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Shoegaze in a New Decade: Juleah releases third LP Melt Inside The Sun

Shoegaze in a New Decade: Juleah releases third LP Melt Inside The Sun

 Over two years ago, I discovered a treasure-trove on YouTube. A collection of painstakingly recorded covers: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kasabian, Oasis, the Brian Jonestown Massacre. A musician calling herself “Juleah” evidentally had very similar music taste to me, and her covers were incredible. Her music was bluesy and dark but carried itself with an […]

8 Britpop Albums of 2014 That You Should Listen To

Now it’s the end of year again, time to review some albums released in 2014 from our beloved so-called Britpop scene. This year’s release activity is not as heavy as 2013, though there are some new singles thrown to the floor such as by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Charlatans, which may indicates […]

Listen to Richard Hawley cover Johnny Cash

Richard Hawley’s 2001 self-titled debut album is by no means his best, but as Hawley’s first effort as a solo artist, it is characteristically understated and charismatic. Re-released in 2007 by Setanta Records with 5 bonus tracks, the album sprang forth one particularly notable edition: a cover of Johnny Cash’s ‘Troublesome Waters‘. While the songwriting […]

Shoegaze in a New Decade: Pale Fires interview – London psych rock act release their second EP ‘Mammoth’

Not six months after the release of their debut EP Louring Skies, London-based psych rock act Pale Fires have released their second EP, Mammoth. While Louring Skies was the laborious result of an effort to record, Mammoth is a much more organic release. With the majority of the recording done straight to tape with minimal […]

Shoegaze in a New Decade: The Carousels release debut album ‘Love Changes Like the Seasons’

The Carousels are organic. Read that to mean what you will, and it’s probably right. A psychedelic folk/country band from Keith, Scotland, The Carousels’ music carries an air of innocence and earnestness, combining country soul and pop sensibilities. Having already found success with self-released songs like Marianne and Call Along the Coast, The Carousels are […]

Shoegaze in a New Decade: Interview with Jsun Adams of Daydream Machine on the release of their debut album ‘Twin Idols’

Daydream Machine’s music is the perfect mix between spaced-out guitar-led droning and the guitar-jangling fun of an all-in percussive approach to rock. Authentic, inventive and an organised cacophony of musical, literary and cultural influence, Daydream Machine is reminiscent of a dozen different genres. Referencing none too strongly and not taking themselves too seriously, it sounds […]

Shoegaze in a New Decade: Deep Cut release star-studded remix album ‘Versions’

Genre-hopping, name-dropping London band Deep Cut have returned as remix giants with their third album Versions. The self-released LP is an album of rehashed hits from the bedrock of alternative music. A triumph of cohesive reworks, Versions is a 40-minute vinyl mini-album featuring Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Spotlight Kid, The Electric Mainline, Exit Calm, Daniel […]

Shoegaze in a New Decade: Northern Star Records Releases Live Compilation Album

There’s good news for fans of psych and shoegaze. Northern Star Records, the UK’s best indie label specialising in all things hazy and underground, is back with an exciting new release. After five Psychedelica releases, having seemingly perfected the art of putting together a killer compilation album, Northern Star have taken things to the next […]

Truelove’s Gutter: An Introduction to Richard Hawley and a World Without Singles

I had reservations about listening to Richard Hawley’s 2009 effort Truelove’s Gutter after being so in awe of 2012’s Standing at the Sky’s Edge, especially after remembering I was more immediately struck by singles from the latter than the former. Basing my thoughts on my familiarity with Sky’s Edge and a handful of Hawley singles […]

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Blur Album Review: Modern Life Is Rubbish

Damon Albarn invented “Britpop”. He did it in 3 moves. “Modern Life Is Rubbish” was the birth of it. “Parklife” was the height of it. Finally, “The Great Escape” was the swell that  ended the 90’s britpop era for blur. Damon created this music as a reaction to the grunge sound which dominated American airwaves […]

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