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It’s only April and we’re already making year lists, wtf!? Well… yep, I guess we are! I’m swimming in 2016 releases and decided it was time to take stock of what has been released and what’s coming up. So here’s a list of albums and EPs in the shoegaze, dream pop, psych, jangle pop vein that have been featured on Sounds Better so far this year. There’s also a heap of albums that we know are in the pipeline but haven’t got official release dates for (and/or album artwork), hence the blanks and single art.

This week Lush make their return with the ‘Blind Spot’ EP, plus psych rockers Sulk drop an album along with the ear splitting Bloody Knives! This year there’s been must listens from LSD and the Search for God, Matt BartramCrescendoRev Rev Rev, Dear TracksPinkshinyultrablast and Leave The Planet. Round the corner there’s a handful of anticipated records from Nothing, Pity Sex, Minor Victories, Miserable, Miniatures, Dead Horse One, The Morelings and Airiel. So yes, loads! Any missing? Click through (the logo) and comment.

Shoegaze & Dream Pop Albums On The Radar (2016)

TBA Alpha MaleTBAShoegazeTBA
TBA AirielMolten Young LoversDream Pop/ShoegazeShelflife
TBA Burning HouseAnthropoceneRock/ShoegazeTBA
TBA Dead Horse OneSeason Of MistPsych Rock/ShoegazeRequiem Pour Un Twister/ Dead Bees Records
TBA The EntersTBA [EP]ShoegazeTBA
TBA Hope Sandoval And The Warm InventionsTBA [LP]Dream PopTendril Tales
TBA (Fall) MahoganyTBADream PopSaint Marie
TBA Maria FalseTBA [EP]ShoegazeBeko
TBA MiniaturesJessaminesShoegazeTBA
TBA The MorelingsTBA [LP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeTBA
TBA Panda RiotTBAShoegazeTBA
TBA (Likely 2017) SlowdiveTBADream PopTBA
TBA (Winter) SouthpawAmour Fou [EP]Instrumental/Dream PopTBA
TBA Star HorseTBA [LP]Shoegaze/Dream PopHäxrummet Records
TBA Tender AgeDebut Album TBAShoegazeSinis Recordings
TBA Youth In BloomTBAShoegazeTBA
10-21-16 Is BlissVelvet Dreams [EP]Psych Rock/ShoegazeClub AC30
10-14-16 NewmoonSpaceRock/ShoegazePias/Mayfly
10-14-16 The LaurelsSonicologyPsych/ShoegazeRice Is Nice
10-08-16 Tape Deck MountainI Will Break U [EP]ShoegazeSemi-Pro
10-07-16 Hazel EnglishNever Going Home [EP]Dream Pop/SynthAnxiety/Marathon
10-07-16 Suburban LivingAlmost ParadiseDream Pop/Lo-fi6131
10-06-16 Vivienne EastwoodTBA [EP]ShoegazeTBA
09-30-16 AlcestKodamaBlackgaze/Post-metalProphecy
09-30-16 KestrelsKelstrelsShoegaze/RockSonic Unyon
09-26-16 KigoSunshineShoegazeS-R
09-23-16 Flyying ColoursMindfulnessRock/ShoegazeClub AC30/Vinyl Junkie
09-23-16 True WidowAVVOLGEREDoom/Sludgegaze!Relapse
09-16-16 Lorelle Meets The ObsoleteDistancePsych/ShoegazeCaptcha/Sonic Cathedral
09-11-16 DanxiaDanxia [EP]Dream PopS-R
09-09-16 MumrunnerGentle Slopes [EP]Rock/ShoegazeSoliti/Wolves And Vibrancy
09-09-16 Turnip KingLaikaRock/ShoegazeFire Talk
09-02-16 Slow Down Molasses100% SunshineRock/ShoegazeNoyes Records
08-26-16 Vinyl WilliamsBruneiPsych/DreamCompany Records
08-23-16 FaitSonder [EP]Dream Pop/InstrumentalInertia
08-19-16 Eros And The EschatonWeight Of MatterRock/ShoegazeBar None
08-12-16 KindlingEverywhere ElseShoegazeNo Idea
08-03-16 Rei CloneWet [EP]ShoegazeS-R
07-29-16 Tape WavesHere To FadeDream Pop/JangleBleeding Gold
07-28-16 WhimsicalSleep To DreamShoegaze/Dream PopSaint Marie
07-22-16 CastlebeatCastlebeatJangle Pop/DreamSpirit Goth
07-15-16 No JoyDrool Sucker [EP]Rock/ShoegazeTopshelf
07-15-16 Lazy LegsVisiondeathShoegazeWild Patterns
07-08-16 Good Morning TVGood Morning TV [EP]Psych Pop/DreamRequiem Pour un Twister
07-08-16 TracesImaginary Life [EP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeS-R
06-26-16 Omega VagueObsolescentShoegazeS-R
06-24-16 CeriseSmoke Screen DreamsDream PopS-R
06-24-16 Salt Rush & Mark PetersSalt RushDream PopPedigree Cuts
06-24-16 VallensConsentDream PopHand Drawn Dracula
06-22-16 The FloristBlood MusicShoegazeS-R
06-17-16 The CratersKids Can Tell [EP]Jangle Pop/ShoegazeDesigner Medium
06-17-16 LandingThird SightPsych/Dream PopEl Paraiso
06-17-16 VHS DreamDepartureDream Pop/ShoegazeHusky
06-16-16 FugleflugtenAftenpragtstjerne [EP]Post Punk/ShoegazeS-R
06-05-16 The Pink ElephantsDream ChamberDream Pop/PsychS-R
06-03-16 ManisnotabirdLife & LevityPost Rock/ShoegazeS-R
06-03-16 Minor VictoriesMinor VictoriesDream Pop/Post-RockFat Possum
06-03-16 The Stargazer LiliesDoor To The SunDream Pop/PsychGraveface
