Harrison Lipton – Loveliness

Harrison Lipton – Loveliness

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  Harrison’s Lipton has captivated us with his sensual and heartfelt debut album “Loveliness.” His dynamic gospel trained voice compliments the soft downtempo synth beats and warm guitar melodies. The album cover shows Lipton playing a guitar and casually dipping his feet in a colourful otherworldly pool, surrounded by a serene utopia of verdant trees, […]

Vinyl Williams – Opal

Vinyl Williams – Opal

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The surreal pyramid dream-palace of an album that is Vinyl Williams‘ “Opal” begins to take form with “Sanctuary Spells“, a jittery but tranquil jazzy piece with what sounds like an underwater piano at first. Even on some of the more conventionally written songs like this one, the instruments and sounds all sound like they’re being […]

Young Scum S/T & Interview

Young Scum S/T & Interview

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Last year while trying book my band a show in Richmond I was furiously searching the Internet for some exciting bands to share the stage with. Richmond is a medium sized city about 100 miles south of Washington DC and isn’t particularly well known to the outside world. I never did manage to get my […]

Snail Mail – Lush

Snail Mail – Lush

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Bedroom diary confessionals in indie music can be a risky path for a songwriter to venture down. The wrong delivery can easily put listeners off or give you a feeling the singer is insincere. However when done with conviction, honesty and lyrics that put the listener in the songwriter’s shoes a band can invest a […]

Washed Out – Face Up

Washed Out – Face Up

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Washed Out’s recently released single produced for “Adult Swim“, “Face Up” reminds us why Ernest Green out stands apart from other dream pop artists: his perfect execution of 80’s post-punk revival dreamy synth, balanced with his own modern, whimsical, and innovative beats. No wonder “Adult Swim” chose Ernest Green to entice their viewers into their […]

Oslo Oscillator –  Newlands

Oslo Oscillator – Newlands

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I introduced Norwegian band Oslo Oscillator on here last year (Article Norway Calling ). To refresh the memory: Oslo Oscillator makes- in their own words – “old-school indie pop“, and in doing so, frontman/singer/ songwriter Kåre Eriksen has surrounded himself by his musical circle of friends that he successfully worked with in the past (members […]

Barrie – Tal Uno

Barrie – Tal Uno

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Brooklyn based dreampop outfit Barrie, consisting of members  Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge share their second track, “Tal Uno” on label Winspear. The band formation certainly has an unusual background: lead songwriter Barrie Lindsay used to work as a studio assistant for a sculptor, while Spurge and Noah work at The Lot Radio – a community-run, online radio […]

Hatchie – Sugar & Spice EP

Hatchie – Sugar & Spice EP

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Australian indie darling Harriette Pilbeam is releasing her first, 5-track EP under the monniker Hatchie, on May 25th via Heavenly Recordings. To recap: since the feature I did on the single “Sure” earlier this year, Harriette Pilbeam was already quite a prominent figure in Brisbane scene: she played in bands like Go Violets and Babaganouj, and decided to form Hatchie because she was specifically attracted to a 90’s […]

Chromatics – Black Walls

Chromatics – Black Walls

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On May 16th, Portland-based four piece Chromatics (Ruth Radelet, Johnny Jewel, Adam Miller & Nat Walker), share their new track/ video “Black Walls” and confirm that their 5th studio album, ‘Dear Tommy’, will finally be out in autumn this year, on Italians Do It Better. In the self-directed video for “Black Walls,” singer Ruth holds […]

The Catherines S/T

The Catherines S/T

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Before you’ve even heard a note of The Catherines music you can almost imagine what you’re in for. The monotone covers displaying a young Catherine Deneuve explain the band-name,  and their overall look evokes classic albums of Belle & Sebastian, The Smiths, etc. Song titles like “Is Your Bigmouth Girlfriend Really So Charming” sound like they […]

Foliage – III

Foliage – III

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From the slums of a broken city, Manuel Joseph Walker finds solace in a quiet bedroom crafting the lush world of Foliage that seems a million miles away from his hometown of San Bernardino. Bright jangly indie pop with more than a hint of synth pop, new wave and dream pop make their way through […]

Margot – Desensitised

Margot – Desensitised

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Yours truly, like most other people, had never heard of the London-based quintet Margot, until I heard “Desensitised” played on the rather wonderful podcast Near Perfect Pitch  (a weekly podcast featuring the best in Indie, Alternative and BritPop, and Shoegaze), and a friend of mine went nuts! The friend was right, of course, “Desensitised” is a great song […]

Nah … – Summer’s Failing EP

Nah … – Summer’s Failing EP

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Indiepop duo Nah… , who are based in Amsterdam in Munster, have released their debut EP “Summer’s Failing”, and it’s everything that fans of dreampop and twee could possibly ask for. Luscious harmonies and indie pop sensibility is stamped upon each track and with the short release, less is more, and this lends itself to welcomed […]

