Orange Crate Art – ‘Clang Associations’

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Who’s Orange Crate Art!? And no, not the Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks album, I’m talking the mysterious collection of eclectic shoegaze gems that’s popped online this year. If you take a listen, I’m sure you’ll be impressed. The artwork isn’t terribly polished but the tunes are amazing! There’s been four EPs and an album released since February (explore here). After some sleuthing, turns out Orange Crate Art is the work of Swedish solo artist Toby Bernsand (a touring member of LKWRM). Toby tells Lazer Guided Melody that these releases have been recorded over many years but never properly released, with some “eight or nine” albums yet to see the light of day (*paging A&R reps*)!

 
Orange Crate Art – ‘Clang Associations’

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Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015

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Looking back over 2015 makes you realize how big a year it’s been for reverb-loving music fiends. Of course, this list of songs only accounts for the world of dream pop, shoegaze and noise pop, with a little psych thrown in. But the truth is, I was beginning to think it had been a quiet year… but nope. In fact, a running tally of standout releases already dwarfs 2014. To name a few, we’ve had shoegaze epics from La Casa al Mare, Venera 4, No Joy, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, Flyying Colours and This Love Is Deadly (among others). Plus jaw dropping dream pop records from Pinkshinyultrablast, The Black Ryder, Winter and Them Are Us Too, and there’s a mountain of full lengths just around the corner.

One word of note; there are a handful of songs not included due to their absence from Soundcloud. So before you spit fire and say, “Buddy where the hell is Astrobrite!? You dirty heathen!”… please double check the cloud. Otherwise, you know the drill, this is a growing list that will evolve until 2016 dawns… and until you remind me I’ve forgotten something (click through via the indulgent gif logo to comment).

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015

*See 2014’s top shoegaze & dream pop albums / songs here*

More songs in shoegaze and dream pop 2015 @ Sounds Better With Reverb.

Dead Leaf Echo – ‘Lemonheart’

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Dead Leaf Echo return with a fresh 7inch single called ‘Lemonheart’ (as premiered by Brooklyn Vegan). It’s our first taste of their forthcoming album, and despite the sombre lyrics it’s one of their happiest sounding songs yet. An upbeat shoegazer with guy/girl vocals that picks up from 2014’s ‘true.deep.sleeper’ EP. The quartet have collaborated with producer Jorge Elbrecht on the album, known for his work with Tamaryn and No Joy. The New Yorkers have also announced a string of tour dates (check ’em out here). Order the ‘Lemonheart’ clear vinyl or digital via Moon Sounds Records (out next month).

 
Dead Leaf Echo – ‘Lemonheart’

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Air Formation – ‘ The Wasted Days’

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Air Formation have shared their first new music since reforming in 2014, take a listen to ‘The Wasted Days’. The Brighton shoegaze vets are set to deliver a four track EP called ‘Were We Ever Here’ via Club AC30 on September 25. The quintet have rejuvenated themselves since their 2011 split, stating that the EP “showcases the best of Air Formation, but then takes it on a different path to any of the music that has come before.” ‘The Wasted Days’ is a relentless wall of sound, backed by delicate melodies that build into an apocalyptic instrumental break… huge tune!

 
Air Formation – ‘ The Wasted Days’

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Threading – ‘Never’

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Threading‘s new EP ‘You Are Never Enough’ will be in our hands on September 18 (thanks to Native Sound). The Michigan foursome are sounding as vital as ever on their latest public track ‘Never’ (via Substream). A mix of shoegaze, slowcore (and perhaps post-hardcore if you wanna get specific). ‘Never’ carries a gut wrenching weight, the kind that makes for awesome EPs! Looking forward to this one.

 
Threading – ‘Never’

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Cattle – ‘Somehow Hear’

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Tokyo noise poppers Cattle have delivered their first EP ‘Somehow Hear Songs’ (available now through Jigsaw Records). Unlike much of Japan’s shoegaze bands, this EP is sung in English. Of course, the lyrics aren’t generally a deal-breaker for many fans of the genre, but it’s an interesting change even so! Cattle produce a buzz saw noise pop sound, not too far removed from Ringo Deathstarr (who are readying their new record). There’s a bunch of other Japanese releases worth a mention, these tips come courtesy of Matthew from Muso Japan; Looprider‘s debut album ‘My Electric Fantasy’, and a the highly recommended full length from Suichuu Zukan. For more, catch Matthew’s hour-long Asian shoegaze radio show ‘Muso Asia’ on DKFM or mixcloud.

 
Cattle – ‘Somehow Hear’

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