Shoegaze Albums & Songs Of 2017

The year in shoegaze and dream pop reviewed; with over 100 albums and songs listed (the playlist runs over 8 hours if you stick with it). This one’s a little out of control! It’s been months in the making so I hope you find something to like. 2017 has been an incredibly strong year for shoegaze fans, there’s so much to dig through. The music below covers a range of reverb-centric genres: jangle pop; psych; noise rock; shoegaze; ambient; dream pop, and so forth. There’s a genre column on the album list to assist the purists, which you can sort yourself. It’s been organised by release date but I’m going to chat through a smaller list of faves.

The rock gods have been kind. The reformation of classic acts continued in 2017 (following Lush last year) we had Slowdive’s first new record in 22 years! The album has been critically praised, so have their live shows. In 2018 the quintet will tour Australia for the first time. Plus Slowdive’s Simon Scott has already confirmed that the band is hitting the studio next year, so a follow up release shouldn’t be another 20 years off. Speaking of, Ride also released their first new album in a few decades; ‘Weather Diaries’. The British rock legends teamed up with Erol Alkan and Alan Moulder (Nowhere/Going Blank Again) for the record. A welcome return. Not to forget fellow shoegaze luminaries Secret Shine who delivered a new long player, ‘There Is Only Now’. In the new year we can also finally get our hands on the vinyl remasters of My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Isn’t Anything’ and ‘Loveless’. Check out the Rolling Stone interview if you missed it, it’s an interesting read. According to Kevin, a new MBV LP may land mid-2018. Or mid-2028. One of the two. Maybe.

In terms of must-listen shoegaze albums, here are a handful…. First up, Pia Fraus’ decade long return with ‘Field Ceremony’. Everything Seksound puts out is quality and this record is flawless. The Estonian veterans make it sound easy. Another must is Airiel’s ‘Molten Young Lovers’ (released on Shelflife this October). Airiel’s second full length was worth the wait, and it was a long one. It’s dreamy, loud and danceable all at once. Don’t miss it. Brisbane-based shoegazers Deafcult delivered their debut album ‘Auras’ and it has barely left my record player. After their turbo-charged 2015 EP I wasn’t sure which direction they’d go. ‘Auras’ has depth and diversity. Love it. Fellow Aussie noise-makers Miniatures gave us another top shelf debut, ‘Jessamines’ (thanks to Saint Marie). The Kiwi ex-pats worked with producer Matthew Hosking to craft a layered gem. They’ve been creating amazing tunes since 2012 and its great to have a full length from them.

Colorado’s Gleemer gave us the dreamy ‘Anymore’ (via Other People Records). The dense and melodic LP is a DIY effort with plenty of punch. Gleemer are currently on tour throughout the U.S with Hundredth and Tennis System. Meanwhile Panda Riot returned with fresh tunes in 2017, delivering ‘Infinity Maps’ which was four years in the making. The LP is a worthy follow-up to 2013’s ‘Northern Automatic Music’ and weighs in with a hefty 18 songs. In June Leeds shoegazers Colour Of Spring delivered their self-titled EP, another stellar release. Their combination of fuzz and melody has attracted the attention of NME, Clash and The Line Of Best Fit. Brooklyn foursome Infinity Girl released their third full length ‘Somewhere Nice, Someday’ which is an easily digestible swan song. The band announced the record while telling fans it would be their last. Let’s hope that’s not the case.

Nebraska noisemakers See Through Dresses released their dreamy LP ‘Horse Of The Other World’ this year (through Tiny Engines). Since their debut LP in 2014 the band have toured through the U.S., Canada and Europe. Check them out if you haven’t already. Monster Movie returned in 2017, unleashing their first new material in seven years! The supergroup features Sean Hewson, Christian Savill (of Slowdive), James Harrison (Air Formation) and also Slowdive bassist Nick Chaplin. Ryan Graveface produced the record and its a fan favourite already. Meanwhile Brazil’s Devilish Dear released an equally explosive record called ‘These Sunny Days’. This one could easily fly under the radar, so don’t let it! L.A.’s Froth is another must. The quartet’s long player ‘Outside (briefly)’ isn’t a straight-up shoegaze record but it delivers great guitar-driven tunes. It’s an unpredictable and dynamic listen. To wrap up the 2017 shoegaze releases of note, do not miss the short but awesome split release by Kindling and Kestrels. It’s got two originals and two covers (of The Replacements and My Bloody Valentine). All rad. Lovely work Noyes Records! You’ll find those tracks in the playlist below.

