Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2016

shoegaze dream pop songs albums 2016

It’s time, here’s the yearly list of our most loved albums in shoegaze and dream pop for 2016! It kicked off with some brilliant EPs from LSD & the Search for God, Indoor Voices and Dear Tracks, before gifting us with some of the most exciting shoegaze albums in recent years; Rev Rev Rev, Jaguwar, and The Stargazer Lilies. Supergroup Minor Victories landed, along with the reformation of Lush. Nothing’s full length ‘Tired Of Tomorrow’ gave us the crowd pleasers we’d been looking for (an instant classic). Next year we look forward to fresh music from Slowdive, Airiel, Miniatures, Pia Fraus, and the wonderful Star Horse. In the meantime, the yearly playlist has been updated and added to the bottom of the post. Thanks to everyone for your support this year (it’s been a tough one), see you in 2017.

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2016

1 NothingTired Of TomorrowRock/Shoegaze
2 NewmoonSpaceRock/Shoegaze
3 LSD and the Search for GodHeaven Is A Place [EP]Psych Rock/Shoegaze
4 Leave The PlanetNowhere [EP]Dream Pop
5 Japanese BreakfastPsychopompRock/Shoegaze
6 Turnip KingLaikaRock/Shoegaze
7 Lazy LegsVisiondeathShoegaze
8 Day WaveHard To Read [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream Pop
9 Matt BartramMoments BeforeShoegaze
10 CrescendoUnlessJangle Pop/Dream Pop
11 KindlingEverywhere ElseShoegaze
12 Rev Rev RevDes fleurs magiques bourdonnaientShoegaze
13 JaguwarIINoise Rock/Shoegaze
14 DIIVIs The Is AreJangle Pop/Shoegaze
15 Dear TracksSoft Dreams [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream Pop
16 Hideous TownsDisquiet LivingDream Pop/New Wave
17 Flyying ColoursMindfulnessRock/Shoegaze
18 VHS DreamDepartureDream Pop/Shoegaze
19 The Stargazer LiliesDoor To The SunDream Pop/Psych
20 Vivienne EastwoodShook [EP]Shoegaze
21 Tape WavesHere To FadeDream Pop/Jangle
22 Box And The TwinsEverywhere I Go Is SilenceDream Pop/Darkwave
23 Minor VictoriesMinor VictoriesDream Pop/Post-Rock
24 Linda GuilalaPsiconauticaShoegaze/Dream Pop
25 Hazel EnglishNever Going Home [EP]Dream Pop/Synth
26 KestrelsKelstrelsShoegaze/Rock
27 LandingComplekt Psych/Dream Pop
28 Good Morning TVGood Morning TV [EP]Psych Pop/Dream
29 Indoor VoicesAuratic [EP]Shoegaze
30 Tears Run RingsIn SurgesShoegaze/Dream Pop
31 WrayHypatiaPost-Punk/Shoegaze
32 PinkshinyultrablastGrandfeatheredDream Pop/Shoegaze
33 Living HourLiving HourDream Pop/Psych
34 True WidowAVVOLGEREDoom/Sludgegaze!
35 Dead Horse OneSeason Of MistPsych/Shoegaze
36 MumrunnerGentle Slopes [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
37 CandanceNew FutureDream Pop
38 MeltRifferShoegaze/Rock
39 MiserableUncontrollableDream Pop
40 Hope Sandoval And The Warm InventionsUntil The HunterDream Pop
41 LandingThird SightPsych/Dream Pop
42 The FloristBlood MusicShoegaze
43 FaitSonder [EP]Dream Pop/Instrumental
44 MollySun Sun Sun [EP]Dream Pop/Shoegaze
45 Lorelle Meets The ObsoleteDistancePsych/Shoegaze
46 MemoryhouseSoft HateDream Pop/Synth Pop
47 Vinyl WilliamsBruneiPsych/Dream
48 Vet TripSwimming In MachinesShoegaze/Dream Pop
49 Haiku GardenWaverRock/Shoegaze
50 VallensConsentDream Pop
51 LushBlind Spot [EP]Dream Pop/Rock
52 FluctuationsNightlife [EP]Shoegaze
53 Salt Rush & Mark PetersSalt RushDream Pop
54 No JoyDrool Sucker [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
55 Kinoko TeikokuAi no YukueShoegaze/Dream Pop
56 KigoSunshineShoegaze
57 Floating RoomSunlessDream Pop
58 Bloodhounds On My TrailHaunted Isles [EP]Dream Pop/Shoegaze
59 The High VioletsHeroes And HalosIndie Pop/Dream Pop
60 PolykitePrimordial [EP]Dream Pop

