Best Shoegaze Albums Of 2011

*Note: Best shoegaze albums of 2011; this list is in no particular order and is based on traffic and feedback (not sales)… may contain personal bias!

Genre lines were as blurry as ever in 2011. Purists may scoff at this list but… if its all about reliving the shoegazing glory days of yesteryear then it doesn’t say much for creativity, or the present state of affairs. That’s where the incredible work of True Widow, Weekend and I Break Horses step in. None of these records sit firmly within a genre but were still adopted by shoegaze fans. True Widow sounds like alt rock at half speed, Weekend like a post punk band with a reverb overload, I Break Horses like indie pop meets dream pop meets… I could go on and on… before I do, here’s some of the best shoegaze albums of 2011…

True widow – ‘As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth’ (11/04/11)
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I Break Horses – ‘Hearts’ (19/08/11)
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Youngteam – ‘Daydreamer’ (28/03/11)
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The Laurels – ‘Mesozoic’ EP (08/07/11)
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Ringo Deathstarr – ‘Colour Trip’ (14/02/11)
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Widowspeak – ‘Widowspeak’ (09/08/11)
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Lucy Dreams – ‘Vivian’ (20/09/11)
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Pure X – ‘Pleasure’ (06/07/11)
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Weekend – ‘Red’ EP (20/09/11)
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Young Prisms – ‘Friends For Now’ (18/01/11)
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4 Responses

  1. Chris

    I’m going to track down the Widowspeak album, thanks for the share!

    Loved I Break Horses – ‘Hearts’ (the bedroom sessions version). For me, is kind of a mix of soundtracks, Lost in Translation and Days of Thunder.

    I can relate to the genre labelling issue, there was this song Careless Love by Arborea I liked, which I could have put as acoustic, dream pop, or folk, it was all 3! Tricky ( : I usually follow AllMusic.

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  2. Alpo

    This is by far the best list I have seen yet. The inclusion of The Laurels and Youngteam show that you are indeed a true world class purveyor of shoegaze.

    The toughest exclusions for me would be:

    SPC ECO – You Tell Me
    Deep Cut – Disorientation
    Spotlight Kid – Disaster Tourist
    Be Forest – Cold
    Echo lake – Young Silence
    Mast – Wild Poppies

    Thanx for a superb list!

    Alpo

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  3. David Betz

    I think that you overlooked Psychedelic Horseshit’s Laced, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Belong, 93millionmilesfromthesun’s Northern Sky, Drowner’s Self Titled, and Dinosaur Jr’s Farm.

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  4. Greg

    I’ve gotta second Alpo here, in that Be Forest was a watershed in 2011, came out of nowhere. Well, Italy, specifically, but wasn’t on radar anywhere until it exploded mid-2011. I’d put Belong – Common Era at a strong second.

    LOVE the list, I have some things to catch up on! Thanks!

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