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Panophonic – Endlessly (Patetico Recordings 13 February 2018)

Seemingly blending Indie pop, Post Punk, Goth with Shoegaze elements, Philly Indie rocker Tom Lugo AKA Panophonic brings a profound wall of sound to his full length album “Endlessly”

Panophonic delivers an explosive and densely atmospheric wall of sound that defies the mundane sound that permeates in the current generic modern rock scene.

His latest sonically immersive experience comes to life as the playful and emotional new full length album Endlessly.

A longtime staple of Philadelphia’s indie rock scene, Tom Lugo’s dark, heartfelt yet edgy songs and productions are an intricate blend of indie pop songwriting, post punk aesthetics, shoegaze stylings, and gothic tendencies.

The lyrical content is dark and emotive.

He is also known in the underground circuit for the festivals, shows, tours, and constant work that he does to further the scene on the east coast of the US and abroad.

He is the owner of the independent record label Patetico Recordings, the mastermind behind the Popnoise Festival, as well as being involved in a variety of musical projects that include indie rock band Stellarscope, dream pop project MAYU, and more.

Endlessly was almost lost and not released when, after almost a year of recording, Lugo experienced a computer and back-up hard drive crash which left him with only one option; starting the entire process anew.

Never one to let circumstances get the better of him, Lugo rerecorded all of the songs and instrumentation and the end result is one of the best albums he has created.

Endlessly explores the blossoming of a new relationships and the lament of others lost along the way; the balance between darkness and light that lives inside of all of us.

Endlessly is about this new chapter in my life. When I thought that all that was left for me was loss and pain I found new inspiration and a reason to smile again” Lugo says.

Track list:
Naughty games
Endlessly
Summer is at an end
I can’t come home
What can I do? ftg Paul Baker of static Daydream
We have today
Sweetest thing
See you again
Addicted
Fade away
Because of you

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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Alternative, Shoegaze

 

Nova Flares – Gut Splinter (9 March 2018)

Nova Flares announces intense yet dreamy debut single ‘Gut Splinter’ 

Alternative rock shoegaze artist Nova Flares has announced his debut single ‘Gut Splinter’, which is set to release on March 9. This is the first offering from his forthcoming debut album, expected by mid-2018.
Nova Flares is the solo project of Jason Wagers, whose music as a solo artist cleverly combines shoegaze with neo-psychedelic and surf rock. Nova Flares is the solo project of Jason Wagers, whose music as a solo artist cleverly combines shoegaze with neo-psychedelic and surf rock. The result is mighty fine bedroom jangly surf pop packed with flowing dreamy harmony and charming, lo-fi goodness. This hypnotic guitar shimmer packs the magic punch intended.
Hailing from Berea, Kentucky, he moved to Louisville at 18 with his previous band The CorridorsFour years later, they finally released their debut album on CD, only to be crushed by a British record label claiming to represent a band by the same name and ordering the band cease using this name. By that time, Wagers was eager to start a solo project in a completely new direction. While The Corridors played eclectic rock, Wagers wanted to create a very specific atmosphere in his new compositions.
This music is heavily influenced by neo-psychedelic bands of the 90’s through to those currently active, such as Black Market Karma, Mystic Braves, Holy Wave and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Jason Wagers has dubbed his sound “surfgaze”, the style borrowing gazey elements that can be traced back to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Beach Fossils and The Jesus and Mary Chain, while also being influenced by surf and beach-goth-psych bands like The Growlers, La LuzThe Warlocks and the Allah-Las.
The bright, reactive sound of this music inspired the project’s name ‘Nova Flares’. A nova is an astronomical event causing the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently ‘new’ star that slowly fades from view. This involves an interaction between two stars and cause a flare up, which is perceived as a new entity that is much brighter than the stars involved. Ironically, this new project was also born from the destruction of The Corridors.
“The songs I create through Nova Flares are supposed to be very cinematic and capture memories and feelings from situations I’d experienced in my childhood and adult life, but these songs are also meant to be left open ended so that the listener could have their own personal sensory experience as well,” says Jason Wagers.
Playing in bands and writing music since the age of 14, he eventually learned enough in the music sphere to start producing his own records, appreciative of the freedom and ability to record his own songs and release his own records. Growing beyond guitar to also bass guitar, drums and piano and also dabbling with vocals over the years. His Nova Flares project provided the perfect opportunity to develop his skills even further.
“Nova Flares is my next step up as a project. I am more excited than ever to share my new music with the world! These songs are past experiences expressed through sound. Each song is applicable as a personal sonic memoir to the listener,” explains Wagers. “I imagined video sequences while recording every song for this project and, as a result, all of the songs sound very cinematic and picturesque.”
While ‘Gut Splinter’ will be released on March 9 via online stores and streaming platforms, it is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp at https://novaflares.bandcamp.com/track/gut-splinter

