Fait – ‘Reverie’ [‘Sonder’ EP]

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Amazing surprise from Fait this week; she’s released her new single ‘Reverie’ and a four track EP called ‘Sonder’! The Aussie solo artist (Elise Higgins) was joined in the studio by bassist Rob Stephens and her long-time producer Darren Lawson (My Bloody Valentine, White Lies). ‘Reverie’ is a lush instrumental track with hypnotic bells and strings set over a breakbeat. It’s another stunner, but certainly different from previous efforts. It leads into the dissonant ‘Siren Song’, a progressive ambient piece with loads of pitch bending goodness. It’s a little less dark than her 2014 debut ‘Atmosphere’, but has the same cinematic scope. ‘Sonder’ is a brilliant listen, Fait is all class once again! Australian fans can catch her live on the east coast next month (dates below). ‘Sonder’ is available now through Inertia.

 
Fait – ‘Reverie’ [‘Sonder’ EP Stream]

Fait Australian Tour Dates:

September 8 | BIGSOUND, Brisbane (New Globe Theatre, 8:50pm)
September 9 | Workers Club, Geelong (with Katy Steele)
September 10 | Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne (with Katy Steele)
September 15 | Plan B Small Club, Sydney (headline show, supports TBC)

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Suburban Living – ‘Come True’

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Philadelphia’s Suburban Living has announced their sophomore album ‘Almost Paradise’ with the lead single ‘Come True’. The four piece have signed with 6131 Records and will release the LP on October 7. ‘Come True’ extends their lo-fi bedroom pop sound with the help of producer Jeff Ziegler (The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nothing). This should please fans of their 2015 debut, and earn them some new ones.

 
Suburban Living – ‘Come True’

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Vallens – ‘Devour’

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‘Devour’ is a smoky slice of dream pop that would sound at home on the Twin Peaks soundtrack. After all, the band take their name from David Lynch’s Dorothy Vallens (Blue Velvet). The song is lifted from Vallens‘ debut full length ‘Consent’ (out now through Hand Drawn Dracula). The Toronto foursome worked with producer Josh Korody (Beliefs) on the album, as well as Jeff Berner (of Psychic TV). Stream in full below…

 
Vallens – ‘Devour’

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Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2016

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Here’s 6+ hours of brain melting shoegaze, psych, dream pop and jangle pop songs! Handpicked from 2016 releases (as featured on Sounds Better With Reverb this year). As usual, the monster mixtape (almost 100 songs) will keep growing until the year is out. If you’re thinking “yay songs but… what about the albums?” Check out the newly updated list of shoegaze and dream pop albums here, there’s a shed load of albums (listed by release date).

2016 has produced some brilliant shoegaze releases; it kicked off with the Indoor Voices EP, Matt Bartram’s solo effort, Italy’s marvellous Rev Rev Rev, Jaguwar’s off the wall ‘II’ EP, Nothing’s epic new album, Thud’s stand out single, and just last week, Kindling’s ‘Everywhere Else’ LP. Switching to dream pop; Leave The Planet’s ‘Nowhere’ EP is a must, with solid LPs from Miserable and VHS Dream. LSD and the Search for God gave us one of the best psych/gaze crossovers ever with their ‘Heaven Is A Place’ EP, not forgetting The Stargazer Lilies, and Good Morning TV ‘s psych pop gem. In dreamy jangle pop land there’s been the lauded DIIV record, as well as great releases from Crescendo, Dear Tracks and Tape Waves.

Plus there’s a heap of records slated for release in the coming months; Turnip King, Mumrunner, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Panda Riot, Miniatures, Mahogany, Dead Horse One, Airiel, and next year – Slowdive! Lastly, got a suggestion for the playlist? Click through the OTT gif logo and comment at the bottom of the page. Note that a few key tunes are missing because they are not currently available on Soundcloud. Cheers!
 
Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2016

*See 2015’s top albums and songs here*

More songs in shoegaze and dream pop 2016 @ Sounds Better With Reverb.

Southpaw – ‘Amour Fou’

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Southpaw is the moniker of Californian multi-instrumentalist Nathan Guzman. Last month he unveiled ‘Gin’, the first song from his upcoming 4 track EP ‘Amour Fou’ (expected late this year/or early next). The hypnotic ‘Gin’ video was streamed more than 10,000 times in just a few weeks. Not bad for a reverb swamped instrumental! And this week, he unveiled the stunning title track; another blissful instrumental masterpiece. I believe this is an early version, and may be changed up. Still, Southpaw is one to watch.

 
Southpaw – ‘Amour Fou’

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New Slowdive Album Coming In 2017

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Guitarist Rachel Goswell confirmed that Slowdive were working on new material in May, now drummer Simon Scott has weighed in. The news dropped earlier in the week (via Undertoner, via Reddit, and then via some guy at a bar). As posted by Cos; “Perry MacLeod, wrote on Reddit that Scott said it wouldn’t be too far off. I didn’t write it out in the interview since it was just a guess from Mr. Scott, but he said the album would probably be out in 2017.” Word has it that the album has been recorded and is ready for mixing/mastering. The 20+ year wait will soon be over! Now all we need is news about that elusive new MBV EP. *holds breath… … passes out*

 
Slowdive – ‘Souvlaki Space Station’ [Live @ NRMAL 2016]

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