La Casa al Mare – ‘This Astro’ [EP]


La Casa al Mare‘s debut EP ‘This Astro‘ has landed, and it’s every bit as magical as we expected. The newcomers appeared (seemingly out of nowhere) last September with the ‘M’ single, a beautifully polished shoegaze anthem that plays out like an unearthed classic. Of course, it helps when the band features former members of Sea Dweller, My Violent Ego and La Calle Mojada (which explains their veteran sound). The EP release features five songs (including the two singles), with a bonus track (‘This Astro’) on the CD. It’s a good opportunity for those who haven’t picked up the previous singles to jump on board, and provides three extra songs (for those that have).

La Casa al Mare – ‘At All’ [Exclusive Stream]

The trio (Marco Poloni on vocals/bass, Paolo Miceli on drums, with Alessio Pindinelli on guitar and vocals) don’t hide their influences, ‘This Astro’ overtly borrows from the 90s. The My Bloody Valentine influence is clear, however they do add enough of their own charm to make it their own. It could also be argued that La Casa al Mare have much stronger vocal chords than their forefathers *dodges rotten tomatoes*. I suppose that’s how the sound has evolved, ‘This Astro’ capitalizes on the gorgeous sonic swells but supports them with catchy melodies (that aren’t overdone). The EP doesn’t bury too many sounds in the mix, you can still make out what’s going on, and there’s not an over indulgence in lo-fi aesthetics either.

‘I Don’t Want To’ gets the EP off to a punchy start. It’s a short blast of swooning tremolos and melodic haze which runs into ‘Sunflowers’, a reminder that, all this distortion and naval gazing doesn’t have to be depressing! Its choruses are light and positive, one of the highlights. ‘At All’ (first public stream above), is a straight ahead indie rocker that bridges into the sedate ‘Tonight Or Never’, a dream pop lullaby that shows us what La Casa al Mare sound like without all the fuzz. ‘CD Girl’ is an unassuming song, it washes over you without the same hooks as the other singles but is still a strong entry. The CD bonus cut ‘This Astro’ is their most experimental work yet, a five minute instrumental. It’s filled with reverb heavy sounds jutting into the mix. It forms a dissonant cacophony mid way, and almost falls into a heap before wondering into the fade out.

La Casa al Mare – ‘This Astro’ [EP stream – select cuts]

It’s difficult to fault the EP, but like many of you, I’d really like to hear what they’ll do on a full length. That’s my only complaint! If you’re a fan of the genre, ‘This Astro’ is a must listen. It’s a pleasure from start to finish (first listen through), and it’s one of the most exciting EPs I’ve heard in years. And to think, this is only the beginning.

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La Casa al Mare - 'This Astro' [EP]
  • A modern take on classic shoegaze
  • Big sound, big melodies!
  • An accomplished debut
  • It's not a full length (only 3 new songs)
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La Casa al Mare – ‘I Don’t Want To’ [Premiere]


Roman shoegaze outfit La Casa al Mare have delivered their debut EP ‘This Astro‘! We’ve been eagerly awaiting a full length since hearing the ‘M / CD Girl’ single last September, so it’s welcome news! Both EPs are incorporated into the release together with the opener ‘I Don’t Want To’, ‘At All’ and the CD exclusive ‘This Astro’. As you’ll hear below, their latest is a hazy slice of brilliance with a head nod to the early 90s. Pick up a download or disc here.

La Casa al Mare – ‘I Don’t Want To’ [This Astro EP]

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Weird. – ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’ [Album Premiere]


It’s a pleasure to present the first public stream of Weird‘s forthcoming album ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’. It’s an ambient rock feast with psych swagger, shoegaze swoon and epic slow burners! The record is highlighted by some monumental tunes, namely ‘Gaze’, ‘The Sound Of Your Heartbreak’ and the single ‘Infinite Decay’. It follows Weird’s 2013 debut LP, ‘Desert Love For Lonely Graves‘ and a tour of their native Italy. The Roman band formed in 2011 with front man Marco Barzetti (guitar/vocals), together with drummer Massimiliano Pecci and Giovanni Romano (bass). ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’ will be available from March 2 via Lady Sometimes Records (pre-order here).

Weird. – ‘A Long Period Of Blindness’ [Album Premiere]

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Weird. – ‘Infinite Decay’


The Blog That Celebrates Itself‘ kicked off 2015 with a series of new digital compilations (‘Solid’, ‘Liquid’ and ‘Gaseous’). Chances are you’ll enjoy the Brazilian bloggers selections (I know I did), take a peek here! Case in point, the opener to the ‘Liquid’ comp by Weird. ‘Infinite Decay’ showcases the Roman shoegazers moody melodies in all their brilliance, a new album is expected later this year.

Weird. – ‘Infinite Decay’

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La Casa Al Mare – ‘Sunflowers’ [Video]

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The two months wait since La Casa Al Mare‘s debut may seem like a sneeze in the midst of our current ‘shoegaze revival’ and the return of long-slumbering genre pioneers to studios and stages. Graciously, the Italian wunderkinder have delivered another single, ‘Sunflowers,’ a densely-textured noise escape to sate our ear. It’s paired with the contrasting ‘Dagger’-esque ringing, swelling sweetness of ‘Tonight or never,’ and a video that takes the literal approach to kaleidoscopic visuals. [By Dave Lytton]

La Casa Al Mare – ‘Sunflowers’

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La Casa al Mare – ‘M’

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Amazing debut from Italian shoegazers La Casa al Mare! ‘M’ is the group’s first single, with the b-side ‘CD Girl’ (available now via Lady Sometimes Records). Both are beautifully crafted, recorded at Studio Wax in Rome. The three piece is Paolo Miceli (formerly of My Violent Ego / Sea Dweller), Marco Poloni (formerly of La Calle Mojada) and singer/guitarist Alessio Pindinelli. There’s no official release date for their debut full length ‘Moonlight’ as yet, hopefully soon!

La Casa al Mare – ‘M’

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