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2016

**see last year’s list; Shoegaze & Dream Pop Albums of 2015**

More 2016 albums in shoegaze and dream pop @ Sounds Better With Reverb.

November Already!? [Mixtape]


The same thing happened last year; things were moving along nicely and then October hit and *ka-blammo*… Sounds Better was forced into silence for a few weeks. Life happens I guess! Nevertheless, it’s time to recap the stand-out tunes from October and early November. The comp kicks off with Japan’s Fluctuations (揺らぎ) (‘Soon’ is lifted from their Nightlife EP which is out this December). There’s a monster new shoegazer from Lazy Legs (who just keep getting better and better), a taste of Melbourne dream poppers Polykite (they’ve just released a debut EP), fellow Victorians Parading are readying their second full length (check out ‘Butterfly’), Brighton foursome Lunar Quiet are sounding brilliant on ‘Cold Spell’ (sadly they’ve recently lost bandmate Tom). There’s also a few psych rockers in there too (Toy / Temples), plus fresh music from Hideous Towns, Cloakroom, Half, Best Friend, Southpavv, and heaps more…

November Already!? [Mixtape]

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Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2016

shoegaze dream pop songs albums 2016

Here’s 6+ hours of brain melting shoegaze, psych, dream pop and jangle pop songs! Handpicked from 2016 releases (as featured on Sounds Better With Reverb this year). As usual, the monster mixtape (almost 100 songs) will keep growing until the year is out. If you’re thinking “yay songs but… what about the albums?” Check out the newly updated list of shoegaze and dream pop albums here, there’s a shed load of albums (listed by release date).

2016 has produced some brilliant shoegaze releases; it kicked off with the Indoor Voices EP, Matt Bartram’s solo effort, Italy’s marvellous Rev Rev Rev, Jaguwar’s off the wall ‘II’ EP, Nothing’s epic new album, Thud’s stand out single, and just last week, Kindling’s ‘Everywhere Else’ LP. Switching to dream pop; Leave The Planet’s ‘Nowhere’ EP is a must, with solid LPs from Miserable and VHS Dream. LSD and the Search for God gave us one of the best psych/gaze crossovers ever with their ‘Heaven Is A Place’ EP, not forgetting The Stargazer Lilies, and Good Morning TV ‘s psych pop gem. In dreamy jangle pop land there’s been the lauded DIIV record, as well as great releases from Crescendo, Dear Tracks and Tape Waves.

Plus there’s a heap of records slated for release in the coming months; Turnip King, Mumrunner, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Panda Riot, Miniatures, Mahogany, Dead Horse One, Airiel, and next year – Slowdive! Lastly, got a suggestion for the playlist? Click through the OTT gif logo and comment at the bottom of the page. Note that a few key tunes are missing because they are not currently available on Soundcloud. Cheers!
Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2016

*See 2015’s top albums and songs here*

More songs in shoegaze and dream pop 2016 @ Sounds Better With Reverb.

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2015


The 2015 end of year list is here! This time it’s a jumbo list of 50 favourite albums, as well as an expanded playlist of 90+ songs. So if you don’t find something to listen to over the holidays, there’s something very wrong! It’s never made much sense to include everything in one big list, but well, here we are again. There’s a genre column that’s sortable, that may appease the purists.

First up, the must-listen shoegaze records. Italy’s La Casa al Mare delivered an unforgettable debut in ‘This Astro’, an instant classic. Beliefs returned with their second album ‘Leaper’ and it turned out to be a stunner, even better than expected. Ringo Deathstarr delivered again with ‘Pure Mood’, they could be on top every year! 93MillionMilesFromTheSun gave us the noise/psych crossover ‘Fall Into Nothing’, an epic listen. Cheatahs continued to dish out brilliance with ‘Mythologies’, and Venera 4‘s full length ‘Eidolon’ impressed.

