Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2016

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It’s time, here’s the yearly list of our most loved albums in shoegaze and dream pop for 2016! It kicked off with some brilliant EPs from LSD & the Search for God, Indoor Voices and Dear Tracks, before gifting us with some of the most exciting shoegaze albums in recent years; Rev Rev Rev, Jaguwar, and The Stargazer Lilies. Supergroup Minor Victories landed, along with the reformation of Lush. Nothing’s full length ‘Tired Of Tomorrow’ gave us the crowd pleasers we’d been looking for (an instant classic). Next year we look forward to fresh music from Slowdive, Airiel, Miniatures, Pia Fraus, and the wonderful Star Horse. In the meantime, the yearly playlist has been updated and added to the bottom of the post. Thanks to everyone for your support this year (it’s been a tough one), see you in 2017.

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2016

RELEASE DATEARTWORKARTISTALBUMGENRE
1 NothingTired Of TomorrowRock/Shoegaze
2 NewmoonSpaceRock/Shoegaze
3 LSD and the Search for GodHeaven Is A Place [EP]Psych Rock/Shoegaze
4 Leave The PlanetNowhere [EP]Dream Pop
5 Japanese BreakfastPsychopompRock/Shoegaze
6 Turnip KingLaikaRock/Shoegaze
7 Lazy LegsVisiondeathShoegaze
8 Day WaveHard To Read [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream Pop
9 Matt BartramMoments BeforeShoegaze
10 CrescendoUnlessJangle Pop/Dream Pop
11 KindlingEverywhere ElseShoegaze
12 Rev Rev RevDes fleurs magiques bourdonnaientShoegaze
13 JaguwarIINoise Rock/Shoegaze
14 DIIVIs The Is AreJangle Pop/Shoegaze
15 Dear TracksSoft Dreams [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream Pop
16 Hideous TownsDisquiet LivingDream Pop/New Wave
17 Flyying ColoursMindfulnessRock/Shoegaze
18 VHS DreamDepartureDream Pop/Shoegaze
19 The Stargazer LiliesDoor To The SunDream Pop/Psych
20 Vivienne EastwoodShook [EP]Shoegaze
21 Tape WavesHere To FadeDream Pop/Jangle
22 Box And The TwinsEverywhere I Go Is SilenceDream Pop/Darkwave
23 Minor VictoriesMinor VictoriesDream Pop/Post-Rock
24 Linda GuilalaPsiconauticaShoegaze/Dream Pop
25 Hazel EnglishNever Going Home [EP]Dream Pop/Synth
26 KestrelsKelstrelsShoegaze/Rock
27 LandingComplekt Psych/Dream Pop
28 Good Morning TVGood Morning TV [EP]Psych Pop/Dream
29 Indoor VoicesAuratic [EP]Shoegaze
30 Tears Run RingsIn SurgesShoegaze/Dream Pop
31 WrayHypatiaPost-Punk/Shoegaze
32 PinkshinyultrablastGrandfeatheredDream Pop/Shoegaze
33 Living HourLiving HourDream Pop/Psych
34 True WidowAVVOLGEREDoom/Sludgegaze!
35 Dead Horse OneSeason Of MistPsych/Shoegaze
36 MumrunnerGentle Slopes [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
37 CandanceNew FutureDream Pop
38 MeltRifferShoegaze/Rock
39 MiserableUncontrollableDream Pop
40 Hope Sandoval And The Warm InventionsUntil The HunterDream Pop
41 LandingThird SightPsych/Dream Pop
42 The FloristBlood MusicShoegaze
43 FaitSonder [EP]Dream Pop/Instrumental
44 MollySun Sun Sun [EP]Dream Pop/Shoegaze
45 Lorelle Meets The ObsoleteDistancePsych/Shoegaze
46 MemoryhouseSoft HateDream Pop/Synth Pop
47 Vinyl WilliamsBruneiPsych/Dream
48 Vet TripSwimming In MachinesShoegaze/Dream Pop
49 Haiku GardenWaverRock/Shoegaze
50 VallensConsentDream Pop
51 LushBlind Spot [EP]Dream Pop/Rock
52 FluctuationsNightlife [EP]Shoegaze
53 Salt Rush & Mark PetersSalt RushDream Pop
54 No JoyDrool Sucker [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
55 Kinoko TeikokuAi no YukueShoegaze/Dream Pop
56 KigoSunshineShoegaze
57 Floating RoomSunlessDream Pop
58 Bloodhounds On My TrailHaunted Isles [EP]Dream Pop/Shoegaze
59 The High VioletsHeroes And HalosIndie Pop/Dream Pop
60 PolykitePrimordial [EP]Dream Pop