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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Shoegaze

 

Parsons Rocket Project – Parsons Rocket Project (11 August 2017)

Atlanta’s Parsons Rocket Project Unveil Video for ‘Solar Flare’ from Debut LP
Parsons Rocket Project have unveiled a new video for ‘Solar Flare’, the most upbeat track from their self-titled debut album, which released last month. Comprised of six tracks, this is a beautiful mixed bag of dream-gaze, indie rock and space rock, occupying a sweet spot between Blonde Redhead, My Bloody Valentine, Bowery Electric and Slowdive. This video follows the release of two videos for the exciting ‘Exit Launch’ and the serene ‘Interlude I’.
The new video was produced, shot and edited by Steven Quinn with mountain footage provided by Deep Water Surf and shuttle footage courtesy of Pexels & Creative Commons. “I wanted to merge the look and feel of early 90’s shoegaze  imagery with crisp natural elements.  The song was the absolute driving force of inspiration,” explains Steven Quinn.
Hailing from Atlanta, Parsons Rocket Project takes its name from American rocket propulsion engineer, chemist, and occultist Jack Parsons.  The band formed in 2015 when drummer, lyricist, and titular figurehead Jody Hasty started collaborating with bassist Paul Curry, guitarist Jeff Holt, and multi-instrumentalist producer/engineer Benjamin Price at Studilaroche in Atlanta. They were later joiined by K. Michelle Dubois on vocals.
The band laid down the tracks for this album in the very studio, where Benjamin Price has also worked on releases by Gang of Four and The Hives, among others. The album was mastered by Joe Lambert (Lou Reed, Animal Collective, The National, Hot Chip, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, Washed Out).
Parsons Rocket Project’s musical output is a mixture of ambient, dream pop, indie and space rock. They infuse this multi-colored trippery with the shimmering oceanic resonance of shoegaze and neo-psychedelia to round out this first release.
“We embraced the beautiful noise concept, but strayed from the classic shoegaze template that many bands adhere to. so there are some different feels and sounds to it like this fun disco thump thing with the synth bass on “exit launch.” that really pissed off some people in the studio, but it was the kick the track needed,” explains Paul Curry.
Parsons’ members cite a number of artist influences, including Flying Saucer Attack, Tape Cuts Tape, Spacemen 3, Eluvium, Swervedriver, Aix Em Klemm, William Basinski, and Clams Casino. However, their sound is closer to Slowdive, Spiritualized, Trespassers William, Mojave 3, and Mazzy Star.

This debut EP represents a significant moment in time for the band, who were challenged to overcome very real struggles involving drug abuse, a terrible automobile accident, and the low-level daily drama of domesticity. Some of the ambient and psychedelic exploration is rooted in real trauma – both physical and emotional – while some of it is celebratory in nature, rooted in the unique awareness of a temporary conscious being in our universe.

The eponymous ‘Parsons Rocket Project’ EP is out now and can be obtained at https://parsonsrocketproject.bandcamp.com/album/parsons-rocket-project

CREDITS
Jody Hasty – Lyrics, Synth, Electric Piano, Drums
Paul Curry – Bass
Benjamin Price – Guitar, Percussion, Midnight Editing
Jeff Holt – Guitar
K. Michelle Dubois – Vocals
Thad Goad – Logo and Sleeve Design
Anne Nicoletti, Jennifer Colson Demer, Michelle Barnette – Backing Vocals (Interlude II)
Produced and Engineered by Benjamin Price at StudilaRoche in Atlanta
Mastered by Joe Lambert, at Joe Lambert Mastering in New Jersey