06-01-16 MollySun Sun Sun [EP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeS-R
05-26-16 Leave The PlanetNowhere B-Sides [EP]Dream PopS-R
05-25-16 Follow The SeaBlue JoyPost Punk/ShoegazeHäxrummet
05-16-16 Voices From Deep BelowThis Place Will Rise UpShoegazeS-R
05-13-16 Lavender BlushLavender Blush [EP]ShoegazeS-R
05-13-16 NothingTired Of TomorrowRock/ShoegazeRelapse
05-12-16 Haiku GardenWaverRock/ShoegazeKapa Records
05-12-16 Zone OutTransienceElectronic/Dream PopDeaf Ambitions
04-29-16 The Blessed IslesStraining Hard Against the Strength of NightDream Pop/ShoegazeSaint Marie
04-29-16 MiserableUncontrollableDream PopNative Sound
04-29-16 Pity SexWhite Hot MoonRock/ShoegazeRun For Cover
04-22-16 Plastic FlowersHeavenlyDream PopNative Sound
04-15-16 Bloody KnivesI Will Cut Your Heart Out For ThisNoise Rock/ShoegazeSaint Marie
04-15-16 LushBlind Spot [EP]Dream Pop/RockEdamame
04-15-16 SolidsElse [EP]Rock/ShoegazeTopshelf
04-15-16 SulkNo IllusionsPsych/ShoegazePerfect Sound Forever
04-01-16 The High VioletsHeroes And HalosIndie Pop/Dream PopSaint Marie
04-01-16 JaguwarIINoise Rock/ShoegazeProspect
04-01-16 Japanese BreakfastPsychopompRock/ShoegazeYellow K
03-31-16 Hazy MountainsSmall HoursElectronic/ShoegazeS-R
03-28-16 Leave The PlanetNowhere [EP]Dream PopWeiner Records
03-18-16 Telstar Sound DroneMagical Solutions To Everyday StrugglesPsych/ShoegazeBad Afro
03-18-16 Chatnam RiseKXLU In Studio Session For Part Time PunksShoegaze/AmbientPicture In My Ear
03-18-16 Soft FangsThe LightRock/ShoegazeDisposable America
& Exploding in Sound
03-18-16 The VeldtThe Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation [EP]Dream Pop/R&BLeonard Skully Records
03-12-16 RayningSee You Soon [EP]Dream Pop/AmbientS-R
03-09-16 DaylilyPillsRock/ShoegazeS-R
03-04-16 Day WaveHard To Read [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream PopGrand Jury/ Fat Possum/ IOHYOU
03-04-16 Sound Of CeresNostalgia For InfinityPsych Pop/LoungeJoyful Noise
02-26-16 PinkshinyultrablastGrandfeatheredDream Pop/ShoegazeClub AC30
02-26-16 Presents For Sally/
An Arms Reach Away/ Darkness Inside [Split]ShoegazeWrong Way Records
02-26-16 Dear TracksSoft Dreams [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream PopTrack & Field/ Furious Hooves
02-19-16 Rev Rev RevDes fleurs magiques bourdonnaientShoegazeNorthern Light/ Custom Made Music
02-19-16 Living HourLiving HourDream Pop/PsychLefse Records
02-19-16 Golden DazeGolden DazePsych/Jangle PopAutumn Tone
02-19-16 CrescendoUnlessJangle Pop/Dream PopWWNBB
02-18-16 CollapseSelf Titled [EP]ShoegazeS-R
02-12-16 Film SchoolJune [EP]Rock/ShoegazeS-R
02-11-16 LacingHoney Glow [EP]Shoegaze/Post-HardcoreS-R
02-09-16 MemoryhouseSoft HateDream Pop/Synth PopBeko
02-05-16 DIIVIs The Is AreJangle Pop/ShoegazeCaptured Tracks
02-05-16 Ulrika SpacekThe Album ParanoiaPsych Rock/ShoegazeTough Love Records
02-02-16 Savage SisterSpeechlessDream Pop/AmbientS-R
02-02-16 Angel Falls…whenShoegaze/RockAngel Falls Music
01-31-16 Soft WoundsSoft WoundsRock/ShoegazeS-R
01-29-16 The Altered HoursIn Heat Not SorryRock/ShoegazeArt For Blind/ Penske Recordings
01-29-16 Matt BartramMoments BeforeShoegazeDrifting Falling
01-15-16 LSD and the Search for GodHeaven Is A Place [EP]Psych Rock/ShoegazeDeep Space Recordings
01-15-16 Indoor VoicesAuratic [EP]ShoegazeHäxrummet
01-15-16 WrayHypatiaPost-Punk/ShoegazeCommunicating Vessels
01-11-16 We. the PigsDK31 [EP]Noise Pop/ShoegazeDiscosdekirlian
12-21-15 Foresaken AutumnWhenereShoegazeS-R

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12 Responses

  1. Keith

    Excellent! Also I would add Whenere by Forsaken Autumn and KXLU In Studio Session For Part Time Punks by Chatham Rise

  2. Tim

    Soft Fangs – the Light

    Kinda lofi meets shoegaze folk sound.

  3. Neil Burkdoll

    The 2nd album by Whimsical called Sleep to Dream will be out on Saint Marie Records later this year.

  4. brandon

    dudes….solids just released a new ep via topshelf records. too freaking sick. give a peep

  5. Matt Levin

    You left off the best shoegaze/Dream Pop release of the year so far, The High Violets record, Heroes and Halos, released in January on Saint Marie Records.

  6. Alex

    smallhands has an album coming out soon thats like shoegazey emo, called “how to say goodbye” — definitely belongs on this list


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