Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Ai no Yukue’ (きのこ帝国 – 愛のゆくえ)

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Japan’s Kinoko Teikoku have delivered their new album ‘Ai no Yukue’! This is their fourth album (since forming in 2007), and follows last year’s ‘Neko to Allergy’. The quartet’s latest is a little more pop leaning than their shoegaze beginnings; certainly more so than 2012’s ‘Uzu ni Naru’. Nevertheless, since being released in early November ‘Ai no Yukue’ has been well received. If you’re a fan of whirlwind Japanese shoegazers, you’re probably already onto it! Kinoko Teikoku’s ‘Ai no Yukue’ is available now to stream (Spotify); download (iTunes); or on CD (Amazon Japan).

Kinoko Teikoku – ‘Ai no Yukue’ (きのこ帝国 – 愛のゆくえ) [Spotify Stream]

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Universe Nekoko And Lovely Summer Chan – ‘Divine Hammer’

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This may be the cutest Japanese shoegaze/twee rock video ever created! Director Anise Mariko (who has previously worked with The Bilinda Butchers) has filmed a new video for Universe Nekoko And Lovely Summer Chan’s ‘Divine Hammer’, it’s taken from their forthcoming album (out August 20 via P-Vine Records). The clip was shot between Brooklyn and Tokyo, and details the adventures of two friends from different sides of the globe. Should brighten your day!

 
Universe Nekoko And Lovely Summer Chan – ‘Divine Hammer’

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Baby Fire – ‘Water’

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‘Water’ is the eclectic debut single from Baby Fire; self described as 50% Cocteau Twins and 50% Shonen Knife. The Tokyo trio create a unique, dreamy, slacker punk sound that’s difficult to pin down. Hence my terrible description! Keep an ear out for their forthcoming EP. In the meantime, pick up a copy of ‘Water / Indigo’ here.

 
Baby Fire – ‘Water’

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The Florist – ‘Blood Music’

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The Florist‘s new long player ‘Blood Music’ is out now featuring the lead singles ‘Disintegration’ and ‘Marigold’. The Tokyo-based shoegaze outfit aren’t afraid to push their vocal melodies to the front of the mix, serving up an accessible collection of eleven songs. It’s not all full tilt rock action, as the opener ‘Disintegration’ demonstrates. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you enjoyed the ‘Dark Entries’ LP or their ‘Middle Of Winter’ EP from 2013. ‘Blood Music’ is available now via iTunes (worldwide) and CDJapan.

 
The Florist – ‘Blood Music’

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Collapse – ‘Rip’

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Introducing Collapse, a Japanese shoegaze band with a cutting debut EP (available now). ‘Rip’ hits like an angry swarm of bees, interspersed with catchy, sugary vocals! The foursome are hitting up Kyoto Shoegazer / Noisy Pop next month, and are also part of the limited compilation ‘Muso Asia’ with Looprider, Thud, Oeil, TuT and Yukino Chaos.

 
Collapse – ‘Rip’

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The Cherry Wave – ‘Still Light’

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Kiiro (Yellow) Records returns with their latest compilation ‘Forever Shoegaze 3‘ featuring 14 international acts. Take a listen to Glasgow’s The Cherry Wave and their rocker ‘Still Light’. The song originally appeared on their split release with Airs (late last year).

 
The Cherry Wave – ‘Still Light’

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