Thud – ‘Venture’

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Hong Kong foursome Thud return with ‘Venture‘, a fresh dream pop meets new wave tune! It follows last year’s debut single ‘Lime’ which was picked up by Drowned In Sound, NME and Amazing Radio. This led to support spots with Slow Club and (the soon to come) show with Yuck. ‘Venture’ is arguably the stronger and more polished track of the two. Great to hear these swoony sounds from China!

 
Thud – ‘Venture’

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Somerville Jack – ‘Kali’

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Chris McComas (Somerville Jack) has released a brilliant dream pop tune on the latest Citrus City Records compilation (available here). The Canadian solo artist has recently completed work on a debut full length, while his other project (the jangle pop duo Permanent Vacation), are also soon to announce details of a new record. The man never sleeps!

 
Somerville Jack – ‘Kali’

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The Black Ryder – ‘Let Me Be Your Light’

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The wait is (almost) over for The Black Ryder‘s second studio album ‘The Door Behind The Door’ (out February 24 – presale). EW has premiered the Aussie shoegazers latest single ‘Let Me Be Your Light’. It’s hushed tone plays out like a gothic lullaby. If a James Bond theme was ever to go dream pop, this may be it! Beautiful song. It follows the diverse singles ‘Seventh Moon’, ‘Let Me Be Your Light’ and ‘Santaria’. The Black Ryder have also announced a support slot with The Jesus And Mary Chain on their upcoming US tour.

 
The Black Ryder – ‘Let Me Be Your Light’

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Programm – ‘Like The Sun’ [Video]

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Mid last year we had our first listen to Programm‘s moody ‘Like The Sun’, this week the Toronto quartet deliver the video (as premiered by Stereogum). It’ll be available from February 17 through The Hand (as a four track EP). Programm first popped onto our radar with their ‘Everything At Once’ EP in 2013, they have a knack for dark, atmospheric songs that ooze class – the new video is no different. Great work.

 
Programm – ‘Like The Sun’ [Video]

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Pinkshinyultrablast – ‘Everything Else Matters’

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Pinkshinyultrablast have delivered their debut LP ‘Everything Else Matters’ featuring the singles ‘Umi’ and ‘Holy Forest’. Following our chat last month, it’s time to take a closer look at the album (streaming via Noisey). On first listen, I was surprised by the album. After all, the lead singles showcase Pinkshiny’s angelic dream pop melodies and the beauty of Lyubov’s voice. The rest of ‘Everything Else Matters’ is another beast entirely, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s got depth, a lot of ground is covered in just eight songs.

Opener ‘Wish We Were’ gets the LP off to a progressive start, a seven minute epic that begins with ambient anticipation before transitioning to a post punk gallop. After repeated listens, it becomes clear that the more abstract, less structured songs are amongst the strongest. They divide the more “traditional” pop songs up, sitting at track 1, 4 (‘Metamorphosis’) and 8 (‘Marigold’). And wow, ‘Marigold’ is the knock out punch, an ambitious and stunning track with cinematic scope. It’s final moments ring out for minutes, a perfect end.

The collaborative approach Pinkyshinyultrablast take with their songs gives each song a complexity. It’s hard to predict, and certainly doesn’t fit neatly into any genre. I’m just glad they were happy to turn up the reverb, it sounds big! If you’ve read this far, I doubt you need convincing. ‘Everything Else Matters’ is a fantastic record and a brilliant start to 2015. Highly recommended. Pick it up via Club AC30 (UK), Shelflife (USA) or Vinyl Junkie (Japan).

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Omega Vague – ‘Reveries’

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Connecticut solo artist Craig Douglas (aka Omega Vague) released his sixth album ‘Reveries’ this month (grab it here). The stand outs ‘Beyond The Stars’ and ‘The Long Way’ pepper a dreamy collection of anthems that are well produced and presented. ‘Reveries’ has so far been praised by The Shoegaze Collective, DKFM and Ambient Airwaves.

 
Omega Vague – ‘Reveries’

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