Vidulgi ooyoO – ‘Love? Green? Rollin’?’

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There’s a fair chance you’ve never heard of Vidulgi ooyoO before, despite the fact they’ve been at it for over a decade! The South Korean foursome have toured the US, Canada, Japan, and China (including shows with Mogwai and This will Destroy You), plus they’ve got two albums to their credit (‘Aero’ and ‘Officially Pronounced Alive’). In other words, they shouldn’t be flying under the radar. Vidulgi ooyoO recently delivered a stunning single called ‘Love? Green? Rollin’?’ which features guest guitarist Joey Levenson (SPC ECO) and their new member Yesol Han, stream below.

 
Vidulgi ooyoO – ‘Love? Green? Rollin’?’

Visit Vidulgi ooyoO @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Venera 4 – ‘Masked Dance’

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In case you missed it, Venera 4 dropped a previously unreleased single called ‘Masked Dance’ over the holiday period (download here)! The French shoegazers always release something special each Christmas, and this year they’ve produced a new swooning slow burner to mark the occasion. Looking forward to more from Venera 4 in 2016.

 
Venera 4 – ‘Masked Dance’

Visit Venera 4 @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

LSD and the Search for God – ‘(I Don’t Think That We Should) Take It Slow’ [Premiere]

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Super excited to share the first public stream of ‘(I Don’t Think That We Should) Take It Slow’, an all new song and video by LSD and the Search for God! The San Francisco collective are set to release their second EP ‘Heaven Is A Place’ via Deep Space Recordings (digital / vinyl) on January 15. It’s the long awaited follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut, and follows the lead single ‘Heaven’. After listening through the five track EP, I think it’s a big step forward. ‘(I Don’t Think That We Should) Take It Slow’ is a testament to how their sound has evolved since the addition of Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Ryan Lescure (Moonbeams / My Red Dress). This time round it’s a swoony blend of stadium psych and shoegaze, with hooky guy/girl vocals and loads of depth. I know you’re all going to love this one; only about ten days ‘til launch.

 
LSD and the Search for God – ‘(I Don’t Think That We Should) Take It Slow’ [Premiere]

Visit LSD & The Search For God @ Deep Space Recordings[email protected]Bandcamp[email protected]Facebook.

Happy Holidays

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Happy holidays (if you got ’em!) Thanks to everybody who helped out with SBWR this year, and of course, thanks so much to the regulars for visiting and showing your support. All the best for the new year!

Regular updates will resume mid-late January (depending on what’s happening… like the LSD & The Search For God Premiere!).

Till 2016… cheers all.

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2015

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The 2015 end of year list is here! This time it’s a jumbo list of 50 favourite albums, as well as an expanded playlist of 90+ songs. So if you don’t find something to listen to over the holidays, there’s something very wrong! It’s never made much sense to include everything in one big list, but well, here we are again. There’s a genre column that’s sortable, that may appease the purists.

First up, the must-listen shoegaze records. Italy’s La Casa al Mare delivered an unforgettable debut in ‘This Astro’, an instant classic. Beliefs returned with their second album ‘Leaper’ and it turned out to be a stunner, even better than expected. Ringo Deathstarr delivered again with ‘Pure Mood’, they could be on top every year! 93MillionMilesFromTheSun gave us the noise/psych crossover ‘Fall Into Nothing’, an epic listen. Cheatahs continued to dish out brilliance with ‘Mythologies’, and Venera 4‘s full length ‘Eidolon’ impressed.

In dream pop land, it’s hard to argue against the beauty of Beach House‘s ‘Depression Cherry’. It’s minimal dream pop at its best. I didn’t expect it, and loved every minute. That’s not to take away from the amazing crossover records by PinkshinyultrablastThem Are Us Too, Wildhoney and The Black Ryder. And also, the stand-out jangle pop records; ‘Jane’s Lament’ by Au.Ra, Day Wave‘s debut and Hibou‘s self/titled, all great.

2015 was another big year for reunions; on the back of Slowdive‘s tour came news of Ride‘s live return, as well as Swervedriver‘s new album and the imminent reunion of Lush! What’s next? Here’s hoping My Bloody Valentine‘s new EP will see the light of day but that’s crossing all fingers and toes! Though it’s not completely improbable, Kevin Shields told NME they were heading back into the studio last October/November to work on it. So who knows?