TRACK LIST

1 Exit Launch
2 Interlude I
3 Burn
4 One Moor Call
5 Solar Flare
6 Interlude II
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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Alternative, Shoegaze

 

Ummagma – LCD (Label Obscura/Somewherecold Records – 22 September 2017)

Curve Mastermind Dean Garcia Remixes Ummagma for coming ‘LCD’ EP
Track revealed ahead of 2 classic Curve releases

CURVE’S Dean Garcia summons dark wonder in Ummagma ‘Back to You’ Mix

On the trail of the Ummagma ‘Lama’ remix created by Cocteau Twinsmulti-instrumentalist Robin Guthrie, Ummagma unveil a new deep dark delicious reworking of their track ‘Back to You’ by maverick electronic producer Dean Garcia, famed as half of seminal British indie/alt-rock band Curve with iconic vocalist Toni Halliday and half of SPC ECO with Rose Berlin.
This is one of two Ummagma tracks that Dean Garcia has re-envisioned for the band’s forthcoming ‘LCD’ EP, which follows up the ‘Winter Tale’ maxi-single with 4AD dreampop pioneer A.R.Kane, released earlier this year.
Ummagma is Shauna McLarnon, hailing from Canada, and Alexander Kretov, originally from Ukraine. Now based in Canada, Ummagma won the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio, representing Ukraine among 23 countries.
Dean Garcia is renowned for sculpting sound to create alternate-universe pop hits that simultaneously straddle several genres. Apart from 15 years with Curve and a decade with SPC ECO, Garcia has also toured the world several times and recorded multiple albums with such established artists as Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O’Connor and Ian Dury.
This collaboration between Ummagma and Dean Garcia is timely as, onAugust 25, Curve will marking their 25th anniversary by reissuing their first two albums – Doppelgänger’ and ‘Cuckoo’ – as two-CD deluxe expanded editions.
“When listening to the original versions of these two songs, I wanted to make something that was an extension of the psyche n space mood that to me is the heart n soul of Ummagma,” explains Dean Garcia.
“With the ‘LCD’ mix it was a matter of going into the original stems and extracting the most trippy n spacey elements and expanding them into a different zone. ‘Back To You’ was more about enhancing the mood of the song as it stood, but with view to bring out its dark and foreboding nature. I enjoyed working on both mixes for different reasons, the sense of space and oddness within both mixes is the thing that glues it all together. File under Dark Psyche”
Ummagma ‘LCD’ will be released on September 22 via Label Obscura(cassette) and Somewherecold Records (CD), and is already available for pre-order on the duo’s own Bandcamp.

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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Alternative, Shoegaze

 

Crash City Saints – Are You Free? (St. Marie Records 11th August 2017)

Crash City Saints are back with the long awaited follow up to Glow In The Dark Music, which inspired rave reviews back in 2010, with single “Out From The Storm” winning Song of the Day honors from KEXP.

Highlighted by the contribution of Cocteau Twins‘ Simon Raymonde, Are You Free? might be the best shoegaze-influenced album released all year, and yet it’s so much more than that.

It’s something of a shoegaze “Quadrophenia”, telling the autobiographical story of a teenager growing up in a dead-end small town in the early 90s.

Each song, other than being a lyrical outlook at teenage melancholia in a small-town wasteland, represents also an homage to the bands from that period: My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Galaxie 500, and the whole Madchester scene (Inspiral Carpets, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, The Dylans, The High, Soup Dragons, Northside, Charlatans UK, Jesus Jones and EMF).

Music can “save your life” as The Smiths once put it, and those bands become actual torches to move forward in the darkness.

Every band has a history, and the history of Crash City Saints is a litany of missed connections and infidelity, a series of false starts and crushing disappointments.

In this sense, Crash City Saints are just like the rest of us—you’d think they were cursed if their music didn’t sound like it was touched by the gods. And yet they haven’t given up.

In that sense, they are special.

They’re from Kalamazoo, Michigan. This means they sing about going to 7-11, not going to brunch. Are You Free? gallops from strength to strength—songs of ice cream and car crashes, the end of school and the end of existence—before ending with the elegiac ‘Harbour Lights.’

Although anglophile enough to reference an iconic UK sitcom, the album title is American enough to wonder if freedom still exists.

