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SBWR returns from the dead with a mega mix to make amends! A brief “mini break” turned into an unplanned hiatus of several months, hence the radio silence. What the feck happened? Nothing dramatic, just life sucking the minutes away and leaving zero time to post. Blogging is a luxury that sadly doesn’t pay the bills! Despite the unpredictability of late, Sounds Better will keep chugging along in sporadic fashion. There’s been a stupid amount of great tunes released over the September – November period, so let’s recap. Some tunes you’ll know, some perhaps not. If there’s anything worth noting that’s missed, please click through (the image above) and comment at the bottom of the page.

First up, in September the big news broke that British rockers Lush are reuniting for their first show in 19 years at London’s Roundhouse next May. The show sold out in six hours. Six hours! 4AD have since announced a special box set and there’s likely to be plenty more announcements in the months to come. Beach House dropped the surprise album ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ just a few months after delivering their ‘Depression Cherry’ LP. Both are great but ‘Depression Cherry’ is a must listen, one of the best dream pop records I’ve heard in years. In less positive news, Whirr finally pushed the social media envelop too far and have been dropped by their labels for sending transphobic tweets. Reddit users were ravenous!

DIIV fans have finally got their hands on a pair of singles from the band’s forthcoming album (out next February via Captured Tracks). The Brooklyn-based jangle poppers are sounding woozier than ever, and have avoided polishing up their sound (hooray for that). Though the confusing album title (‘Is The Is Are’) may leave some of us opting to call it “the second one” instead! Meanwhile Ringo Deathstarr are set for the release of their new record ‘Pure Mood’ (out November 20 via Club AC30). The Texan shoegazers have so far posted ‘Guilt’, ‘Stare At The Sun’ and a cover of ‘Heart And Soul’ by T’Pau. They’re predictably fantastic, Ringo Deathstarr can do no wrong. Only problem is, the vinyl pre-sale is sold out. Can someone help me? Please! **UPDATE  – Norman records have some here – thanks Moz!**

Heard of Fern? The Sydney-based three piece have delivered their debut single ‘It Comes Slow’, an atmospheric slow burner that hints at big things to come. One to watch, as are Brooklyn collective Ntions (debut album coming this month)! Massachusetts shoegazers Kindling have thrown a right hook with the monster tune ‘Blinding Wave’. Pick up their new EP ‘Galaxies’ from No Idea Records, it’s loads of fun (I promise). Surf Rock Is Dead have wooed the indie press with their new EP ‘SRiD’, the Brooklyn act blend jangle pop and new wave into catchy pop nuggets. The reverb-heavy ‘Never Be The Same’ has racked up a shed-load of plays, and rightly so!

Toronto shoegaze faves Beliefs have returned with their sophomore album ‘Leaper’ (out this month via Hand Drawn Dracula). Lead tracks ‘Tidal Wave’ and ‘1992’ don’t disappoint, so don’t miss it! Next month Aussie duo Forevr are releasing a new 7inch featuring the ‘Contest’. A jaw dropping song – why don’t more ‘gazey songs have tambourines!? The roogaze train keeps rolling with Melbourne’s Crimsonettes. The quartet have delivered their ‘Sickly Sweet’ EP with a dreamy collection of gems.

Wray have kicked off the campaign for their second album ‘Hypatia’ (out early 2016 via Communicating Vessels). The Alabama shoegaze act unveiled their single ‘Mary 23rd’ via COS. Canadian dream pop duo Memoryhouse have returned, three years after their debut LP – wooop! Their second LP is called ‘Soft Hate’ and features the impressive single ‘Dream Shake’. L.A’s Winter have dropped an equally dreamy tune called ‘All The Things You Do’, their first on Burger Records. It follows Winter’s standout album ‘Supreme Blue Dream’.

Cheatahs second album ‘Mythologies’ is out now via Wichita Recordings. Considering the British rockers already delivered two EPs this year, it’s amazing they had the songs to flesh it out. It’s an exciting record, Cheatahs work hard to avoid predictable sounds and song structures, and we’re all the better for it. Wildhoney have unveiled their latest EP ‘Your Face Sideways’ via Topshelf Records. The Baltimore quintet transition from noise pop to dream pop with ease, maintaining their pop appeal while taking another step forward. Can’t wait for another full length!

Air Formation have returned in earnest with their ‘Were We Ever Here’ EP (out now via Club AC30). Since reforming last year the Brighton shoegaze veterans have regained their urgency. The EP features some of their best work to date, ‘The Wasted Days’ effortlessly delivers noise, melody and composure. Not sure how they do it. Speaking of British rock acts, newcomers Colour Of Spring are worth checking out. The Leeds foursome recently posted their second single ‘Grey’, an upbeat slacker-gaze number with a positive feel, no doubt it’ll sound great on tour.

Time to introduce Lazy Legs and their fuzzy first single ‘Lipstick Prick’! The Chicago trio features Laura Wagner, Nick Piontek and Michael Tenzer (also of Savage Sister / Eyes Behind The Veil). Meanwhile, The Native Sound have kept busy with a string of strong releases, including Sheer‘s blistering LP ‘Easy’ and Threading‘s EP ‘You Are Never Enough’. In my opinion Threading deserve a load more attention, they’ve got a cinematic sound that lands somewhere between post rock, hardcore and shoegaze. Plus there’s plenty of stormy vocal melodies to hook you in (stream the rest here).

There’s a heap of other stand out tunes that make up this mix, but I’m going to quit typing before this turns into a novel…

More soon / Not Dead Yet! (Sep – Nov Shoegaze Mix Tape) / Sounds Better With Reverb.

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5 Responses

  1. Jay

    Absolutely heavenly. I loved almost every single song on it and gave most of the bands a like on facebook. You’re a god for throwing this together.

    Reply
  2. Ailton de Oliveira

    God Save Sound Better With Reverb!
    Welcome back, we miss you!

    Reply
  3. jondivision

    this playlist is awesome!!! Thanks for putting this together and welcome back!

    Reply
  4. Gavin

    Great to have you back! And many thanks for this playlist – amazing stuff. Standout tracks so far, are Fern, and the lead track from Kindling is also incredibly good.

    Really appreciate all that you do, have done and share.

    A dose of sanity in a bewildering world!

    Reply

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