Balms – ‘Balms’ EP

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San Francisco’s Balms delivered their debut EP this month (grab it here). The trio kick it off with the single ‘Golden Hair’, for lovers of lo-fi rock n’ jangle pop. The floaty harmonies of ‘See You’ are another stand out. It caps off a busy year for Balms, after playing shows alongside Canyons, Vibragun, The Foreign Resort, Blackstone Rngrs, Dissolve, Moonbell and Couches.

 
Balms – ‘Balms’ [EP Stream]

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Muso Planet Volume Seven – Out Now!

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In case you missed it, Muso Planet Volume Seven has arrived (free download here)! This volume features music from Dead Leaf Echo, Jaguwar, Magic Love and Rev Rev Rev. Plus Latino America Shoegaze Presents Guitarists and their Pedals, with a feature on Hands And Moment and much more! Thank you Muso Planet.

 
Various Artists – ‘Muso Planet Volume Seven’

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Elizabeth Colour Wheel – ‘Thoughts of Violence’

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Newcomers Elizabeth Colour Wheel delivered an impressive two track demo a few months back featuring ‘Thoughts Of Violence’ (a nine minute shoegaze epic) and ‘Out Of’ (an instrumental work). The Boston-based band are hitting the studio this month to record a debut EP (expected in January). Looking forward to it! Visit Bandcamp for a download.

 
Elizabeth Colour Wheel – ‘Thoughts of Violence’

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Ummagma – ‘Kiev (Haioka Remix)’

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Ummagma continue their prolific year of non-stop music making with the ‘Kiev Remixes’ (out now via Emerald & Dooreen Recordings)! The Canadian-Ukrainian duo enlisted a huge amount of talent to rework ‘Kiev’ including Japan’s Shintaro Haioka. Take a listen to the ambient electronic piece below, a beautifully warped re-imagining (as requested by @shoegazeindie)!

 
Ummagma – ‘Kiev (Haioka Remix)’

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Cloakroom – ‘Dream Warden’

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Cloakroom fans won’t be hearing the band’s double LP until 2015 but… there is a fresh 7inch to look forward to. The two track vinyl (out November 17) includes ‘Lossed Over’ and the b-side ‘Dream Warden’ (as premiered by Stereogum). This tune features the vocal talents of Hum’s Matt Talbott, “recorded, mixed and mastered 100% analog at his Illinois-based Earth Analog studio”. Pre-sale is available now via Run For Cover Records. Side note for analog audio nerds, I recently finished reading Greg Milner’s ‘Perfecting Sound Forever’ on holiday – it’ tech heavy (at times) but brilliant and depressing knowing how far fidelity has fallen over the years. Definitely made me re-think recorded music (info at Amazon). The irony is, you’re about to click a 128k mp3 of an analog recording… *facepalm*

 
Cloakroom – ‘Dream Warden’

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Wildhoney – ‘Fall In’

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Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney have shared ‘Fall In’ from their forthcoming LP ‘Sleep Through It’ (expected early 2015 via Deranged Records). The foursome are fresh from a CMJ showcase and are sounding as sharp as ever! It’s a short blast of wild-eyed rock, contrasted by whimsical vocals. It follows Wildhoney’s ‘Seventeen Forever’ EP (available here).

 
Wildhoney – ‘Fall In’

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