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Ride – ‘Catch You Dreaming’

Ride will release a fresh EP next month! You read correctly. ‘Catch You Dreaming’ has just been posted, the new song and the November single ‘Pulsar’ will both be on the ‘Tomorrow’s Shore’ EP (available February 16). A release show in London will take place on the same night to launch the release. The EP was recorded during the ‘Weather Diaries’ sessions with producers Erol Alkan and Alan Moulder.

As posted on SPIN, Ride’s Andy Bell explains, “Catch You Dreaming is written from the perspective of being one of the last two people alive, watching as the Universe is ending. The protagonist looks back over the time when humanity existed, realising that we as humans brought about our own inevitable demise. Then the couple look back over their own lives of shared memories and as they are sharing this moment, everything vaporises. It’s a love song about fate, nostalgia, and having no regrets.”

Launch tickets & vinyl preorders are available here!

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Tiny Fireflies – ‘2040’

Chicago dream-poppers Tiny Fireflies are back with a beautiful new tune called ‘2040’. The talents of Lisle Mitnik (Fireflies) and Kristine Capua (Tiny Microphone) last impressed with 2015’s ‘The Space Between‘. Fans can expect ‘2040’ on a forthcoming 7inch (release date to be announced).

Tiny Fireflies – ‘2040’

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Twin Oaks – ‘Living Rooms’ EP

Twin Oaks‘ fans can soak up four fresh songs on the ‘Living Rooms‘ EP. The Los Angeles duo (Aaron Domingo and Lauren Brown) have crafted an intimate set of dream pop meets folk songs, recorded live during several DIY sessions. ‘Living Rooms’ is ideal for late night listens (a la Widowspeak, Black Ryder or Mazzy Star). Red wine optional!

 
Twin Oaks – ‘Living Rooms’ [EP Stream]

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Indoor Voices – ‘Always The Same’

Here’s a peaceful way to kick off 2018, some uber-chilled ambient dream pop from Indoor Voices! It’s only a demo, but it is Indoor Voices (a long-term fave). The Canadian recording project is helmed by Jonathan Relph, who always delivers something surreal and special. The repeating synth arpeggio in ‘Always The Same’ is a nice contrast to the washed out sounds of the track. It’s is a hypnotic listen in which I quietly contemplated lowering my expectations for the new year *grin*. Meanwhile, I’m hoping Indoor Voices returns with a new album before long.

Indoor Voices – ‘Always The Same’

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Pia Fraus – ‘Field Ceremony’

After nearly a decade between albums, Pia Fraus dropped ‘Field Ceremony’ this October through Seksound (Europe) / Vinyl-Junkie (Japan) / Shelflife (U.S.A). Its awesomeness is no surprise. The Estonians spent the past few years sharing singles from the album, including: ‘Autumn Winds’; ‘Cloudy Eyes/Outer Otherness’; and ‘That’s Not All’. In 2016 the Tallinn vets also delivered an extensive repressing of their back catalogue on vinyl. In other words, Pia Fraus have kept busy!

Much of the original 1998 art school line-up remain on ‘Field Ceremony’. Former members help out the core group, which consists of Eve Komp (on vocals and keys), Rein Fuks (on guitars, vocals, percussion), Kärt Ojavee (on synths), Margus Voolpriit (on drums) and Reijo Tagapere on bass. Pia Fraus’ main game is melodically-driven dream pop. However, their sound blends shoegaze textures, slowcore tempos and indie pop appeal. Two crowd-pleasing shoegazers bookend the album; ‘It’s Over Now’ and ‘That’s Not All’. Gotta admit, I’m a sucker for these two. I love both of them.

At its heart, ‘Field Ceremony’ offers fantastic melodies. The vocals of Rein and Eve are interchangeable. You’d be forgiven not to notice that its not just one voice. I’m a big fan of guy/girl vocals and they do it so well. It keeps the record sounding diverse, with each song changing the balance. ‘Brutal Truth Of The World’ is one example. Here Pia Fraus use typically loud and swoony sounds and make them sound quiet, delicate. It’s the complete opposite of what you’d expect. Instead of confronting the listener with a wall of noise they use the noise to lull you in. That’s the genius of it. Great album, one of 2017’s best.

Pia Fraus – ‘Field Ceremony’ [Stream]

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You’ll Never Get To Heaven – ‘Images’

Canada’s You’ll Never Get To Heaven served up their third album ‘Images‘ on Yellow K earlier this year. It turned out to be one of the most compelling ambient/dream pop releases of 2017. The duo is Alice Hansen (singer and classically trained pianist/violinist), together with Chuck Blazevic (producer and monome master). Together they crafted 2012’s self-titled debut and the follow-up ‘Adorn’ in 2014. Their latest is a little less abstract, with ghostly compositions showered in reverb and hypnotic vocals. ‘Images’ has several interludes and surprises wedged between more pop-centric creations (such as the title track and ‘Beyond The Clouds’). The latter is a simple but brilliant tune, that sounds a little like something The Cure might’ve done in their early days. ‘Images’ is unrepentantly chill, which may turn off some listeners. However, ambient fans can go in knowing what to expect, because if you’re in the right mood then ‘Images’ is a meditative marvel. Stream in full below…

You’ll Never Get To Heaven – ‘Images’ [Stream]

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