I’m considering myself to be quite a sucker for dreamy shoegaze sounds. Must be the reason why I fell for Taxes‘ “Over The View” right away. Flynn Wheeler‘s solo work can be filed somewhere between M83, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Wild Nothing and brings back the 80ies to your speakers, without sounding too stale.
Taxes’ debut EP Back Of The Car Collectionis ready for you to be bought at bandcamp- I highly recommend to download the entire record.
After having heard the song “Forever” by Brooklyn outfit Lazyeyesearlier that day, I venture the guess that they’re gonna get bigger pretty soon. They’ve already caused a first stir after playing the last edition of CMJ and have constantantly won round more fans since then. Their sound, a dreamy attempt on lo-fi rock, is a perfect attunement for the coming summer.
You can buy their first 4-song EP on their bandcamp page. Check the video for “Wait” below, too, which is another highly promising cut from the EP.
Letting Up Despite Great Faults has released the first single “Visions” off their new album, Untogether, due out Oct. 9. The new track “sums up the sentiment of the the whole release,” says frontman Mike Lee. “Confident, with a sense of being lost,” Untogether is an album that radiates infectious melodies, heartbreaking sentiments, and danceable dreampop.
It doesn’t happen too often finding myself really happy on a sunday evening. This rare thing only happens before holidays or if I unexpectedly find some incredibly good music. Today it’s the second mentioned…
Sun Airway is a new band on the scene coming from Pennsylvania. After having released a great EP on the internet, they caught the attention of Pitchfork and alikes with their star-gazing sound . Now Sun Airway are ready to release their first full length album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier later this month.
I’m just giving the second listen to it, and damn, this album is damn amazing!
Should we describe this sound as “Shoewave” or “Surfgaze”? Or another name? It’s quite hard to categorize Veronica Falls sound. I like the description Drowned In Sound did some time ago:
“This is indie of a very particular, very British, timeless and guileless sort, and it’s also enough to remind a person why they plumped for plaid over pop in the first place. Terrific.”
Anyway, the ramshackle four-piece (bassist Marion learned to play in a month) is about to release their second 7″ Beachy Head, consisting of the great title track (Watch the even greater video below) and a nice & quiet b-side called “Staying Here”.
Weekend Phantom is a young band of three young lads out of the heart of Switzerland. They formed in the end of 2008, so not too long ago and are former members of Fast Forest, that played lots of concerts and won several band contests. In 2009 the three guys recorded their first demos and are now entertaining us with a great and unique indie rock sound. This is not just another indie band!
Holly Miranda is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Besides being trained in piano, Holly is a self-taught guitar and trumpet player. In 2001, She recorded “High Above The City”, a 20-track solo album available only at shows. In the fall of 2003, Holly met and teamed up with Alex Lipsen, producer and keys player. The project evolved into The Jealous Girlfriends, a four piece band based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her music has attracted praise from the likes of Kanye West and Scarlett Johansson.
Holly has recently released her second solo album “The Magician’s Private Library”, which also marks a return to her solo career she put on hold in 2003 to form the Jealous Girlfriends. It was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek and Celebration’s Katrina Ford. ” The Magician’s Secret Library” refines their mutual love of distortion, resulting in spectacularly-produced sweetness. Musically and lyrically enigmatic, Miranda took a break from her tour with pals Tegan and Sara to chat with eMusic’s Barry Walters about her suburban childhood in Rochester, Michigan, growing up fast in New York, and a few of her favorite foods. The album is available via XL.