Category: Shoegaze

Reverend big O :: When There Is Only Light To Believe In/Hope For

Country: Sweden
Release Date: 2012
Netlabel: 23 seconds
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Often described as “Sweden´s slowest band”, this time Reverend Big O from Malmö explore the album formula rather than the pace. The album is put together as one long single breath and the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The music is rooted in 90´s shoegaze sounds like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine etc. as well as post-rockers like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions In The Sky .

The main contributors on this album are Nicklas Nilsson and Jörgen Dahlqvist. Nicklas is also a member of The Bell, a band with several releases in Europe and the U.S. Their music have attracted considerable attention and several of their songs have been heard in American TV-series like The Vampire Diaries, Jersey Shore etc. Jörgen Dahlqvist is artistic director for one of Sweden´s leading performing arts collective Teater Weimar, Dean of the theatre academy in Malmö 2009-2012. He was also co-founder of the legendary Swedish record label A West Side Fabrication in the late 80´s.” [23 seconds]

Tracklist

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Reverend big O :: When There Is Only Light To Believe In/Hope For

Country: Sweden
Release Date: 2012
Netlabel: 23 seconds
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Often described as “Sweden´s slowest band”, this time Reverend Big O from Malmö explore the album formula rather than the pace. The album is put together as one long single breath and the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The music is rooted in 90´s shoegaze sounds like Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine etc. as well as post-rockers like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions In The Sky .

The main contributors on this album are Nicklas Nilsson and Jörgen Dahlqvist. Nicklas is also a member of The Bell, a band with several releases in Europe and the U.S. Their music have attracted considerable attention and several of their songs have been heard in American TV-series like The Vampire Diaries, Jersey Shore etc. Jörgen Dahlqvist is artistic director for one of Sweden´s leading performing arts collective Teater Weimar, Dean of the theatre academy in Malmö 2009-2012. He was also co-founder of the legendary Swedish record label A West Side Fabrication in the late 80´s.” [23 seconds]

Tracklist

  1. 03.16
  2. Words Like Clouds
  3. This Street Is Connected (To Other Streets)
  4. Then We Fall
  5. A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose
  6. Walk Inside
  7. I Feel Such Rage (Toward You)
  8. Love Is A Two Headed Dog
  9. It’s Not The End Of The World, It’s Not

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These Animals :: These Animals EP

Country: USA
Release Date: 2012
Netlabel: aa-hh records
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

“These Animals are four wild and charming creatures from the urban jungle in the great city of New York. Their music is just as diverse as the jungle itself. Imagine dreamy guitar soundscapes crossed with a motown dancy rythm section. Sounds weird? Well, listen for yourself and discover a mix of dreamy pop and dance-able rock and roll that comes along with sixties-inspired harmonies, floating shoe-gaze guitar textures and toe-tapping rhythms. All sitting very comfortably next to each other.” [aa-hh]

  1. Side By Side
  2. Miles
  3. Pocket
  4. A Word At Sea
  5. Ebb And Flow
  6. Four To The Floor

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The Lights Streaming Through the Sound :: Lights

Country: Japan
Release Date: 2008
Netlabel: Mimi

“”Lights” is a record which exists within self-confrontation.

Even though the dominating aesthetics seems to be Post-Rock, different and subtle layers coexist under that front.

It lives in confront because, although in an intangible manner, through every track runs a brutal force of tension that agravates with each crescendo, and it never diludes itself on the superficial placidity to where the music drives us.

This is a journey that begins in melodic territory underlined by clarividity; somewhere in the middle of the record a challenge to the listener arises with a long moment of abstraction. Eventually, it all exits and turns into warm sound waves that slowly build a wall and provide us with confort.” [mimi]

  1. India
  2. Lights
  3. Fragmentary Sounds
  4. Cold Sea
  5. Sunrise

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This Is My Normal State :: Angel Falls++

Country: UK
Release Date: October 2009
Netlabel: Lost Children

“This Is My Normal State is a post-rock/ambient band from Bristol, South West England. The band comprises of: Adam Fulford (guitar), Yuka Kurihara (vocals/cello), Mike Dean (bass), Dave Masom (drums) and Non Wilkinson (cello).

Formed in October 2008, the band has just finished recording it’s debut EP: Angel Falls (march 2009).

Taking influences from bands such as Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy You, Mono, Mogwai and Joy Wants Eternity to name a few, the band create a sound-scape of interlocking melodies, typified by the use of reverb drenched guitar loops, and the fragile, ethereal vocals.” [archive.org]

This Is My Normal State
Angels Falls++ (Lost Children, 2009)

  1. Number 3
  2. Angel Falls
  3. Phineas Gage


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Spell 336 :: Spell 336

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Country: USA
Release Date: 2009
Netlabel: BFW Recordings

“Partaking in the Shoegazing revival, Spell 336 weave a laid back groove made up of both acoustic and chorus-drenched strummings along with dreamy vocals.” [internet archive]

Spell 336
Spell 336 (BFW Recordings, 2009)

  1. Silence (studio version)
  2. Merry Go Round (instrumental)
  3. Tears Of Sky
  4. Silence (demo)
  5. Truth And Honesty

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