Lazy Legs – ‘Ghost’

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Lazy Legs have served up their second single ‘Ghost‘, a moody and spacious shoegazer from their forthcoming debut EP (expected early 2016 via Wild Patterns). The Chicago trio first impressed last month with their cutting rocker ‘Lipstick Prick‘. Lazy Legs features Michael Tenzer of Savage Sister / Eyes Behind The Veil.

 
Lazy Legs – ‘Ghost’

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Savage Sister – ‘Pale Surrender’

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Pale Surrender‘ is the latest single from the much-loved reverb champions, Savage Sister! The trio (Michael, Chloe and Caitlin) are one of the hardest working acts on these pages, consistently releasing quality new tunes. ‘Pale Surrender’ packages 4AD dream pop nostalgia with a contemporary approach, and of course, Chloe’s beautiful vocals. The song is taken from their forthcoming second album ‘Speechless’, coming soon via BLVD Records (home to Astrobrite, New Canyons and The Foreign Resort). Meanwhile Savage Sister’s Michael Tenzer also released an ambient solo project last month, take a listen to Eyes Behind the Veil if you missed it.

 
Savage Sister – ‘Pale Surrender’

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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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Eyes Behind The Veil – ‘Besides’

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Michael Tenzer (of Savage Sister / Wild Patterns) has produced a beautiful ambient / drone album under the moniker Eyes Behind The Veil. The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist combines hazy guitars, synths and vocals on ‘Besides‘ with cinematic effect. It’s no pop album, but it’s still surprisingly melodic. Listening to ‘Dream Idols’ is like taking a warm bath! For fans of White Poppy, Grouper or Benoit Pioulard.

 
Eyes Behind The Veil – ‘Besides’

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Astrobrite – ‘Deluxer’

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Shoegaze veterans Astrobrite posted their new album ‘Deluxer‘ this week, steam it in full below! It’s way too early to pass judgement, but it’s sounding great on first listen. Founded by Chicago’s Scott Cortez in 1994, Astrobrite recently became a trio with the addition of drummer Sarah Sterling, and guitarist/singer Sophie Leigh Nagelberg (of dream/noise pop act Videotape). ‘Deluxer’ is officially out on May 11, coinciding with a Japanese tour stop next month (details).

 
Astrobrite – ‘Deluxer’

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Star Tropics – ‘Summer Rain / Swept Away’

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Star Tropics return with a beautiful twee dream popper called ‘Summer Rain’, backed by ‘Swept Away’ (download). The Chicago-based foursome capitalize on guy/girl vocals, jangly guitars and sugary melodies. Thumbs up!

 
Star Tropics – ‘Summer Rain / Swept Away’

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