Funeral Advantage – ‘Body Is Dead’

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The Native Sound has released the debut long player by Funeral Advantage. ‘Body Is Dead’ doesn’t sound very sunny, and it isn’t! But… it is an underrated record (a blend of jangle and dream pop) that’s worth a listen. Funeral Advantage is the work of Boston’s Tyler Kershaw, who has steadily released EPs and splits for the past few years. Pick up the vinyl here, recommended for fans of The Radio Dept or The Mary Onettes.

 
Funeral Advantage – ‘Body Is Dead’ [LP Stream]

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Beach House – ‘Depression Cherry’

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Anyone else pick up the fancy velvet-sleeved version of ‘Depression Cherry’ on vinyl? There’s still a few copies left over at Mistletone, but it ain’t cheap! As regulars will know, Beach House‘s fifth album is in our hands (via Sub Pop). So much has already been said, a mention now seems superfluous. However, it is one of the most impressive dream pop records of 2015 so credit is due. The Baltimore duo chose to take a risk and avoid an easily-digestible (and more commercially viable option) in favour of a hazy, noisy and somewhat sparse creation. The move seems to have paid off, ‘Depression Cherry’ nails the “less is more” philosophy, with stripped back instrumentation and desolate melodies. Some critics have called it “bland”, while avid supporters have hailed it as their best work yet. Personally, I think being able to generate power through subtlety is a master stroke. Love it.

 
Beach House – ‘Depression Cherry’

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Oyama – ‘Lung Breathers’

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Oyama unveil a fresh video for their hypnotic track ‘Lung Breathers’. The Reykjavik five-piece have been crafting dreamy tunes in their native Iceland since 2012. Director Alisa Kalyanova filmed the video over two days at the Icelandic Academy of Arts (via Jajaja). ‘Lung Breathers’ is out on Oyama’s impressive album ‘Cool Boy‘ (stream below).

 
Oyama – ‘Lung Breathers’

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Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015

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Looking back over 2015 makes you realize how big a year it’s been for reverb-loving music fiends. Of course, this list of songs only accounts for the world of dream pop, shoegaze and noise pop, with a little psych thrown in. But the truth is, I was beginning to think it had been a quiet year… but nope. In fact, a running tally of standout releases already dwarfs 2014. To name a few, we’ve had shoegaze epics from La Casa al Mare, Venera 4, No Joy, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, Flyying Colours and This Love Is Deadly (among others). Plus jaw dropping dream pop records from Pinkshinyultrablast, The Black Ryder, Winter and Them Are Us Too, and there’s a mountain of full lengths just around the corner.

One word of note; there are a handful of songs not included due to their absence from Soundcloud. So before you spit fire and say, “Buddy where the hell is Astrobrite!? You dirty heathen!”… please double check the cloud. Otherwise, you know the drill, this is a growing list that will evolve until 2016 dawns… and until you remind me I’ve forgotten something (click through via the indulgent gif logo to comment).

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015

*See 2014’s top shoegaze & dream pop albums / songs here*

More songs in shoegaze and dream pop 2015 @ Sounds Better With Reverb.

Tamaryn – ‘Last’

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The August 28 release date of Tamaryn‘s new album draws closer, and we’ve got another fresh tune to digest (thanks to a premiere over at Stereogum today). ‘Last’ blends Tamaryn’s heady dream pop with an 80s pop feel, a definite trend with the new material (‘Hands All Over Me’, ‘Softcore’ and ‘Cranekiss’). It’s a clear progression from the guitar bending era of 2010’s ‘The Waves’, though I do love those songs! Grab a pre-order via Mexican Summer.

 
Tamaryn – ‘Last’

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VHS Dream – ‘Aeiou’

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VHS Dream return with ‘a e i o u‘, the first public track from their forthcoming debut album (expected late 2015). The Melbourne-based band features dual guitarists/singers (Matthew Hosking and Mayzie Wallen). The pair don’t pipe up on this one, it’s an all-instrumental shoegazer! VHS Dream first popped on our radar with their 2014 EP ‘Wonderfully Hopeless’, check that out here.

VHS Dream – ‘Aeiou’

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