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About this compilation…

It took a bit longer to get the first cloudcast of the year posted in 2015 than it did in 2014, but here it is at last. This compilation features ten tracks, unevenly harvested from five nations, with five coming from the USA, and one each from Canada, the UK, the Russian Federation, Italy, and Spain.

The Pacific Northwest is not represented this time. In fact we don’t get any closer to the West Coast than San Antonio, Texas, home to BLOOM, whose old-school Shoegaze is one of the early highlights of the year. Sister Bear of Saint Paul, Minnesota, brings some lo-fi Noise Pop, while The Morelings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania counter with etherial dreamgaze. Slotting in somewhere between these two sounds are Gibberish of Fayetteville, Arkansas and The Astral Planes of Louisville, Kentucky. No one in The Astral Planes takes credit for banjo playing, but I swear I can hear one being used intermittently throughout the album.

As with BLOOM, the noisy Post-Punk of Toronto, Canada’s Tyburn Fields reminded me of the good ol’ days of Shoegaze. I could have used either track from the band’s debut single in this cloudcast, but I thought “Always on Me” a slightly better fit. The best band name from among the ten contributors has got to go to London, England’s Love, Hippies & Gangsters. There is an obvious Psychedelia influence in their music, so I get the ‘Love’ and ‘Hippies’ part, but I’m not quite sure where the ‘Gangsters’ fit in.

I have to admit that the first two times I sampled Munic!‘s Enemies EP on Bandcamp, I found the vocals off-putting and I moved on. I kept coming back, however, drawn by the music of this Madrid, Spain quartet, until I finally purchased the EP. I had no such trouble with the three-track EP from My Invisible Friend of Parma, Italy. It was love at first listen. The first track is old-school Psychedelia with male vocals, and the second track is more of a drone with female vocals buried somewhere in the mix—just the way I like it.

The highlight of this compilation could easily have been expected to come from Pinkshinyultrablast‘s new album and first release since the amazing Happy Songs for Happy Zombies EP of 2009. Unfortunately, the band from Saint Petersburgh, Russia has not delivered an album to equal their debut EP. Most of the songs are weakened by being 50/50 hybrids of dreamy synthgaze followed by the guitar driven walls of sound I was hoping for. That said, “Ravestar Supreme” is a very good track and will certainly be in the running for ‘best of the compilation’.
 

TRACK LIST & SOURCES

01. “Less” by The Morelings facebook instagram tumblr website

02. “Not Easy” by Munic! facebook SoundCloud

03. “Trudy” by Gibberish

04. “Eyes” by My Invisible Friend facebook

05. “Rise” by BLOOM facebook

06. “Ravestar Supreme” by Pinkshinyultrablast facebook

07. “Always on Me” by Tyburn Fields facebook

08. “Tides” by The Astral Planes facebook SoundCloud tumblr website

09. “Tattoo” by Sister Bear facebook

10. “Through Your Mind” by Love, Hippies & Gangsters
facebook SoundCloud tumblr YouTube

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About this compilation…

There is so much good Shoegaze coming out of Australia these days that I extended the track list to twelve songs and still only used about half of the songs/artists I have on hand.
 

TRACK LIST & SOURCES

01. “The Sea” by Luna Ghost facebook

02. “You” by Roku Music facebook

03. “A Thousand Words” by COLOURS facebook SoundCloud

04. “(Not in It) For Love” by Blush Response facebook

05. “Four Acting As One” by All Sparks Burn Out facebook

06. “Old Fools” by Bloodhounds On My Trail facebook

07. “Like You Said” by Flyying Colours facebook

08. “Out of Mind” by Beaches facebook

09. “Don’t Try It” by Morning Harvey facebook tumblr

10. “Eckhart” by Flocks

11. “Solipsism” by Hideous Towns facebook

12. “Drum Machine” by Contrast facebook

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About this compilation…

This was meant to be a compilation entirely of songs by French artists, but as I was looking for Schonwald’s links to Facebook, etc., I discovered that the band is Italian. Oh well, as I did find them on a French label, that will have to suffice.

My Inspiration for this cloudcast came from a fine pair of compilations I came across on Exploding Spastic Inevitable’s Bandcamp page: Frenchedelia – Volumes One and Two.

