The debut album from Eros And The Eschaton ’Home Address For Civil War’ is out today via Bar/None. The husband and wife duo (Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins) produce a diverse mix of rock and pop songs with a shoegaze sheen, definitely one to check out if you’re a Yo La Tengo fan. Having said that, don’t expect a straight shoegaze/noise pop album.
Eros and the Eschaton – ‘Heaven Inside’
Lead track ‘Heaven Inside‘ remains a stand out, which was followed by the second single ‘Don’t Look So Sad‘. Album cut ‘Terence McKenna’ is an explosive rocker that hints at the band’s inspiration. The late Terence McKenna became a reknowned figure in counterculture for his work with psychedelics (an author, lecturer and modern day shaman of sorts). You can take a listen to Terence speaking about the meaning of Eros And The Eschaton via Youtube.
Eros And The Eschaton – ‘Don’t Look So Sad’
But back to the music, ‘Home Address For Civil War’ is great debut (album stream via Prefix). It’s an album that explores all sorts of territory as the North Carolina pair find their feet. Now that Eros And The Eschaton are established, it’ll be really interesting to see where they head next. Pick up the album via Bar/None.
Washed Out‘s new LP ‘Paracosm’ is out this week through Sub Pop. And I must admit, I was unsure about this album despite the brilliance of the lead track ‘It All Feels Right‘. But the truth is, there’s some beautiful moments to be had, like the sunny album cut ‘Falling Back‘. I’m yet to fully immerse myself in the album so I’ll avoid making any sweeping statements but if you’re a fan of dreamy pop tunes then best check it out.
Washed Out – ‘Falling Back’
Chiptune meets shoegaze? An 8bit My Bloody Valentine cover? Yep, apparently so. Once you stop giggling at the ridiculous SNES synth drops, perhaps you’ll actually enjoy this head nod. Because while we may be swamped with ‘Loveless’ covers, Painted In do a pretty good job at it, the vocals especially. And after all, it’s a good bit of fun. Personally, I’d like to hear more of Painted In’s originals, these Canadians describe themselves as a “shoegaze/dreampop project inspired by Anamanaguchi and the Depreciation Guild”, download the ‘You Are’ EP here!
Painted In – ‘When You Sleep’ (My Bloody Valentine Cover)
Hear more Painted In @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud.
‘Forest’ is hot off the interwebs, the second single from Parks, Squares and Alleys. It’s the solo project of 19-year-old Russian musician Sergei Khavro. This release (free download) follows his debut single ‘Youth’ and leans towards synth pop with its catchy vocal hooks and keyed bassline. Thankfully the mix is still swimming in warm reverb! Parks, Squares and Alleys should cross genre boundaries with ‘Forest’ and appeal to fans of new wave, dream pop and indie pop in general. Thumbs up! No details on an EP/LP as yet.
Parks, Squares And Alleys – ‘Forest’
More Parks, Squares And Alleys @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.
I had a blind battle with my ipod while driving over the weekend, Arc In Round‘s 2012 self-titled album came out on top – which is no bad thing! The Philadelphia-based shoegaze act followed that up with a remix EP earlier in the year (available free via Soundcloud) here’s the opener, reworked by Ape School (Michael Johnson).
Arc In Round – ‘One-Sided’ (Ape School Remix)
Visit Arc In Round @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.
Sydney’s Psychlops Eyepatch are bringing their brand of lo-fi psych rock to Good God this Thursday night in support of their latest EP ‘Paranoise’ (available via Octopus Pi Records). Speaking of local live psych bands, Sydney’s Psych Fest is on September 14 (get tickets) featuring Ride Into The Sun, Kikagaku Moyo, Dreamtime and Day Ravies.
Psychlops Eyepatch – ‘Nuclear Bombora’
Cloud Control’s second album ‘Dream Cave’ has landed, the follow up to their 2010 award winner ‘Bliss’. The UK-based quartet (by way of the Blue Mountains) impressed most with their latest single ‘Scar’ but its not all happy days for the 60s psych revivalists. The bittersweet lyrics of lost love and heartbreak are pretty standard plus there’s some sojourns into experimentalism that aren’t fully realised. That aside, there’s also some solid songs on ‘Dream Cave’, enough to make it a worthy inclusion in their catalogue. Just not enough to see them dethrone fellow Aussies Tame Impala! ‘Happy Birthday’ is a highlight, with its vintage styled melodies (kind of like the Mamas & Papas with a distortion pedal) and it doesn’t take itself too seriously either, listen below…
Cloud Control – ‘Happy Birthday’
Visit Cloud Control online @ Ivy League @ Facebook.
On September 17 Captured Tracks will release the sophomore album from Blouse called ‘Imperium’ featuring their latest tune ‘A Feeling Like This’. The Portland-based trio made their debut in 2011 with a healthy dose of synths and drum machines wrapped in a dream pop haze. Things have changed, acoustic guitars and cellos are in! The more organic sound falls in line with what their label mates did with their second albums (Wild Nothing and Widowspeak for example) and that approach paid off.
Blouse – ‘A Feeling Like This’
Visit Blouse online @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.
Wozniak are on a self confessed mission “to cause terminal tinnitus with their brooding… cocktail of feedback, reverb and delay”! The post rocking four piece hail from Edinburgh and have released their debut single ‘MFMB’ (available @ Bandcamp). Influenced by no wave and shoegaze, Wozniak’s soundscapes are only in their infancy but are already ear shaking with their angular riffs and suspense-filled instrumentals.
Wozniak – ‘MFMB’
The Horrors’ Tom Furse gets all trippy for this remix (free download) of Elephant Stone‘s ‘A Silent Moment’ taken from the Montreal psych band’s second album (out now)! The four piece have been busy, recently releasing a video for album cut ‘Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin’ – check that out below.
Elephant Stone – ‘A Silent Moment’ (The Tom Furse Remix)