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DAODA – ‘Shields’

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DAODA is a Philly solo project (by way of New York) that continues to drip feed impressive dream pop, case in point ‘Shields’. It’s a stalking tune that reminds me a little of The Cure; sitting unevenly between new wave and post punk. DAODA (pronounced “day oh duh”) has amassed a healthy Soundcloud following over the past few years due to his quality output. No word on an official long player as yet.

 
DAODA – ‘Shields’

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Pokal – ‘Some Time’

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‘Some Time’ is a breezy slice of jangle pop courtesy of Norway’s Pokal. It’s the moniker of Arne Barlindhaug Ellingsen, who draws influence from Ariel Pink, Prefab Sprout and Autechre (among others). Pokal oozes an effortless pop aesthetic, the kind that Scandinavians are so well known for! For fans of Postiljonen, Radio Dept or The Mary Onettes.

 
Pokal – ‘Some Time’

Visit Pokal @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Fugleflugten – ‘Aftenpragtstjerne’

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Fugleflugten have unveiled their debut EP ‘Aftenpragtstjerne’, five tracks of reverb-hungry post punk. The Danish quartet sing in their native tongue, and brandish progressive, widescreen rockers with loads of presence. Fugleflugten first turned heads with the emotive lead single ‘Ensom Galakse’. Thankfully, the rest of the EP is equally striking, stream in full below…

 
Fugleflugten – ‘Aftenpragtstjerne’ [EP Stream]

Visit Fugleflugten @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Japanese Breakfast – ‘Jane Cum’

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Here’s another reason you should be listening to ‘Psychopomp’, the debut record from Japanese Breakfast (aka solo artist Michelle Zauner). ‘Jane Cum’ is a dramatic, soaring pop piece that pushes Michelle’s vocal chords to the full. It follows the brilliant ‘In Heaven’, that we’ve blabbed about before! Rookie premiered the video, they also had a chat to Michelle about its origins (read that here). ‘Psychopomp’ is available now through Yellow K (USA) or Dead Oceans (World).

 
Japanese Breakfast – ‘Jane Cum’ [VIDEO]

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Leave The Planet – ‘How Does It Feel’

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Back in March we helped launch Leave The Planet‘s ‘Nowhere’ EP, and last month the British dream pop duo unveiled the b-sides (available here). It’s another solid collection; you’d be forgiven for wondering why they weren’t combined to make an album, they’re that good. It also includes a re-working of their 2014 single ‘Unreleased Life’. It’s awesome to have more from Leave The Planet so soon after ‘Nowhere’, and a timely reminder to check out the EP if you missed it.

 
Leave The Planet – ‘How Does It Feel’

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VHS Dream – ‘Departure’

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Husky Recordings have delivered VHS Dream‘s slow motion stunner ‘Departure‘! The album is loaded with daydream-inducing dream pop, which kicks off with the single ‘AEIOU’. The Melbourne based-duo is Mayzie Wallen and Matthew Hosking. Victorian shoegaze fans should be well acquainted with Matthew’s work already; having produced releases for several Aussie acts including Hideous Towns, Bloodhounds On My Trail, Lowtide, Miniatures, Glaciers and Contrast. It’s no surprise that the mood setting ‘Departure’ sounds fantastic, a cinematic collection of ambient pop. Its well paced with several short interludes that help to break up the downbeat feel. The guy / girl vocals provide needed variety, as they share lead vocal duties from track to track. At times these melodies do get a little pitchy but it suits the woozy feel. It’s been a strong year for dream pop fans, and now VHS Dream have added to the already long list of “must check out” records.

 
VHS Dream – ‘Departure’ [Album Stream]

Visit VHS Dream @ Bandcamp @ Husky Recordings @ Facebook.