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Nine of the twelve songs in this cloudcast are products of North America: two from Canada, seven from the USA. The three remaining songs originated in Russia, Japan, and the UK. There is also a fair amount of not-exactly-Shoegaze material in this mix, but, while it may not be your father’s Shoegaze, it’s all fuzzy and it’s all good.

The UK’s wool gets things started with the third of four tracks found on Suncoast Digest, which appears to be the artist’s debut EP. This is followed by a track from The Music of Sound by Whales (the ones in Chicago), the EP representing the first new music from this band since the 2013 release of Size and Scale. Track three is by Lavender, also from Illinois, who have followed up the release of the Demo 2014 EP with another EP, New Shade. Track four comes courtesy of San Diego’s Giant Surprise. The release of their first EP, Is Failure An Option?, arriving a little more than five months after the release of their Endless single in 2015.

A lovely slice of genuine Shoegaze goodness from Japan’s COLLAPSE and their Self Titled EP leads the way into the next set of four tracks. I just can’t get enough guitar-driven walls of sound wrapped around female vocals, so I really hope this band comes back with more like this in the very near future. Boston’s Magic Shoppe keeps things going with a superb psychgaze track taken from their Interstellar Car Crash EP. I liked this EP so much I bought their entire back catalogue (essentially three earlier EPs). From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Living Hour brings an interesting self-titled debut album that I frankly have no idea how to tag, but, as I wrote above, it is fuzzy. Another bit of offbeat fuzziness was delivered by New Speedway on the one-track single Behavior: Holds, which is now no longer visible to the public. I have to believe that it will return in the future, as it is simply too good a song to discard.

It didn’t happen by design, but it turns out that the third and final set of four tracks also begins with a track by a non-North American band. This time, Russia’s Bananafish have that distinction, with the title track from this Saint Petersburg band’s debut single starting the countdown to the end. The opening track from the Candy Depression EP by The World Needs Winners of Crossville, Tennessee comes next. This is followed by the first track from Jelly, the debut EP by Toledo, Ohio’s Good Personalities. Vancouver, British Columbia’s The Orange Kyte brings things to a conclusion with some more psychgaze, this one coming from the first of several one-track singles the artist intends to release over the coming months.

Enjoy
 

One of the problems with posting so late at night/early in the morning is that I always forget something. In this case, it was an acknowledgement of the help I received from The Primal Music Blog and Sounds Better With Reverb. The former pointing me toward The Orange Kyte and Magic Shoppe, the latter toward Living Hour. I’d say something about what great sites they are and suggest you check them out, but, if your search for Shoegaze has led you to this blog, you will already know about those two.
 

TRACKLIST

  1. “Exhibition” by wool from Suncoast Digest
  2. “Birthmark” by Whales from The Music of Sound
  3. “Failed Attempt” by Lavender from New Shade
  4. “Weightless” by Giant Surprise from Is Failure An Option?
  5. “Syrup” by COLLAPSE from Self Titled EP
  6. “Redhead” by Magic Shoppe from Interstellar Car Crash
  7. “Seagull” by Living Hour from Living Hour
  8. “We’ve Got No Plans” by New Speedway from Behavior: Holds
  9. “Loadstar” by Bananafish from Loadstar / Immersion
  10. “Discharge” by The World Needs Winners from Candy Depression
  11. “Tallulah” by Good Personalities from Jelly
  12. “Morning Pages” by The Orange Kyte from Morning Pages

 

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Alright, today’s musical journey begins with a three-track road trip starting south of the Rio Grande and ending north of the 49th Parallel. México’s Coco provides the opener, taken from their debut album, which is followed in turn by the A-side from the second single by Gold Muse of Boston, Massachusetts and the first track from the demo EP by Rogue of Edmonton, Alberta.

After a quick trip to Italy to listen to the opening track from the self-titled debut EP by Hidden Hinds, it’s back to the States for a track from the second EP by Riverside, California’s HABITAT and the A-side from the latest single (and preview for the soon-to-be-released full-length) by Cincinnati, Ohio’s Wussy (who do and do not ‘wuss out’ on this track, if you take my meaning).

Italy was fun, so I head back to Europe for some more ‘sonic sight-seeing’, beginning in the UK with a cut from the Presents For Sally half of the split release they share with 93MMFTS. Then it’s off to the continent to visit Berlin and take in a track from Life as Art 1927‘s third EP before heading to Spain to enjoy the sunshine and a track from the new Seven Tin Stars EP.

Returning to the States with the intention to wrap things up with tracks from two American bands, I find the lure of Ireland’s scenery (and pubs) to be irresistible. So, after slices from two debut EPs: the self-titled release by Chicagoans Lazy Legs and Ancestors by Angelinos Daydream Cathedral, it’s off to The Emerald Isle for a pint (or three) of the black stuff and a listen to one of the more ‘shoegazey’ tracks from The Altered Hours new album.

Enjoy
 

A nod of thanks to The Primal Music Blog for bringing The Altered Hours to my attention as well as for giving me reason to reconsider Sonic Cathedral‘s EP. Another nod of thanks goes out in the direction of Sounds Better With Reverb, who steered me toward Wussy and alerted me to the Presents For Sally/93MMFTS split release.
 

TRACKLIST

  1. “Montpellier” by Coco from Divisiones del Sol
  2. “Kiss The Sun” by Gold Muse from Kiss The Sun/​Your Own Floral Crown
  3. “Q4F” by Rogue from Streams
  4. “Nymphs” by Hidden Hind from Hidden Hind
  5. “Peace and Honor” by HABITAT from HEADWAVES
  6. “Dropping Houses” by Wussy from Dropping Houses
  7. “Not Young Not Old” by Presents For Sally from An Arms Reach Away/ Darkness Inside
  8. “Dancing in Acid Rain” by Life as Art 1927 from Sense of Time EP
  9. “Return to the white tide” by Seven Tin Stars from Return to the white tide
  10. “Lipstick Prick” by Lazy Legs from Lazy Legs EP
  11. “Eyelids” by Daydream Cathedral from Ancestors
  12. “Saviours” by The Altered Hours from In Heat Not Sorry

 

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