Beaches – Second Of Spring

I will admit that Beaches were only vaguely known to me until quite recently, their name jumbled together alongside Best Coast and Beach House and one or two other similar bands whose music would appear every so often in my streaming playlists and whom I had decided were at least listenable. Some will know of them from their 2013 album She Beats … [Read more...]

Bloodhounds On My Trail – Escape II

Is it 'ii' or 'II' or actually the number 2, or do the symbols that are part of the title of this EP (or mini-album) contain some other hidden meanings? Perhaps they do. The first release from this Australian quartet certainly contains more than is obvious at a first listen, aside from the layered guitars and purposeful rhythms that are present on … [Read more...]

The Virgance – Paradigm 3

In July of this year, when I was reviewing a compilation of new music by Shoegaze bands (The Revolution: The Shoegaze Revival album) I noticed a distinctive variation of approach towards the music, with the Traditionalists recreating the sounds of those bands recognised as the most influential (among them Slowdive, Ride, Cocteau Twins and MBV) and … [Read more...]

Interview with Mark Gardener

During the past year, you’ve been involved in the Pure Phase Ensemble music project which is overseen by Ray Dickaty and includes some top talent from Poland.  You are part of the 4th iteration of the project, where each year a new co-director is invited to lead an ensemble of artists.  Who contacted you to join Pure Phase Ensemble 4?  Anna … [Read more...]

Robin Guthrie & Mark Gardener – Universal Road

There will be very few indie music fans that haven't ever heard the names of Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener, and practically none that are unaware of either the Cocteau Twins or Ride; two bands whose influences continue to shape the entire shoegaze/dreampop/scene that continues to celebrate itself that has so many aficionados throughout the … [Read more...]

Ten Best Shoegaze-Related Events of 2014

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...]

Salli Lunn – Heresy And Rite

"The Frame Of Reference" opens with as rattle of synthetic and a purposeful drumbeat. Over this, plucked bass strings and distant keyboards back some convoluted lyricism: 'a sketch and a drawing / pronouncing the problem to be redefined'. The bass slows and the song paradoxically takes flight, its mood simultaneously maudlin, neurotic, mildly … [Read more...]

International Jetsetters – Heart Is Black EP

The band International Jetsetters takes off with a melodic 6-song EP that comes across as a more direct, clean take on Jesus And Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Ride for the guitar-based, indie rock song structure and style, and Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine for the dusky male and sweet female vocals.  Band members include Mark … [Read more...]