As 2015 wraps up there’s a number of confirmed releases to look forward to in 2016; like DIIV, NothingLSD And The Search For God, Pinkshinyultrablast, Dear Tracks, The Enters, Dead Horse One, The Morelings and Maria False. Without further preamble, here’s a list of faves from 2015 (combining albums and EPs / excluding 2-3 track singles)…

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2015

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1 Beach HouseDepression CherryDream PopSub Pop
2 La Casa al MareThis Astro [EP]ShoegazeS/R
3 BeliefsLeaperShoegaze / Dream PopHand Drawn Dracula
4 Ringo DeathstarrPure MoodShoegaze / Noise PopClub AC30 / Vinyl Junkie
5 PinkshinyultrablastEverything Else MattersDream Pop / RockClub AC30 / Shelflife
6 93MillionMilesFromTheSunFall Into NothingShoegaze / PsychS/R
7 CheatahsMythologiesShoegaze / PsychWichita Recordings
8 Them Are Us TooRemainDream Pop / Synth PopDais Records
9 Au.RaJane's LamentDream / Jangle / PsychFelte
10 Venera 4EidolonShoegaze / Dream PopS/R
11 No JoyMore FaithfulShoegaze / Dream PopMexican Summer
12 The Black RyderThe Door Behind The DoorDream Pop / ShoegazeThe Anti-Machine Machine
13 AstrobriteDeluxerShoegaze / Noise RockS/R
14 WildhoneyYour Face Sideways [EP]Dream Pop / RockTopshelf Records
15 SwervedriverI Wasn't Born To Lose YouRock / ShoegazeS/R
16 DeafcultDeafcult [EP]Noise Pop / ShoegazeS/R
17 WildhoneySleep Through ItNoise Pop / ShoegazeDeranged / Forward Records
18 Day WaveHeadcase [EP]Dream Pop / Jangle PopS/R
19 Lightning BugFloatersShoegaze / PsychS/R
20 TrementinaAlmost Reach The SunShoegaze Vinyl Junkie / BYM
21 WestkustLast ForeverNoise Pop / ShoegazeLuxury / Run For Cover
22 Infinity GirlHarmShoegaze / RockTopshelf Records
23 AirsApart [EP]Shoegaze / Dream PopBone Orchard
24 She Bit Her LipViivDream Pop / ShoegazeSeksound Records
25 CloakroomFurther OutShoegaze / Post-HardcoreRun For Cover Records
26 HibouHibouDream Pop / Jangle PopBarsuk Records
27 MumrunnerFull Blossom [EP]Shoegaze / PsychSoliti / Wolves & Vibrancy
28 QuellQuellShoegaze / Post-RockS/R
29 WinterSupreme Blue DreamDream Pop / Indie PopLollipop Records
30 Air FormationWere We Ever Here [EP]Shoegaze / RockClub AC30
31 Flyying ColoursROYGBIV [EP]Shoegaze / Noise PopClub AC30 / Shelflife
32 ForevrDemonstration [EP]Shoegaze / Dream PopS/R
33 Static DaydreamStatic DaydreamNoise Rock / ShoegazeMoon Sounds / Saint Marie Records
34 HelenThe Original FacesShoegaze / RockKranky
35 LustLustShoegaze / Post-HardcoreS/R
36 SourinSourinShoegazeS/R
37 TamarynCranekissDream Pop / New WaveMexican Summer
38 Fever DreamMoyaMoyaNoise Pop / ShoegazeClub AC30
39 SheerUneasyShoegaze / RockThe Native Sound
40 KindlingGalaxies [EP]Shoegaze / RockNo Idea Records
41 Vaadat CharigimSinking As A StoneShoegaze / PsychAnova Music / Burger Records
42 ThreadingYou Are Never Enough [EP]Shoegaze / Post-HardcoreThe Native Sound
43 Maria FalseWhenShoegazeA Quick One
44 White PoppyNatural PhenomenaShoegaze / ExperimentalNot Not Fun
45 This Love Is DeadlyWantShoegaze / Dream PopBekassine / Lovesick
46 Presents For SallyColours & ChangesRock / ShoegazeSaint Marie Records
47 Shana FalanaSet Your Lightning Fire FreeShoegaze / PsychTeam Love Records
48 Everyone But MeEveryone But Me [EP]ShoegazeCustom Made Music
49 Bloodhounds On My TrailEscape II [EP]Dream Pop / ShoegazeMoon Sounds Records
50 Ghost LakeI Feel EverythingShoegazeS/R

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015 *UPDATED*

Need more lists? Here’s 2014’s Shoegaze and Dream Pop Albums / Songs to freshen your memory.

For more shoegaze and dream pop albums stay tuned to the blog @ Sounds Better With Reverb.