Dream Pop. This year there was an eclectic crop. However, You’ll Never Get To Heaven immediately stands out. The Canadian duo released ‘Images’ through Yellow K Records. It just oozes class. This is highbrow dream pop done right! Excellent songwriting. The new album from London’s Plastic Flowers is also impressive. ‘Absent Forever’ marks his third LP, an analog recording with DIY charm. It was crafted while studying for a PhD… so kudos! In October, Run For Cover Records gave us the brilliant ‘III’ from Sweden’s Makthaverskan. For their third album the five-piece mellowed out (just a little) so their brand of post-punk has a dreamier sheen. I love it. Maja Milner’s vocals are packed with character.

Jangle Pop. Lo-fi/bedroom pop. This year we didn’t have a DIIV album to wade through. Maybe next year. BUT… May 5 was huge. Surely it’s not a coincidence that Day Wave, Hazel English, Hoops and Fazerdaze all released their twangy gems on the same day? There must have been a conference call! Anyways, those four albums typify a solid year for lovers of lo-fi melodies. Not to forget the brilliant EP from Surf Rock Is Dead. The Brooklyn-based duo (who hail from Melbourne and Chicago) gave us ‘We Have No Friends?’ It’s a genre-blending collection that does everything right. Can’t wait for a full length. Grab the EP via Native Sound. In fact, Native Sound is a label that deserves a standing ovation for releasing a tidal wave of great tunes this year. Thanks Julio! So that’s it, a landmark year. Perhaps the greatest batch of tunes since Sounds Better With Reverb started posting back in 2011.

NB: Please share your picks and/or notable omissions in the comments (click through the swirling logo, comments are in the footer). A few tunes have been omitted from the playlist because they are not available on Soundcloud. Sad! Next year this list will probably be on Spotify, because after many years in the desert they are now including plenty of indies. Cheers!

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2017

Notable Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2017 (not all of ’em!)

