Articles by Elizabeth Klisiewicz
They’ve tapped into the psych gaze genre in a big way. It is inherently part of their cheery sound, music for a long drive or a sunny day at the beach.
An intriguing release that is in lockstep with the events of the past year, and all fans of minimalist dream pop and indie rock will enjoy it.
Some may compare them to Low or Spiritualized, but you could cut and paste in any number of psych bands with dreamy elements, and you’d be on point.
This is a fine EP from a promising young group. I hope to see a lot more from them.
It is lovely folk noir, and is truly peaceful. Imagine sitting by a slow running stream on a summer’s day and listening to this music float by your ears, and you’ll get an inkling of what to expect.
In this year of great loss to many, and even with some darker elements to shut out the light, this music is a balm to the senses. I hope to see lots more from this young group. Recommended for all fans of dreamy, hazy, and haunting soundscapes!
They are masters of their musical domain, and this dark marvel of a record is one of the best in this genre you will hear this year. Highly recommended!
It is dream pop of the highest order, crystalline, hazy, and mysterious, dominated by singer Misty Mary’s gauzy vocals and slow, warm washes of keyboards and synths. You can use many words to describe their sound, but your impressions may change as you become immersed in their exquisitely crafted music.
The Bats are a NZ institution, not only recording for most of their careers on the venerable Flying Nun Records, but also maintaining the same 4 person lineup since their inception in 1982.
Every release from Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff is an event. His body of work is incredibly gorgeous and moving, and this new release is no exception. It is mystical, sacred, and an intimate picture of Kenniff’s thought process.
These Olympia, Washington dream poppers created this debut album in the midst of a pandemic, a car accident, and two hospitalizations that nearly ended the band.
It is such a pleasant melange of psych pop and electronica. It is like a soft filtered version of his work in Ride (who themselves have softened their musical attack since their early days).
This is not music for a sunny day on the beach. Rather, you might be hunkered down in your living space letting this blow your mind.
It is music for the current age, a minor key masterpiece that may just become your soundtrack for this pandemic.
Never wanting to be pigeonholed as a shoegaze outfit, White-Gluz has strived to grow stylistically and marries the usual hazy dream pop and ‘gaze with dance beats and punk-pop.
If you enjoy charming, slightly low-fi music replete with pretty voices and memorable melodies, this is for you.
This is a terrific modern shoegaze album from a thoughtful artist known to sprinkle his work with literary references. Highly recommended!
Given the assured sophistication of this group, you’d think they’d been around for decades. Combining modern production with a vintage sound.
This is an elegant, chill work of art that is the perfect balm for your frazzled senses in these troubled times.
Berlin-based XTR Human continue to evolve their somewhat dystopian, filtered sunlit sound on this latest release.
It’s a laid back affair, replete with lazy guitar meanderings and a display of ideas first formed with Dead Meadow and inhabiting a dreamy realm that crosses genres such as Americana and cosmic psych.