The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Door To The Sun’

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Graveface Records dished up a fantastic psych / shoegaze crossover record this month; The Stargazer LiliesDoor To The Sun’. The Pennsylvanian trio has hit their stride on their sophomore offering; it’s a dynamic and woozy collection of dreamy rockers. Lead track ‘Summer’s Gone’ is flanked by some super trippy creations that at times melt into droning mantras. Changes are, you’re already all over it. If not, indulge yourself…

 
The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Door To The Sun’

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The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Summer’s Gone’ [VIDEO]

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Last month The Stargazer Lilies gave us ‘When With You’ and today they share a new song and video called ‘Summer’s Gone’ (via Brooklyn Vegan). It’s a more sedate tune this time round, ideal for late night listens. It’s taken from their ‘Door To The Sun’ LP (out June 3 via Graveface). Meanwhile the Pennsylvanian shoegaze trio are about to hit the road for an epic USA tour (see the dates here).

 
The Stargazer Lilies – ‘Summer’s Gone’ [VIDEO]

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The Stargazer Lilies – ‘When With You’ [VIDEO]

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The Stargazer Lilies will deliver their next record ‘Door To The Sun’ on June 3 via Graveface Records! Check out ‘When With You’ which just premiered over at Noisey. The husband and wife team features John Cep (guitar) and Kim Field (bass/vocals) formerly of Soundpool. Their debut LP ‘We Are The Dreamers’ was praised by Medicine’s Brad Laner, SPIN and All Music. The Stargazer Lilies are fresh from a tour with Ringo Deathstar but have announced a 20+ date run starting in June.

The Stargazer Lilies – ‘When With You’ [VIDEO]

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Dott – ‘Car Song’

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Night School are teaming up with Dott for a 12-inch split called ‘Carousel’, it’s a special Record Store Day exclusive (April 18) courtesy of Graveface Records. ‘Car Song’ is our first listen, a fun twee rocker with ‘gazey guitars (produced by Torche’s Jonathan Nuñez in Miami). No pre-sale for this one, and limited to 1000 copies! The Irish quartet released their debut album ‘Swoon‘ in 2013.

 
Dott – ‘Car Song’

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Whirr – ‘Sway’

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Whirr‘s new album ‘Sway’ arrives this week via Graveface Records. The bicoastal band (located between Philly and Oakland) have delivered four EPs and two albums since forming in 2010 (originally as Whirl). ‘Sway’ first turned heads with the lead single ‘Mumble’ back in July. The once familiar female vocals had switched to male, generating comparisons to Nothing (which features Whirr’s Nick Bassett on bass). Nick has also worked with Nothing’s Dominic Palermo on the side project, Death of Lovers. So yes, that creative relationship is going to rub off. But ironically, unlike previous releases where Nick has been the primary songwriter, this album is their most collaborative work to date (according to the PR).

Producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Frameworks) deserves credit for his work on the LP. There’s a lot of bottom end guitars in the mix and he’s managed to convey the weight of the band incredibly well. It’s a heavy sounding record, in the literal sense. Whirr have mastered their hard-hitting slow motion rhythms. It’s powerful stuff when combined with their thick guitar tones. That’s the guts of the record, that feeling it gives you, above the catchiness of any particular song. Of course, like most bands of the genre, it’s a sound best experienced live, and yet Shirley has packaged it perfectly.

In terms of melody, ‘Sway’ doesn’t reach for great heights. The monotone vocals explore a narrow melodic range and yet somehow it still gets stuck in your head. Especially songs like ‘Lines’ and ‘Heavy’. It’s a credit to the style and delivery of the five piece. While Whirr are commonly labelled as shoegaze, they’ve really got just as much in common with punk or metal. They bridge that gap which opens the door to a much wider audience.

On the downside, it runs short (only eight songs in less than 40 minutes). So it’s more of a bulky EP than a regular full length. It also struggles with a lack of variation which is probably why there’s only eight songs, if it were more, the album would drag. To their credit, the cinematic ‘Clear’ (midway through the album) attempts to change this. It’s epic in scope but doesn’t change the feel enough. I was expecting a guest female vocalist to pop in and shake it up. That said, overall it’s still a great listen. It lacks some depth and variation but it still leaves a lasting impression. ‘Sway’ hits you like a weight. It holds you down with a wall of fuzzy guitars and pummels you! Afterwards, you’ll be wanting to do it all over again. Pick it up via Graveface (Vinyl / Digital).

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Whirr - 'Sway'
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PRO'S
  • HUGE sound & feel
  • The switch to male vocals works
CON'S
  • Runs short (eight songs)
  • Lacks some variation
3.9Overall Score
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Night School – ‘Birthday’

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‘Birthday’ is the latest single by California’s Night School! The trio is fronted by Lexy Morte (formerly of Whirr) so there’s a mild shoegaze influence to their sound. However Night School swing closer to twee/surf pop (think Veronica Falls or Best Coast but with an extra layer of noise)! Side note, it feels like there’s a new band with ex-Whirr members every month – how many can there possibly be!? ‘Birthday’ will be available on the ‘Heart Beat’ EP from October 7. It’s out via Graceface Records, the Georgia-based indie label are having a bumper year so far!

 
Night School – ‘Birthday’

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