Vivienne Eastwood – ‘Shook’ EP

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Brooklyn shoegaze act Vivienne Eastwood have delivered their impressive new EP featuring the lead single ‘Messy’. The four piece have also posted a new video for the opener ‘Snooze’ (which you can check out below). The ‘Shook‘ EP is a nostalgia driven collection of songs; from lo-fi indie pop (‘Maybelline’), spacious dream pop (‘Sea Salt’) to overdriven shoegazers (‘Messy’). The combination of feels gives the mini album plenty of touch points, their first since 2012’s ‘Vanity’ EP. It’s a great listen, ‘Snooze’ and ‘Messy’ are musts.

 
Vivienne Eastwood – ‘Shook’ [EP Stream]

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The Blessed Isles – ‘Caroline’

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There’s been several calls for The Blessed Isles to be added to our ‘Shoegaze & Dream Pop Albums On The Radar‘ list. Their ‘Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night’ album has been added, plus I’m posting the lead tune ‘Caroline’ and the album stream. The Brooklyn duo (Aaron Closson and Nolan Thies) spent five years working on the release; a mix of new wave, dream pop and electronic sounds. There’s still some limited vinyl left here, along with digital downloads (available now via Saint Marie).

 
The Blessed Isles – ‘Caroline’ [‘Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night’ LP Stream]

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Vivienne Eastwood – ‘Messy’

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If ‘Messy’ is indicative of Vivienne Eastwood‘s upcoming EP then we’re all in for a treat! It’s a stunning ambient trip from the Brooklyn shoegaze act. A submerged head nod to MBV and the classics; with all the warmth and fuzzy edges you’d expect. It’s the first new music we’ve heard from the quartet since 2012’s ‘Rose Pedals’ (as below), which is equally awesome. The new EP is dropping on October 6, with a release party happening at Night Of Joy (for the New Yorkers).

 
Vivienne Eastwood – ‘Messy’

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Doorbells – ‘Distance’

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‘Distance’ is a spacious tune, with warm reverb and fantastic melodies. It’s the work of Brooklyn solo artist Doorbells, who we haven’t featured since the release of his ‘Ambitions‘ EP early last year. ‘Distance’ doesn’t reinvent the wheel from previous efforts, but who cares? It’s a lovely listen (free download here). No word on an official follow-up release as yet.

 
Doorbells – ‘Distance’

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Dirty Dishes – ‘All Of Me’

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‘All Of Me’ starts off as a trashy rock tune before kicking the door down with some HUGE guitars! It’s the kind of sludgy, low slung tones that made us fall for True Widow. The Brooklyn-based duo (Jenny Tuite and Alex Molini) gave us their impressive debut ‘Guilty‘ just last year, and ‘All Of Me’ is a timely reminder not to miss Dirty Dishes on tour this month (USA dates here).

 
Dirty Dishes – ‘All Of Me’

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DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’

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Captured Tracks delivered ‘Is The Is Are’ this week, the long-awaited second album by DIIV. So far the press has praised the record, but there’s also plenty of fans calling it “samey” and “bland” on Reddit. It was always going to be tough following up their amazing debut ‘Oshin’, so you best just decide for yourself! ‘Is The Is Are’ covers more ground but loses some subtlety and invention in the process. Nevertheless, it’s recommended listening.

 
DIIV – ‘Is The Is Are’ (Selected Cuts)

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