In dream pop land, it’s hard to argue against the beauty of Beach House‘s ‘Depression Cherry’. It’s minimal dream pop at its best. I didn’t expect it, and loved every minute. That’s not to take away from the amazing crossover records by PinkshinyultrablastThem Are Us Too, Wildhoney and The Black Ryder. And also, the stand-out jangle pop records; ‘Jane’s Lament’ by Au.Ra, Day Wave‘s debut and Hibou‘s self/titled, all great.

2015 was another big year for reunions; on the back of Slowdive‘s tour came news of Ride‘s live return, as well as Swervedriver‘s new album and the imminent reunion of Lush! What’s next? Here’s hoping My Bloody Valentine‘s new EP will see the light of day but that’s crossing all fingers and toes! Though it’s not completely improbable, Kevin Shields told NME they were heading back into the studio last October/November to work on it. So who knows?

As 2015 wraps up there’s a number of confirmed releases to look forward to in 2016; like DIIV, NothingLSD And The Search For God, Pinkshinyultrablast, Dear Tracks, The Enters, Dead Horse One, The Morelings and Maria False. Without further preamble, here’s a list of faves from 2015 (combining albums and EPs / excluding 2-3 track singles)…

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2015

1 Beach HouseDepression CherryDream PopSub Pop
2 La Casa al MareThis Astro [EP]ShoegazeS/R
3 BeliefsLeaperShoegaze / Dream PopHand Drawn Dracula
4 Ringo DeathstarrPure MoodShoegaze / Noise PopClub AC30 / Vinyl Junkie
5 PinkshinyultrablastEverything Else MattersDream Pop / RockClub AC30 / Shelflife
6 93MillionMilesFromTheSunFall Into NothingShoegaze / PsychS/R
7 CheatahsMythologiesShoegaze / PsychWichita Recordings
8 Them Are Us TooRemainDream Pop / Synth PopDais Records
9 Au.RaJane's LamentDream / Jangle / PsychFelte
10 Venera 4EidolonShoegaze / Dream PopS/R
11 No JoyMore FaithfulShoegaze / Dream PopMexican Summer
12 The Black RyderThe Door Behind The DoorDream Pop / ShoegazeThe Anti-Machine Machine
13 AstrobriteDeluxerShoegaze / Noise RockS/R
14 WildhoneyYour Face Sideways [EP]Dream Pop / RockTopshelf Records
15 SwervedriverI Wasn't Born To Lose YouRock / ShoegazeS/R
16 DeafcultDeafcult [EP]Noise Pop / ShoegazeS/R
17 WildhoneySleep Through ItNoise Pop / ShoegazeDeranged / Forward Records
18 Day WaveHeadcase [EP]Dream Pop / Jangle PopS/R
19 Lightning BugFloatersShoegaze / PsychS/R
20 TrementinaAlmost Reach The SunShoegaze Vinyl Junkie / BYM
21 WestkustLast ForeverNoise Pop / ShoegazeLuxury / Run For Cover
22 Infinity GirlHarmShoegaze / RockTopshelf Records
23 AirsApart [EP]Shoegaze / Dream PopBone Orchard
24 She Bit Her LipViivDream Pop / ShoegazeSeksound Records
25 CloakroomFurther OutShoegaze / Post-HardcoreRun For Cover Records
26 HibouHibouDream Pop / Jangle PopBarsuk Records
27 MumrunnerFull Blossom [EP]Shoegaze / PsychSoliti / Wolves & Vibrancy
28 QuellQuellShoegaze / Post-RockS/R
29 WinterSupreme Blue DreamDream Pop / Indie PopLollipop Records
30 Air FormationWere We Ever Here [EP]Shoegaze / RockClub AC30
31 Flyying ColoursROYGBIV [EP]Shoegaze / Noise PopClub AC30 / Shelflife
32 ForevrDemonstration [EP]Shoegaze / Dream PopS/R
33 Static DaydreamStatic DaydreamNoise Rock / ShoegazeMoon Sounds / Saint Marie Records
34 HelenThe Original FacesShoegaze / RockKranky
35 LustLustShoegaze / Post-HardcoreS/R
36 SourinSourinShoegazeS/R
37 TamarynCranekissDream Pop / New WaveMexican Summer
38 Fever DreamMoyaMoyaNoise Pop / ShoegazeClub AC30
39 SheerUneasyShoegaze / RockThe Native Sound
40 KindlingGalaxies [EP]Shoegaze / RockNo Idea Records
41 Vaadat CharigimSinking As A StoneShoegaze / PsychAnova Music / Burger Records
42 ThreadingYou Are Never Enough [EP]Shoegaze / Post-HardcoreThe Native Sound
43 Maria FalseWhenShoegazeA Quick One
44 White PoppyNatural PhenomenaShoegaze / ExperimentalNot Not Fun
45 This Love Is DeadlyWantShoegaze / Dream PopBekassine / Lovesick
46 Presents For SallyColours & ChangesRock / ShoegazeSaint Marie Records
47 Shana FalanaSet Your Lightning Fire FreeShoegaze / PsychTeam Love Records
48 Everyone But MeEveryone But Me [EP]ShoegazeCustom Made Music
49 Bloodhounds On My TrailEscape II [EP]Dream Pop / ShoegazeMoon Sounds Records
50 Ghost LakeI Feel EverythingShoegazeS/R

