Rolling Shoegaze / Dreampop Thread 2019

Thanks mate - great list of your own too… Can’t believed I missed Slowdive seeing as its my favourite LP of this decade and easily my favourite shoegaze LP since the millenium!

Ringo DeathStarr, Spotlight Kid and Cheatahs all were very dear to me and unlucky to miss out. Also liked Tamaryn and Mahogany and some of Engineers. Yet to hear Panda Riot I confess.

1 Like

CORRECTION (thanks FunkyCow)

  1. Slowdive - Slowdive (can’t believe I forgot!)
  2. MBV - MBV (not for everyone but even MBV not at their best are far better than most)
  3. Amusement Parks on Fire - Amusement Parks on Fire
  4. Mew - Frengers (I think it counts just about…tenuous I know)
  5. Manitoba/Caribou - Up In Flames (always thought that this is very gazey in places)
  6. Radio Dept - Lesser Matters
  7. Film School - Film School (not as shoegazey as their later stuff but I’m allowing it cos I love it)
  8. Weekend - jinx
  9. Astrobrite - Crush
  10. The Fauns - Lights
1 Like

Another strong list - I Break Horses’ debut was close for me - a real sugar-rush of LP

1 Like

Won’t do a list, because half of it would be Ringo Deathstarr albums. Aside from them and a bunch of others already mentioned — Tamaryn, The Radio Dept., Autolux and APTBS, if we’re counting them — here are some not mentioned thus far:

Blonde Redhead — 23
Maps — We Can Create
The Horrors — Primary Colours
Mentalease — Living Dream

Anyone here like Planning For Burial? They’re on the heavier side of Shoegaze but I’ve just discovered them. Some pretty bleak stuff.

1 Like

I’m having trouble coming up with a list too for the same reasons other people are having, so I’ll highlight a few that haven’t been mentioned yet.

  1. Silversun Pickups - Pikul - I’ve already written a lot about it so I won’t say much here other than it’s a really such a special album and I have no idea why it isn’t more highly regarded.
  2. Silversun Pickups - Carnavas - This does everything that I find missing in other shoegaze albums. Every second, every transition, every deployment of noise is perfectly calculated. Again, I have no idea why this band is so overlooked, I’d take this album and Pikul over anything I’ve heard from the original shoegaze run, including Loveless.
  3. Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace - It’s dismissed as a joke for some reason by many people, but I think it’s a warbly electro-shoegaze classic. I genuinely don’t hear what seems to inspire so much hatred, it’s fantastic.
  4. Nothing - Guilty of Everything - The outro to B&E is pretty much everything I want out of the genre.

Oh and on the heavier end:

Deafheaven - New Bermuda - I heard this for the first time a couple months ago and it’s already a best of the decade candidate.

Jesu - Silver EP - One of my favorite recommendations from the Melodic, Aggressive Shoegaze thread.

Both are incredible and kind of make you feel really bad.

2 Likes

The biggest problem with the Silver ep is that nothing else Jesu did could top it. It’s the sound perfected in 4 songs.
But what great songs. :slight_smile:

2 Likes

Forgot about this dude, despite rinsing this album at the time (and the following two tbf) and following him on Twitter - new album coming this year apparently :+1:

2 Likes

Those first three aren’t underrated or dismissed by me. Admittedly, I left them out when doing my list, but only due to doubts over eligibility. I’m a big fan of Pikul, in particular.

2 Likes

Aurora by Slow Crush was one of my top 10 of last year and should be an excellent starting point for soundtracking your lace-staring.

This had somehow passed me by, I’m a few listens in and loving it. That closer is so hypnotic.

1 Like

Bringing this over from the 2018 thread - this is fantastic. Is there an album coming out? I can’t seem to find anything but I really hope so.

ooooo I second this. This is right up alley…

Do Teeth of the Sea count for this thread? Cause their new stuff sounds great.

1 Like

Er…not sure that this does count tbh…:thinking:

2 Likes

Seconded…I really rate Carnavas and whilst i can see why tafh included it didn’t cross my mind to include…in the same way I wouldn;t think of Siamese Dream as a shoegaze record- even though its one of my top 5 LPs of all time and I know Billy was influenced by the shoegaze sound - some of which undoubatably rubs off on the record.

3 Likes

Looks like they have a short debut album up on their Bandcamp too from 2017, I’m liking it so far.

Edit: I’m not sure why bandcamp links always seem to start at track 3

I don’t think they do, it looks to me (or I’ve always assumed) that the band picks the ‘sample’ track they’d like a listener to hear if they only try one of the tracks on offer. So for Slow Crush, it’s the title track (last one). I’d agree with @Cdigrassi1 re: Carnavas (having given it a listen), it is great, but not necessarily classic shoegaze in tone. TBH, most of Swervedriver’s output is stretching what I’d regard as shoegaze and Mezcal Head is a top 5 album for me.

1 Like

It’s because every time you link to a badcamp, you’re listening to the third track at the time. Must be a subconscious thing