Ten Best Shoegaze-Related Events of 2014

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A rundown of the 10 best shoegaze-related events of 2014 is better late than never, right?  Just like the reformation, continuation, or news of these original shoegaze-tagged bands some 20 years after their initial glory days during the 1990s U.K. music scene.  The (re)evaluation of the impact of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 EPs and 1 Album

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Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP Little Boots, AKA Victoria Hesketh, strips it back on her latest EP, peddling 4 mid-tempo electro-pop songs that sound like they’re in the demo stage of production.  Maybe too many producers spoil the sonic broth (Com Truise, Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, and Chris Carmouche), except this time around it’s … [Read more...]

Interview with Pompeii

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Hi guys!  It’s great to hear from you and to find out how it’s all going for the imminent release of your third album LOOM after a 5-year hiatus.  First off, who is in the band and what instruments do you play? EJ: Erik Johnson - guitars & keys CB: Colin Butler - bass & percussion RD: Rob Davidson - drums Dean Stafford - vox … [Read more...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy - Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey (of The Church) and Martin Kennedy (of All India Radio) have teamed up again, producing a 2nd batch of warm and enjoyable commissioned songs, each crafted to the thematic specifications of the client.  The lyrics and tone of most of the tunes emphasize the joy and fulfillment of familial bonds and human connection.  Relationships of … [Read more...]

Dangerous Muse – “Fame Kills” video

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Mike Furey has unveiled a ‘spectacular Spectacular’ (to borrow a phrase from Baz Luhrmann’s  Moulin Rouge) for “Fame Kills” under his music project moniker Dangerous Muse.  The original song debuted in 2011 and is a thrillingly epic electro-synth track that is achingly melancholic and dreamily romantic – and totally danceable.  “Fame Kills” … [Read more...]

Interview with Dream Boat

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Greetings Page and Dan! I’ve had the good fortune to hear your upcoming sophomore album, The Rose Explodes, in its entirety, and wow, what a sublimely swoon-worthy beauty… It will be released via Cloud Recordings and Arrowhawk in September. What are the vibes like for you during this interim? Page: Thanks for the complement! We are already neck … [Read more...]

Interview with Flowers

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Hello Rachel!  It’s such a delight to catch you at this moment in time while you’re preparing for your debut album release this fall.   You’ve had the good fortune of being noticed online where you posted some of your demos early on, which led to touring Europe with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.   Was it a shock to go from studio (Well, … [Read more...]

DulceSky – “Soul Vampire”

DulceSky - "Soul Vampire"

Long-running dream-rock band DulceSky, led by Oliver Valenzuela, made its mark with the albums Lands (2006) and Invisible Empire (2010) and returns with the winning single “Soul Vampire”.  The song’s lyrics may be spare and bleak, but Oliver’s vocals are lush and smooth and the sonics are propulsive.  “Soul Vampire” opens with tight and … [Read more...]

Q&A with Watoo Watoo

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Salut Michaël!  I’ve been spinning your lovely recent album, Un Si Longue Attente, and for some reason the phrase “jolie-pop” springs to my mind… Since you and Pascale are both natives of France, maybe you understand what I mean by that terminology.  Your music is pleasing and inviting, despite the occasional bleak lyrics. Do you think the … [Read more...]

Louise Trehy of 4AD duo Swallow is back as Strata Florida

Strata Florida is the newest project of Louise Trehy, formerly one half of the 4AD duo Swallow. Debut album Made Of Stars is only Trehy's second album in twenty years. Swallow's flame flickered bright but brief in the early 1990s, and disillusion after the band’s break up caused Trehy to abandon music altogether. Her creative spark was … [Read more...]