A third volume has since been added, and, where I had found only links to a site from which MP3 versions could be downloaded, the Bandcamp page now has all three volumes available as free downloads. I especially enjoyed the second volume, which has a more Shoegaze feel to the songs.

Frenchedelia – Volume One

Frenchedelia – Volume Two

Frenchedelia – Volume Three

 

TRACK LIST & SOURCES

01. “Shoegaze or Die” by The Great Artiste facebook

02. “Death” by Maria False facebook

03. “Shosho” by Cheri Cheri Jaguar facebook tumblr instagram

04. “Ceremonial Prayers” by Wall/Eyed facebook

05. “Deep Metals” by Schonwald facebook SoundCloud

06. “Stay” by FUTURE facebook website

07. “Pure” by The Dead Mantra facebook

08. “Black Paws” by Venera 4 facebook SoundCloud tumblr

09. “Heartbeat I” by HERMETIC DELIGHT facebook website

10. “Unreachable Hopes” by White Glow facebook SoundCloud YouTube website

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About this compilation…

With the exception of the three songs by Sweden’s Edweena and the UK’s The Enters and Leave the Planet, all songs are from bands located in the USA. This seeming favoritism is actually due to my holding back several songs for use in themed compilations, several of which are coming along quite nicely and will be posted in the near future.

Edweena‘s Solar Days and Lunar Nights was in the top half of my list of the ‘Twenty Best Albums Released in 2013’, and I was looking forward to hearing more of this Stockholm trio’s work in the coming years. Unfortunately, the death of Guitarist/Vocalist Magnus Thelin also brought about the end of the band. “Lunar Nights” is from a three-song single of previously unreleased material that didn’t make it onto last year’s album.

San Francisco is well represented by two exciting newcomers: My Red Dress and Silver Shadows. The latter seems to have released one song in the spring of 2013 before following up with this year’s self-titled EP. In 2013, the former released Ceremony, a three-song single that isn’t as polished as the band’s two subsequent singles, but it does feature a photograph of the downtown Portland train station’s clock tower on its cover.

Speaking of Portland… King Mountain Petrol has the honor of representing our city (and the Northwest) with a track from Tusk, the band’s first single. KMP later contributed three songs to a split cassette shared with Bad Hex.

Moving to the Midwest, we find Saint Paul, Minnesota, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Sheboygan, Wisconsin to be the homes of Haley Bonar, Brain Transplants, and Geena respectively. Geena‘s Get Bored was only released a few day ago.

The East Coast avoids getting shut out with the contribution of a song from New York City’s, Chimes. Either this band has two separate Bandcamp pages, or it has released only the one song featured in this compilation.
 

TRACK LIST & SOURCES

01. “Out There” by My Red Dress facebook

02. “Dissolving Cube” by Brain Transplants facebook

03. “By My Vampire’s Side” by Silver Shadows facebook

04. “Thunder Muscle” by King Mountain Petrol facebook tumblr instagram

05. “Last War” by Haley Bonar facebook website

06. “Lunar Nights” by Edweena facebook

07. “Wipe Out” by Chimes facebook tumblr

08. “Acid Smile” by Geena facebook

09. “Coasts” by Leave The Planet facebook instagram

10. “Sweet Girl” by The Enters facebook

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Preface

I felt that, in my haste to get started, I rushed my first post a little, then found the writeup in particular to be unsatisfactory, and thought even the compilation could be improved with a minor reshuffling of the track list. So, that is what I did before replacing the original post with this one.

Please allow me to introduce myself…

If you were directed here from NWshoegazing, then you already have some familiarity with the compilations I upload to Mixcloud, but things will work a little differently on this site.

Cloudcasts (compilations hosted on Mixcloud) with names like one, two, three, etc. will feature songs from the current year (or, on occasion, older songs that have only recently come to my attention). Mixed in with these, I will also be putting together themed compilations similar to Shoegaze y Dream Pop Latinoamericano, which featured songs from South and Central American artists. I’ve already started gathering songs for four of these comps, but you’ll have to wait to see what the themes are.