RELEASE DATEARTWORKARTISTALBUMGENRE
12/15/2017 Eyes Behind The VeilGrow [EP]Ambient/Dream Pop
12/01/2017 Mark PetersInnerlandInstrumental/Dream Pop
12/01/2017 MollyGlimpse [EP]Post-Rock/Shoegaze
11/28/2017 All Sparks Burn OutSunspots [EP]Shoegaze
11/24/2017 Death Of LoversAcrobatNew Wave/Dream Pop
11/24/2017 Sound And FurySproutRock/Shoegaze
11/20/2017 The TelescopesStone TapeNoise/Drone
11/17/2017 GleemerAnymoreRock/Shoegaze
11/15/2017 AerofallFormsShoegaze
11/10/2017 KindlingHushRock/Shoegaze
11/10/2017 LullSea Change [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
11/10/2017 Plastic FlowersAbsent ForeverDream Pop/Shoegaze
10/31/2017 Silver LizI Can Feel The WeightDream Pop/Shoegaze
10/27/2017 GlaareTo Deaf And DayDream Pop
10/23/2017 Brief CandlesRetreaterRock/Shoegaze
10/20/2017 Lost FilmBroken SpectreIndie/Jangle Pop
10/20/2017 MakthaverskanIllDream Pop/Post Punk
10/16/2017 Pia FrausField CeremonyDream Pop/Shoegaze
10/13/2017 AirielMolten Young LoversShoegaze/Dream Pop
10/13/2017 Dead Leaf EchoBeyond​.​DesireShoegaze/Dream Pop
10/13/2017 The Luxembourg SignalBlue FieldRock/Shoegaze
10/06/2017 MiniaturesJessaminesShoegaze
10/06/2017 Sound Of CeresThe TwinDream Pop/Electronic
10/06/2017 Surf Rock Is DeadWe Have No Friends? [EP]Dream Pop/Jangle Pop
10/06/2017 To The Wedding
Here And Now / Silver Currents Rock/Dream Pop
09/29/2017 Fever DreamSquidShoegaze
09/29/2017 Pure Phase Ensemble 6 Feat. Anton NewcombeLive At SpaceFest!Shoegaze/Psych Rock
09/26/2017The MorelingsSame CenturyDream Pop/Psych
09/22/2017 BeliefsHabitatDream Pop/Electronic
09/22/2017 Misty CoastMisty CoastPsych Pop/Dream Pop
09/22/2017 When The Sun HitsImmersed Within Your Eyes [EP]Shoegaze
09/15/2017 Hope Sandoval & The Warm InventionsSon Of A Lady [EP]Dream Pop
09/15/2017 LacingBummerShoegaze
09/15/2017 Palm HazeTangy DreamRock/Shoegaze
09/08/2017 NonconnahThe Gloom & The GlowingAmbient/Shoegaze
09/01/2017 The Stargazer LiliesLostShoegaze/Psych
08/25/2017 WidowspeakExpect The BestDream Pop/Indie
08/22/2017 IrisIris [EP]Shoegaze
08/22/2017 SPC ECOCalmShoegaze/Rock
08/18/2017 CloakroomTime WellShoegaze/Doom
08/11/2017 FOREVRClassics/Death Is A MiracleShoegaze/Electronic
08/11/2017 Frankie RoseCage TropicalIndie/Dream Pop
08/08/2017 BoysDreamland [EP]Dream Pop/Jangle Pop
08/08/2017 Infinity GirlSomewhere Nice, SomedayRock/Shoegaze
08/03/2017 The Sorry ShopSoftspokenShoegaze
07/20/2017 FoliageSilenceDream Pop/Jangle Pop
07/14/2017 My Favourite ThingsFly I Will, Because I Can Dream Pop/Indie
07/14/2017 See Through DressesHorse Of The Other WorldDream Pop/Shoegaze
07/07/2017 Star TropicsLost WorldDream Pop/Jangle Pop
07/07/2017 The TelescopesAs Light ReturnNoise/Drone
07/04/2017 SlowlyUnfoldShoegaze
06/30/2017 Au.RaCultivationsDream Pop/Indie
06/30/2017 BlankenbergeRadiogazeShoegaze/Dream Pop
06/30/2017 DeafcultAurasShoegaze
06/23/2017 Colour Of SpringColour Of Spring [EP]Shoegaze
06/16/2017 MorelsDriftShoegaze/Psych
06/16/2017 Jefre Cantu-LedesmaOn The Echoing GreenExperimental/Shoegaze
06/16/2017 RideWeather DiariesRock/Shoegaze
