Anto Dust – ‘Traitor’s Gate’

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Anto Dust follow up ‘1955‘ with another incredible single, ‘Traitor’s Gate’ (free download). The London-based dream pop band premiered the song at Clash Magazine. Anto Dust began four years ago as the solo project of Anto Cossu (hence the name) before growing into a five piece with Antonio Perra, Cat Piagentini, Dave Roberts and James Hosking. They’ve already received praise from NME, The Line Of Best Fit, BBC6, Q Magazine and are currently at work on their debut album.

Anto Dust – ‘Traitor’s Gate’

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Lights That Change – ‘Whispers In February’

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Lights That Change have delivered a new three track single ‘Whispers In February’ (download)! It’s already been picked up by Simon Raymonde’s (Cocteau Twins) Amazing Radio and the BBC. The dream pop project is helmed by British producer Marc Joy who is joined by guest vocalists Allegra Lusini and Elaine Humphreys. Last October Marc teamed up with singer Lisa Von H for the EP ‘Rainbow On Your Shoulder’. Head over to Bandcamp for the full catalog.

Lights That Change – ‘Whispers In February’

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Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine ) on ‘The Joy Of The Guitar Riff’

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BBC Four have aired an hour long documentary on the evolution of the rock guitar riff! ‘The Joy Of The Guitar Riff’ features “Chuck Berry through to the White Stripes… with riffs and stories from an all-star cast including Brian May, Dave Davies, Hank Marvin, Joan Jett, Nile Rodgers, Tony Iommi, Robert Fripp, Johnny Marr, Nancy Wilson, Kevin Shields, Ryan Jarman, Tom Morello and many more.” UK residents can stream the whole doco here, the rest of us will have to make do with this snippet of Kevin Shields on Youtube (which may get removed before too long)! Particularly enjoyed the comment that MBV sounds like “a mermaid falling into a black hole…”! Thanks to David Bastedo for the upload.

Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine ) on BBC’s ‘The Joy Of The Guitar Riff’

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Introducing New SBWR Contributor Dave Lytton!


It’s time to introduce Mr. Dave Lytton, a new contributor to Sounds Better With Reverb! Dave is based in Denver (with a lovely view of The Rockies) and when not indulging in his vinyl collection he spends his days painting, hiking, watching too much World Cup on Univision, learning Spanish and as a “grandmaster” beer judge. Yep, he’s got a fine taste for beer, spirits and excessive fuzz n’ reverb! A regular listener of shoegaze, NPR and Mexican radio. To kick things off Dave has picked out a bunch of tunes (in the posts below) and will be adding his flavor to SBWR from time to time. Hit him up at Soundcloud. Welcome Dave!

Sounds Of Sputnik Feat. Ummagma – ‘New Born’


Moscow rockers Sounds of Sputnik have released a pair of singles ahead of their debut LP ‘New Born‘ expected late next month. ‘Overdrive’ builds upon post and psych-rock influences with bent, fuzzy guitar layers and pressing drum work by Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/Brian Jonestown Massacre) to create a backdrop for guest vocalist Shauna Mclarnon’s (Ummagma) melodic vocals. Both members of Canadian-Ukrainian dream-pop vets Ummagma lend a hand on New Born, with Shauna’s husband and bandmate Alexander Kretov supplying additional vocals, production work, and cover art. It’s not the first time the two bands have crossed borders to collaborate -  Roman Kalitkin, shoegaze veteran and solo-creater of  Sounds of Sputnik pitched in guitar and writing work for Ummagma’s Antigravity LP (‘Live and Let Die’), as well as contributing a track for their ‘Lama Remixes EP.’

Title track ‘New Born’ follows up with more of Shauna’s lovely vocals, this time with a lush, dreamy backing of guitars, moody piano, and distant drum work that creates a sense of grandiosity. It’s a change of pace, but the creativity and talent in the collaboration is evident and should make for an exciting release! If it catches your interest check out the New Born pre-order packages on Bandcamp, or head to Soundcloud to listen to more unreleased tracks! [by Dave Lytton]
Sounds Of Sputnik Feat. Ummagma – ‘New Born’

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Lava Lite – ‘Lava Lite’


St. Petersburg shoegazers Lava Lite‘s hard work in the studio shows on their self-titled debut EP, released on Bandcamp in April. Since their 2011 demo release, they have cleaned up and focused their sound toward dream pop. Opener ‘Fear of Silence’ features a muddy wash of guitar, chugging drums, and brilliantly apathetic, near-monotone vocals that could be mistaken for Joy Division played through a wall. The pace picks up from there, with ‘Have You Ever’ and ‘Behind The Trees’ highlighting energetic, pop leaning songwriting, tight layers of reverb, thick bass, and more washed out vocals to tie it together. Sedate closer ‘Like in 1993′ brings the collection full circle building echoing guitar and sweetly nostalgic vocals.

Altogether an exciting release that hopefully is a sign of things to come! Should appeal to fans of Vaadat Charigim, Viscous Liquid, or Camcorders. Name your own price at Bandcamp or catch it on Soundcloud along with their demos. [by Dave Lytton]
Lava Lite – ‘Lava Lite’ [EP Stream]

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