Tiny Fireflies – ‘2040’

Chicago dream-poppers Tiny Fireflies are back with a beautiful new tune called ‘2040’. The talents of Lisle Mitnik (Fireflies) and Kristine Capua (Tiny Microphone) last impressed with 2015’s ‘The Space Between‘. Fans can expect ‘2040’ on a forthcoming 7inch (release date to be announced).

Tiny Fireflies – ‘2040’

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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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Lazy Legs – ‘Chain Of Pink’

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Lazy Legs do reverse reverb right on their latest single ‘Chain Of Pink’, taken from their forthcoming EP (of the same name). The song arrives on the heels of last month’s ‘Soft Skull’, which is equally impressive. Given that their ‘Visiondeath‘ album only arrived in July, it’s fair to say that 2016 has been huge for the trio. If there was an award for breakout shoegaze artist of the year, I’d nominate these guys! Lazy Legs’ ‘Chain Of Pink’ EP will be available via Wild Patterns from December 16 (all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club and the ACLU).

 
Lazy Legs – ‘Chain Of Pink’

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Lazy Legs – ‘Visiondeath’

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Lazy Legs have unleashed their debut album ‘Visiondeath‘ (out now via Wild Patterns on cassette and digital)! The Chicago trio is Michael Tenzer (vocals/guitar), Laura Wagner (vocals/bass) and drummer Nick Piontek. Together they’ve crafted a selection of atmospheric shoegaze that’s both subtle (‘Crush’) and overblown (‘Open’ / ‘Snaketeeth’). Like their self-titled EP, Lazy Legs don’t opt to over polish their work, ‘Visiondeath’ is honest and raw. It’s a great debut, even stronger than I had expected, it gets its hooks in from the first listen. For fans of No Joy, MBV or Ringo Deathstarr.

 
Lazy Legs – ‘Visiondeath’

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Panda Riot – ‘June 20th’ [Video Premiere]

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It’s super exciting to share the first look at Panda Riot’s new video ‘June 20th’! The Chicago rock act are back with a shoegaze anthem bursting with catchy vocals, fuzzy textures and a shimmering crash n’ burn ending! West Coast fans can experience it live this month at a select run of dates that include a Punk Time Punks show with Greys, and a San Francisco show with The Stargazer Lilies (as listed below). ‘June 20th’ will be available on Panda Riot’s (recently completed) new album; the release date is yet to be announced. It’s the follow up to the ‘Northern Automatic Music’ LP, one of the standout shoegaze records of 2013. No doubt their next creation will be equally impressive.

 
Panda Riot – ‘June 20th’ [Video Premiere]

Panda Riot West Coast Tour Dates

June 10th in Los Angeles at La Cita
June 11th in San Francisco at Hemlock Tavern
June 13th in Portland at High Water Mark
June 14th in Seattle at The Sunset

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Lazy Legs – ‘Sparks’

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Chicago’s Lazy Legs have announced that their debut album ‘Visiondeath’ is on the way with the free release of ‘Sparks’. The shoegaze trio go quiet/loud on this overblown rocker! Vocalist/guitarist Michael Tenzer, bassist/vocalist Laura Wagner and drummer Nick Piontek channel their love for Lush, MBV, Smashing Pumpkins and No Joy into the single. ‘Visiondeath’ is expected this June via Tenzer’s own label Wild Patterns.

 
Lazy Legs – ‘Sparks’

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