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015 *UPDATED*

Need more lists? Here’s 2014’s Shoegaze and Dream Pop Albums / Songs to freshen your memory.

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Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015

Sounds Better With Reverb 2015

Looking back over 2015 makes you realize how big a year it’s been for reverb-loving music fiends. Of course, this list of songs only accounts for the world of dream pop, shoegaze and noise pop, with a little psych thrown in. But the truth is, I was beginning to think it had been a quiet year… but nope. In fact, a running tally of standout releases already dwarfs 2014. To name a few, we’ve had shoegaze epics from La Casa al Mare, Venera 4, No Joy, 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, Flyying Colours and This Love Is Deadly (among others). Plus jaw dropping dream pop records from Pinkshinyultrablast, The Black Ryder, Winter and Them Are Us Too, and there’s a mountain of full lengths just around the corner.

One word of note; there are a handful of songs not included due to their absence from Soundcloud. So before you spit fire and say, “Buddy where the hell is Astrobrite!? You dirty heathen!”… please double check the cloud. Otherwise, you know the drill, this is a growing list that will evolve until 2016 dawns… and until you remind me I’ve forgotten something (click through via the indulgent gif logo to comment).

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2015

*See 2014’s top shoegaze & dream pop albums / songs here*

More songs in shoegaze and dream pop 2015 @ Sounds Better With Reverb.

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2014

Shoegaze Dream Pop Songs 2014

Time for our annual shoegaze and dream pop albums of the year *drum roll*! It turns out an EP from last year is our top album for this year – ha! Such is the fickle business of list making. To be fair, the EP in question was released worldwide early in 2014 with a pre-release in Japan last December, so we figure it counts. Plus to ignore EPs in this niche would be sacrilegious! Moving on…

2014 began strong with the news of Slowdive‘s reformation and live shows, it ends with a similar announcement from Ride. Can’t get much bigger for reverb fans! Next year the holy trinity of shoegazin’ forefathers will be operational; MBV, Slowdive and Ride. And let’s not forget Swervedriver! The rock gods have been kind. The long awaited ‘Beautiful Noise’ documentary provided a cherry on top, and a reminder of where it all began.

The gluttony of electronic dream pop bands faded this year, replaced by more organic and natural sounding albums, Be Forest‘s ‘Earthbeat’ is at the top. The post-hardcore/punk sound swept into the shoegaze world via Nothing‘s ‘Guilty Of Everything’ and Whirr‘s ‘Sway’ (among others). The former being the obvious people’s choice, the most talked about and probably the most influential album on the list. We may see a swathe of Nothing band clones in 2015!

