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Skin Care Are Set to Release Their Hypnotically Kaleidoscopic Shoegaze Single “Loveless”

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It was a bold move for Indie Shoegaze newcomers Skin Care to title their single “Loveless”. Yet, irrefutably, it shares the same hypnotically kaleidoscopic appeal as My Bloody Valentine’s soulfully harrowed iconic album.

The bleeding choral vocals rest just above the sludgy effect-laden instrumentals which thrash their way through the layers of reverb. The single contains exactly the kind of driving momentum that you’d want to hear from any Shoegaze artist, but Skin Care irrefutably isn’t a band without their authenticity and distinction. With slight hints of Post Punk weaved into the atmospheric mix plus a full exploration of the Shoegaze tonal palette, even the most pretentious of Shoegaze purists won’t be able to turn their nose up at the modern stylistic sound revival.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Loveless for yourselves. In the meantime, you can listen to their equally as immersive debut single Sleep.

Keep up to date with the latest releases from Skin Care via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blondmodel – WEIGHT: Emotively Warm, Tonally Glacial Alt Indie

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Shoegaze, Post Punk and contemporary Indie converge in the hauntingly sublime standout single WEIGHT from Alt Indie trailblazers Blondmodel.

The experimental mix even finds room to lay down sonically caustic blasting synth notes into the soundscape which offered nothing but accessible accordance up until the track neared the outro.

Despite the palpable authentic creativity which went into the single, there are familiar hooks to ensure that it’s not just an easy track to slip into, it’s a track which wholly consumes your consciousness as you listen to the sheer emotion which doesn’t just come from the absorbingly soft vocals. The pensive yet soft instrumental melodies also possess the ability to crawl under your ribs.

Any fans of the National, Editors, Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild will undoubtedly want to check out WEIGHT for themselves.

WEIGHT is just one of the singles which features on Blondmodel’s 2020 EP “Neon Lights, Lonely Nights” which was released on March 27th. You can check it out by heading over to SoundCloud or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grunge Meets Accordant Folk in Lee Sama’s Latest Single “Luana”

Stockholm-based Garage Folk artist Lee Sama’s latest single Luana is just one of the disarming reasons why you’ll want to make room for this artist on your radar.

With the raw and gritty appeal of Grunge but arranged under the accordance of Psych-laced Folk, paradoxically, Luana is a hard-hitting blissful soundscape.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Nirvana, and Pixies will find it all too easy to melt into the emotion-driven hazy track which serves as the perfect introduction to Lee Sama’s indulgently cathartic sound.

Luana may not be the most over-complicated soundscape. Yet, there’s still an artfully beguiling air to the production which will undoubtedly see the artist go far.

You’ll be able to check out Luana for yourselves from March 13th via SoundCloud or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Calls – Fall Inside: An Indie Psych Playlist Essential

The Calls found the perfect balance of Indie, Psych, Shoegaze, and Post-Punk with their latest transfixingly reverb-soaked single “Fall Inside”.

The Leeds-based newcomers made sure the melodies are equipped to make your soul feel lighter while also bleeding a potent amount of 90s nostalgia which is sure to appeal to fans of the Stone Roses.

Their talent transcends assimilation through their signature tonal experimentalism. The progressions come with a captivating kaleidoscopic hypnotic appeal. There’s also a more cutting edge to Fall Inside which means fans of The Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen will want to make room for Fall Inside on their playlists.

The Calls have well and truly broken the mould with Fall Inside. I can only imagine how unholy the walls of noise they conjure in their live performances are.

You can check out the official music video to Fall Inside which premiered on March 6th for yourselves via YouTube.

Keep up to date with the latest releases by The Calls via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lounge Act Jam – Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be: Despondency Laced-Shoegaze

Any fans of Slowdive are definitely going to want to check out the standout single “Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be” from up and coming Portland, US-based artist Lounge Act Jam.

Their distinctive brand of ‘Underdog Pop’ offers all of the dreamy, gritty and despondency-laced effect-glazed guitar tones and the bleeding vocals which you’d expect to hear from Shoegaze pioneers.

Yet, with a stunning contribution of Psychedelic Rock on the outro and slight nuances of Jangle Pop, they’ve more than made their abstract mark on the genre.