Blue Note Indie

Blue Note Indie

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Jazz and prog are hot… I have noticed. Go to any hip underground club and there will be some cute band trying to sound like a jazz-fusion band from the 70’s, which is kind of an interesting, but also a curious development, having grown up in that era myself. In the end everything comes around […]

Stephen’s Shore – September Love 

Stephen’s Shore – September Love 

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September Love by Stephen’s Shore Summer might be a few months away, but Stephen’s Shore is here to fill that void for you with breezy guitars and relaxing melodies. Close your eyes and listen to their latest album “September Love” and you can almost picture yourself on that shore too. “September Love” is Stephen’s Shore’s […]

Amusement Parks on Fire – All the New Ends

Amusement Parks on Fire – All the New Ends

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Before I listened “All the New Ends”, I took another audial gander at Amusement Parks on Fire’s back catalog. Their early releases are a perfect conglomerate of nineties rock tempos, early 2000s post-emocore anthems, and a tincture of shoegaze. Their sound, as previously described in other reviews,  is “otherworldly.” This ominous presence of the unknown in APF’s […]

Orchid Mantis – Kulla Sunset

Orchid Mantis – Kulla Sunset

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I have recently found myself looking for some newer Lo-fi Chill/Vaporwave, the likes of which were all the rage in the summer of 2009, when a few weeks ago I had somehow thought that Washed Out had new material out (they don’t) and then found that for some reason, it just seems that this music […]

Flashes – Black Monday/Infinites double-single

Flashes – Black Monday/Infinites double-single

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Black Monday / Infinites by Flashes Flashes are a “four-sometimes-five” piece band based in Cornwall (UK), self-described as playing “dreamy grunge-infused noise-pop” influenced by Sonic Youth, Slowdive, Aphex Twin, Dinosaur Jr. and The Cure. “Black Monday/Infinites” was released as a double single in February 2018, following the July 2017 EP release of “Rzhev”. “Black Monday” […]

Boy Pablo – Losing You

Boy Pablo – Losing You

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Boy Pablo are Pablo Muñoz, a 19-year-old teenager from Norway with a Chilean background, and Declan Mckenna and Gus Dapperton, his best friends. Together they started Boy Pablo, a bedroom project, in 2016 and released 3 singles and a 6-track EP. All Boy Pablo’s tracks are self produced and written. Boy Pablo‘s “Everytime” ended up […]

The Day – Leave the Dark

The Day – Leave the Dark

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I am quite ruthless in my search through new indie tracks. I always look for a certain sound, a certain “je-ne-sais-quoi”.  That doesn’t mean that the submissions I get are bad, or that the tracks posted on the myriad of new indie hubs are shite. In the end, everybody tries to pour their own little […]

Dayflower – Daisy Age (single and video)

Dayflower – Daisy Age (single and video)

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Daisy Age by Dayflower By now, British band Dayflower have become a household name on Fadeawayradiate! It all started when the late Chris Tressler, a beloved mutual friend, referred them to me and I was instantly interested. The double a-side single “Neverfriend “/”Seeing Up” was the first featured on here. Then we spotlit the video […]

Candace – “New Ruins”

Candace – “New Ruins”

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It is amazing to hear a band evolve right before your ears. I had to take a listen at Candace’s previous releases to get a real feel of what they may have hoped their new album “New Ruins” to sound like. It sounds like what a time-lapse video of a dahlia bud flowering looks like. […]

Candy Opera – Sophistipop Gem Unearthed

Candy Opera – Sophistipop Gem Unearthed

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At the start of the year somebody posted a track of Candy Opera in the Sophistipop Lounge, which went almost completely unnoticed but not entirely. I picked it up, and buzz frenzy around them ensued. At first listen, “What a Way to Travel” brings that whole era back to me: the dreamy cloud I was on, whilst walking the […]

Gliss – Strange Heaven

Gliss – Strange Heaven

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Berlin duo Gliss released a new album just a few weeks ago, and it has absolutely enraptured me. At times “Strange Heaven” reminds the listener of other acts, such as the Raveonettes and early Tamaryn releases but they also somehow remain completely true to their own sound. This album is a luscious hybrid of sorts […]

Bolinas – Casa

Bolinas – Casa

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Subtle is the word that springs to mind when I listen to Bolinas‘ latest song “Casa” (or any Bolinas song for that matter) and subtlety and depth is what sets them apart from the bulk of other, more formulaic, dreampop bands. It’s the gossamer, delicate distant sound of the guitars. It’s the frail emotive pitch […]

Camilo Beltran – Whispers

Camilo Beltran – Whispers

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I recently got this subtle gem of a song submitted that was too precious not to pay attention to: “Whispers” is a brief, temperate track in 3/4 timing, balanced on a sober acoustic guitar that ripples alongside whispery vocals, subddued synths and swelling echoes of brass that set a mood reminiscent of that of the […]

