Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2014 jimmy 19/12/2014 shoegaze 1 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… SHOEGAZE AND DREAM POP ALBUMS OF 2014 #ArtworkArtistAlbumGenreLabel 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 32 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 SONGS OF 2014 TOP 20 SHOEGAZE AND DREAM POP ALBUMS OF 2013 (RECAP) #ArtworkArtistAlbumGenreYear 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 TOP 20 SHOEGAZE AND DREAM POP ALBUMS OF 2012 (RECAP) #ArtworkArtistAlbumGenreYear 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 9SnøskredWhiteoutShoegaze2012 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 17HighlandsSingularityShoegaze/Psych2012 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.