Wake Up – Forever Home 7″ EP

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Decades Records is a boutique label based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. They just released the debut 7″ from Lake Worth 4-piece WAKE UP, crafting a blend of moody guitar pop over four tracks. Continue reading “Wake Up – Forever Home 7″ EP”

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Song of the Day #50: Vaadat Charigim – “Ze Beseder Lefahed”

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VAADAT CHARIGIM (which translates to “Exceptions Committee” in Hebrew) is a trio based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Their brand new debut record The World is Well Lost was first released on cassette by Burger Records in 2013. Now it’s coming on vinyl format from the folks at Warm Ratio, which goes hand-in-hand with their Spring tour of the United States later this month. The tour leads them right to their record release show on March 17th in Indianapolis, not to mention multiple dates in New York City and a SXSW appearance.

“Ze Beseder Lefahed” is arguably a highlight from their album, taking nods from 80s underground Israeli rock mixed with hazy streaks of ethereal shoegaze. Juval Haring’s voice is breathy and direct, carving a path through the thick vapor along with a wave of colorful guitars. Springy bass lines rumble deep in the distance, bringing all these elements together in a sweeping motion. There’s a sense of warmth sustained throughout the track, which you can hear right below.

Genre/ Tags: Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Alternative

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Song of the Day #49: Cheerleader – “New Daze”

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Hailing from Philadelphia, CHEERLEADER is a new local band who self-describe their sound as “hazy electro-pop.” The quintet recently began releasing new tracks on their Soundcloud, along with a video for their lead single “New Daze.” The video caught the eyes of folks at NME and MTV, both of which deemed Cheerleader as a sort of “best new buzz band.”

“New Daze” is their most memorable single yet, led by fuzzy electronics and an icy atmosphere that keeps things cool. Bass lines sound fat and muddy, complemented by colorful swells of warbled guitars and electronics. The song becomes increasingly detailed as it plays out, wrapping us in a wave of speckled electronics that are clean and crystal-clear. Pretty vocal hooks come drenched in a palpable layer of haze, leading us on a particularly heavenly ride as we scrape our foreheads on the clouds. Listen to “New Daze” right below, then check out Cheerleader on Soundcloud for a few more tracks from their set of demos. If you’ve previously dug anything from their Philly neighbors in Cough Cool, or maybe even Painted Palms, then this stuff is for you! If you’re in Philadelphia, catch them on March 3rd at Kung Fu Necktie!

Genre/ Tags: Electronic, Pop, Dream Pop

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Song of the Day #47: Go!Zilla – “Dazed Dream”

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Courtesy of Black Candy Records in Italy and distributed by Rough Trade in Europe, GO!ZILLA just dropped their debut LP titled Grabbing a Crocodile. The band operates as a duo, delivering a grab-bag of sorts on their debut consisting of anything from punk to garage and dream pop to surf rock. The album’s self-titled single “Grabbing a Crocodile” starts us off with a gritty snarl, slowly burning and simmering in a pool of searing, acid-fueled psych. The band plans to make “Dazed Dream” the second single from their LP, which employs a totally different side of their approach to psychedelic rock. Warbled guitars and soaring vocals open the track with a hazy glimmer, creating a song that swings toward the dream pop fences.

Pretend it’s almost like a heavier Galaxie 500, using wondrous two-chord simplicity to progress the psyched-out bliss. Primal drumming and lysergic organs flutter as the track begins to re-emerge, revealing the details of a recalled dream (“I remember I was there”) along with a layer of invigorating guitar heat. As if you need any more reason to listen, you can get your fill of this crushing track right below. Head on over to the Go!Zilla Bandcamp if that’s got you drooling!

My Rating: SS
Genre/ Tags: Dream Pop, Psychedelic, Shoegaze

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Song of the Day #43: Evil Eyes – “Shake the Dust”

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Last we heard from EVIL EYES they had just released their first single Keep Your Mind On Me. Now nearly three-quarters of a year later the band is putting the finishing touches on their debut album Borderlines. The album was just officially released on July 24th on the bands own Eye in the Sky Records, coming along with 12 tracks of their airy, dreamy pop. There’s one song included that we’re already familiar with (“Keep Your Mind On Me”), while “Shake the Dust” is the first of their unheard material. The track shows off their pristine approach to ethereal pop, decorated with icy synth beams and colorful guitar glimmers all wrapped up in a frothy haze. Listen to it below, then get your fill of their album on the Evil Eyes Bandcamp.

Genre/ Tags: Dream Pop, Ethereal

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