Jaguwar – ‘Iwo Jima Island’

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On April 1 Prospect Records will deliver the second offering from Jaguwar, aptly titled ‘II’! The German shoegaze outfit has posted the first public song ‘Iwo Jima Island’, a raucous noise rocker that borders industrial. The Dresden-based trio doesn’t pull any punches!

 
Jaguwar – ‘Iwo Jima Island’

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I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream – ‘Drowning’

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I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream or simply, No Mouth, take their name from a “dystopian science fiction short story about survivors of a nuclear war”, with influences from The Cure, Joy Division and MBV. The Berlin rock act unleash their debut full-length this month featuring ‘Drowning’. I’m hearing Sonic Youth in this dissonant gem, which you can pick up via Bandcamp on vinyl, cassette or digital.

 
I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream – ‘Drowning’

Visit No Mouth @ Web @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Dress – ‘For You, For Me’

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German rock act Dress have delivered their second EP ‘Angst‘ following a show with Craft Spells last month. The five tracker features the spacious reverb rocker ‘For You, For Me’. The trio (Konstantin Steinhauser on vocals/bass, guitarist Tom Fischer and drummer Johannes Romer) formed in 2013 before releasing their debut EP the following year. ‘Angst’ is a polished affair, Dress add a dreamy sheen to their post punk delivery; like the wall of sound ‘Cuomo’ or the jangly ‘About The Sea’. Stream in full below.

 
Dress – ‘For You, For Me’ [Angst Album Stream]

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This Love Is Deadly – ‘Want’

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Last week I posted ‘Vertigo‘ by This Love Is Deadly from their recently released second album ‘Want’. I hadn’t heard the album, just the single, and I didn’t know what to expect. Well now I have, (thanks to Bekassine Records) and wow, great album! It’s very rare these days to be unable to stream an album on release, but ‘Want’ remains elusive. Unless I’m mistaken, you won’t find it publicly streaming anywhere at present (which may change). So you’ll have to snap up the vinyl to really jump into it. But the Berlin-based shoegazers have allowed me to share a new song, the album opener ‘Certainly Not Pushed’.

The ten track collection ranges from icy cold dream pop to explosive shoegaze anthems, with bendy guitars and beautiful boy/girl vocals. ‘Certainly Not Pushed’ gives you a taste. It’s a highly creative record, there’s plenty of tangents to keep you locked in, like the unexpected drum machine break in ‘Certainly Not Pushed’, which ends in a manic flourish. The rest of ‘Want’ is just as strong, it’s intricately composed, and well suited to repeat listens.

The noise pop moments of their 2012 debut LP have been chiseled back. The melodic hooks are far less obvious but carry far more weight. It’s a mature step towards understating the obvious and focusing on the subtler elements. Of course, there’s still overt shoegaze/noise pop songs on ‘Want’, like the catchy ‘Saudade’. But as you’ll hear on ‘Vertigo’, the melodies aren’t shoved down your throat, instead there’s just a fantastic feel to it. ‘Want’ has caught me by surprise, it’s a quiet achiever that I hope you’ll hear in full. Loved it.

Visit This Love Is Deadly @ Bekassine Records @ Lovesick Records @ Facebook.

This Love Is Deadly - 'Want'
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  • Recommended for shoegaze/dream pop fans
  • An understated gem!
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  • Some may be put off by the lack of streaming
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Seasurfer – ‘New Dawn’

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On the heels of their debut album ‘Dive In’, Seasurfer have revamped their line-up and turn their focus to album number two. The Hamburg-based quintet have created a new Pledge Music campaign to fund the recording (show your support here). There’s loads of pledge options but all come with a download of their newly recorded ‘Headlights’ EP. Take a listen to one of the four tracks below, the cinematic ‘New Dawn’.

 
Seasurfer – ‘New Dawn’

Visit Seasurfer @ Pledge Music @ Saint Marie Records @ Facebook.