Fever Dream – ‘Moyamoya’


Fever Dream‘s debut LP ‘Moyamoya’ is out now via Club AC30. The London-based act serve up fuzz filled rockers, and frenetic noise pop with a post-punk edge (stream via Beat). The lead singles ‘Serotonin Hit’ and ‘Nightcrawling’ are loads of fun, with bold choruses, poppy vocals and wall of sound distortion. The trio (drummer Cat Loye, bassist Sarah Lippett and guitarist/vocalist Adey Fleet) have been making music together since 2010, releasing an EP in 2012 before writing their full length.

‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t settle for any one genre. Sure it’s a rock record, but it doesn’t attempt to fit in. This is not a purist experience, which is a positive because it doesn’t stick to a formula. There’s shades of noise pop/shoegaze in ‘Sleep TV’ and ‘Serotonin Hit’, a punk rock pace in ‘Flux’ and ‘Watch You Sleep’. But a catchy indie rock feel prevails, such as ‘They Live’, ‘Dance Forever’ and ‘Vapours’. The album sounds like it was written for the stage. ‘Moyamoya’ doesn’t rely on studio trickery or high gloss, it’s a band rockin’ out in a room. Simple, no fuss, rock n’ roll.

The two singles are definite highlights, the remaining album cuts are a little less tightly composed but could be compared to The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Yuck or early Crocodiles. In truth, the midsection laboured a little for me before ‘Sleep TV’ swept in. It’s a fantastic rocker with a natural feel, and a killer ending. ‘Flux’ and ‘Vapours’ round out the ten track album with relentless fashion, both songs are strong entries. Fever Dream find their feet on ‘Moyamoya’, and I imagine it will sound amazing on tour. A solid debut effort.

Visit Fever Dream online @ Club AC30 @ Facebook.

Fever Dream - 'Moyamoya'
  • High energy, fun noise pop
  • Diverse collection of styles
  • A solid debut
  • Mid section loses steam
3.7Overall Score
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Maria False – ‘Shadows’ [Premiere]


French psych/gazers Maria False will release their debut album ‘When’ on May 4 via A Quick One Records. The foursome wage war on perfect pitch by bending notes to oblivion in ‘Shadows’! A de-tuned, lo-fi rocker with a warped swagger (first public stream below). Having already listened through ‘When’, I can say that Maria False don’t hold back, it’s ambitious, colourful, and as overblown as ever. It’s a big step from their 2013 EP ‘Spots And Lines In A Frame‘, less noise-rock focused and insanely trippy! Maria False is the work of Yann Le Razavet, Bernard Marie Canévet, Matthieu Richard and Yann Canévet (also of Future and Venera 4).

Maria False – ‘Shadows’ [Premiere]

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No Joy – ‘Moon In My Mouth’


No Joy have posted their latest creation, a dreamy slacker pop tune with loads of character called ‘Moon In My Mouth’. There’s a fresh interview that’s waaaay more interesting than my paragraph, so perhaps check that out on Rookie. From the impression of the lead single ‘Everything New‘, (and from the album trailer below), it sounds like No Joy have edged toward poppier/happier songs. Albeit only mildly happier! But either way, they’re not the kind of band that repeats material. I expect that ‘More Faithful’ will be another leap for the Montreal four piece.

No Joy – ‘Moon In My Mouth’

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Eternal Summers – ‘Together Or Alone’


On June 2 Eternal Summers will release their new album ‘Gold And Stone’ via Kanine Records. The Virginia trio begin proceedings with the indie rocker ‘Together Or Alone’. The fantastic video was directed by Japhy Riddle, a stop-motion animation guru. The single isn’t a big departure for Eternal Summers, but it also doesn’t disappoint, looking forward to hearing more this June.

Eternal Summers – ‘Together Or Alone’

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Dråpe – ‘Together We Are Pstereo’


Dråpe return with the new single ‘Together We Are Pstereo’! In case you were wondering, ‘Pstereo’ is not a type-o, it’s one of the biggest festivals in Norway (and was written in its honour). The five piece are currently at work on a new album, and have recently recruited Eirik (of Angelica’s Elegy) following the departure of long-termer Hanne. ‘Together We Are Pstereo’ is a sunny psych pop gem, with sunny melodies that pick up where their 2013 LP ‘Canicular Days‘ left off. Dråpe (pronounced ‘Draw-peh’), can do no wrong! Pick up the single via iTunes.

Dråpe – ‘Together We Are Pstereo’

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