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Over There That WayHeliotropes combine sludgy metal guitar tones, introspective shoegaze
interludes, psychedelic drone, and atmospheric harmonies to create a sound
that's as equally hard to pin down as it is alluring, earning them the title of
Village Voice's Best Garage Band Of 2014.
Heliotropes is comprised of founding member/songwriter/vocalist Jessica
Numsuwankijkul, along with a rotating cast of collaborators, including
drummer Cici Harrison, bassist Richard Thomas, and guitarist Ricci Swift,
who are all featured on the band's upcoming album.
The band's first recorded offering came with 2012's Ribbons 7", followed the
next year by their debut LP entitled A Constant Sea, which was named by
Mother Jones as one of the 10 Best Albums Of 2013. Since then, the band
has performed on the road with Esben And The Witch and toured nationally
with stops at South By Southwest, Firefly and Culture Collide, sharing the
stage with a far-reaching variety of bands including Thurston Moore, The
Geto Boys, Matt and Kim, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, The Black Angels and
The Raveonettes.1. Normandy
2. Wherever Live
3. War Isn't Over
5. Over There That Way
6. Dardanelles Part I
7. Dardanelles Part II
8. My Only Friend
9. I Can't Remember
10. Goodnight Soldier$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CivilianWye Oak wrote what became Civilian between December of 2009 and July of 2010. After recording and mixing previous albums themselves, Wye Oak brought in mixing engineer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Shearwater), who played a pivotal role in the sound of Civilian.
Civilian is imbued with dense shoegaze guitars, nearly melodic rhythms, and impeccable splashes of electronic color. The songs beguile with fascinating chords and melodies, Jenn Wasner's voice and riveting lyrics, mesmerizing rhythms, and an intoxicating aural landscape. Just as good writing has meaning between the lines, Civilian has meaning between the sounds: the combinations of harmonies, timbres, and words summon vivid and ineffable associations just beyond reach.1. Two Small Deaths
2. The Alter
3. Holy Holy
4. Dogs Eyes
8. Hot as Day
9. We Were Wealth
10. Doubt$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Goodbye Terrible YouthHow do you improve an already striking set of stripped-down, homemade pop? Gary McClure, the St. Louis-by-way-of Scotland songwriter behind American Wrestlers, a once anonymous project that became one of the year's best new bands, believes it's about being true to the basics.
"It's truly about becoming good enough to write the album you wanted to listen to when you were 15," he says. "Every time I make a new record, I feel like I'm getting closer."
Goodbye Terrible Youth (November 4, Fat Possum) shows McClure taking bedroom recordings onto a bigger stage without sacrificing the intimacy that makes them so attractive. If his self-titled album showed his knack for stringing together addictive guitar lines-the shimmer of shoegaze mixed with the emotional fist pump of power pop-Goodbye Terrible Youth amplifies that energy with a road-tested band. Literally breaking out of the home studio-the Tascam mixer McClure had been recording on has fallen apart from overuse-he's embraced a bigger sound and stage on Goodbye Terrible Youth, his rueful yet propulsive songwriting only becoming sharper.
"I wanted to write songs that bridged the gap better between audience and stage," he says. "Faster, louder more distortion. Something you can do handstands and backflips and start small fires to."
Building on the dreamy haze of previous recordings, McClure's music on GTY often crackles with energy. Lead song "Vote Thatcher" flips a switch between propulsive, jangly guitar lines and bright, boisterous, choruses, a fitting backdrop for lyrics imploring listeners not to let their youth slip through their fingers. "Someone Far Away," propelled by a massive, fuzzy bassline, makes a perfect soundtrack for a long desert drive, while the angular and angsty, while "Terrible Youth" opens with a muscular take on the midsection riff of Marquee Moon, than fuzzes into grunge over a Stone Roses bass line along with a bit of Big Star swagger.
When McClure's homemade recordings surfaced in late 2014, they featured the kind of lo-fi charm you'd expect from a lost classic, like a long-lost mixtape rediscovered under the seat of your car. Self-released on Bandcamp, the earnest and effortless album reflects McClure at his best.
"It's this weird kind of thing happens where the music kind of constructs itself," he says. "My music making process is always happening, always going on in my head. It's almost like anti-virus software in my computer. It's always plugging away in the background."