You can check out Let Me Be The One You Want Me to Be for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dreamwave meets Post Punk in Ego Tripping’s latest single “Pleasure Rift”

If Ego Tripping intended to offer a full-body sensory experience with their latest Dreamwave single “Pleasure Rift” they definitely succeeded.

There’s plenty of ambience to be enveloped by. There’s also the infusion of cutting atmospheric tones which will go down a treat with fans of 80s Post Punk such as The Chameleons and Echo and the Bunnymen.

For seven serene minutes, you’ll get to follow the progressive nature of the single which offers a fully rounded tonal palette and vocals which border on hypnotic. The vocals rest above the reverb-soaked instrumentals just enough for the lyrics to resonate. But there’s plenty of synergy between the winding melodicism and the tantalising lucid whispers.

Pleasure Rift was the first single to be released from Ego Tripping’s debut album which is due to be released on January 17th. I’ve got a feeling you won’t want to miss the rest of it.

You can experience the catharsis of Pleasure Rift for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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I, The Ruin are set to make an unmissable debut with the Prog Indie Rock Single “Blossoms”

I, The Ruin

I, The Ruin are set to make their debut with the captivating Progressive Rock single “Blossoms”. The UK-based artist is already in high demand after receiving BBC airplay. With the way the single makes your jaw drop without any amount of grace or decorum when it hits you with its full momentum, there’s little room to wonder why.

Blossoms may kick off as an ambiently melodic work of Shoegaze Indie Rock. But the riotously progressive single crashes into a high-octane offering of Post-Rock complete with caustic screams and harsh Metal instrumentals. If I hadn’t spoiled the surprise, you never would have anticipated the violent and sharp evolution in the soundscape.

You’ll have to wait until January 24th to check out Blossoms for yourselves. You can pre-save the single here.

Connect with I, The Ruin on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest releases. This is a band you’re going to want on your radar.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sunday Face – Start Anew: Harrowingly Ethereal Alt Indie

Boston-based Indie newcomers Sunday Face have just released their latest single “Start Anew”. It pretty much has the same effect on your insides as a rollercoaster.

It’s not all too often a soundscape can be literally and figuratively striking. But the piercing alchemy in Start Anew is beyond anything we’ve ever heard. With orchestral swells joining the nuanced instrumental arrangement, Start Anew offers a haunted cinematic feel. And that’s not easy to find in Indie. Especially from an up and coming artist. But something (everything) tells us that Sunday Face won’t stay up and coming for long.

Any fans of Florence the Machine, Angel Olsen, and Big Thief are sure to appreciate the ethereally evocative harrowing vocals which float atop the wavy, ambient Shoegaze instrumentals.

You can check out Sunday Face’s latest single Start Anew for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant Nesmith – Every Night: Celestial Shoegaze-Infused Alt Country

https://grantnesmith.bandcamp.com/track/every-night

If you’re always craving potent hits of archaic aural bliss, you’ll be able to scratch the itch by pressing play on Grant Nesmith’s single “Every Night” from their debut solo album “Between Tides”.

With inspiration from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Shoegaze pioneers, Grant Nesmith was able to pull quintessential elements from a myriad of genres and tie them together to create a feat of uplifting alchemy.

Every Night filled me with the same fuzzy euphoric feeling as I get when I delve into one of Cheap Trick’s indulgently sentimental, nostalgically blissful singles. But as the track progressed, the instrumentals became transcendentally celestial. Allowing Every Night to become an intensely emotional experience comprised of sonic layers of hypnotic choral sound.

You can check out Every Night along with the rest of the debut album for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vidaus – Mother and Sister: Pensively Sublime Shoegaze Indie

“Mother and Sister” is just one of the hauntingly stunning singles found on Vidaus’ second album “Don’t Check My Arms, Pt. 1”.

The sublime mix of Indie, Post Punk, and Shoegaze comes together in an ambiently pensive arrangement creating the perfect lucid platform for the softly versed vocals to bleed into.

The light guitar progressions match the melancholic sting of the lyrics as they synergistically offer a bleak catharsis.  Even though Mother and Sister is a dark track, there’s still a warmth within its concordance making the single incredibly distinctive. But it’s safe to say that for any fans of the Verve, this up and coming artist should already be on your radar.

You can check out Mother and Sister along with their second album via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.