06/13/2017 BellavistaSun & SkywayShoegaze/Psych Rock
06/12/2017 HundredthRareShoegaze/Post hardcore
06/09/2017 Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After SexIndie/Dream Pop
06/09/2017 Panda RiotInfinity MapsShoegaze/Dream Pop
06/08/2017 We. the pigsDK48 EP2 [EP]Shoegaze/Dream Pop
06/02/2017 Sleep Party PeopleLingeringPsych/Dream Pop
06/02/2017 ReighnbeauHide [EP]Electronic/Shoegaze
06/02/2017 Ulrika SpacekModern English DecorationRock/Shoegaze
06/02/2017 The VeldtThe Shocking Fuzz... [EP - World Release]Dream Pop/Electronic
06/01/2017 SchonwaldNight IdyllColdwave/Dream Pop
05/19/2017 Is BlissThe Honeycomb Explosion [EP]Psych Rock/Shoegaze
05/12/2017 OverlakeFallRock/Shoegaze
05/05/2017 Day WaveThe Days We HadIndie/Jangle Pop
05/05/2017 FazerdazeMorningsideIndie/Jangle Pop
05/05/2017 Hazel EnglishJust Give In / Never Going Home [Double EP]Indie/Jangle Pop
05/05/2017 HoopsRoutinesLo-fi/Jangle/Dream Pop
05/05/2017 SlowdiveSlowdiveDream Pop/Shoegaze
04/28/2017 AlterPendulumShoegaze/Post-Rock
04/28/2017 WeedBorn Wrong LoveRock/Noise Rock
04/28/2017 SheerPsychic Quarry [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
04/28/2017 Soon, She SaidThe First Casualty...Rock/Shoegaze
04/24/2017 93millionmilesfromthesunThe Lonely Sea & The SkyShoegaze/Psych
04/20/2017 Kindling / KestrelsSplit [EP]Shoegaze
04/14/2017 PercolatorSestraRock/Shoegaze
04/14/2017 PlazaWernotplaza [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
04/12/2017 DIV I DEDTransformationDream Pop/Shoegaze
04/07/2017 Tashaki MiyakiThe DreamIndie/Dream Pop
03/31/2017 Monster MovieKeep The Voices DistantRock/Shoegaze
03/29/2017 The Age of Colored LizardsAnother Day [EP]Shoegaze/Rock
03/24/2017 Jesus and Mary ChainDamage & JoyRock/Indie
03/24/2017 Trementina810Indie/Dream Pop
03/24/2017 You'll Never Get To HeavenImagesAmbient/Dream Pop
03/23/2017 SeasurferUnder The Milkyway​.​.​. Who Cares?Shoegaze/Dream Pop
03/17/2017 OrchinOrchin [EP]Shoegaze/Dream Pop
03/16/2017 Secret ShineThere Is Only NowShoegaze/Rock
03/10/2017 SpectresConditionNoise/Experimental
03/03/2017 Life On VenusEncountersShoegaze
02/24/2017 FrothOutside (briefly)Rock/Shoegaze
02/24/2017 Funeral AdvantagePlease Help Me [EP]Jangle Pop/Indie
02/24/2017 KindlingNo Generation [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
02/22/2017 VennVenn [EP]New Wave/Shoegaze
02/10/2017 Letting Up Despite Great FaultsAlexander Devotion [EP]Indie/Dream Pop
02/10/2017 SPC ECOUnder My Skin [EP]Electronic/Dream Pop
01/31/2017 Soft LashesHypersensualityShoegaze/Dream Pop
01/27/2017 Devilish DearThese Sunny DaysRock/Shoegaze
01/23/2017 The Cherry WaveShimaruPost Punk/Noise Rock
01/21/2017 AstrealLightRock/Shoegaze
01/20/2017 Drab MajestyThe DemonstrationSynth Pop/Shoegaze
01/20/2017 Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas MunkPassageElectronic/Ambient
01/20/2017 No SunIf OnlyShoegaze/Post hardcore
01/13/2017 BlushingTether [EP]Dream Pop
01/06/2017 Cherry CrushTurning [EP]Rock/Shoegaze
01/03/2017 Lazy LegsChain Of PinkShoegaze

