Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The best shoegaze/dream pop of far!

 Yumi Zouma

Wikipedia definition of "shoegazing" goes like that: "the style typified by the blurring of component musical parts—typically significant guitar distortion, feedback and obscured vocals—into indistinguishable "walls of sound"[...]The term was often used contemporaneously with "dream pop".
"Contemporaneously" meaning "in the late 80s and in the early 90s, but the favorite style of musical introverts never really went away. On one hand, we were experiencing resurgence of Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive recently, on the other - new bands are emerging and vying for attention. Some of them are among my most beloved discoveries of recent months.

If one dreampop album is enough for you, I strongly recommend Yumi Zouma's Yoncalla, but you should also be satisfied with Postiljonen's Reverie or (slightly older) Tamaryn's Cranekiss. If you prefer quick fix, I cherry-picked ten exquisite tracks for you. Some of them are by relatively obscure acts, some by more seasoned musicians (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve is the brainchild of Erol Alkan and Richard Norris of The Grid).

This is really worldwide selection (Lost Tapes are from Spain, Tip Top Tellix - from Russia) but if you see any glaring omission, don't hestitate to comment! Probably I will write on the other band from east of the border soon...

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