Hatchie – Sure

Hatchie – Sure

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Hatchie‘s single “Sure” was already released in November last year, but I came across it recently and wasn’t able to resist its catchy flashback-to-the-90’s vibes. The start of the song made me anticipate Chapterhouse‘s “Pearl”, followed by the warm jangly guitar chords of the Sundays, and the innocent, poignant vocals of the early Cranberries (whose […]

North West – Sun

North West – Sun

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Etheral, London-based duo Northwest (Ignacio Simón & Mariuca García-Lomas) want to show you their latest creation/single/video (ironically?) called “Sun“. NorthWest: “Sun” is our brainchild and so it’s difficult for us to find the proper words to describe it. Maybe is a chant for something unattainable; maybe it’s just another song. However, we want to share it with you in the […]

Amber Clouds – Perhaps Tomorrow

Amber Clouds – Perhaps Tomorrow

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I came across Oslo based Amber Clouds’ single “Let’s Meet In Air“via a repost of another talented compatriot, called Måke, which we have paid some attention to in an article in September (Norway Calling).  I instantly shared the song and, as I do with what I like, I decided to keep my eye on them and press “follow”. […]

Gaze Girls Talk

Gaze Girls Talk

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2107 has been quite an eventful year for women in general: millions of women marched against the inauguration of Trump and later, again millions stood up against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, followed by a wave of confessions by women around the world, breaking the silence on their own personal experiences of harassment. Naturally, there were […]

Sun System – Ways we Meet

Sun System – Ways we Meet

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Phoenix band Sun System have a brand of indie Dreampop that is catchy and clean, with a slight resemblance to the likes of Chicago’s Shoegaze juggernaut Airiel, as well as nods to other more hybrid bands such as the painfully missed Depreciation Guild. While listening I also hear a bit of a mainstream alternative rock […]

Fadeawayradiate Top albums lists 2017

Fadeawayradiate Top albums lists 2017

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Top 5 album releases 2017 by Fadeawayradiate crew: I think this last year saw some really great releases, as opposed to last year, when everybody was scratching their heads a bit. This year we saw the triumphant return of Slowdive, a way overdue release of Airiel, and a strong comeback of Frankie Rose, but also […]

Gingerlys S/T

Gingerlys S/T

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Sometimes keeping up with all the music that comes out is the hardest thing, and often, a lot of bands, or even small hypes, just pass me by. The band Gingerlys was one of those, and I am really glad a mutual friend pointed them out to me because it was love at the first […]

From Dreampop to Sophistipop YouTube Playlist

From Dreampop to Sophistipop YouTube Playlist

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I did this Youtube playlist for SWIT magazine but decided it looks good on here as well of course 😉 Enjoy!

UK Cinema – English Girls

UK Cinema – English Girls

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Canadian quintet UK Cinema released their first single “English Girls” on digital format on the 2nd of November along with a new video, directed and shot by Black Lake. The song is a melancholy, dreamy, laid back tune that will go down well with fans of Day Wave and Wild Nothing etc. Gossamer guitar-scapes are sustained […]

Bolinas – Vacation & Angostura

Bolinas – Vacation & Angostura

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Bolinas are a dreampop quartet I came across by accident on Soundcloud suggestions, and immediately adored! The band, and their perfectly sultry beachy sound, are obviously from the cradle of current dreampop (aka California), and were formed by singer/ guitarist Chris Thomas;  bass-player and producer Phil McGinn;  drummer Dwight Stannard and recent keyboard addition Anna San Juan. Bolinas was […]

AKWUAR – Millions of Same Faces

AKWUAR – Millions of Same Faces

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We are pleased to introduce you to a whole new name in indie-dom and present this first single/ video release by DIY indie project AKWUAR. The single is called “Millions of Same Faces“, the video will be released November 13th, followed up by the release of a self-titled full EP in January 2018, that will available on […]

Dreampop: from Cocteau to Craft Spells

Dreampop: from Cocteau to Craft Spells

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As some of you know, I curate a Dreampop (Jangle and Twee) music group on Facebook and I do notice that the term “dreampop” in itself, seems to a confusing one. It is often mixed up, associated or even so much as equalled to term “shoegaze”. I guess the confusion is understandable and if we […]

Light upon Brief Candles

Light upon Brief Candles

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Today marks a little bit of post-show depression for me, as I just wrapped up the concert weekend that I look forward to most here in Michigan each year, Kalama-Shoegazer. I have been attending this event for the past few years, and it’s not only a collection of some of the best Shoegaze and Dreampop […]

Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet live & highlights

Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet live & highlights

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Japanese Breakfast was one of the last bands on the line-up of the 25th anniversary London Calling edition (yes,yours truly was there at the very first edition in 1992 as well!) in Amsterdam. I had been there since the afternoon and seen quite a number of acts already. Frankie Rose cancelling was a major disappointment,  […]

The Morelings – Same Century

The Morelings – Same Century

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Imagine if you stumbled across a mystical place, somewhere between the light and dark. Here a dense fog covers the ground but is punctured by glowing shafts of light. There are ominous beings in the shadows but also great beauty and delights. What would the soundtrack to such a place sound like? The Morelings offer […]

Surf Rock is Dead – We Have No Friends? EP

Surf Rock is Dead – We Have No Friends? EP

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Brooklyn based dreampop duo Surf Rock is Dead are Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg. The duo have spent the last two years experimenting in order to produce a quality kind of neo-jangle/surf/ dreampop similar to that of DIIV, Day Wave, Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing. However, what sets them apart from those bands, is that […]

Airiel – Molten Young Lovers

Airiel – Molten Young Lovers

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The long awaited, highly anticipated full length new release from Chicago Shoegaze outfit, Airiel is almost upon us. If you are anything like me, you have already preordered a limited-edition swirl colored copy on vinyl and have been counting down the days until you have it in your hands. I cannot wait to finally be […]

I Remember That!: 12 Sophistipop tunes quoted out of context…

I Remember That!: 12 Sophistipop tunes quoted out of context…

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Somewhere in May I sent a nice little cover of Oh Patti by Scritti Politti to a friend who said: “So… a Scritti-tribute album curated by Estella Rosa?” It got me thinking and the next day we were all planning this cover-compilation on the Sophistipop Lounge group on Facebook! It is October now and from the […]

Norway Calling!: brandnew Oslo Oscillator, Måke and The Megaphonic Thrift

Norway Calling!: brandnew Oslo Oscillator, Måke and The Megaphonic Thrift

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In the last weeks, three brandnew indie-tracks from Norwegian bands saw the daylight. I am intentionally avoiding the word “fresh” here, as they all seem to draw extensively from past influences in indiepop. Both Scandinavian and Japanese bands alike, seem to excel in meticulously nailing a particular style or genre (or pastiche thereof), often with […]

Close Encounter – Fade Away…

Close Encounter – Fade Away…

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Aaah…. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a blog Anthem! And what could be a better than this magical mystery tune by Seattle based band Close Encounter (personal resonance of the first kind!).The song just has that perfect balance of sparkly jangle, scintillating haze and sophisticated radiance: in short, the sounds that we live and breathe on […]

The Morelings – We Were (video/single)

The Morelings – We Were (video/single)

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SINGLE VIDEO RELEASE “WE WERE”: On September 12, Philly based dreampop duo The Morelings release the first single, “We Were,” from their debut LP “Same Century” set to drop September 26th on Mostly Venus Records (digitally) and Custom Made Music (vinyl and cassette). To be honest, I think this video/song should have been used in the third […]

The Sorry Shop – Soft Spoken

The Sorry Shop – Soft Spoken

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“After a long time, we finally released our third full album. Based on a Dream Pop aesthetic but also flirting with the most iconic elements of Shoegaze, “Softspoken”, our new album, is a soft and noisy blast. The blurred and fuzzy pachyderm of the cover (which is signed by the talented Meire Todão) summarises the […]

Airiel – This is Permanent

Airiel – This is Permanent

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I had the pleasure to be woken up by this track this morning and I can assure you, it kicked in a hell of a lot more than caffeine!! After all the waiting, and many releases of formerly beloved bands that were sort of .. meh…  I didn’t know what to expect anymore. But this […]

Pia Fraus – Field Ceremony album

Pia Fraus – Field Ceremony album

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  Field Ceremony will be released in digital, CD and Vinyl LP on the 16th of October, between labels Seksound (Pia Fraus’ own label, releasing other Estonian indie bands) in Europe, Shelflife (Airiel, Flyying Colours, Ice Choir, Pinkshinyultrablast) in the US, and Vinyl-Junkie Records (Astrobrite, Medicine, Placebo, The Black Ryder) in Japan. Pia Fraus returns […]

Softer Still – Visions of You EP

Softer Still – Visions of You EP

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Softer Still – Visions of You EP  July 28th 2017 Club Fandango   Softer Still‘s second EP “Visions Of You’” was released on 28th July. The EP has an overall more 80’s/synthpop/sophistipop quality layered on top of their former already jangly dream-pop sound similar to bands like Wild Nothing, Day Wave, Small Black and Beach Fossils.  “Wishing Well”,  the first single […]