Tracklist
1. Ice Cream Headache
2. Smile Lines
3. Weirdos Need Love Too
4. There’s No School Tomorrow
5. Use Once Then Dispose
6. Spirit Photography
7. Act 2
8. Dawn Of A Bright New Nothing
9. Annabella
10. It’s Not A Party Until Someone Breaks Your Heart
11. The Hour Of The Wolf

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Shoegaze

 

My Favourite Things – Fly I Will, Because I Can (14 July 2017)

Brooklyn’s My Favourite Things Announce New Album, Preview ‘A Little Closer’ Single

Brooklyn-based quartet My Favourite Things have announced the new album ‘Fly I Will, Because I Can’, which is slated for release on July 14, 2017, but are already teasing the first single ‘A Little Closer, loaded with shoegaze and dreampop goodness.
This is the third album from My Favourite Things, founded in Brooklyn by Dorothea Tachler (formerly of Igloo, The Swirlies, Alles Wie Gross). Fans of Beach House, Broadcast, dreampop and shoegaze should enjoy the album’s melancholic swaying, melody-rich offerings. This album should also appeal to lovers of acoustic folk music artists such as James Yorkston and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
From a young age, her Korean/German/Croatian background has immersed her in a diversity of musical influences, which have shaped her. In 2009, she released “rarara” (Afterhours/Japan), followed by “Tomorrow’s Far Away” in 2013, featuring guest vocals from several friends and former band-mates, including Valerie Trebeljahr of Lali Puna, Damon Tutunjan from The Swirlies, Daru Oda (Norah Jones), Sean Meadows (June of 4, Lungfish), and Doug Scharin (Codeine, HIM, Rex).
Once again, Dorothea wrote and produced all the songs with their many textures, owing to the use of multiple instruments, many of which she also played: violins, flutes and autoharps weave in and out of twinkling glockenspiels, vibraphones and intricate, sometimes shredding guitars, delivered on a solid bed of a grabbing bass and ripping drums, with Dorothea’s balmy voice hovering and twinkling atop.
When performing live, My Favourite Things appear in different formations, ranging from a solo act to a five-piece band, featuring prominent musicians from the buoyant New York scene: Yoshio “Tony” Kobayashi on drums, Yusuke Yamamoto on vibraphone and synthesizers, Michael Figgiani on bass, and various other talents.
The band has played many venues in the unforgiving NYC music circuit, transporting transfixed audiences from their chaotic built-up urban environments to a twilight world of their own favourite things. Last year, My Favourite Things also toured Germany, featuring Notwist frontman Markus Acher on drums, along with other talented and experienced musicians from Germany’s active band scene.
This album marks a new era for Dorothea, who uses songwriting as a medium to deal with difficult situations that life has dealt her. “This album has made me grow as a songwriter, producer and recording engineer. From a different perspective, this record was like my journal in a difficult time, ridden with a lot of changes: a lot of my friends and family had moved away, my relationship ended, I lost my apartment and had to move, and I became sober, which lead to losing specific social contacts I had until then, who I had thought of as friends – it was all hard, but rewarding in the end to go through this process,” explains Dorothea Tachler.
“Music was my anchor and my lighthouse in stormy and dark nights, and putting my inner turmoil into words really helped me process it better. It was kind of my metamorphosis, being disintegrated like a chrysalis, and being shaped into something new.”
LYRICS – A LITTLE CLOSER

Sweet and low and round it goes
Here it comes again
The new year is here
Round and round it goes, lightning speed
Always shows the lines of our goals as in tomorrow
hold it tight, reset it right
nothing is gone
spindle up, spindle down
two Steps up, one back down
ocean waves wash me up
a little bit closer
Keep your eyes on the road
and we’ll take off for flight
Round it goes, lightning speed
Always shows the lines of our goals as in tomorrow
Wash me out
Move me further
On the shore I shall walk
Until tomorrow comes
Two Steps up, one back down
Ocean waves wash me up
A little bit closer
TRACKLIST
01  Sunlight
02  Everything Changes
03  Goodbye Again
04  Still Practicing
05  Some Things Stay the Same
06  Growing Pains
07  Nobody Knows
08  A Little Closer
09  Keep Letting Go
10  Spaceman
11  The Longest Winter
12  I Don’t Know
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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Shoegaze

 

Clustersun – Surfacing To Breathe (Seahorse Recordings 19 May 2017)

Psych-Gaze Outfit Clustersun Announces Sophomore Album, Previews First Single ‘Raw Nerve’

Clustersun has announced the forthcoming release of their sophomore album ‘Surfacing To Breathe’ via Seahorse Recordings, but are already wetting appetites for psychedelic shoegaze offerings with their first single ‘Raw Nerve’. This first single shall be released on April 14with the full album following on May 19.

