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*

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BYSTS – ‘Taste’ [Premiere]

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BYSTS deliver ‘Taste’, an explosive noise rocker with sonic bombs and loads of attitude! The Utah duo (Bryan Holbrook and Stefanie Marlow) only formed a few months back but have already posted a handful of singles on Bandcamp that fringe several genres; psych, darkwave, shoegaze and beyond. Keep an ear out for BYSTS debut EP, slated for Spring 2016.

 
BYSTS – ‘Taste’ [Premiere]

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Forevr – ‘Heart Of Ice’

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Brisbane-based label Tym Records has delivered Forevr’s first 7inch ‘Shoegazer (シューゲイザー)’ (pick up the digital here / vinyl here)! Back in October we heard the amazing a-side ‘Contest’. The b-side ‘Heart Of Ice’ has been reworked since it first appeared on the ‘Demonstration’ EP. The Aussie duo have impressed since making their debut in April, a full length can’t come quick enough.

 
Forevr – ‘Heart Of Ice’

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Nøthing Collective – ‘Nøthing #4’ (French Compilation)

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Hartzine have premiered the EPIC new compilation from Nøthing Collective, ‘Nøthing #4’. It features 27 songs from the French underground, from Rennes to Paris (including coldwave, shoegaze, psych and dream pop). There’s a number of familiar names; Dead Horse One, Venera 4, Hermetic Delight, Maria False, Dead Sea, and plenty of new acts to discover as well.

 
Nøthing Collective – ‘Nøthing 4’ (French Compilation)

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FPRF – ‘87% Chill’

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Russia’s FPRF have quietly dropped a new EP called ‘87% Chill’. The Novosibirsk foursome have changed up their sound since 2012’s self-titled LP, this time it’s less post-rock and more jangle pop, but still with the dreamy FPRF touch. It’s their happiest and catchiest release to date.

 
FPRF –  ‘87% Chill’

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