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2018 Releases Coming Soon…

New year, new release list. So what’s coming up? Here’s what we know… Dresden noise rockers Jaguwar deliver ‘Ringthing’ via Tapete on January 12. Take a listen to the ambitious lead track ‘Crystal’ below. Texan dream pop outfit Blushing are set to deliver their second EP ‘Weak’ on January 26. Its the follow-up to their well received four tracker ‘Tether’, released last January. Lowtide fans can look forward to the Melbourne band’s second album ‘Southern Mind’. Pick it up on February 16 via Rice Is Nice. Lead track ‘Alibi’ is awesome, hinting at a strong full length.

Travis Trevisan’s shoegaze project Tape Deck Mountain returns with a third album titled ‘Echo Chamber Blues’ on February 23. I loved 2013’s ‘Sway’, hopes are high for this one. On the same day Mexico’s Mint Field release ‘Pasar de las Luces’ featuring our first taste, ‘Ojos En El Carro’. It’s already attracted the attention of Noisey. Pinkshinyultrablast are also back, the Russian dream poppers are releasing a limited single pressing this February (‘In The Hanging Gardens’) before their next album ‘Miserable Miracles’ drops on May 4 (through Club AC30/Shelflife). Club AC30 is also releasing Air Formation‘s fifth album ‘Near Miss’ on March 9. Take a listen to their latest shoegaze anthem (‘Vanishing Act’) below. New York’s Heaven (Matt Sumrow and Mikey Jones) are set to unveil their latest album ‘All Love Is Blue’ on March 2 through Little Cloud.

Amusement Parks On Fire ended an 8 year silence in November with the release of their new single ‘Our Goal To Realise’ (via Saint Marie). The Nottingham rock vets will follow it up with an EP titled ‘An Archaea’ sometime in 2018. Cardiff foursome Wylderness posted the single ’72 & Sunny’ in early December. Their debut full-length is another one to look out for. Routine Death (the Swedish and Texan noise collaboration) will release their first album ‘Parallel Universes’ this Spring. Take a listen to the lead single ‘Life Inside A Vacuum’ below.

So what else can we expect? We know that several notable names have been busy in the studio, however we don’t have release dates yet. Here’s looking at you My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ringo Deathstarr and Twin Studies! There’s also that Star Horse album we’ve been waiting for. Fingers are crossed.


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Where You Been!!? An Update…

If you hadn’t noticed, Sounds Better With Reverb has been quiet for much of the year. Facebook followers got an announcement but apologies, an update should’ve been posted earlier. So what’s the deal!? Truth is, there hasn’t been any tragic event or health issue. Its much more mundane than that. A combination of increased family, study and work commitments had made regular blogging an impossibility. Its been a hectic seven day schedule all year. I kept thinking I’d be back the next week but kept getting derailed. Such is life. The listening continued, so did the listing, just not the posting. There wasn’t the minutes and I’ve missed the community, and missed sharing my finds. Sadly, that trend is likely to continue next year, in the new year it’ll be time to crawl back under a rock, though beyond that I’m hoping to do more with SBWR. It’s not the end.

Thanks to everyone who has kept in touch, kept sending music, kept following, or kept SBWR favourited. Now for the good news… a monster year-end list is almost ready for sharing. It’ll be posted before Christmas. It’s got an album list (that’s been a year-long work in progress) coupled with the most extensive playlist SBWR has done. It’s been a gigantic year for reverb fans, there’s so much to delve through. Seriously, strongest year in… years! To kick off, a handful of favourite releases from throughout the year have already been posted, with more on the way. Some you’ll know, with some lesser known listens as well. Time to get into it…


Suburban Living – ‘Lovely Times’

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Swoony pop music doesn’t get much more fun than this! Suburban Living‘s ‘Lovely Times’ has a simple but epic hook that leads you into the double timed outro. It might be too sugary for some ears; a well-balanced mix of indie pop and ‘gazey layers. It’s lifted from Suburban Living’s second album ‘Almost Paradise’ (out October 7 via 6131 Records).

Suburban Living – ‘Lovely Times’

Visit Suburban Living @ 6131 Records @ Facebook.

Baby Fire – ‘Water’

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‘Water’ is the eclectic debut single from Baby Fire; self described as 50% Cocteau Twins and 50% Shonen Knife. The Tokyo trio create a unique, dreamy, slacker punk sound that’s difficult to pin down. Hence my terrible description! Keep an ear out for their forthcoming EP. In the meantime, pick up a copy of ‘Water / Indigo’ here.

Baby Fire – ‘Water’

Visit Baby Fire @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Sounds Better In The Cloud


After several weeks of technical issues, Sounds Better has made the move to a new cloud-based server and web host. Only three keyboards gave their lives to make this happen! It’s been quiet around here lately but loads has been going on under the hood. The process is much like moving house digitally. It proved to be just as stressful, and went on much longer than expected. The change will eliminate downtime and restrictions, meaning the site shouldn’t max out like it was. Problems with the previous host meant that the site was dropping out, plus search engine results were being compromised. Thanks for your patience, and especially to all of the bands effected (several had their premieres pushed back or postponed). With the move done, it’s back to the business of music talk. \m/

School ’94 – ‘Common Sense’


Swedish new wave act School ’94 are set to release their second EP ‘Bound’ next month through Luxury. The first single ‘Common Sense’ is another stunner with an 80s feel. To me, it sounds a little like Kate Bush fronting The Cure. Either way, great tune!

School ’94 – ‘Common Sense’

Visit School ’94 @ Luxury @ Facebook.