Meeks – ‘Beatless’

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An album of shoegazer Beatles covers sounds ridiculous, right!? But… back in 2013 Japan’s Meeks released ‘Beatless’ and it’s brilliant. I never posted it up at the time but now I’ve returned to it so many times since, it’s only fair that I share the love! It’s not an easy record to find (there’s a few copies on Discogs) but thankfully we can enjoy it via a Youtube stream. So who’s Meeks? The Yokohama act is a side project of the four piece Broken Little Sister, who released their own full length ‘Memories, Violet And Demons’ in 2010 (stream below). Here’s hoping for a vinyl re-issue of ‘Beatless’. *crosses fingers*

 
Meeks – ‘Beatless’ [Album stream]

Broken Little Sister – ‘Memories, Violet And Demons’ [Album stream]

Visit Meeks @ Discogs / Broken Little Sister @ Facebook.

Sourin – ‘Sourin’

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I know how much you all love Japanese shoegaze, so here’s one you’ve got to hear (if you haven’t lapped it up already)! Sourin‘s new self-titled album, released back in September (full stream below). This is a debut album from the solo act who hails from Mie Prefecture in Eastern Japan. It’s packed with personality, charm, fuzz, and hushed melodies. Every song is a short exploration of sound and ideas, which makes it easy to digest. Chances are you’ll get it stuck on repeat!

 
Sourin – ‘Sourin’ [LP Stream]

Download Sourin @ Bandcamp.

Cattle – ‘Somehow Hear’

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Tokyo noise poppers Cattle have delivered their first EP ‘Somehow Hear Songs’ (available now through Jigsaw Records). Unlike much of Japan’s shoegaze bands, this EP is sung in English. Of course, the lyrics aren’t generally a deal-breaker for many fans of the genre, but it’s an interesting change even so! Cattle produce a buzz saw noise pop sound, not too far removed from Ringo Deathstarr (who are readying their new record). There’s a bunch of other Japanese releases worth a mention, these tips come courtesy of Matthew from Muso Japan; Looprider‘s debut album ‘My Electric Fantasy’, and a the highly recommended full length from Suichuu Zukan. For more, catch Matthew’s hour-long Asian shoegaze radio show ‘Muso Asia’ on DKFM or mixcloud.

 
Cattle – ‘Somehow Hear’

Visit Cattle @ Jigsaw Records @ Facebook.

Oeil – ‘Myrtle’

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Chances are you’ve heard ‘Myrtle’, the title track from Oeil‘s latest EP (out now via Hands And Moment), but you may not have heard the whole stream which was recently posted on Youtube (thanks to Japanese Shoegaze). The Tokyo-based trio formed in 2007 and released their debut EP ‘Urban Twilight’ followed by the singles ‘Half Dreaming’, ‘After The Rain’ and ‘Scent’. The band’s MBV influence is obvious, they nail that classic sound on opener ‘Blurred Lights’ and ‘Memories Of The Past’ however the remaining songs are a complete contrast, with a jangle pop/twee feel. Judge for yourself, the EP stream is below…

 
Oeil – ‘Myrtle’ [EP Stream]

Visit Oeil online @ Hands & Moment @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Muso Planet Volume Seven – Out Now!

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In case you missed it, Muso Planet Volume Seven has arrived (free download here)! This volume features music from Dead Leaf Echo, Jaguwar, Magic Love and Rev Rev Rev. Plus Latino America Shoegaze Presents Guitarists and their Pedals, with a feature on Hands And Moment and much more! Thank you Muso Planet.

 
Various Artists – ‘Muso Planet Volume Seven’

Visit Muso Planet online @ Bandcamp.

Grimm Grimm – ‘Kazega Fuitara Sayonara’

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Japan’s Koichi Yamanoha (formerly of Screaming Tea Party) works under the moniker Grimm Grimm and produces very colourful, spaced out tunes! His latest single ‘Kazega Fuitara Sayonara’ is out September 29 via Pickpocket Records (Kevin Shields own label with Charlotte Marionneau from Le Volume Courbe). It’s an unnerving oddity that’s packed with character. It gave me weird visuals of wind up toys walking in a circle, popping acid. *grin*

 
Grimm Grimm – ‘Kazega Fuitara Sayonara’

Visit Grimm Grimm @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.