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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Disappears – ‘Halcyon Days’

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I’ve got no idea what Disappears are up to on ‘Halcyon Days’ but I’m liking it! The Chicago-based outfit have transitioned across many genres and are now exploring new horizons. The experiment is ‘Irreal’, their fifth full length (out this week via Kranky). The eight track release was recorded at Electrical Audio by producer John Congleton (The Black Angels, Explosions In The Sky and Land Of Talk (geez I miss that band). Take a trip into the ‘Halcyon Days’ kaleidoscope below…

 
Disappears – ‘Halcyon Days’ [Video]

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Sister Crystals – ‘Obsidian’

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Feeltrip Records have posted a fresh tune from Chicago dream pop outfit Sister Crystals! The duo (Colin Croom and Lauren Whitacre) delivered their debut LP last year and went on to play shows with Blackstone Rngrs, Savage Sister, Scott Cortez and more. ‘Obsidian’ has a jaunty psych pop feel with a 60s sheen – great sound! Looking forward to hearing what Sister Crystals deliver in 2015. Take a listen to the rest of Feeltrip’s roster on their Fall playlist.

 
Sister Crystals – ‘Obsidian’

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Vehicle Blues – ‘Koz Park’

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Bridgetown Records has announced the ‘Fall Batch’, with three new tapes and a special re-issue of ‘Koz Park’ by Vehicle Blues (shop). The beautiful artwork is a bonus! This raw slice of bedroom shoegaze was originally released a few years back but has since sold out. It’s the solo project of Chicago’s Gabe Holcombe, check out more of his tunes here.

 
Vehicle Blues – ‘Koz Park’

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