A few days ago a shimmering sliver of breathtaking dream pop landed in my inbox and it’s been steadily consuming me ever since.
Though the sounds of Chicago’s Savage Sister kick in a slight post punk manner, they’re immersed in gossamer tones and fueled by opulent vocals. My first impression of the band was the gorgeous single “Tiger Lamp” — which comes from the duo’s upcoming self-titled debut — and it plays through just like the most blissful of dreams. It’s a hazy, ravishing track that’s perfect for those times when you just want to relax and get away from the world and Savage Sister couldn’t have left me with any better of an impression. The new album drops on June 18th but in the meantime you can hear more material from the duo over on soundcloud and pick up what you can, including their Legs EP for $5, via bandcamp.
Wild Nothing // "A Dancing Shell" (OFFICIAL SINGLE)
Wild Nothing-A Dancing Shell
Damn you Jack Tatum, you’ve done it again. Only months after the release of their sophomore LP, Nocturne, Wild Nothing is gearing up to drop a brand new EP titled Empty Estate on May 14th. Along with the news came the single, “A Dancing Shell”, which sports a nice little change in style for the band. While you’re keeping the track on repeat, peep the video below and prepare for Wild Nothing to dazzle us all over again. Limitied edition vinyl packages are available now through Captured Tracks for $22 and with all of the nifty stuff that comes with the record, it’d make a great addition to any collection.
Ever since I finished my first On Deck interview back in January, I’ve been constantly thinking of what label should be the focus for number two until it hit me earlier last week (long time to think, I know). Memory No. 36 Recordings is an up and coming cassette label based out of Windsor, Canada that was started back in October by Ricardo Stacey (aka Cassida Pax). The label has been steadily winning me over more and more over the months with every new release so here’s to hoping that the same will happen to you.
While doing my usual internet browsing the other day I came across a label based out of Tokyo by the name of Hands and Moment. Right away I noticed a few favorites (T4PES, Soft Lighting) but one group in particular stuck out with a particularly glossy and hazy demeanor. Sea Dweller is a three piece hailing from Roma that has a knack for blending luminous dream pop melodies with mind numbing psychedelia and gauzy, noise driven shoegaze and while they’re not poised to be the next MBV or Half-String that’s certainly no reason to miss out on this trio. “I Sea the see from here” comes off of their latest full length album Signs of a Perfect Disaster and you can grab it digitally or on vinyl now by heading over to bandcamp.
Laura Is Fading
Jesse Ruins - A Film
Jesse Ruins-Laura Is Fading
A few months back I stumbled upon a little EP titled Dream Analysis and from that moment on, Tokyo’s Jesse Ruins’ hypnotic and peculiar brand of dream pop has done nothing but filled my ears with beauty. “Laura Is Fading” is the group’s first track off of their upcoming album A Film, due out on May 21st via Lefse Records, and thanks to it’s mysterious, radiant atmosphere, I’ve been feeling like I’m floating on air for days. Jesse Ruins has always known exactly how to craft a heavy, almost dark sense of ambiance while leaving plenty of room for imagination, and though the light in their sound is slipping through now more than before, they’re still keeping listeners captivated and wrapped up in a dense, eerie fog.
Though it caught me a bit off guard, listening to the vaporous and tranquil sounds of London’s Mt.Wolf proved to be an absolutely breathtaking experience right from the beginning. As I became more familiar with each track on their upcoming Hypolight EP, their silky, folk laced, dream pop sound steadily became more and more adorned with a distinctive, celestial atmosphere. Being the first track that I heard, “Veins” definitely stuck out in all of the right ways with it’s elusive yet delicate nature, but that’s not to say that the other three songs don’t hold their own. Hypolight offers a sense of reflection throughout it’s entire duration and it deserves to be consumed as a whole time and time again. Head over to soundcloud now to stream the EP before it officially drops on the 8th.