Violent Dreams – Scared of the Dark

Violent Dreams – Scared of the Dark

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Violent Dreams, “Scared of the Dark” released July 22, 2017, Every now and then, the Internet surprises me with the sounds of a budding band. This is one of those times, and we at Fadeawayradiate are proud to bring Liverpool’s Violent Dreams to your attention. Consisting of Matt Suter and Abby Sethu, the duo has recently […]

Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical album

Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical album

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Cage Tropical Slumberland Records/Grey Market 11 August 2017   Phenomenon Frankie Rose, former member of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Beverly is finally back on the indie-scene with an epic 4th album! “Cage Tropical” still contains some of Rose‘s dreamy signature sound, but also breaks away from that quite radically by juxtaposing it with […]

Bye Bye Badman – Wave EP

Bye Bye Badman – Wave EP

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Artist: Bye Bye Badman Album: Wave Released: April 29, 2017 Genre: K-pop Label/Distributor: Magic Strawberry sound   Korean band Bye Bye Badman are an indie electro-pop group from Seoul that owe their name to a Stone Roses song. Coming across them was bliss! There’s quite a lot of material already and some of it is really […]

Space4lease – “Must be Something” single

Space4lease – “Must be Something” single

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Space4Lease’s new song “Must Be Something”  premiered on Friday July 14 comes as the first single of releases. They released their first EP “Hiraeth“ in November 2016.   I have to say, the band name doesn’t particularly appeal to me and the introduction as indie psych-rockers meant little or nothing to me either, but I always play […]

China Crisis – Saint Saviour Square: the elusive video….

China Crisis – Saint Saviour Square: the elusive video….

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In 1989, the China Crisis single “Saint Saviour Square” was released on Virgin Records from the album “Diary of a Hollow Horse”: their 5th studio album. An accompanying video was made inspired by a painting of Annie Swynnerton called “The Sense of Sight” (1895: showing an angel gazing up to the heavens) which is housed […]

Dayflower – Sweet Georgia Gazes premiere!

Dayflower – Sweet Georgia Gazes premiere!

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The newest Dayflower single“Sweet Georgia Gazes”premiered today on Fadeawayradiate!!!: “Sweet Georgia Gazes” has a less fuzzy sound than “Neverfriend” and less psychey than the excellent “Seeing Up“:  it’s a is a very summery janglepop track that takes us back to our heroes from the late 80’s like Johnny Marr, The La’s, the Mock Turtles, the […]

Kingsbury – Emeralds

Kingsbury – Emeralds

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I came across this wonderful track because it was suggested as one new indie tracks on Spotify and it instantly hit me since it starts off as some sort of heavenly avalanche of sparkle, like the sounds of Sirens washing over you… The wonderful track progresses to reveal Caroline‘s superb vocals: a voice a range […]

Softer Still – Forever Faces – new single

Softer Still – Forever Faces – new single

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I wrote about indie dreampop band Softer Still before because I adore their blissful, hazy sound. So lucky me!: they soon have a follow up for their debut, self-titled EP, that was released in November 2016, and attracted attention from the NME, Clash, BBC Introducing and Steve Lamacq. The new EP “Visions of You” is […]

Hazel English Live at London Calling Festival 27-5-2017

Hazel English Live at London Calling Festival 27-5-2017

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Hazel English Live at London Calling Festival, Amsterdam/Paradiso 27-5-2017 Last minute guest list…arriving late…her music wafting towards me from somewhere, I follow my ears up the stairs of Paradiso. The room looks almost empty and Hazel is experiencing some problems with her red Telecaster. Exit band. In the meantime, I get a beer and the […]

Geyster – With All Due Respect

Geyster – With All Due Respect

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Geyster seems to have been around for ages, since “With All Due Respect” is his 7th album to date, so yes, the respect is due.  A “French Connection” of mine pointed him out to me and I am forever grateful. “With All Due Respect” houses a lot of my past musical influences and it lifts my […]

Pia Fraus – That’s not all EP

Pia Fraus – That’s not all EP

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Artist: Pia Fraus Title: That’s Not All Label: Seksound Record Label (Estonia) Released On: 29.05.2017 Format: CD         In the fall of 2017 Pia Fraus  (Eve Komp -vocals, synths, metallophone, Kärt Ojavee -synths, Rein Fuks – guitars, vocals, percussion Reijo Tagapere -bass, and Margus Voolpriit -drums) will release their first full-length album in almost a decade, and pretty […]

The Dream Eaters – We are a Curse review & interview

The Dream Eaters – We are a Curse review & interview

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The Dream Eaters’ new release “We are a Curse” features folky dream pop a’la Beach House, with echoes of low fi in the vein of Iron and Wine. The songs on this release also feature gorgeous harmonies with wit and bite to the lyrics. Overall, I felt this release definitely echoed one of my favorite […]