For more shoegaze and dream pop albums and songs of 2017 visit the blog page.

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2016

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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

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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]

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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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Shoegaze And Dream Pop Songs Of 2016

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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 & Dream Pop Albums On The Radar (2016)

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I’m swimming in 2016 releases and decided it was time to take stock of what has been released and what’s coming up. So here’s a list of albums and EPs in the shoegaze, dream pop, psych, jangle pop vein that have been featured on Sounds Better so far this year. There’s also a heap of albums that we know are in the pipeline but haven’t got official release dates for (and/or album artwork), hence the blanks and single art.

This year there’s been must listens from LSD and the Search for God, Matt BartramCrescendoRev Rev Rev, Dear TracksPinkshinyultrablast and Leave The Planet. Round the corner there’s a handful of anticipated records from Miniatures, Star Horse, The Morelings and Airiel. So yes, loads! Any missing? Click through (the logo) and comment.

Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums On The Radar (2016) **UPDATED**

RELEASE DATEARTWORKARTISTALBUMGENRELABEL
TBA Alpha MaleTBAShoegazeTBA
TBA AirielMolten Young LoversDream Pop/ShoegazeShelflife
TBA Burning HouseAnthropoceneRock/ShoegazeTBA
TBA (2017) CloakroomTBA [LP]Rock/ShoegazeRelapse
TBA The EntersTBA [EP]ShoegazeTBA
TBA (Fall) MahoganyTBADream PopSaint Marie
TBA Maria FalseTBA [EP]ShoegazeBeko
TBA MiniaturesJessaminesShoegazeSaint Marie
TBA The MorelingsTBA [LP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeTBA
TBA Panda RiotTBAShoegazeTBA
TBA (2017) Pia FrausTBA [LP]Dream PopSeksound
TBA (2017) SlowdiveTBADream PopTBA
TBA (Winter) SouthpawAmour Fou [EP]Instrumental/Dream PopTBA
TBA (2017) Star HorseTBA [LP]Shoegaze/Dream PopHäxrummet Records
TBA Tender AgeDebut Album TBAShoegazeSinis Recordings
TBA Youth In BloomTBAShoegazeTBA
12-27-16 FluctuationsNightlife [EP]ShoegazeYuragi
12-02-16 Tears Run RingsIn SurgesShoegaze/Dream PopDeep Space/Darla
11-25-16 Dead Horse OneSeason Of MistPsych/ShoegazeRequiem Pour Un Twister
11-25-16 Hideous TownsDisquiet LivingDream Pop/New WaveLost And Lonesome
11-25-16 LandingComplekt Psych/Dream PopThese Are Not
11-25-16 MeltRifferShoegaze/RockDanger Collective/Top Shelf
11-19-16 Versus PeopleBe Away [EP]ShoegazeS-R
11-18-16 Bloodhounds On My TrailHaunted Isles [EP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeMoon Sounds
11-18-16 Box And The TwinsEverywhere I Go Is SilenceDream Pop/DarkwaveS-R
11-18-16 DayflowerAscent [EP]ShoegazeS-R
11-18-16 Floating RoomSunlessDream PopGood Cheer
11-11-16 The Megaphonic ThriftFå meg til verden i tideDream Pop/RockOld Flame
11-04-16 Hope Sandoval And The Warm InventionsUntil The HunterDream PopTendril Tales
11-04-16 WYNever Was [EP]Dream Pop/Indie PopHybris
