Versus People – ‘Be Away’ EP

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Swiss shoegazers Versus People return with their latest five track release ‘Be Away’ (download). The foursome posted the title track video to match; a dense and dissonant ode to escape. If you’re a fan of sedate, blissed out records then this is for you. It’s relentlessly submerged, lo-fi and warped throughout. ‘Sunflyers’ is perhaps the most upbeat of the lot. Though I particularly like the wall of sound effect they achieve midway through their cover of Air’s ‘Dead Bodies’.

 
Versus People – ‘Be Away’ EP

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Mosaicz – ‘Physic’

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Mosaicz dropped their latest tune ‘Physic’ earlier this month; a lo-fi wall of noise from their impending EP/LP (expected next year). The Geelong-based trio are a little bit psych, and a little shoegaze. ‘Physic’ is a washed out slow burner, with sunken vocals and a groovy, overblown feel to it. This is the third song Mosaicz have posted since 2015’s epic ‘Backwards’. Pick it up at Bandcamp.

 
Mosaicz – ‘Physic’

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Bloodhounds On My Trail – ‘Haunted Isles’ EP

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Moon Sounds Records have delivered the latest EP from Melbourne shoegaze band Bloodhounds On My Trail (get it here)! The ‘Haunted Isles’ EP features the lead tunes ‘Over The Wall’ and the recently public single ‘Places Like This’. The four piece; Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Nik Donaldson (drums) and Ché Walden (bass), delivered their last EP ‘Escape II’ in late 2015. ‘Haunted Isles’ is a solid collection that builds on their widescreen moody rock sound. BOMT might be Australia’s contemporary answer to Chapterhouse or Ride; a provocative mix of melody and noise.

 
Bloodhounds On My Trail – ‘Haunted Isles’ EP

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Melt – ‘Rewind’

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New Jersey foursome Melt have posted another tune from their forthcoming debut LP ‘Riffer’ (out this week through Danger Collective / Top Shelf Records). ‘Rewind’ follows the lead single ‘Out Of Line’ and it’s another reverb rocker with fuzzy edges and plenty of vocal hooks. An accessible mix of college rock n’ shoegazey/post-hardcore production. Fans of Nothing’s latest should find something to like here.

Hoo boy… there’s been plenty of other ‘gaze related news about the internets this week – where to start!? Lush have called it a day (again) after a very successful reunion tour and the ‘Blind Spot’ EP release (read their statement here). Creation Records announced that The Jesus And Mary Chain will deliver a fresh record in March 2017! Plus some My Bloody Valentine news; while we knew that Kevin Shields was busy remastering ‘Loveless’ at Abbey Road Studios with Sean Magee, we didn’t know that MBV plan on touring again next year. *faints* Of course, that’s according to some drunken pub talk (via Reddit). But hey, it’s a small whiff of hope nonetheless. While we wait The Vinyl Factory have posted an introduction to each MBV record (check that out here).
 
Melt – ‘Rewind’

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November Already!? [Mixtape]

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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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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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