Spotlight: Northwest – Dimaryp

Spotlight: Northwest – Dimaryp

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I already added their mesmerising track “Wind” to one of my playlists this year, and was an instantly hooked on their supernatural, atmospheric “poetry in sound” stuff… This time the London-based act Northwest showcases a more innovative and experimental sound, featuring an old tube organ recorded in Hertfordshire and the hypnotic production of Ignacio Simón, over […]

Alter – Pendulum

Alter – Pendulum

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Alter, Pendulum released April 28, 2017   “Pendulum” is the second full length recording by Alter. Alter is a 3-piece atmospheric rock band from Baltimore, MD featuring members of Barbelith and Eyelet. It also features artwork by Baltimore’s Terence Hannum of Locrian. The opening track, “False Mirror“, beckons with a single guitar lick, reverberated, distorted […]

New Sophistipop Playlist

New Sophistipop Playlist

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Sophistipop is making a comeback! The old stuff is back in vogue and a lot of newer band are paying homage to this genre that was popular in the 80’s. I selected 10 new Sophistipop tracks that I personally love and think are worth listening to (for more info on the genre see http://fadeawayradiate.com/2016/10/sophistipop-then-and-now: 1. […]

Tenant from Zero: single, EP and interview

Tenant from Zero: single, EP and interview

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I think every Sophistipop lover would be over the moon to hear a combination of Prefab Sprout and The Aluminum Group with the vocals of David Sylvian, produced by neo Sophisti maestro Kurt Feldman. Well this is it!! I am honoured to introduce the brand-new Sophistipop project Tenant from Zero, brainchild of Paul Darrah: singer, composer Brooklyn, NY. Enjoy […]

Pia Fraus – Cloudy Eyes / Rocketship – Outer Otherness Split 7″

Pia Fraus – Cloudy Eyes / Rocketship – Outer Otherness Split 7″

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Pia Fraus presents their new single ( March 2017) as a split 7” together with a new track from Rocketship on Estonian label Seksound. This split single includes a new track from both bands, recorded especially for this particular release: We haven’t heard any new material from the legendary Pia Fraus in quite a while, so […]

The Veldt live at The Riviera in Chicago March 11 2017

The Veldt live at The Riviera in Chicago March 11 2017

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The Veldt played at The Riviera Theater in the historic Uptown neighborhood on the North side as part of their tour in support of their upcoming EP “The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation” on a brisk Saturday night in March. The show was sold out, and, after hearing new songs from the upcoming EP in […]

A Thousand Hours – Endless Grey album

A Thousand Hours – Endless Grey album

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I am going to start with saying that this has been my favorite new album of the year, thus far. The variety of sounds that dance throughout the tracks begin with an acoustic guitar lead on the first track, and follow with densely reverberated electric guitars, a dismal piano chord progression, synthesizers–and I am pretty […]

Lazy Legs Interview

Lazy Legs Interview

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Lazy Legs, a  talented, playful, and kind trio from Chicago, played a noisey,  fuzz-filled, shoegaze show at a DIY space in February. Lazy Legs are Michael Tenzer (guitars, vocals), Laura Wagner (bass, vocals), and John Rungger (drums for this band, Light Foils and Chorus of Shadows). Their set was nothing short of a reverberated, overdriven […]

Lost Shoegaze Gems III : Ozean EP

Lost Shoegaze Gems III : Ozean EP

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Ozean is the shimmering, crystalline lost little child of Slowdive’s “just for a day” era, who offer us with this posthumous reissue a trio of beautiful songs (all proceeds from downloads will go to funding a vinyl release this year!) Like some of the other genre-skirting, dreamy bands of the decade (the EP is originally […]

Alternative Facts Compilation : 3 exclusive songs….

Alternative Facts Compilation : 3 exclusive songs….

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Alternative Facts is a brandnew compilation of shoegaze and dream pop artists in opposition to tyranny, and in support of civil liberties and women’s health. Half of the musical contributions are exclusive for the album and unheard before it. All proceeds from this compilation will be split evenly between Planned Parenthood and the A.C.L.U. This […]

Video Premiere Seeing Up – Dayflower

Video Premiere Seeing Up – Dayflower

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“Seeing Up” is the third video from Dayflower, produced by the band as a visual companion to the song, which was originally released alongside “Neverfriend” on EDILS Recordings in September 2016. Earlier last year, on Fadeawayradiate, “Seeing Up” was portrayed as “a super spacey trip that has luscious juxtapositions of ethereal and noise and is […]

Interview Shimmer DJ Scary Lady Sarah and DJ Philly Peroxide

Interview Shimmer DJ Scary Lady Sarah and DJ Philly Peroxide

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The Chicago shoegaze and dreampop scene goes back decades and continues to thrive with a loyal following of fans and bands. With staple bands like Airiel and Astrobrite still hitting the airwaves on the fan groups on social media, and bands still playing on the stages of the city, especially newer bands (like Lightfoils and […]

