Catching Up On Japanese Shoegaze! jimmy 02/06/2014 shoegaze 2 Japan has been making lots of noise lately, so it’s time to take a peek at East Asia’s latest shoegaze creations! A number of submissions have come through plus Matthew from Muso Planet Magazine (Nagoya, Japan) has lent a hand with recommendations. Apologies in advance for any titles that are lost in translation. Now let’s get into it… Cigarette In Your Bed – ‘Let Me Out’ Kicking off in Tokyo with Cigarette In Your Bed! The trio have just delivered their debut full length ‘Darkness’ via High Fader Records (Lemon’s Chair, Sugardrop, Yellow Loveless) after a few independently released EPs. Grab it at iTunes! The Florist – ‘Middle Of Winter’ Next up is The Florist (you may have heard this pretty shoegazer on DKFM). The quartet includes members with completely different musical pasts (genre wise). Nevertheless, they’ve completed their debut LP ‘Dark Entries’. Grab that at Amazon or hold off til the iTunes release (later this month). Universe Neko-ko – ‘Lovely Summer’ This is where translation starts to fail! Either way, ‘Lovely Summer’ turned heads after hitting Reddit late last month. Universe Neko-ko is a catchy blend of dream pop and noise that’s available now at Bandcamp. For Tracy Hyde – ‘First Regrets’ For Tracy Hyde have sent in their latest tune ‘First Regrets’ (free download) taken from the EP ‘In Fear Of Love’ (out through File-Under Records). The young five piece are influenced by the Madchester scene, shoegaze, jangle pop and the like! Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Uma To Hanataba’ And lastly, a favourite from Kinoko Teikoku! Taken from last year’s ‘Long Goodbye‘ EP. If you like this, take a listen to the recently posted ‘Whirpool‘. Please feel free to add your Japanese recommendations in the comments section. 感謝とお別れ！ More Japanese Shoegaze @ Muso Planet Japan!