Shoegaze

Artist: 
Kauf
Label: 
One Half

On his newest album, Regrowth, Kauf enters the dark and mysterious recesses of the mind that very few people dare to travel. Just like every search for self-discovery, the journey is dark but beautiful at the same time. The opening track, "Pacify," could be compared to slowly falling asleep, but waking up only to find yourself in a world unlike any other. The mysterious, dreamy sound builds layer by layer, adding glistening synths, droning basses, and ambient drums.

Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Sounds Like: 
MGMT
Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
Chastity Belt
Label: 
Hardly Art

I had a good time with Chastity Belt's second album, Time to Go Home, so when I saw that their newest album was up for grabs for reviewing, I picked it up hoping for another good time. And I have not been disappointed. Chastity Belt is back, and I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone shows the band's ability grow without changing their entire sound.

Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
Mazzy Star
Sounds Like: 
The Soundtrack to a Sofia Coppola movie
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Froth
Label: 
Witchita

This is Froth’s third release and right of the bat they have scaled down from their noisy, garage pop to a sound that is beautiful, light and filled with charm. The downtempo songs feature dreamy vocals while the guitars and synth add a shoegaze, psychedelic feel to the songs on the album.  Each song adds a different tone to the album while still sounding cohesive. This album was suprisingly really good and I highly recommend you check it out!

Sounds Like: 
Cheetahs
Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
The Spirit of the Beehive
Label: 
Ice Age Records and Ranch Records

The second Album from The Spirit of the Beehive, You Are Arrived (But You’ve been Cheated) makes you feel like the person on the cover. The music is mind numbing but that could go either way.

Sounds Like: 
Sci-fi Noise
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Jay Som
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Turn Into, Jay Som's first full length album, is an immersive, multi-layered work that immerses the listener into a dreamy world. Each track flows into the next, allowing you to melt into the music. Each component of every track works together to create a cohesive sound. While the album has a great flow and cohesive sound, many of the tracks do maintain a sense of individuality. "Next To Me," has much more of a rock sound, with guitar and drum being heavily featured, while, "Drown," is noisy and distorted, giving the track a shoegaze-like feel. 

Sounds Like: 
Japanese Breakfast
Sounds Like: 
Acid Ghost
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2016

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Artist: 
Snowball II
Label: 
Doughnut Records

I really didn't know what to expect from this album, since the artist name and title is obscured, I only chose it because I liked the minimalistic album art. The music has a dark, moody element. A lot of songs feature distorted guitars that at times sound like waves. The vocals are muffled at times adding to the moody sound but also just sound weird. This album isn't great but it also isn't bad, as the album title suggest it's just "?".

Sounds Like: 
Yuck but not as loud
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016
Artist: 
Hammock
Label: 
Hammock Music

"Everything and Nothing," by Hammock is very much a post-rock album at its core. Much of the album is instrumental, and even if the track does have vocals, they are not the main feature. As is typical of post-rock, many of the tracks build steadily, reaching a final crescendo. The guitar is gentle, yet evocative, carousing feelings of  both melancholy and hopefulness throughout the album. You are enveloped in "Everything and Nothing'"s atmosphere. 

Sounds Like: 
Explosions in the Sky
Sounds Like: 
Sigur Ros
Sounds Like: 
This Will Destroy You
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2016
Artist: 
Black Marble
Label: 
Ghostly International

Like a monotone bedroom with a few lights sparse and spread about, in some suburban town. An easy to dance slowly to kind of album, utilizing punchy drums that still lay in the background. Containing a punch but never becoming aggressive or harsh.

Sounds Like: 
The KVB
Sounds Like: 
Lust For Youth
Sounds Like: 
Soft Kill
Sounds Like: 
The Cure (I guess)
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2016
Artist: 
Living Hour
Label: 
Lefse Records

Living Hour is fresh off of bandcamp and are filled with summer hazey tuneage. The whole album has a really good flow, I enjoyed having it as background music for cooking and studying. Word of warning though, each song is like a long joy-trip, at least five to seven minutes long. Living Hour feel very similar to Beach House, with the skuzzy guitars, surf-like riffs, and warped sounds looming in the background. The vocals were dreamy, haunting, but poppy. I would suggest tracks six and seven, Mind Goodbyes and Miss Emerald Green.

Sounds Like: 
Beach House
Sounds Like: 
Best Coast
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
Nothing
Label: 
Relapse Recors Inc.

Tired of Tomorrow is Philly shoegaze trio Nothing's sophomore album. If you like Loveless, then definitely listen to this, just don't expect it to match its greatness. Despite Nothing's ability to compete with certain shoegaze legends' discographies, though, they still put out a very good album that's quite enjoyable to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
3: "Vertigo Flowers": one of the faster songs on the album, good combo of noise rock & shoegaze
Sounds Like: 
5: "Nineteen Ninety Heaven": dreamlike tune that's super relaxing to listen to, also has a dope name
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
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