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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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,  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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:

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 […]

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 […]

Hazel English – “ Never Going Home” EP

Hazel English – “ Never Going Home” EP

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I have been following Hazel English and sharing her stuff ever since I heard “It’s Not Real” last year. After more songs appeared on Soundcloud  I was hooked: her sound is a perfect blend of dreamy, lo-fi jangle with sunshine-pop traces. Hazel English is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter based in Oakland,California but native to Australia. Hazel […]

THE DEATH OF POP/ THE SKATING PARTY SPLIT 7″ LATHE CUT

THE DEATH OF POP/ THE SKATING PARTY SPLIT 7″ LATHE CUT

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Hidden Gem Records presents, “Skate or Die!” Limited Run, split 7″ lathe cut. Hidden Gem Records has just released this great looking split lathe 7″ by The Death of Pop from the U.K. & The Skating Party from the  U.S.  You can grab this special collection of songs from Hidden Gem : http://hiddengemrecords.bigcartel.com/product/the-death-of-pop-the-skating-party-split-7-lathe-cut The Skating […]

The Arctic Flow –  “The Luminous Veil”

The Arctic Flow – “The Luminous Veil”

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The Arctic Flow –  “The Luminous Veil” Label: Oscarson Realease: December 14, 2015 The Arctic Flow, again was discovered on one of my associative Tube sprees: bang! “As Close To A Kiss As We Will Ever Be” (2011) hit the spot: accompanied by the cutest animation ever, I was met by a heavenly sound that […]

Adorable interview with Pete and Robert

Adorable interview with Pete and Robert

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Our Favourite Fallen Idols An interview with Adorable’s Pete and Robert Everybody that was into indie bands in the first half of the 90’s will instantly recognize the intro of “Sunshine Smile”. They may never have heard of the name Adorable or know any other songs by them,  but “Sunshine Smile” will awaken fond indie disco […]

Souvlaki Reheated – A Slowdive Tribute

Souvlaki Reheated – A Slowdive Tribute

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Souvlaki Reheated – An Italian Tribute to Slowdive “Souvlaki Reheated – An Italian tribute to Slowdive” is a declaration of love to the music of Slowdive(band) and their album “Souvlaki”, which turns 22 years old today. This tribute album is available in free download and involves ten Italian projects and bands: Antartica, Białogard, Nicolò Carnesi, Claudio Cataldi, Felpa, Haas, MasCara, Novanta, Il Ragazzo Del Novantanove, Stella Diana.”  […]