Heavy Heart – ‘Bed Bug’

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Hot on the heels of sublime single, ‘Bed Bug’, which was released last month the London outfit Heavy Heart have shared a transfixing and unnerving video to go along with it.

‘Bed Bug’ itself is spellbinding; a bright, shimmering tune from the get go, Heavy Heart explore the worlds of ‘90s indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop over the course of four-and-a-half minutes sprinkled with yearning, melancholy, hope and glistening guitar lines and a massive sound. Jangling guitar riffs and crisp but haunted vocals grab you attention before plunging into a soaring bittersweet chorus full of lamenting heartache with a lush backdrop of shimmering strings as ‘Bed Bug’ goes huge on the hooks and choruses. Delicate but powerful, layers of guitars, fuzz, distortion and whirring are moulded into something beautiful, transfixing you as it ekes out a perfect space between light and shade.

‘Bed Bug’, the first of three mixed and co-produced by Gabe Wax (The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes and Soccer Mommy) and a new EP is expected this spring,

Tune in below.

Submotile – ‘Eastern Sky Sundown’

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Formed in early 2018, Submotile are the Dublin-based duo of Daniela Angione and Michael Farren. Together, blurring the lines between shoegaze, drone, ambient and post-rock, Submotile have created a brand of layered, exploratory and moody alternative rock, all of their own.

In the autumn of last year, the pair released five-track EP, We’re Losing the Light, and Submotile have kicked off 2019 with ‘Eastern Sky Sundown’, the first single from an album in the making. It is all-out bombast from the get go, powered by a relentless surging rhythmic energy, ‘Eastern Sky Sundown’ goes huge on the powerful, layers of guitars, which come in wave after wave interspersed with snappy drums that are matched by taut, twisting chords. Amid this admittedly massive whirring sound of fuzz and distortion, there is a lightness, all down to the understated melody and sweetness of Daniela’s voice. And like that, it is over but you will be reaching to repeat.

‘Eastern Sky Sundown’ is out now and you can listen to it below and along with it, while we wait for more on their debut album, why not try out their We’re Losing the Light EP here.

The Asteroid Shop – ‘Vanished’

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The Asteroid Shop are Los Angeles-based psych-rock outfit, the brainchild of frontman Eric Brendo and ably assisted by Norm Block (drums), Phil Cobb (guitar) and Brandon Graham (bass).

Drawing heavily from a love of ethereal tones, fuzz, reverberation and all things psychedelic, together they deliver a heady sonic brew of something approaching an exploration of parts Spiritualized, Spacemen 3, The Verve, Standing at the Sky’s Edge-era Richard Hawley and Flowers-era Echo & The Bunnymen. A mesh of spacey tones and warm, hazy atmospherics, punctuated by percussion, burning guitars and soaring, singalong chorus with irresistible hooks. ‘Vanished’ is a melodic, meandering and hypnotic psych-rock excursion that is simultaneously dreamy yet stirring, rousing – by the time the wall of guitars takes over at around the two-and-a-half-minute mark, you will be blissfully in awe.

Listen to ‘Vanished’ below now:

Hussy – ‘Slayer’

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Hussy is the moniker of South London dream pop purveyor Sophie Nicole Ellison.

Hussy is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist with a knack for deep and textured songs, layering fuzzy guitars to create spellbinding soundscapes – something that is on full show with new single ‘Slayer’. It is a tantalising introduction as gauzy layers of winding, overlapping guitars and Ellison’s smooth, breathy vocal are the cornerstone of this atmospheric, yearning and dreamy world. Layers of guitars, fuzz, distortion and whirring are moulded into something beautiful, lulling you in and transfixing, while the spine-tingling, ghostly quality of Ellison’s seal the deal, adding another level of beauty entirely. Recorded and produced in her home studio, short and simple; ‘Slayer’ is a dream-pop delight.

‘Slayer’ comes as a double single alongside ‘Playtime’ that you can also check below.

The Spiral Electric – ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’

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The Spiral Electric are a psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, who’s sound is built upon a number of key ingredients; one part soaring melody, one part face-melting guitar, one part orbiting synth, one part incessant danceable groove and a heavy dose of west coast psychedelia.

Equal parts heavy and dreamy, ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ is the second single from The Spiral Electric’s forthcoming double-LP. It is a song of gargantuan proportions. It is six minutes plus of pummeling drums, bludgeoning riffs and feedback that swell and engulf all in their wake before crashing down, bringing a wave of peace that allows space for the drowsy vocals and more dreamy, somber and mournful moments that suggests a masterful kind of efficient simplicity. With either side of ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ – heavy or dreamy – they provide enough room between sounds to allow for an explosion of expression, musically and melodically. The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels and Dead Meadow influences loom large here, and that ain’t a bad thing. ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ certainly suggests positive things for the new album and are a worthy addition to the shoegaze and stoner rock canon.

You can listen to ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’ below.

