Led by Evangelia Maravelias and Brian Wenkebach, Elika have been producing dreamy electro pop since 2005. The Brooklyn quartet released their debut album to much praise in 2006, following it up with ‘Always The Light’ last year. Elika are now readying a trio of 7inch releases, starting with ‘Girls, Be Serious’ (available from November 5 via Saint Marie Records). The b-side ‘Bury’ plays out like a mournful anthem, backed with a chorus of male / female vocals that builds in texture and emotional mass. Elika prove they’ve got the talent and experience to pull off something special.
Elika – ‘Bury’
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No matter what persuasion, if you’re a fan of rock tunes, chances are you’re gonna love Flyying Colours. The Melbourne-based quartet play a mix of psych and shoegaze that’s consistently top notch! Last week their self-titled debut EP was released featuring ‘Bugs’. And if you missed Flyying Colours first single, check out the ‘Wavygravy’ video below. Grab it at iTunes.
Flyying Colours – ‘Bugs’
Get your ears prepared for an onslaught of destruction! Kigo has unleashed his debut album ‘So Lost Now‘ (download) and it’s not for the faint hearted. It follows his five EPs released this year – yep five! The Brisbane-based solo artist (Dwayne Pearce) combines the dreamiest shoegaze imaginable with a wall of abrasive noise rock. Opener ‘Move On’ is an example of Kigo’s white noise squall, combined with a beat that’s borderline drum and bass.
Kigo – ‘Move On’
Its not all so aggressive, album cut ‘Cold (Now Closer)’ is a hushed affair preceded by ‘Can’t See You’ which builds on multi-layered guitars and vocal harmonies to produce one of the LP’s more beautiful moments. An impressive sound for a home studio recording.
Kigo – ‘Can’t See You’
Obviously influenced by My Bloody Valentine, there’s little attempt to squash the similarities. But with the use of such bold sounds and vivid song writing I don’t think those references take away from the album’s impact. Your ears are going to bleed! Its abrasively adventurous and has the potential to piss off your parents, your partner and your flatmate. Which is what makes ‘So Lost Now’ exciting, definitely check it out if you’re a fan of the genre.
‘Smile, Violet‘ kicks off with a Johnny Marr-esque guitar part before drifting into dream pop land. The introverted pop tune comes courtesy of J. Francis and is taken from the forthcoming release ‘Tired’. The five piece live outfit is lead by Brisbane’s Julian Pearce, who released his debut nine track album ‘Almost‘ earlier this year. Looking forward to hearing more from J. Francis soon.
J. Francis – ‘Smile, Violet’
Echo Park fuzz rockers Sneakpeek released their self-titled debut this week via Burger Records (digital/cassette). ‘Way Too Much’ packs the kind of vocal hooks that made Veronica Falls so loveable plus there’s a screeching guitar solo in there! Stream the whole release over at Bandcamp.
Sneakpeek – ‘Way Too Much’
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The new record from SPC ECO ‘Sirens And Satellites‘ has been released through Kaboom Music featuring lead tune ‘Fallen Stars’. Running at well over 70 minutes, there’s a lot to immerse yourself in, from the bold shoegaze rockers through to catchy synth pop. Packaged with slick production and veteran experience, this release could easily snare casual fans from across the genre divide along with hardened purists. SPC ECO aren’t afraid of hard work, since 2008 the group have delivered a swathe of releases (their previous full length ‘Dark Notes’ only landed last year).
SPC ECO – ‘Fallen Stars’
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The expansive, cinematic sounds of Glass Vaults return with the release of their ‘Bright’ EP (available now). Based in Wellington, New Zealand and led by Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce, the group have continued to deliver quality recordings since their 2010 ‘Glass‘ EP debut. It’s difficult to pigeon hole these guys as the music crosses borders between dub, electronic, dream pop and post rock. Glass Vaults have a talent for the progressive slow burner that digs into your head, expands, and then leaves you in a profoundly different headspace. The title track (free download) opens with a lush swelling synth before the otherworldly vocals steal the show. As soon as you feel comfortable, a jungle-esque beat hits that flies in the face of predictability.
Glass Vaults – ‘Bright’
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This month Popfrenzy delivered the debut album ‘Tussle‘ from Sydney’s Day Ravies. The four piece have a 90s indie vibe whether they’re belting out twee rockers or jangly pop tunes. However you label it Day Ravies have a simplicity and charm that’s hard not to fall for. Take a listen to the album opener ‘Leaky Tin’ and download the rest here.
Day Ravies – ‘Leaky Tin’
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On hearing Dividend‘s ‘Three Ways’ my inner audio geek immediately wanted to reach for the equalizer in an attempt to control the booming midrange. Then I felt guilty, the big muddiness and clouded sound works fine for these songs. ‘Ode’ is a little crunchier but overall Dividend’s debut six track collection ‘The Mind’s Eye‘ is decidedly lo-fi, raw and full of the rough edges that are too often smoothed over. Download the Arkansas duo’s EP from Bandcamp and catch them live at Sound Warehouse on November 7. They’re playing with a band called Gandhi’s Ballsack. Mmm-hmm!
Dividend – ‘Three Ways’
Reverb wins out on The Stargazer Lilies debut record ‘We Are The Dreamers’ (available now via Graveface Records). The New York veterans have crafted a densely textured sound built from spaced out melodies that melt into each other. Stand out ‘Endless Days’ is one example (video below). While album cut ‘Del Rey Mar’ plays out like a shoegazing lullaby, full of swirling feedback that doesn’t distract from the delicacy of Kim’s vocals. At times her delivery ventures from dreamy to blankly haunting (‘How We Lost’). I suppose it’s no surprise that ‘We Are The Dreamers’ turned out to be a really good listen. After all the group formed from the ashes of Soundpool with musical all-rounder John Cep, bassist/singer Kim Field with the addition of Tobacco (Black Moth Super Rainbow) and drummers EJ DeCoske and Johnny Lancia (for the live shows). Local fans can catch The Stargazer Lilies at Shea Stadium on November 15.
The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Del Rey Mar’