11-02-16 Kinoko TeikokuAi no YukueShoegaze/Dream PopEMI
10-31-16 Vet TripSwimming In MachinesShoegaze/Dream PopS-R
10-28-16 PolykitePrimordial [EP]Dream PopCloud Of Hiss
10-23-16 Pastel DreamPastel Dream [EP]Dream Pop/JangleS-R
10-21-16 Is BlissVelvet Dreams [EP]Psych Rock/ShoegazeClub AC30
10-14-16 NewmoonSpaceRock/ShoegazePias/Mayfly
10-14-16 The LaurelsSonicologyPsych/ShoegazeRice Is Nice
10-08-16 Tape Deck MountainI Will Break U [EP]ShoegazeSemi-Pro
10-07-16 Hazel EnglishNever Going Home [EP]Dream Pop/SynthAnxiety/Marathon
10-07-16 Suburban LivingAlmost ParadiseDream Pop/Lo-fi6131
10-06-16 Linda GuilalaPsiconauticaShoegaze/Dream PopS-R
10-06-16 Vivienne EastwoodShook [EP]ShoegazeS-R
09-30-16 AlcestKodamaBlackgaze/Post-metalProphecy
09-30-16 KestrelsKelstrelsShoegaze/RockSonic Unyon
09-26-16 KigoSunshineShoegazeS-R
09-23-16 Flyying ColoursMindfulnessRock/ShoegazeClub AC30/Vinyl Junkie
09-23-16 True WidowAVVOLGEREDoom/Sludgegaze!Relapse
09-16-16 Lorelle Meets The ObsoleteDistancePsych/ShoegazeCaptcha/Sonic Cathedral
09-11-16 DanxiaDanxia [EP]Dream PopS-R
09-09-16 MumrunnerGentle Slopes [EP]Rock/ShoegazeSoliti/Wolves And Vibrancy
09-09-16 Turnip KingLaikaRock/ShoegazeFire Talk
09-02-16 Slow Down Molasses100% SunshineRock/ShoegazeNoyes Records
08-26-16 Vinyl WilliamsBruneiPsych/DreamCompany Records
08-23-16 FaitSonder [EP]Dream Pop/InstrumentalInertia
08-19-16 Eros And The EschatonWeight Of MatterRock/ShoegazeBar None
08-12-16 KindlingEverywhere ElseShoegazeNo Idea
08-03-16 Rei CloneWet [EP]ShoegazeS-R
07-29-16 Tape WavesHere To FadeDream Pop/JangleBleeding Gold
07-28-16 WhimsicalSleep To DreamShoegaze/Dream PopSaint Marie
07-22-16 CastlebeatCastlebeatJangle Pop/DreamSpirit Goth
07-15-16 No JoyDrool Sucker [EP]Rock/ShoegazeTopshelf
07-15-16 Lazy LegsVisiondeathShoegazeWild Patterns
07-08-16 Good Morning TVGood Morning TV [EP]Psych Pop/DreamRequiem Pour un Twister
07-08-16 TracesImaginary Life [EP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeS-R
06-26-16 Omega VagueObsolescentShoegazeS-R
06-24-16 CeriseSmoke Screen DreamsDream PopS-R
06-24-16 Salt Rush & Mark PetersSalt RushDream PopPedigree Cuts
06-24-16 VallensConsentDream PopHand Drawn Dracula
06-22-16 The FloristBlood MusicShoegazeS-R
06-17-16 The CratersKids Can Tell [EP]Jangle Pop/ShoegazeDesigner Medium
06-17-16 LandingThird SightPsych/Dream PopEl Paraiso
06-17-16 VHS DreamDepartureDream Pop/ShoegazeHusky
06-16-16 FugleflugtenAftenpragtstjerne [EP]Post Punk/ShoegazeS-R
06-05-16 The Pink ElephantsDream ChamberDream Pop/PsychS-R
06-03-16 ManisnotabirdLife & LevityPost Rock/ShoegazeS-R
06-03-16 Minor VictoriesMinor VictoriesDream Pop/Post-RockFat Possum
06-03-16 The Stargazer LiliesDoor To The SunDream Pop/PsychGraveface
06-01-16 MollySun Sun Sun [EP]Dream Pop/ShoegazeS-R
05-26-16 Leave The PlanetNowhere B-Sides [EP]Dream PopS-R
05-25-16 Follow The SeaBlue JoyPost Punk/ShoegazeHäxrummet
05-16-16 Voices From Deep BelowThis Place Will Rise UpShoegazeS-R
05-13-16 Lavender BlushLavender Blush [EP]ShoegazeS-R
05-13-16 NothingTired Of TomorrowRock/ShoegazeRelapse
05-12-16 Haiku GardenWaverRock/ShoegazeKapa Records
05-12-16 Zone OutTransienceElectronic/Dream PopDeaf Ambitions
04-29-16 The Blessed IslesStraining Hard Against the Strength of NightDream Pop/ShoegazeSaint Marie
