‘Hazy Youth’ starts with a bed of seasick guitars before kicking into fourth gear, it’s a melodic shoegazer with raw edged charm. Pick it up on Trementina‘s latest album ‘Brilliant Noise’ out now via Vinyl Junkie (Japan). The four piece hail from Valdivia in Southern Chile, and have crafted some loveable lo-fi tunes over the past twelve months, listen to more at Soundcloud. For more reading, check out the third edition of Muso Planet featuring Trementina, Skip Skip Ben Ben and Curelight Wounds.
Trementina – ‘Hazy Youth’
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VibraGun channel the fuzzy force of 80s and 90s rock royalty like Swervedriver, Catherine Wheel and Curve. Not surprisingly, there’s a mild English flavour to the Seattle-based outfit. After forming in 2011, the band spent eight months with producer Evan Foster to craft their self-titled debut record. Album opener ‘Send Me To Dream‘ is a heady rock anthem, with stadium ready riffs and the attitude to match! Stream or download the rest here.
VibraGun – ‘Send Me To Dream’
UK-based solo artist Rhys Williams aka Viscous Liquid started posting his spacey tunes on Soundcloud over a year ago before releasing his debut EP last October. So far we’ve heard an impressive mix of lo-fi surf pop, shoegaze and drone. Viscous Liquid has successfully fulfilled his aim to “sound like the Beach Boys strung out on barbiturates playing in some sort of wind tunnel.” But to keep it fresh, the new EP will feature his catchiest song to date ‘When I See You’ from the tentatively named ‘Songs For Jealous Lovers’ (expected late February / early March). It’s a surf-tinged jangle pop track with summery vocal harmonies. It eventually descends into a chaotic wash, so I suppose pop can only last so long! Keep an eye on Bandcamp for an official release and/or head to Soundcloud to hear more cuts from the EP, like the delightfully druggy ‘Beach Party Yesterday‘.
Viscous Liquid – ‘When I See You’
More Viscous Liquid @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp.
On March 11 Spotlight Kid deliver their third album ‘Ten Thousand Hours’ through Saint Marie Records. The British five piece worked with producer Todd Howe (The Boxer Rebellion) on the album which includes the second single ‘Sugar Pills’. Spotlight Kid deliver an accessible brand of noise pop which showcases the melodies of vocalist Katty Heath. Londoners can catch them live at the Sebright Arms on March 21st.
Spotlight Kid – ‘Sugar Pills’
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‘Rent Check Vol. 1‘ is a new compilation album from the team at The North Room (a co-operative art space in Williamsport, Pennsylvania). It’s a diverse collection of garage rock, punk and the like (download here). Newcomers Youth In Bloom are featured with their stand out single ‘Crescent Waves’. The quartet blend guy/girl vocals in this downbeat ambient rocker.
Youth In Bloom – ‘Crescent Waves’
Italian shoegaze trio Last Movement are self releasing a new 7inch in March featuring ‘New Love’ and ‘Feels Like You‘. The former is a maze of melodies with whispered vocals and guitars coming in at all angles. Impressive work! Since forming in 2011 the Roman-based outfit have toured alongside The Soft Moon, Loop and A Place To Bury Strangers.
Last Movement – ‘New Love’
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Arc In Round may be on hiatus but reminded fans this week of a recent upload covering The Lilys ‘The Turtle Which Died Before Knowing’ (free download). The Philly shoegazers do a wonderful job, not surprising given the strength of their 2012 LP (which this cover does not appear on). The track was originally released on the Lilys 1994 record ‘Eccsame The Photon Band’. Listen to the original at Youtube. I hope Arc In Round’s hibernation doesn’t last much longer.
Arc In Round – ‘The Turtle Which Died Before Knowing’ (Lilys Cover)
Camcorder return with their second EP ‘Presence‘ (pre-order) featuring the melodic rocker ‘Push You Away’ (out March 10). The California-based foursome impressed with their debut EP ‘Summer Kills‘ back in late 2012. It featured the pretty tune ‘Melt In The Sun’, since it was featured a video has been made, check that out below.
Camcorder – ‘Push You Away’
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Great news from Thee Oh Sees with the announcement of a new LP called ‘Drop’ (out April 19 through Castle Face). Lead single ‘Penetrating Eye’ shows the Bay Area psych vets are still full of new ideas. And perhaps with a new death by audio pedal? Sounds like a big octave pedal to me but I may be wrong, I’m no Yngwie Malmsteen!
Thee Oh Sees – ‘Penetrating Eye’
Visit The Oh Sees online @ Castle Face @ Facebook.
‘Duke Oddity’ is a great way to spend three minutes, it’s the latest instrumental piece from London’s Gentlemen. The five piece formed in 2012 with members from the UK, Italy and Australia. Influenced by the progressive sounds of the 70s, Gentlemen retreated to a country cottage to record the ‘Night Reels II’ EP, available from February 25 through Week Of Wonders.
Gentlemen – ‘Duke Oddity’ [VIDEO]