About this compilation…

Every once in a while, dredging through the quagmire of (mostly) incorrectly tagged releases on Bandcamp yields something so good that, if I wasn’t already blogging, I’d be temped to start doing so, just to get the word out. DIV I DED’s Born to Sleep is just such a release. Like fellow countrymen (and women) Manon Muert, this band from the Czech Republic is certain to be represented in my list of the top 10 releases of 2014.

Two other newcomers with releases that grabbed my attention were London’s Nano Kino and Rome’s La Casa al Mare. If one looks closely enough at Nano Kino’s Bandcamp page, they’ll see that the release date for the self-titled, three-song single is 5 January 2015. When I first saw this page, there was a note on it indicating that these three songs were part of a larger release due out early next year. Something to look forward to in early 2015, perhaps. Take out the dead Xmas tree, then come back in to download the new Nano Kino.

La Casa al Mare features Paolo Miceli (My Violent Ego and Sea Dweller), Marco Poloni (La Calle Mojada), and Alessio Pindinelli, whose lovely voice graces the song I’ve chosen for this compilation. Marco does the honors on the B-side, “CD Girl”, which is also very good.

Białogard are also from Italy, but further north in Milan. I used a song of theirs on Fuzz Lite, one of two compilations I put together featuring my favorite songs taken from singles and EPs released in 2013. Partings is the band’s third release. It follows the 2010 self-titled debut, and 2013’s Studies on Distance.

Not too far to the west and slightly north of Milan lies Martigny, Switzerland. From this location, the three members of Versus People hope to use their blend of Shoegaze, Dream Pop, and Post Rock sounds to help us “rediscover the spirit of the ‘90s.” It seems they’re off to a good start with To Your Eyes.

The remaining artists are all from the USA, a contingent headed by veterans A Shoreline Dream, who have come a long way from the days when I bought their self-titled debut EP from toneVendor in 2006. I’m happy to report, however, that they are still going strong. On a side note, it is a lot easier (and less expensive) to buy and download music from Bandcamp, but I do miss the extras, personal notes, and pieces of candy that were included in packages from toneVendor.

Of the four remaining American bands, I have known about SHEER the longest, having downloaded “Yesterday’s Weather” in July. “Skin” followed shortly afterward and “Orion” was released this month. The band is from Simi Valley, California, and that is almost all I know about them. I couldn’t even find a Facebook page.

I came across self-titled releases from Oakland’s Linoleum Dream and South Bend’s Jimmy Infinity only hours before I started putting this compilation together, but I liked them both right away. I don’t really know what else I can say about Linoleum Dream other than to describe it is a small but solid collection of Shoegaze songs, but that’s all it takes to make me happy these days. “Sleepy Eyes” is the more straight-up Shoegazing of the two songs I liked best from Jimmy Infinity, but “Charity Carwash” is good as well.

It wasn’t done intentionally, but the three compilations that were posted here in the test phase all featured bands from Portland, Oregon. With the inclusion of Visiting Diplomats, this compilation keeps that streak intact. Unfortunately, I have been priced out of my downtown Portland flat and forced to live in a suburb so dead I could cry. No longer am I able to walk (if need be) west across the river to venues such as Crystal Ballroom, just north to Wonder Ballroom, or south to my favorite, Doug Fir Lounge. Otherwise, I would likely have seen Visiting Diplomats live and would know a little more about the band. What I do know is that I love the chiming guitar and the way the intensity and volume picks up in the final third of “The Hardest Easy Thing” before restoring a quieter melancholy to a finish that made it a natural to bring this compilation to a close.
 

TRACK LIST & SOURCES

01. “The Heart Never Recovered” by A Shoreline Dream facebook website

02. “L Song” by Nano Kino facebook

03. “Sleepy Eyes” by Jimmy Infinity facebook

04. “Indirect” by Linoleum Dream facebook

5. “Skin” by SHEER

06. “Makemyheart” by Białogard facebook

07. “M” by La Casa al Mare facebook

08. “When You” by Versus People facebook SoundCloud

09. “Other City” by DIV I DED facebook YouTube SoundCloud

10. “The Hardest Easy Thing” by Visiting Diplomats facebook