telescopes, Nick Jago (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and DJs Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre). Hit up Facebook for more updates.

 
LSD And The Search For God – ‘Heaven’

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The Bilinda Butchers Feat. Sarah Psalti – ‘Golden House’

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Sarah Psalti (former vocalist of Keep Shelly In Athens) joins forces with The Bilinda Butchers on ‘Golden House’. It’s the second single from their forthcoming LP ‘Heaven’ (out July 15 via Orchid Tapes (Vinyl) / Fastcut Records (CD) and follows the lead tune ‘Edo Method‘. The trio dip their toes in 80s new wave this time round, with a dash of M83 inspiration for good measure! ‘Heaven’ is likely to cover a lot of ground stylistically, given it’s a concept record. Definitely one to look out for. Pre-order the limited white vinyl here.

 
The Bilinda Butchers Feat. Sarah Psalti – ‘Golden House’

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Neiv – ‘Decades’ EP [Premiere]

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Ever heard a shoegaze song with a saxophone!? You’re about to! Take a listen to ‘Last Cry’ from Neiv‘s latest EP ‘Decades’ (an all analogue recording). It’s a dramatic, inventive, and at times surreal collection of dream pop and shoegaze that bends your expectations of the genre.

The songwriting rule book has gone out the window in favour of unpredictable compositions, usually found in prog or post rock. ‘Summer Daze’ is one example, it’s a slow burner that transitions from post punk into ambient and then explodes with a noisy crescendo. ‘Killed By A Unicorn’ (great title) is a creepy tune, it’s backed by a big synth that sounds like a swarm of bees. It has the same saturated effect but without the guitars.

Closing track ‘Sedaced’ (‘Decades’ backwards), is a reworking of the single ‘Decades’ but this time in reverse! A clever twist to end the EP, and with unnerving results (especially on the vocals). Due credit also goes to Neiv’s producer James Aparicio, known for his work with Mogwai and These New Puritans. The Swiss trio (Pj, Jennie and Bugy) have created a unique EP with depth, pick it up through Worn Pop Records from July 5 on digital and limited white vinyl!
 
Neiv – ‘Decades’ EP [Premiere]

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Foxes In Fiction – ‘Shadow’s Song’

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Amazing new tune ‘Shadow’s Song’ from Foxes In Fiction, taken from the forthcoming EP ‘Ontario Gothic’ (out September 23 via Orchid Tapes). The seven track collection features guests including Rachel Levy, Caroline White, Sam Ray, Ansel Cohen, Beau Sorensen and Owen Pallett. Foxes In Fiction is the work of Canadian native Warren Hildebrand. ‘Ontario Gothic’ details Warren’s experiences following the passing of his younger brother. Bound to be a heavy record but on the strength of ‘Shadow’s Song’ it’s going to be a special one (pre-sale).

 
Foxes In Fiction – ‘Shadow’s Song’

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