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jangle pop

Airiel – ‘Cloudburst’

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Airiel return in shimmering fashion with the dreamy jangle popper ‘Cloudburst’! The all-new single is backed by a Navigateur remix (as premiered by KCRW last week). The Chicago-based shoegazers have also announced that their long, long, long awaited new full length (called ‘Molten Young Lovers’) is on the way! It follows 2012’s ‘Kid Games’ EP and their 2007 LP ‘The Battle of Sealand’. There’s no release date on the album as yet but you can download the single now from Shelflife Records. Enjoy!

 
Airiel – ‘Cloudburst’

Visit Airiel @ Web @ Shelflife Records @ Facebook.

Dear Tracks – ‘Soft Dreams’

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If you’re a fan of dreamy jangle pop, Dear Tracks’ new EP ‘Soft Dreams’ is a must! The Michigan-based four piece are just about to hit the road for an east coast tour (dates here). ‘Soft Dreams’ is available now via Track And Field Records / Furious Hooves: mint vinyl / violet vinyl / or cassette here).

 
Dear Tracks – ‘Soft Dreams’ [EP Stream]

Visit Dear Tracks @ Track & Field Records @ Furious Hooves @ Facebook.

Hazing – ‘Joy Void’

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Introducing Hazing, a vocalist and producer from Holland (via Dublin). The 25-year-old has shared two songs ‘Nervous Signals’ and ‘What Youth’ from his forthcoming EP ‘Joy Void’ (out March 4 via Happy Valley Records). Hazing produces a lo-fi bedroom pop with plenty of reverb, and a little 80s synth pop thrown in. Lovely work!

 
Hazing – ‘Nervous Signals / What Youth’ [from ‘Joy Void’ EP]

Visit Hazing @ Happy Valley Records.

Day Wave – ‘Stuck’

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Jackson Phillips (aka Day Wave) has posted the second single ‘Stuck’ from his forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Hard To Read’; out March 4 via Grand Jury (USA) / I OH YOU (AUS/NZ) and Fat Possum (UK/EU). The Oakland soloist combines lo-fi dream pop and jangle into accessible gems. Day Wave will be hitting up SXSW next month, followed by a hometown show at the Noise Pop Festival.

 
Day Wave – ‘Stuck

Visit Day Wave @ I OH YOU @ Facebook.

Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

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To celebrate the impending release of Crescendo‘s sophomore album ‘Unless’ (out February 19) we’re sharing the first public stream of the album cut ‘Pressure’! It’s an exciting collaboration with Frankie Soto (of Surf Club / formerly Craft Spells) that crosses genre lines with dream pop, jangle and shoegaze. The Los Angles trio knows how to marry noisy edges and accessible melodies, giving their gritty sound just the right amount of sugar! Case in point, the lead single ‘Repulsor’ that was featured on our 2015 “best of” comp. No doubt the dreamgazers will reach a much bigger audience this time round with support from The Line Of Best Fit, Consequence Of Sound and The Deli Mag. It’s only been a few years since Crescendo’s debut ‘Lost Thoughts’ but they’ve grown creatively and stretch their sound on ‘Unless’.

Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

Gregory (guitarist / singer) explains, “Pressure was one of the last songs on the album to be tracked and produced. It was apparent that we all felt it (Olive, Jess, John Kunkel; Producer / The New Division), and I were feeling the universe tugging to complete the record. At that point we decided to take the energy from the pressure… and transform it into creative power. As an artist your mind will play tricks on you and say, “everyone is counting on you to write the record of the year for your genre, so you better deliver.” … we knew better, and we settled on being ourselves. You can witness our attempt in the songwriting, mix, instrumentation, and the lyrics… It was an absolute pleasure working with Frankie of Surf Club, as he is not only our friend but also has an incredible live set and releases…” Preorder Crescendo‘s ‘Unless’ on vinyl, CD or digital via We Were Never Being Boring!

Crescendo – ‘Repulsor’

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DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’

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Captured Tracks delivered ‘Is The Is Are’ this week, the long-awaited second album by DIIV. So far the press has praised the record, but there’s also plenty of fans calling it “samey” and “bland” on Reddit. It was always going to be tough following up their amazing debut ‘Oshin’, so you best just decide for yourself! ‘Is The Is Are’ covers more ground but loses some subtlety and invention in the process. Nevertheless, it’s recommended listening.

 
DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’ (Selected Cuts)

Visit DIIV @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.