Single of the Week : The Death of Pop – Like Always

Single of the Week : The Death of Pop – Like Always

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The Death of Pop – Like Always Released February 17, 2017 Spider’s Island I am very pleased to present this brilliant, new single of my favourite psych-jangle (star-spangle?) understated, quartet from Bournemouth: The Death of Pop. (Angus James /Guitar and Vocals ; Oliver James /Guitar and Vocals; Richard Dent/ Bass; Thom James /Drums ) This […]

Whimsical – Sleep to Dream

Whimsical – Sleep to Dream

Whimsical – “Sleep to Dream” Release date: February 24, 2017 Label: Saint Marie Records 1. Love Me 2. Lost And Found 3. Surreal 4. Flutter Echo 5. Beginning Of The End 6. I Thought Of You 7. Leap Of Faith 8. Glow 9. Sleep To Dream 10. Anchor (Bonus Track) 11. Part Of Me   Side […]

The Holiday Crowd Album

The Holiday Crowd Album

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The Holiday Crowd Album Label: Shelflife Records Release date: January 13, 2017 If ever there’s music that I consider to be timeless and will never bore me, it’s the music of my favourite guitarist Johnny Marr, and the latter is the first thing that springs to mind upon hearing The Holiday Crowd. Is this a good […]

Germans – Live in Amsterdam Bitterzoet 28-01-2017

Germans – Live in Amsterdam Bitterzoet 28-01-2017

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Germans supporting The Radio Dept.- Amsterdam -28-01-2017 Set list: 1. Dead Bird 2. Hideaway (new track) 3. Cruel 4. Delusions (new track) 5. Anne + Cats 4EVA 6. Wonderhow A known fact by now: I love Kurt Feldman (Depreciation Guild, Ice Choir) and his productions for others ….see my article on SophistiPop Now and Then. […]

Drab Majesty –  The Demonstration

Drab Majesty – The Demonstration

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Drab Majesty – The Demonstration Released: January 20th 2017 Label: Dais Records Stark, beautiful, and poignant; the much-anticipated release from Los Angeles two-piece Drab Majesty has finally been released. With the singles “39 by Design”, “Cold Souls” and “Too Soon To Tell’ being pre-released, I was already familiar with these songs and when it was […]

Softer Still EP

Softer Still EP

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RELEASE DATE: Out Now TYPE: Digital EP LABEL: Label Fandango Track Listing 1. Eulogy 2. New Age 3. Bliss 4. Company I came across Softer Still whilst searching for new UK based dreampop acts, because of some event that might take place in the future. No, I’m not telling you yet. There are obviously many similar […]

A Thousand Hours – The Desolate Hour single

A Thousand Hours – The Desolate Hour single

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A Thousand Hours are Red Collier – vocals, guitar, keyboards, production; Demi Haynes – vocals, guitar and bass and Albert Gresens – guitar, bass There are some songs which are like ghosts that inhabit a certain hour, a certain place. Beyond these places, they only manifest as bad feelings or pleas, begging someone to visit them in their haunts in the […]

Violentene – Denial EP

Violentene – Denial EP

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Artist: Violentene Title : Denial Label : Digital Zen Country: Canada Format: Digital Release Date: Feb 24, 2017   Violentene are veteran musician/producer/ex-leader of past electro bands Liquified, Politique, and Lotropic Roland Marckwort and Brooklyn vocalist/songwriter Dani Mari, founder of the Female Frequency collective, and collaborator with scores of artists including I Am Snowangel, Owl+Wolf, […]

New Slowdive Single!!!! – Star Roving

New Slowdive Single!!!! – Star Roving

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Fresh from the press: after almost two decades of wandering space since their last few releases and a long breakup, Slowdive returns to our galaxy with the chiming, high-energy boom of a new single, the well-named “Star Roving”. Thankfully, they are roving no longer and we welcome them home! As many of us know, the […]

The Marbles Jackson – Ten Million Suns Single

The Marbles Jackson – Ten Million Suns Single

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After their debut album “Notes To The Dust“,  Londoners ( Hackney) The Marbles Jackson release a new single called “Ten Million Suns” / “Wish For” on 26th January 2017.  The Marbles Jackson are: Terry Kirkbride vocals, drums & guitar, Naoko Takahashi on guitars and vocals,  Simon Gwynne on keys and guitar and Mikey Belfast Gibson on bass. Sofar, the sound of the […]

Sunshade – Souvenir & Interview with Mathieu & JC

Sunshade – Souvenir & Interview with Mathieu & JC

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Sunshade are an Indiepop duo from France, consisting of two guys with the most exotic sounding surnames: Mathieu Rivalan and J.C Valleran. Their blend is an extremely subtle take on the sort of dream pop mix or hybrid that seems to be popular in this day and age. Mathieu popped up on my FB feeds […]

Sound Smiths: 12 shoegaze /dreampop artists on their favourite tools….