McClure's career may be the definition of plugging away, enough so that he has the unique distinction of being "discovered" twice. Before starting American Wrestler, he was one-half of Working For a Nuclear Free City, a shoegaze-inspired band out of Manchester, England. By 2013, McClure and bandmate Phil Kay decided to wind the project down. As McClure weighed next move, he started playing around and posting demos online. The tracks caught the attention of Bridgette Imperial, an American who was studying overseas, and sparked more than just a meeting of musical minds. They began dating, and a year later, McClure had moved to St. Louis to marry her.
The midwest move has been a key influence for the restless musician, a more open music scene than he was accustomed to in Manchester. While working a warehouse job for UPS in Missouri, McClure began experimenting and recording what would become the first American Wrestlers album, and the momentum and reception built since then has allowed him to stretch out and refine a new album of songs with a full band, which includes Imperial, who plays keyboard, as well as Ian Reitz on bass and Josh Van Hoorebeke on drums. McClure's new set of bouncing, well-crafted songs shows that musical youth is not always wasted on the young.
"I'm always surprised by how each record brings me closer to writing simpler, heavier, catchier songs like those bands who gave me my musical epiphany: Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, Hole and that first Foo Fighters record," he says. "I first learned how to write by copying them and got lost for a decade in intricacy and experimentation. Now, it feels like I'm heading back."1. Vote Thatcher
2. Give Up
3. So Long
4. Hello, Dear
5. Amazing Grace
6. Terrible Youth
7. Blind Kids
8. Someone Far Away
9. Real People$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
25th Year Anniversary Edition Of The Debut Album
Including Black Metallic, Salt And I Want To Touch You
The heavily sought after debut album Ferment by Catherine Wheel is finally pressed on vinyl again!
In 2016, Pitchfork ranked the album at number 23 in their list of The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time, with Ben Cardew of the website commenting that a good half of the songs on Ferment, their debut, are enduring shoegaze-disco classics, while Black Metallic, in its full seven-minute glory, makes a strong claim to being the genre's 'Stairway to Heaven'.
Ferment is the band's most unique record; it serves as a fitting lens through which to view the group's work throughout the 1990s. The album displays Catherine Wheel's early attempts to meld drone-drenched shoegaze with heavy rock.
After all these years, it is the record's twin epics, Black Metallic and Salt, that immediately illustrate why Catherine Wheel was so meaningful to so many of the bands that came after them.
Black Metallic, perhaps the group's most famous single, is absolutely otherworldly.1. Texture
2. I Want To Touch You
3. Black Metallic
4. Indigo Is Blue
5. She's My Friend
8. Flower To Hide
10. Bill And Ben
11. Salt$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OffshoreMentored by Daniel Lanois, Daniel Burton has been putting his project-oriented stamp on a variety of records the last ten years and it has all coalesced into this career-defining work. Offshore is one continuous piece, made up of six distinct songs. It's equally beautiful and noisy, composed though loose, akin to the late '80s/early '90s 4AD-laden world of shoegaze wash-rock like Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Mark Hollis, their predecessor Peter Gabriel, or modern day saint William Basinski. In the Lanois/Eno tradition, Burton collected an all-star cast to flesh out his vision with members of Horace Pinker, Olo, Black Mountain, Windsor For The Derby, Unwed Sailor, and Tortoise.1.Land of Pale Saints
4.Return of the Native
6.Hymn Beneath the Palisades$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ghost BlondeSplitting time between Montreal and Los Angeles, female-fronted noise pop group No Joy are poised to release their debut album, Ghost Blonde. The album fully delivers on the promise of their Mexican Summer 7 release, and it builds upon the revitalization of shoegaze pop in recent times with a melodic fervor and angst that many of their contemporaries fail to capitalize on. The gorgeous sounding Ghost Blonde even contains moments that match the challenges laid down by My Bloody Valentine and Lush years ago.1. Mediumship
3. Maggie Says I Love You
4. You Girls Smoke Cigarettes?
5. Pacific Pride
7. Indigo Child
10. Ghost Blonde$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Oceanside: 1991-1993As the second contribution to Captured Tracks' Shoegaze Archives series, deardarkhead offers their brilliant take on the genre with Oceanside: 1991-1993. The New Jersey-based band was formed in 1998 with their name taken from an anonymously written Irish poem. Their sound perfectly blends post-punk guitar experimentalism with a heavy atmospheric dreampop aura, similar to Pale Saints and Ride. This release is completely remastered with previously unreleased tracks, all never before on vinyl.1. Surf's Up
5. Just For You
8. June 28th
10. Little Marinara
13. One Of A Kind
14. Lighthouse$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Just For A DayImport
Music on Vinyl now re releases this classic album on 180-grams audiophile vinyl
The English shoegaze band Slowdive formed in 1989 and consisted of Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals, guitar), Christian Savill (guitar) and the band's primary songwriter Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar).