Perfect Body – ‘Fields’

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Formed in Cardiff in 2017, Perfect Body take their cue from the sonic experimentation of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Having established a name for themselves locally, the Welsh five-piece have joined up with the much renowned Bubblewrap Collective to release a split EP along with Zac White. Perfect Body’s inclusion is ‘Fields’; a dreamy, glacial shoegazy effort that rustles with the ghosts of their aforementioned influences and woozy 60s psych. ‘Fields’ is characterised by managing to be a number of things simultaneously; it’s noisy, psychedelic guitar is both that and elegant. It is ethereal yet muscular and amid the icy, crisp glacial tones there is warmth from the slowburing guitars and wall of sound. Combining to create a wall of noise, it is funnelled through a hazing mix of fuzz and distortion which doesn’t obscure the delightful pop core, and allure of the single.

Tune into ‘Fields’ below:

Cosmic Strip – ‘Heavenly’

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Cosmic Strip is a London-based outfit revolving around frontwoman Camella Agabalyan, who, with her her ‘cosmic friends’ – Alice (guitar), Jack (bass), Omar (drums), and Jay (synth) – carefully weave a sound self-described as “music to move the stars”.

Following an eight-month gap from darkly alluring previous single ‘Echo Chamber’, Cosmic Strip have returned with ‘Heavenly’; a heady brew of beautifully hewn shoegaze with flourish of psych. ‘Heavenly’ is a beautiful return, all about mood and atmosphere, it thrives within the layers upon layers of shimmering guitars and spacey atmospherics. From this cloud of melodic mist, humming bass and reverb ascend to new levels of sound as dreamy guitars wrap around each note and Agabalyan’s sweeping honeyed tones float atop as ‘Heavenly’ rushes past in an intoxicating haze, as it pushes higher and higher.

A lush, addictive and colourful single, you can check it out below.

WILD WILD WETS – ‘May Games’

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San Diego foursome WILD WILD WETS – Mike Turi (Vocals / Synth), Taejon Romanik (Guitar), Yegor Mackey (Bass) & Marco Piro (Drums) – are predominantly preoccupied with fuzzed-up distortion fuelled, ’60s inspired garage/psych rock-outs; as their debut Prisom will attest to.

Amid the storm of rock & roll distortion and fuzz, a melting pot of sounds, including touches of surf, post-punk, kraut & grunge, are threaded together to create their own vital force. ‘May Games’ is the latest single lifted from the record and it is one of its finest and most memorable moments. Drawing heavily from a palatable Echo and the Bunnymen influence, it whisks up a swirl of ethereal tones, fuzz, reverberation and all things psychedelic. Mesmerising and intoxicating in equal measure, ‘May Games’ burns bright, spurred on with shimmering surge of ’80s, Bunnymen-esque guitar work, joined by some ’90s shoegaze and indie guitar jangle, and wrapped up nicely in a light, fuzzy haze of mild psychedelia.

Check out the superb ‘May Games’ below and while you’re here, why not check out the San Diego foursome’s debut Prisom over here.

Galants – ‘In Vein’

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Dublin shoegaze foursome, Galants marked their return with the release of new single ‘In Vain’, last month.

The track, out via Zen Ten Records, is the first to be taken from forthcoming EP ‘Follow’, set for release in the Autumn. Sonically speaking, it’s the distillation of parts The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Chameleons and Ride; a pretty tasty concoction if there ever was one. ‘In Vain’ whooshes by in a sea of hazy, mild distortion. Ethereal guitars soar, basslines snap and beats pulsate as lush melodies swell all around adding another layer of sweetness and warmth, accentuated by Kennedy‘s tender, reverb laden vocals. An elegant five-minute exploration of bright and shimmering worlds of ‘90s indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop filled with blissful sunshine, youthful yearning and glistening guitar lines.

Listen to ‘In Vein’ below:

Silver Liz – ‘Hazy Daisy’

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Silver Liz are Chicago-based husband-wife duo of Carrie and Matt Wagner who delight, excite and enthral with their shoegaze-meets-dream-pop sound.

We were introduced to their dreamy allure with single ‘Him’ a few months back. The pair are back with another gem ‘Hazy Daisy’, the latest single lifted from their recently released, tantalising debut LP. The single is a sonic symphony of blissed-out – yet simultaneously piercing – all enveloping spacey and shoegazey atmospherics and dreamy soundscapes. Amid the squall of noise, Carrie Wagner’s honeyed cooing is majestic and blissful, striding beautifully upon an undulating sea of fuzz, distortion and whirring guitars, off-kilter twang, and crashing percussion; percussion that comes at you like waves smashing on coastal rocks. Silver Liz have an innate ability, it would seem, to eek out a sweet spot between beauty and unrelenting noise – with style, swish and sheer volume.

For now you can check out ‘Hazy Daisy’ below & if that is to your liking, why not check out their debut LP, I Can Feel The Weight? – listen to it here.