Sound Smiths: 12 shoegaze /dreampop artists on their favourite tools….

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Sound Smiths: 12 shoegaze /dreampop artists on their favourite tools…. To celebrate the guitar & guitar-pedal/effect as the foundation for the magnificent sonic soundscapes created in Dreampop & Shoegaze, I asked 12 craftsmen / women about their favourite guitar and pedal:

Single of the Week: Cascadia Fault Line – “Paper Stars”

Single of the Week: Cascadia Fault Line – “Paper Stars”

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Cascadia Fault Line are a brandnew, 4 piece shoegaze/dreampop band formed very recently in Liverpool, home of one of my most beloved bands. Cascadia Fault Line has Rachael Dunn as their front woman, who sings and plays guitar, Joe Jackson (no joke) on guitar, Tony Duncan on bass/keyboards, and Marcus Mayes on drums. The band have […]

Top 10 indie releases 2016

Top 10 indie releases 2016

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The year has nearly gone…to the majority it wasn’t a good year. And that is an understatement. Surely strange things went on: politics weren’t too great and we lost a lot valuable artists along the way. Was it a bad year for indie music? We have picked 10 of our favourites this year. An eclectic […]

Lost Shoegaze Gems part II: The Suncharms & Dreamscape

Lost Shoegaze Gems part II: The Suncharms & Dreamscape

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The Suncharms The Suncharms were an indie band that was formed in Sheffield, 1989 and played with the likes of Catherine Wheel and Curve to name a few. The Suncharms are: Marcus Palmer-vocals, Matt Neale-guitar, John Malone-guitar and Richard Farnell-bassguitar, and Chris Ridley on drums. Their first two EP’s were released on Wilde Club Records. In […]

Ablebody – Adult Contemporaries

Ablebody – Adult Contemporaries

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Ablebody – Adult Contemporaries review and interview Release date October 14 Lolipop Records One thing is certain: the Depreciation Guild played a huge part in my rekindled love for shoegaze but before the revival reached its peak (around last year) the band was disbanded (2011) and its band-members went on to do their own thing. […]

Keith Canisius – We are the Dreamers

Keith Canisius – We are the Dreamers

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Keith Canisius – “We Are The Dreamers” Album Release Date: November 11, 2016 Label: Darla Records Sonic artist Keith Canisius will release a whole new full album tomorrow with Darla Records. We’ve asked Keith a few questions about the new album and the changes since his last releases (see article on this blog: Meet Keith […]

Single of the week: Day Wave – Wasting Time

Single of the week: Day Wave – Wasting Time

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Dreampop project Day Wave /Jackson Phillips has recently signed a fresh deal with Californian label Harvest Records, also the house of Best Coast, and Richard Ashcroft. He’s celebrating the news with a brand-new single named “Wasting Time: which might lead us to conclude that that will be a closed chapter from now on. The new single adds nothing truly […]

Tears Run Rings – In Surges

Tears Run Rings – In Surges

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Tears Run Rings “In Surges” / Full song by song review Deep Space Recordings Release date: December 2, 2016 The album is up for pre-order now: Pre-Order “In Surges”     As one of many raindrops in the mighty wave of sound-texture/noise rock bands we collectively call the shoegaze scene, Tears Run Rings (which was […]

Meeting Heavy Heart…

Meeting Heavy Heart…

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Review and short interview with Anna Vincent I hear a lot of similar music and find myself scanning through SoundCloud and YouTube quite often for music to post in the groups, put on playlists or write about on this blog. Things often begin to sound like more of the same to be honest, but once […]

China Crisis: the Joy and the Spark Reignited

China Crisis: the Joy and the Spark Reignited

Live review, interview with Gary Daly, and review of “Autumn in the Neighbourhood “ As much as I enjoy listening to old 80’s bands sometimes and go “oh yeah..that…what the hell were we thinking?!”…most of them sound really period-bound and it’s hard not to think it’s just interesting from a kitschy/retro view-point. I am not likely […]

Sophistipop Then and Now…

Sophistipop Then and Now…

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According to wiki, the term: “Sophisti-pop was a subgenre of pop music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK. It incorporates elements of jazz, soul and pop. Music so classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers, and polished arrangements, particularly horn sections.” Anybody over 40 that used to think of themselves as […]

Dreampop, Jangle and Twee play list

Dreampop, Jangle and Twee play list

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Dreamy Dreampop Playlist Edition number 1: Tracklist: Day Wave – Gone Brett – Dans Un Autre Reve Real Estate  – Out Of Tune White Wishes – Hold Your Hand Hazel English – Control Devon Williams – Toy Sunflower Bean – Easier Said Washed Out- Before Clubs – Luminous Ducktails – Headbanging In The Mirror Craft […]