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2016

**see last year’s list; Shoegaze & Dream Pop Albums of 2015**

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

December Releases Out Now

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The year is almost done, to celebrate the passing of 2016 here’s a bunch of December releases. There’s been some solid shoegazers from The Age of Colored Lizards, No Sun (album incoming), and Tears Run Rings. Landing’s dreamy psych creation ‘Complekt’ is gorgeous! The rebirth of underground 90s group Ozean has meant they’re finally on Bandcamp (a vinyl release is planned for 2017). Dead Horse One finish the year with ‘Season Of Mist’, recommended for psych lovers. And lastly, Surf Rock Is Dead; who are breathing new life into jangle/dream pop, here’s hoping a debut full length is just around the corner.

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Hideous Towns – ‘Disquiet Living’ [Album Premiere]

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We’re celebrating the impending release of Hideous Towns‘ debut album ‘Disquiet Living’ with an exclusive stream (as below)! The Melbourne dream pop champions impressed with their 2014 self-titled EP and the lead singles ‘Don’t Forget’, ‘Wake Us’ and ‘Value’. The album delivers that intangible Aussie punk attitude; its raw, take it or leave it mentality makes ‘Disquiet Living’ sound honest and immediate. There’s a blend of new wave tracks (‘Waratah’, ‘Coincidents’), post-punk/kraut rock moments (‘Glass Curtain’, ‘Don’t Forget’) and spacious jangly pop gems (‘Fantasy’, ‘Lion’).

The album was produced by Matthew Hosking, known for his work as one half of VHS Dream. Hosking has had a hand in producing several likeminded local acts including Contrast, Bloodhounds On My Trail, Lowtide, Miniatures, and Glaciers. ‘Disquiet Living’ is an album with depth and character, recommended listening. Pick it up this Friday (November 25) from Lost And Lonesome (home to Parading, Lucy Roleff, and Lowtide). Melburnians can catch the album launch at Bella Union with Contrast, Mares, Splendid, and the Icypoles on December 2 (details). 
 
Hideous Towns – ‘Disquiet Living’ [Album Premiere]

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Wy – ‘Never Was’

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‘Hate To Fall Asleep’ left me open mouthed on first listen; it’s a stunning dream pop tune in the vein of Cocteau Twins. It leads Wy‘s new EP ‘Never Was’ which you can stream in full below (courtesy of Hybris). The young duo (Ebba and Michel) are based in Malmö (Sweden). Their debut release is an eclectic mix of moody anthems that whets the appetite for a full length. ‘The God Concept’ and the opener are the most dream pop-centric of the EP, here’s hoping they follow this direction. Lovely work.

 
Wy – ‘Never Was’ [EP Stream]

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Floating Room – ‘Sunless’ LP

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Floating Room came together largely by happenstance; Maya Stoner (Sabonis/Forest Park) and Kyle Bates (Drowse) discussed collaborating at a house party before being joined by bassist Alec Van Staveren. Together the Pacific Northwest trio have created one of the most raw, real and exciting dream pop records of the year. The ‘Sunless’ LP was released this week on Good Cheer Records, and it’s already been praised by Stereogum, She Shreds, and CLRVYNT. The emotion-charged lead songs ‘Fun’ and ‘Sad God’ are so good. However, there are several short, experimental interludes on the album which are both a strength and weakness. It’s great to have these odd, dreamy moments but they also make the record play out like a collection of demos that aren’t fully fleshed out (which may/or may not be the case). Regardless, I’m really impressed by ‘Sunless’ and I hope this collaboration continues to grow. Definitely worth your minutes…

Floating Room – ‘Sunless’ LP

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November Already!? [Mixtape]

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The same thing happened last year; things were moving along nicely and then October hit and *ka-blammo*… Sounds Better was forced into silence for a few weeks. Life happens I guess! Nevertheless, it’s time to recap the stand-out tunes from October and early November. The comp kicks off with Japan’s Fluctuations (揺らぎ) (‘Soon’ is lifted from their Nightlife EP which is out this December). There’s a monster new shoegazer from Lazy Legs (who just keep getting better and better), a taste of Melbourne dream poppers Polykite (they’ve just released a debut EP), fellow Victorians Parading are readying their second full length (check out ‘Butterfly’), Brighton foursome Lunar Quiet are sounding brilliant on ‘Cold Spell’ (sadly they’ve recently lost bandmate Tom). There’s also a few psych rockers in there too (Toy / Temples), plus fresh music from Hideous Towns, Cloakroom, Half, Best Friend, Southpavv, and heaps more…

 
November Already!? [Mixtape]

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