04-29-16 MiserableUncontrollableDream PopNative Sound
04-29-16 Pity SexWhite Hot MoonRock/ShoegazeRun For Cover
04-22-16 Plastic FlowersHeavenlyDream PopNative Sound
04-15-16 Bloody KnivesI Will Cut Your Heart Out For ThisNoise Rock/ShoegazeSaint Marie
04-15-16 LushBlind Spot [EP]Dream Pop/RockEdamame
04-15-16 SolidsElse [EP]Rock/ShoegazeTopshelf
04-15-16 SulkNo IllusionsPsych/ShoegazePerfect Sound Forever
04-01-16 The High VioletsHeroes And HalosIndie Pop/Dream PopSaint Marie
04-01-16 JaguwarIINoise Rock/ShoegazeProspect
04-01-16 Japanese BreakfastPsychopompRock/ShoegazeYellow K
03-31-16 Hazy MountainsSmall HoursElectronic/ShoegazeS-R
03-28-16 Leave The PlanetNowhere [EP]Dream PopWeiner Records
03-22-16 CandanceNew FutureDream PopFound Object
03-18-16 Telstar Sound DroneMagical Solutions To Everyday StrugglesPsych/ShoegazeBad Afro
03-18-16 Chatnam RiseKXLU In Studio Session For Part Time PunksShoegaze/AmbientPicture In My Ear
03-18-16 Soft FangsThe LightRock/ShoegazeDisposable America
& Exploding in Sound
03-18-16 The VeldtThe Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation [EP]Dream Pop/R&BLeonard Skully Records
03-12-16 RayningSee You Soon [EP]Dream Pop/AmbientS-R
03-09-16 DaylilyPillsRock/ShoegazeS-R
03-04-16 Day WaveHard To Read [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream PopGrand Jury/ Fat Possum/ IOHYOU
03-04-16 Sound Of CeresNostalgia For InfinityPsych Pop/LoungeJoyful Noise
02-26-16 PinkshinyultrablastGrandfeatheredDream Pop/ShoegazeClub AC30
02-26-16 Presents For Sally/
93MillionMilesFromTheSun
An Arms Reach Away/ Darkness Inside [Split]ShoegazeWrong Way Records
02-26-16 Dear TracksSoft Dreams [EP]Jangle Pop/Dream PopTrack & Field/ Furious Hooves
02-19-16 Rev Rev RevDes fleurs magiques bourdonnaientShoegazeNorthern Light/ Custom Made Music
02-19-16 Living HourLiving HourDream Pop/PsychLefse Records
02-19-16 Golden DazeGolden DazePsych/Jangle PopAutumn Tone
02-19-16 CrescendoUnlessJangle Pop/Dream PopWWNBB
02-18-16 CollapseSelf Titled [EP]ShoegazeS-R
02-12-16 Film SchoolJune [EP]Rock/ShoegazeS-R
02-11-16 LacingHoney Glow [EP]Shoegaze/Post-HardcoreS-R
02-09-16 MemoryhouseSoft HateDream Pop/Synth PopBeko
02-05-16 DIIVIs The Is AreJangle Pop/ShoegazeCaptured Tracks
02-05-16 Ulrika SpacekThe Album ParanoiaPsych Rock/ShoegazeTough Love Records
02-02-16 Savage SisterSpeechlessDream Pop/AmbientS-R
02-02-16 Angel Falls…whenShoegaze/RockAngel Falls Music
01-31-16 Soft WoundsSoft WoundsRock/ShoegazeS-R
01-29-16 The Altered HoursIn Heat Not SorryRock/ShoegazeArt For Blind/ Penske Recordings
01-29-16 Matt BartramMoments BeforeShoegazeDrifting Falling
01-15-16 LSD and the Search for GodHeaven Is A Place [EP]Psych Rock/ShoegazeDeep Space Recordings
01-15-16 Indoor VoicesAuratic [EP]ShoegazeHäxrummet
01-15-16 WrayHypatiaPost-Punk/ShoegazeCommunicating Vessels
01-11-16 We. the PigsDK31 [EP]Noise Pop/ShoegazeDiscosdekirlian
12-21-15 Foresaken AutumnWhenereShoegazeS-R

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Shoegaze And Dream Pop Albums Of 2015

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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

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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*

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