Ringo Deathstarr managed to add something new to the genre with ‘Gods Dream’, a twist on expectations. And of course, it’s full of brilliant songs. 2014 also gave us some amazing debut releases, Italian shoegaze trio La Casa al Mare are yet to deliver a full length but their singles are jaw droppers. Another point of note was the Aussie “roo gaze” explosion of 2014, with top shelf tunes from Lowtide, Fait, Roku Music, Kigo, Blush Response and Hideous Towns.

DAVE’S SAY: Another banner year for shoegaze and dream pop in the books (what, me biased?). I’ve got to thank my mate Jimmy and SBWR for the shot to be part of it! Both of my standout favorites came via Italy. Because it didn’t find an apt home on our list, let me first call out La Casa Al Mare’s dual two-trackers as the debut of the year; that there wasn’t a full LP release made the task of sorting the crème-de-la-crème for this season’s list a touch easier! Be Forest’s ‘Earthbeat’ was a transporting, impressionistic masterpiece that has gotten better and better, solidifying itself as one of the most beautifully satisfying albums I’ve heard. Lowtide, Bilinda Butchers, Fait, Sounds of Sputnik And Ummagma, ‘APZOO,’ and Imandra Lake’s releases pointed to the impressive diversity and talent represented in “the scene” from every corner of the globe. There were crushingly reverberant singles from Magic Love, The Hours, My Red Dress, Kigo, 93MMFTS, Blood Sister; Louise Trehy’s long hiatus was broken with an under-appreciated success, and Dead Mellotron’s shorter-term hiatus ended with a yuletide treat. There were more top shelf efforts than we could keep track of, a forecast I expect will last through 2015!

Summing up, we’ve compiled a mixed bag of 2014 faves, combining shoegaze and dream pop. A number of stellar albums were left out due to genre lines. For instance, there were strong psych and post rock records from Alcest, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete and Medicine. No doubt, more gems will be discovered in the coming months that should’ve been included, so please make your recommendations in the comments below. Our songs of the year playlist has been reworked, expanded and re-posted underneath. Plus there’s a recap of the best shoegaze and dream pop records of the past few years (according to Sounds Better). Deep breath, here we go…


1 Ringo DeathstarrGod's Dream [EP]ShoegazeNeon Sigh/Noyes
2 Be ForestEarthbeatDream PopWWNBB
3 NothingGuilty Of EverythingShoegaze/RockRelapse Records
4CheatahsCheatahsShoegaze/RockWichita Recordings
5A Sunny Day In GlasgowSea When AbsentDream PopLefse Records
6 FaitAtmosphere [EP]Shoegaze/InstrumentalSelf R
7 The Bilinda ButchersHeavenDream Pop/ConceptOrchid Tapes/Fastcut
8 The EntersSmall Town Love [EP]ShoegazeSelf R
9 The Mary OnettesPorticoDream Pop/Jangle PopLabrador
10 We Need SecretsMelancholy And The ArchiveShoegazeSaint Marie Records / Noyes
11 WhirrSwayShoegaze/RockGraveface Records
12 Roku MusicColliderShoegazeSonic Masala Records
13 LightfoilsHierarchyDream Pop/ShoegazeSaint Marie Records
14 LowtideLowtideDream PopLost And Lonesome
15Blush ResponseTelltale [EP]ShoegazeSelf R
16 She SirGo GuitarsDream Pop/Jangle PopShelflife Records
17 Imandra LakeAvaneDream Pop/FolkSeksound
18The Death Of PopFifths [EP]Shoegaze/PsychArt Is Hard
19 Kairon; IRSE!UjubasajubaShoegaze/PsychSelf R
20To The WeddingSilver Currents [EP]Dream PopSelf R
21Viscous LiquidSongs for Jealous Lovers [EP]Shoegaze/SurfOne Note Forever
22WildhoneySeventeen Forever [EP]Shoegaze/RockPhotobooth Records
23 AerofallAerofallShoegazeHands And Moment
24 Dead MellotronWinter 2014 [EP]Dream/Jangle/PsychSelf R
25 Nothing/WhirrWhirr/Nothing Split [EP]Shoegaze/RockRun For Cover Records
26 ReighnbeauHandsShoegaze/ElectronicBridgetown Records
27NeivDecades [EP]Shoegaze/Dream PopSelf R
28 Asalto Al Parque ZoológicoHexadecimalShoegazeCasa del Puente Discos
29The Cherry WaveAvalancherShoegaze/RockSelf R
30CeremonyBirds [EP]Noise Rock/ShoegazeEmerald & Doreen Recordings
31Power PyramidPower PyramidShoegaze/RockSelf R
KigoClose (Enough To Kiss) [EP]ShoegazeSelf R
33Sounds of Sputnik Feat. Ummagma New BornShoegaze/Dream PopEar to Ear Records
34Hideous TownsHideous Towns [EP]Dream PopSelf R
35Elastic SleepLeave You [EP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeBig Tea Records
36 Spotlight KidTen Thousand HoursShoegaze/RockSaint Marie Records
37 TuTYou Got Me When I Stare At YouDream Pop/ShoegazeSelf R
38 SnowbirdMoonDream Pop/ACBella Union
39 Strata FloridaMade Of StarsShoegaze/Dream POpSaint Marie Records
40 MentaleaseIndian SummerShoegaze/RockSelf R



