The Pink Elephants Feat. Nikki Lee – ‘Cloud Symbols’

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The Pink Elephants and singer Nikki Lee have crafted the droney shoegazer ‘Cloud Symbols’; a cut from their new album ‘Temples In The Sky‘. The psych/shoegaze band is lead by Peter McNestry and features seven contributors from all over (Canada, the UK and Europe). The thirteen track digital release features a handful of covers (including Spiritualized’s ‘Hold On’ and Sonic Boom’s ‘Angel’). Jump into their fuzzy creation below…

 
The Pink Elephants Feat. Nikki Lee – ‘Cloud Symbols’

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The Pink Elephants – ‘Undone’

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Ontario’s The Pink Elephants have had a busy year, they’ve given us the ‘Dream Chamber’ EP and already have a follow up on the way; ‘Temples In The Sky’. The purveyors of dreamy psych have also posted a fresh video for ‘Undone’ (which you can check out here). There’s loads to like about ‘Dream Chamber’, take a listen to their sedated and submerged sound below…

 
The Pink Elephants – ‘Undone’ [‘Dream Chamber’ LP Stream]

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Wood Lake – ‘Hollow’

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Wood Lake has dished up the first single from their new album, the relentless reverb rocker ‘Hollow’. The anthem leads an eclectic selection of tunes from the Ontario trio. Punk, shoegaze and metal collide on their forthcoming full length ‘Hell’ (out April 22).

 
Wood Lake – ‘Hollow’

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Beliefs – ‘Leaper’

This week Hand Drawn Dracula delivered ‘Leaper’, the second album from Beliefs! The Ontario duo is Jesse Crowe (of Rolemodel / Praises) and Josh Korody (of Nailbiter / Wish), together they sound like a shoegaze equivalent of Sonic Youth. Jesse’s vocals often have that Kim Gordon punk attitude to them. It’s something that’s so hard to pull off, the “I’m singing this but I really don’t two shits” sound. Beliefs do it really well, and it sets them apart from dreamier shoegaze acts.

‘Leaper’ is an entirely new beast but it’s positively dripping with nostalgia, from the guitar tones to the song titles (‘Swooner’ ‘Drown’), to the artwork, even the lyrical references nod to the classics (i.e. “you shouldn’t taste, just like honey”). Beliefs make it pretty clear what they’re trying to do and ‘Leaper’ delivers exactly what you’d think. It’s unapologetic, this is your 90s band memories re-imagined in ten new tracks.

Thankfully Beliefs don’t just spend the album emulating the greats, it’s full of solid song writing. The lead singles ‘Tidal Wave’ and ‘1992’ are great but in my opinion, there’s even better album cuts. ‘Ghosts’ is one of these highlights, it’s a really simple tune but has a great feel and melody. And of course, having both girl and guy vocalists is always a win, it keeps the album fresh.

Beliefs haven’t set out to reinvent the wheel with this release, they’ve borrowed from the creative cauldron and they also put some back. If you’re a fan of the lead singles then definitely take the time with this one. It’s one of the stronger shoegaze records I’ve heard in 2015 and it’s consistent throughout. I’ve given it a few listens now and I expect it’ll grow on me even more. Pick up a copy via Hand Drawn Dracula, there’s translucent green vinyl on offer.

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Beliefs - 'Leaper'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Solid second album
  • Guy / girl vocals
  • No filler
CON'S
  • Nostalgia may be too much for some!
4.0Overall Score
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Vallens – ‘Tennesse Haze’

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‘Tennesse Haze’ is an impressive new shoegazer courtesy of Ontario-based outfit Vallens. The group is lead by songwriter Robyn Phillips, who is currently recording a debut full length with Jeff Berner (Psychic TV) and label mate Josh Korody (Beliefs / Wish). ‘Tennesse Haze’ is a sprawling rocker that covers a lot of ground over its six plus minutes, the seasick guitars are held together with an 80s backbeat. Big sound, big tune! The single is out now via Canadian label Hand Drawn Dracula.

 
Vallens – ‘Tennesse Haze’

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Somerville Jack – ‘Kali’

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Chris McComas (Somerville Jack) has released a brilliant dream pop tune on the latest Citrus City Records compilation (available here). The Canadian solo artist has recently completed work on a debut full length, while his other project (the jangle pop duo Permanent Vacation), are also soon to announce details of a new record. The man never sleeps!

 
Somerville Jack – ‘Kali’

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