Airiel – ‘Molten Young Lovers’

In a year of multiple comebacks, Airiel‘s full-length return (the successor to 2012’s ‘Kid Games’ EP) is one of the highlights. ‘Molten Young Lovers’ has been in our hands for a few months now (arriving in October via Shelflife Records). Strange to think this is only the second album from the band in twenty years. It’s a big deal! Thankfully the Chicago shoegazers (led by Jeremy Wrenn) gave fans exactly what they want; a carefully-conceived album that doesn’t divert from the script.

Our first taste arrived months back with the ‘Cloudburst’ single. Its indicative of the quality ‘gazey indie pop we’ve come to expect from Airiel. The album kicks off with an unrepentant drum machine intro on ‘This Is Permanent’. The electronic drums give the record an 80s feel, especially on the snare-heavy opener. It’s a textured attention grabber that carefully weaves simple melodic ideas into one sonic mass. The artful arrangement of said noise is consistent throughout, it plays out as one body of work. Which is no small achievement given it was put together over several years.

‘Your Lips, Your Mouth’ is a beautiful ode that wanders off into the cinematic, with an instrumental break to vibe out to. The middle section of the album provides some great shoegaze power ballads! Airiel aren’t afraid to let the pretty vocals hang out there, opting not to sink them into the mix. The bittersweet vocals and airy synths are another head nod to the 80s new wave.

I love the record but tracks like ‘Song For You’ are too sentimental for my tastes. I needed an emotional “tea break” at the midpoint. However, ‘Red Car’ and ‘The Painkillers’ quickly came to the rescue, both confident space rockers. Overall, ‘Molten Young Lovers’ deserves plenty of play, it’s arguably Airiel’s most accomplished work. An album fans can return to. Which is important, because it may be awhile before we get a follow up.

Airiel – ‘Molten Young Lovers’ [Stream]

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Airiel – ‘Cloudburst’

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Airiel return in shimmering fashion with the dreamy jangle popper ‘Cloudburst’! The all-new single is backed by a Navigateur remix (as premiered by KCRW last week). The Chicago-based shoegazers have also announced that their long, long, long awaited new full length (called ‘Molten Young Lovers’) is on the way! It follows 2012’s ‘Kid Games’ EP and their 2007 LP ‘The Battle of Sealand’. There’s no release date on the album as yet but you can download the single now from Shelflife Records. Enjoy!

 
Airiel – ‘Cloudburst’

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Airiel – New Album Preview

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Chicago shoegaze vets Airiel will deliver a new LP later this year! The band have posted a “rough mix” of four songs from the album, and it’s sounding lovely. Hard to believe it’s been three years since the foursome (founded by Jeremy Wrenn in ’97) released the ‘Kid Games’ EP – so its welcome news. There’s also a refreshed ‘Winks & Kisses’ vinyl set on the way with new remixes (including this).

 
Ariel – New Album Preview

Airiel – ‘Flashlight Tag’ [from ‘Kid Games’]

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Lightfoils – ‘Diastolic’ [Premiere]

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Lightfoils have returned with news of their debut album ‘Hierarchy’ (out next month)! Lead single ‘Diastolic’ was unveiled on DKFM radio this week and now we have the online debut. The Chicago-based five piece look to deliver one of the most exciting shoegaze records of the year. It’s easy to believe given the strength of their 2012 debut EP. Lightfoils includes former Airiel members Zeeshan Abbasi (guitar), John Rungger (drums) and Cory Osborne on bass (also of Panda Riot) together with Jane Zabeth (vocals) and Neil Yodnane (guitar). In the producer’s chair is Sanford Parker, known for his work producing Chicago’s heaviest acts. Pick up ‘Hierarchy’ on July 7 (world), July 8 (USA) through Saint Marie Records (pre-order).

 
Lightfoils – ‘Diastolic’ [Premiere]

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Airiel – 'Funerals'

This week Chicago four piece Airiel released their new four track EP ‘Kid Games’ via Shelflife. Check out the EP opener ‘Funerals’ for a dose of noisy, reverb heavy goodness!

 

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Airiel – 'Flashlight Tag'

Fresh dream pop from Chicago’s Airiel. Jeremy Wrenn formed the group back in 1997 and went on to release ‘The Battle Of Sealand’ LP and numerous EPs and singles. On May 1st, Airiel will release a new EP ‘Kid Games‘ via Shelflife Records featuring ‘Flashlight Tag’.

 

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