The production on Slowdive's debut commenced shortly after Halstead convinced Alan McGee, head of Creation Records, the band had enough songs written for a full-length album. Slowdive actually did not.
The group hurriedly began writing songs in the studio, experimenting with sounds and cannabis during the process.
This eventually lead to their debut album 'Just for a Day', released in 1991.1. Spanish Air (6:07)
2. Celia's Dream (4:12)
3. Catch The Breeze (4:22)
4. Ballad Of Sister Sue (4:34)
5. Erik's Song (4:28)
1. Waves (5:54)
2. Brighter (3:50)
3. The Sadman (4:47)
4. Primal (5:31)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sinking As A StoneBurger Records is proud to present the sophmore record from Israeli shoegaze and dream pop trio Vaadat Charigim.1. Neshel
4. Ein Li Makom
6. At Chavera
7. Hashiamum$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming2LP set. New 2011 double album! Epic dream-pop 'n' blissed-out shoegaze from the French phenomenon. Cameo by Zola Jesus. Includes Midnight City.LP 1
2. Midnight City
4. Where The Boats Go
6. Raconte moi une histoire
7. A Train To Pluton
8. Claudia Lewis
9. This Bright Flash
10. When Will You Come Home?
11. Soon, My Friend
1. My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
2. New Map
3. OK Pal
4. Another Wave From You
6. Year One, One UFO
8. Steve McQueen
9. Echoes Of Mine
10. Klaus I love You
11. Outro$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Neither Virtue Nor AngerRecorded in their studio in 2013-1014, their debut album Neither Virtue Nor Anger is something beyond the colorful blend of 60's psychedelia, folk, krautrock, shoegaze and post-punk anticipated by Locomotive.1. Locomotive
4. Sweet Suicide
6. Lost Reprise (Francesca)
7. Paranoid Palace
8. Drift 22
9. Monkey On My Back
10. Whore Is Death
11. My Lunacy
16. Kali Yuga$44.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-RHI-78059xThe Jesus And Mary Chain
PsychocandyPsychocandy is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released in November 1985 on Blanco y Negro Records. The album is considered a landmark recording: its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures proved influential on the forthcoming shoegaze genre and alternative rock in general.Just Like Honey
The Living End
Taste The Floor
The Hardest Walk
In A Hole
Taste Of Cindy
My Little Underground
You Trip Me Up
It's So Hard$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Last Poem / First LightFrom NYC, So Hideous combines intense, blackened hardcore with orchestral elements to create a unique blend of music that has been called a raging force of post-black metal; frothing with shoegaze and oozing with tortured melancholy.
