Elizabeth Klisiewicz

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I am a lifelong fan of music, and started delving into more unusual forms in my teens. Though the classics (Beatles, Stones) have always informed my tastes, I built my passion for music on those early influences. First it was hard rock and metal in the 70s and early 80s, then it morphed into folk rock, punk, psychedelia, post punk, shoegaze, and dream pop. I also enjoy synth pop, classical, jazz, electronic, post rock, and ambient music. I currently host a radio show on Eardrumbuzz Radio and also contribute to this site and Big Takeover Magazine (print and web).

Articles by Elizabeth Klisiewicz

Triptides – Alter Echoes

This sprightly new offering is icing on the delectable psych pop they excel at.

Flyying Colours – Fantasy Country

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.

Claude – Enactor

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.

The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings

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.

White Flowers – Within a Dream

This is a fine EP from a promising young group. I hope to see a lot more from them.

Luluc – Dreamboat

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. 

Beach Vacation – I Fell Apart

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!

topographies – Ideal Form

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!

WL – ADHD

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 – Foothills

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.

Goldmund – The Time It Takes

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.

Jupiter Sprites – Holographic

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.

Andy Bell – The View From Halfway Down

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).

Bound – Haunts

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.

MJ Guider – Sour Cherry Bell

It is music for the current age, a minor key masterpiece that may just become your soundtrack for this pandemic.

No Joy – Motherhood

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.

Introduction – S/T

If you enjoy charming, slightly low-fi music replete with pretty voices and memorable melodies, this is for you.

Kestrels – Dream or Don’t Dream

This is a terrific modern shoegaze album from a thoughtful artist known to sprinkle his work with literary references. Highly recommended!

Snowgoose – The Making of You

Given the assured sophistication of this group, you’d think they’d been around for decades. Combining modern production with a vintage sound.

Jules in Trouble – Dark Jewels EP (Heroic Cities Records)

This is an elegant, chill work of art that is the perfect balm for your frazzled senses in these troubled times.

XTR Human – Interior

Berlin-based XTR Human continue to evolve their somewhat dystopian, filtered sunlit sound on this latest release.

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