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Luke Reed – ‘I’m Dreaming’

The lo-fi jangle pop stylings of Luke Reed combine with collaborator Tea Leigh for ‘I’m Dreaming’. The Massachusetts-based solo artist (of Bent Shapes and Mini Dresses fame) is gifting this single to fans; grab a free download through Native Sound. It follows last year’s re-release of Luke’s debut LP ‘Won’t Be There’. Stream the whole album right here.

Luke Reed – ‘I’m Dreaming’

Visit Luke Reed @ Native Sound.

Launder – ‘Fade’

L.A.’s John Cudlip teams up with guitarist Zachary Cole Smith (of DIIV fame) and French singer Soko for a new project called Launder. The trio have posted ‘Fade’, taken from their forthcoming debut EP ‘Pink Cloud’ (due March 23). It should sit well with fans of jangly dream pop; a la Day Wave and Hazel English. In fact, the recording was produced by Day Wave (aka Jackson Phillips) in his Echo Park home studio. Definitely one to keep an ear on.

Launder – ‘Fade’ [Pink Cloud EP]

Visit Launder @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Blushing – ‘Weak’ [EP]

Blushing have delivered their confident sophomore EP ‘Weak’ (out via Austin Town Hall Records). It was recorded at Bad Wolf Recordings in Texas, and arrives a year after their debut EP ‘Tether’ first impressed. The Texans launched the EP on the weekend with a show alongside Ringo Deathstarr, also Austin natives. Since forming 2015 the quartet have walked a line between indie, dream pop and shoegaze. They are uniquely comprised of two husband and wife pairs. Kudos to them. I’d be arguing too much to create! Rather, Blushing craft solid melodies that are influenced by acts like the Cocteau Twins and The Sundays. They balance the pretty with the gritty; from the sugary and dreamy ‘Bliss’ to the noisier ‘Hidden Places’. The digital, vinyl and cassette varieties are available now.

Blushing – ‘Weak’ [EP Stream]

Visit Blushing @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Lowtide – ‘Elizabeth Tower’

Lowtide have unveiled ‘Elizabeth Tower’, the latest single (and video) from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Southern Mind’. The trio have also announced a run of Australian tour dates that kick off next month (details on the poster below). ‘Elizabeth Tower’ is another reason to get excited for this record. Lowtide are sounding at the top of their game with their confident brand of upbeat dream pop. They weave a little post-punk into their downcast tunes, which keeps it above the doldrums. ‘Southern Mind’ is out February 16 through Rice Is Nice (AUS) and Opposite Number (UK).

Lowtide – ‘Elizabeth Tower’

Visit Lowtide @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

The Prids – ‘Do I Look Like I’m In Love?’

The Prids released their new album ‘Do I Look Like I’m In Love?’ this week (available through This-a-Way Records). The Portland-based band unveiled several videos to support the release, including the retro video-game stylings of ‘Mangled Hearts’. The album serves up something for fans of dream pop and indie pop. Stream ‘Do I Look Like I’m In Love?’ in full at Spotify.

The Prids – ‘Mangled Hearts’

Visit The Prids @ This-a-Way Records @ Facebook.

Dorvin Borman – ‘Wrath’ [Premiere]

Introducing Dorvin Borman‘s debut single ‘Wrath’, it’s an impressive tune that’s part dream pop, part jangle pop. It’s the work of Los Angeles-based solo artist Devin Bierman who wrote, recorded and produced it DIY. It’s a song about attempting to overcome homebody anxiety in the hope of promoting progress through introspection. In his words, “a meditation on overcoming anxiety in the gut of a city that doesn’t need you to think for it”. Borman sings, “lying down in the city speaker, feeling the wrath of it all… Can I follow you and do what you do in your reverie…”

‘Wrath’ delivers delicate vocal harmonies with lo-fi charm over a wonky drum machine. The latter half of the song opens up into a chilled instrumental break, a nice contrast. The song is heavily inspired by Brutalist architecture and Jean-Luc Godard films, as well as artists and bands such as the Radio Dept., Melody’s Echo Chamber, and Cocteau Twins. A debut EP release is in the works (release date TBC) with more songs on the way in the coming months.

Dorvin Borman – ‘Wrath’ [Premiere]

Visit Dorvin Borman @ Soundcloud.