Last Poem/First Light was recorded and mixed by Dean Baltulonis (Agnostic Front, Lucero) and mastered by Scott Hull (Sting and Lou Reed).1. Rising
2. Stabat Mater
3. My Light
5. Last Poem
6. Glory$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Timespan RemixesTimespan Remixes is exactly what the title implies: The entire debut album by Majeure, remixed by three of his friends and favorite producers. Zombi co-conspirator Steve Moore expands on the opening minutes of Timespan to give it an ominous John Carpenter dread. Jesu mastermind Justin K Broadrick transforms Teleforce into a 10-minute vertigo-inducing shoegaze epic. Renowned French producer Black Strobe closes out the album with a staggering 20-minute reinvention of The Dresden Codex, a white- hot house banger.1.Timespan [Steve Moore Remix] - (remix)
2.Teleforce [Justin K Broadrick Remix] - (remix)
3.Dresden Codex [Black Strobe Remix], The - (remix)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Folding SieveAs the first contribution to Captured Tracks' Shoegaze Archives series, Should offers A Folding Sieve. This classic take on the genre lends waves of euphoric dream pop sounds similar to My Bloody Valentine. This album was originally released in 1995 under the name shiFt. This release will include the original tracks as well as two bonus tracks, all songs on vinyl for the first time.1. Rolling
2. Breathe Salt
3. Feels Like Morning
8. Own Two Feet
12. This House I'm Living In
13. Pop Apology
15. Brass Burn
16. Slide Slip
18. In Nine Inst$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Open Your HeartIronically referred to by Timeout NY as Thurston Moore & the E Street Band, The Men have never been a band to play by categorical punk subgenre rules. Instead, over the last three years, this band has dabbled in everything from hardcore punk to psych to shoegaze to black metal; and they have done all of it effortlessly, and for the most part, flawlessly. Totally removed from the current climate of a.d.d-youtube-blog-hyped generation of musicians under 21, The Men stand out from the pack as both scene elders and actual record collectors.1. Turn It Around
3. Country Song
5. Please Don't Go Away
6. Open Your Heart
10. Ex-Dreams$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music on Vinyl now rereleases this classic album on 180-grams audiophile vinyl
The English shoegaze band Slowdive formed in 1989 and primarily consisted of Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals, guitar), Christian Savill (guitar) and the band's primary songwriter Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar).
'Souvlaki' is Slowdive's second studio album, originally released in 1993. The album contains synthesizer contributions from Brian Eno on 'Sing' (which he co-wrote) and 'Here She Comes'. The band named the album after a skit performed by the Jerky Boys, an American comedy duo that recorded prank phone calls.
2. Machine Gun
3. 40 Days
5. Here She Come
1. Souvlaki Space Station
2. When The Sun Hits
4. Melon Yellow
5. Dagger$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
When Slowdive disbanded in 1995 music fans widely associated it with the demise of the shoegaze genre. Their last sign of life was Pygmalion and it was, after Just For A Day and Souvlaki a totally different and more abstract album. Where the band attempted to put more song structures in place on Souvlaki, they began to incorporate more elements of ambient electronica on Pygmalion. Which resulted in a more complete album than the two previous albums. Tracks like Blue Skied An' Clear and Crazy For You demonstrate that the songs are still there, somewhere -- they're just buried under more abstract sounds than before.1. Rutti
2. Crazy For You
6. J's Heaven
7. Visions Of La
8. Blue Skied An' Clear
9. All Of Us$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Every Day I Get Closer (Awaiting Repress)Over two years in the making, on his followup to the LP 'Ascension', jesu mainman Justin K Broadrick, has worked at this album whilst retaining activities with the reunited Godflesh, and as usual, pursuing
other projects which include remixes for both Mogwai and Cult Of Luna. Beginning with 'Homesick', with it's guitar hooks, shoegaze textures and familiar jesu sound, fans expecting an album following a
familar jesu trajectory will find tracks in line with jesu's aesthetic but taking in dub, post punk and electronica along the way, to create perhaps the most dynamic jesu album to date. Mastered by
James Plotkin.1. Homesick
4. The Great Leveller
5. Grey Is The Colour$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Jack-O-LanternCamera Shy is a new project from Nick Bassett, guitarist and lead songwriter of
San Francisco shoegaze act Whirr. The new band sees Bassett also at the writing
helm, accompanied by Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, who's radiant vocals can
be heard on Whirr's acclaimed 2012 full length, Pipe Dreams, as well their June
and Part Time Punks Sessions EPs. As Whirr's sound divulges down a slightly
foreign path, Camera Shy exists as the brighter end to a similar spectrum, placing soaring vocals and beautifully meandering melodies at the forefront.1. Secret Word
2. Come Around
3. Spin Me
4. Over and Over
5. After Hours$11.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Everything Is ForgottenFirst Pressing With Gatefold Sleeve On Magenta Vinyl
Methyl Ethel's new album was co-produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals), in collaboration with the Perth trio's frontman Jake Webb. Written and recorded by Webb, Everything Is Forgotten finds Methyl Ethel refining sounds and rendering them in 3D, thanks in part to London-based James Ford, who has been working with Webb on the follow-up to debut album Oh Inhuman Spectacle. The pair's collaboration across the coming release has infused their shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic flourishes, further evolving Methyl Ethel's sound from initial EPs Guts and Teeth.1. Drink Wine
3. No. 28
4. Femme Maison/One Man House
5. L'Heure des SorciÉres
6. Act of Contrition
8. Hyakki Yako
9. Summer Moon
10. Weeds Through The Rind
11. Shlager$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleep Forever (Awaiting Repress)Last year Brandon Welchez and Chuck Rowell released their acclaimed debut album, Summer of Hate as Crocodiles. Straddling vast sonic terrains from the jagged guitar stabs of street-strutting lead single Neon Jesus, to throbbing kraut rock, expansive shoegaze and irresistibly danceable disco-punk jams, Summer Of Hate drew comparisons with The Velvet Underground and Primal Scream.