1My Bloody ValentineMBVShoegaze2013
2WeekendJinxShoegaze/Post Punk2013
3 MedicineTo The Happy FewShoegaze/Psych2013
4 No JoyWait To PleasureShoegaze/Rock2013
5 Panda RiotNorthern Automatic MusicShoegaze2013
6 Flyying ColoursFlyying Colours [EP]Shoegaze2013
7 Venera 4Deaf Hearts [EP]Shoegaze2013
8 Brothers In LawHard Times For DreamersDream Pop/Jangle Pop2013
9 OvlovAmShoegaze/Rock2013
10 BeliefsSelf TitledShoegaze/Dream Pop2013
11 DråpeCanicular DaysDream Pop/Psych2013
12 Besnard LakesUntil in Excess, Impercetible UFODream Pop/Psych2013
13 CeremonyDistanceShoegaze/Noise Rock2013
14 Candy ClawsCeres & Calypso In The Deep TimeDream Pop/Shoegaze2013
15 White PoppyS/TShoegaze/Instrumental2013
16 KigoSo Lost NowShoegaze2013
17 WhirrAround [EP]Shoegaze/Rock2013
18 Dead Leaf EchoThought And LanguageShoegaze/Dream Pop2013
19 Black Hearted BrotherStars Are Our HomeShoegaze/Psych2013
20 MiniaturesDIS [EP]Shoegaze/Dream Pop2013


1 Dead MellotronGlitter [EP]Shoegaze2012
2 DiivOshinDream Pop/Jangle Pop2012
3 Arc In RoundArc In RoundShoegaze2012
4 Ringo DeathstarrMauveShoegaze2012
5 Echo LakeWild PeaceDream Pop2012
6 TamarynTender New SignsDream Pop/Shoegaze2012
7A Place To Bury StrangersWorshipShoegaze/Noise Rock2012
8Wild NothingNocturneDream Pop/Jangle Pop2012
10AirielKid Games [EP]Shoegaze/Dream Pop2012
11 WhirrPipe DreamsShoegaze/Rock2012
12Young PrismsIn BetweenShoegaze2012
13Death And VanillaDeath And VanillaDream Pop/Psych Pop2012
14Frankie RoseInterstellarDream Pop2012
15Beach HouseBloomDream Pop2012
16 Melody's Echo ChamberMelody's Echo ChamberDream Pop/Psych Pop2012
1893millionmilesfromthesunTowards The LightShoegaze/Noise Rock2012
19Observer DriftCorridorsDream Pop2012
20 ViolensTrueDream Pop/Pop2012

So that’s our Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums of 2014, but what’s next!? We’re expecting a number of amazing records in 2015, with known releases from The Black Ryder, Tamaryn, Venera 4, Wildhoney, 93MMFTS, La Casa al Mare, Cheatahs, Dead Leaf Echo, She’s So Rad, Pinkyshinyultrablast, Cloakroom and more. See more end of year lists at our Hall Of Fame page/s.