Three years after their debut album ‘Out Of Your Ego’, this 4-piece outfit from Catania (Siciliy) have raised the sonic bar, delivering a more complex and layered mixture of gazey reverberations, a massive walls of sound, psychedelic soundscapes and dreamy melodies.

Formed in 2013, Clustersun is Marco Chisari (vocals & bass), Mario Lo Faro (guitars), Piergiorgio Campione (synthesizers, keyboards & backing vocals), and Andrea Conti (drums).

Featuring eight tracks, ‘Surfacing to Breathe’ was produced by Clustersun and Alessio Pindinelli (La Casa Al Mare). Combining shoegaze, psychedelia, post-punk and dreampop, the band’s signature cosmic/spacey dark vibe is still intact with lyrics invoking a dreamlike sense of melancholy and emotional fragility.

“The sophomore album is a very tough step for every band, especially if it comes after a strong debut, as our ‘Out of Your Ego’ was,” says Marco Chisari. “We are so much happy and proud of how ‘Surfacing to Breathe’ came out, mainly because we’ve managed to capture how the band sounds live.”

These new offerings are influenced by shoegaze giants Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, as well as Ringo Deathstarr, A Place To Bury Strangers, Cheatahs, Minor Victories, and Flyying Colours.

“This album is way fuzzier, more powerful, dynamic, edgy than the debut. Sounds were layered to build a dense, but articulated, sonic wall,” explains Mario Lo Faro. “Also we recorded the songs from ‘Surfacing to Breathe’ while we were touring so they retain that “live” vibe and power, while ‘Out of Your Ego’ had more ethereal and “light” tracks.

Clustersun released their first single ‘Be Vegetal’ on US indie label Custom Made Music and Italian indie label Seahorse Recordings, who released the band’s debut album ‘Out of Your Ego’. The band toured the Eastern USA in support of that album. They have contributed to compilations released via Patetico Records (USA), Raphalite Records UK), Gerpfast Kolektif (Indonesia), Shoegazin’ Your Waves (Italy), and most recently participated in Slowdive and Echo & The Bunnymen tributes issued by The Blog That Celebrates Itself.

Having been awarded the GLOBUS prize for Sicilian artistic excellence, Clustersun has established themselves as one of the most promising acts in the new international shoegaze scene.

“This is an honor and a responsibility, as Italy is delivering some of the most interesting music in the shoegaze-psych-dreampop-postpunk-wave sphere,” Piergiorgio Campione. “Being cited alongside bands that we love and admire is great motivation to constantly push forward our limits,” Andrea Conti.

The ‘Surfacing To Breathe’ LP releases on May 19 via Seahorse Recordings and will be available on vinyl, as well as CD and digital formats.

CREDITS
Marco Chisari (Vocals & Bass)
Mario Lo Faro (Guitars)
Piergiorgio Campione (Synthesizers, Keyboards & Backing Vocals)
Andrea Conti (Drums)
Produced by Clustersun and Alessio Pindinelli (La Casa Al Mare)
Recorded by Piergiorgio Campione at Studio12 in Catania
Mixed by Alessio Pindinelli and Fabio Galeone at Wax Recording Studio in Rome
Mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago
Artwork by Ilaria Facci in London
‘Raw Nerve’ video directed and edited by Visualazer
Actress: Mariaurelia Viscuso

TRACKLIST
1. Raw Nerve
2. Antagonize Me
3. Lonely Moon
4. The Whirling Dervish
5. Don’t Let The Weigh of Your Soul Drag You Down
6. Surfacing To Breathe
7. Emotional Painkiller
8. Event Horizon

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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in Alternative, Shoegaze