Significantly, it also caught the ear of James Ford, Simian Mobile Disco man and producer of the Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Florence and the Machine amongst others. Together, all three headed into the desert in early 2010 to create Summer Of Hate's psychedelic, hyptonic and anthemic follow-up. An album that would later be christened Sleep Forever.
Raw it may be, but Sleep Forever is still an unmistakingly more refined beast than its predecessor. Drums and organ whirls envelope you on tracks like Mirrors and Sleep Forever, which nod to Ladies and Gentelman era Spiritualized as much as they do Neu! and The Velvet Undergound.1. Mirrors
2. Stoned To Death
3. Hollow Hollow Eyes
4. Girl In Black
5. Sleep Forever
6. Billy Speed
7. Hearts Of Love
8. All My Hate And My Hexes Are For You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Maps For SleepFormed in the Fall of 1991 by Brandon Capps (guitar/vocals), Kimber Lanning (drums) and Tim Patterson (bass), Half String created a lush, guitar-driven brand of noise pop. Their sound was an antidote to the desert jangle bar band scene that dominated Tempe, AZ at the time. While the group shared an aesthetic with much of the British shoegaze scene, and occasionally recalled the spirit of early 4AD and Factory Records, they certainly carved out a beautiful noise all their own. During their austere six-year lifespan, Half String inspired an underground music scene in their hometown, and gained a small but loyal following from beyond the desert.
Half Strings first demo was hand delivered to Independent Project Records Bruce Licher during the summer of 1992. Impressed, Licher released the 3-songs as the Eclipse 7 single on his revered post-punk fine art imprint. Matt Kruse joined on second guitar in 1993, adding another layer of texture and intricate melody to the bands broadening sound. This was evident on Oval, Half Strings second single, and the subsequent Tripped Up Breathing EP, both released by IPR in 1994. Patterson left the band that Winter, and was replaced by Dave Rogers, a multi-instrumentalist who added backing vocals.
In 1995, Germanys Pop Goes On! and IPR co-released Eclipse*Oval*Hue as a CD mini-album collecting together the first two singles along with three unreleased tracks. Later that same year, the group recorded their debut album, A Fascination With Heights. Issued by IPR in 1996, this would be Half Strings last release before the band parted amicably the following Summer and the fifth addition to Captured Tracks' recently launched Shoegaze Archives series.1. Eclipse
2. Maps for Sleep
7. Sun Less Sea
10. Quiet Like Seeds
12. Brief As Photographs
13. Landscape Burning
14. Tripped Up Breathing
17. Featherweight$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ancestral Star (Awaiting Repress)Evan Caminiti (guitars, vocals) and Jon Porras (guitars, vocals, drums, harmonium) met in San Francisco in 2006 and immediately started playing music together. Over the next four years, the two gradually sculpted a vast collection of hazy desert sky meditations; ominous, barren expanses of music for desert walks at dusk and dark, pastoral passages embellished with psychedelic and atmospheric wash. A mixture between devotional ragas and dusty stomp with atmosphere and production that references shoegaze and black metal influences.
Ancestral Star, their third LP, marks the evolution of the Barn Owl sound into a territory where it has become wholly its own, transcending the sum of its influences and taking on a life of its own. At the same time, it is a more realized extension of that sound. Caminiti and Porras paid close attention to the composition of each track and its flow within the album as a whole. Engaging throughout, every moment contributes to an overall feeling of mysterious desert expanse and a sonic narrative that unfurls like a cinematic metaphysical western.1. Sundown
2. Visions in Dust
3. Night's Shroud
4. Ancestral Star
5. Cavern Hymn
10. Light from the Mesa$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now