Balms – “Nothing In”

San Francisco-based dream-pop band Balms has contributed its recent single “Nothing In” to the Alternative (F)acts compilation album released via Greg Wilson’s DKFM Shoegaze Radio (acting as a one-time record label).  Balms released a self-titled EP in 2014 and will follow that up with its debut album this year. The shoegaze-centric comp … [Read more...]

The History Of Colour TV – Something Like Eternity

The band website says much about The History Of Colour TV and their music even before the first notes have spilled out of the speakers. An animated sequence of dark, rain heavy stormclouds blowing overhead, preparing to unleash all manner of thunderous weather conditions. As an introduction to the Berlin-based post-rock trio, whose third album … [Read more...]

Interview with Vibrissae

Portland, Oregon-based Vibrissae is slated to release its enchanting debut album Somewhere Away in August via Vipchoyo Sound Factory.  On the full-length, Vibrissae offers up a sonically accomplished and stylistically varied batch of songs that meld or alternate between electronic and synth-based sounds and guitar-driven shoegaze.  Band members … [Read more...]

Manon Meurt – Manon Meurt EP

The members of Manon Meurt hail from the Czech Republic and they self-released a self-titled debut EP in their native country in 2014.  The EP has not been available internationally but Canada's Label Obscura is remedying the situation by reissuing Manon Meurt in North America as a limited vinyl release and also worldwide in digital … [Read more...]

Short Takes (Pale Dian, Kylie Odetta, Wonky Tonk, & Luna Jamboree)

Pale Dian – “In A Day” …And Cocteau Twins is back!... Well, no, not really, but if you’re jonesing for a fix of that legendary band, check out Pale Dian, previously known as the Blackstone Rangers.  The dark pop shoegaze (or dream-pop noir, perhaps?) trio (Hey, more Cocteau Twins parallels!  Heck, they even look like early incarnations of Liz … [Read more...]

Lush – “Out Of Control”

Lush was/is considered one of the originators of the guitar-driven ‘shoegaze’ genre, so-named by the UK music press in the early 1990s because many a guitarist was seen staring down at the FX pedals during performances. The term ‘shoegaze’ was a diss at the time, but it has since climbed ever upward in esteem. Shoegaze is now considered an … [Read more...]

A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise

It's taking me more than one listen to The Silent Sunrise to completely appreciate everything going on within it. I'm listening to it right now as I type this review, to the LP's fifth track "Twice Removed", and to the sound of a band that has been together for a decade now and it is showing, in a spectacularly good way. Ten years of writing music … [Read more...]

Lush reunite

It's been almost 20 years since Lush, one of the original shoegaze groups of the 1990s UK music scene, split after the tragic passing of drummer Chris Acland.  Now Miki Berenyi, Emma Anderson, and Phil King are back as Lush, with plans to release a box set featuring most of the band's recorded output and an upcoming performance at the Roundhouse in … [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...]