shoegaze Archive

Hundred-word Reviews for May 2022, Part 1

It’s time for some more hundred-word reviews. These quick capsule reviews get to the point quickly, and readers should note that all come recommended. Don’t be misled by the lack of a longer treatment of these releases; all are worth your time. Amoeba Teen – Amoeba Teen This band’s 2018 compilation Selection Box Vol. 1

Album Review: Chris Church — Darling Please

The Posies came out of the Pacific Northwest with a sound that had little to do with grunge; the duo (later a full band) combined power pop sensibility with a shoegaze aesthetic, seamlessly welding sterling melodies and heart-rending vocals/lyrics to emotionally charged, powerful and soaring rock. Why, one may well ask, am I introducing a

Hundred-word Reviews for December 2021: Archival Releases

This has been a good year for archival and reissue releases. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a roundup of those, so here’s one to help bring the year to a close. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle The importance of John Coltrane upon the direction of jazz can’t be

Album Review: Sleepersound – Idle Voices

After a lengthy hiatus, once again it’s Vinyl Week on Musoscribe. For the next several days, I’ll feature reviews of new albums released on my favorite format. When I reviewed this Milwaukee band’s previous album, 2018’s In Medias Res, I noted “a bit of a shoegazy vibe.” The group has since doubled down on that

Album Review: The Black Watch – Fromthing Somethat

It’s difficult to keep up with the steady stream of output from The Black Watch. Just last year the group led by John Andrew Fredrick released a pair of albums – the 31 Years of Obscurity compilation and the all new Magic Johnson. Those were followed in short order by Brilliant Failures, reviewed in April.

Album Review: Venus Furs — s/t

If you’re going to launch a musical project that evokes memories of a Velvet Underground song (“Venus in Furs” from 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico) you had better deliver the goods, or at least be prepared to get called out for not doing so. The plain fact is, while Venus Furs is quite appealing,

Album Review: LLGLDNBKS — ‘self-titled album’

In 1988, R.E.M. released an album titled Eponymous. The compilation – a survey of the band’s years on IRS Records, released after the band had decamped for Warner Brothers – bore a title that served as a gentle poke-in-the-ribs of sorts to music journalists. It has long been common practice for writers covering music releases

Album Review: VIA — Vessels of Sound, Vol. 2: Morse

Originally based in Lubbock, Texas but now settled in Asheville, VIA is a shoegaze/electronic, sort-of-but-not-quite-instrumental band. At its core, VIA is instrumentalist Steven Gaona and vocalist/songwriter Karen Austin. At least in a live context, the duo includes drummer Dylan Jenkins, but no mention is made in any of the group’s press materials or social media

EP review: reddenhollow – Haunt Me

The opening strains of “Julian,” the first track on reddenhollow’s Haunt Me EP suggest a musical perspective not far removed from that of Fleet Foxes: breathy, gentle vocals and earnestly strummed acoustic guitar set against a soft-focus arrangement that’s the aural equivalent of a rainy day viewed through a steamy window. But Taylor Moses –

Album Review: Day & Dream — With Every Breath You Die

Though it kicks off with the brief “And So It Begins,” sporting a watery guitar figure that recalls Todd Rundgren’s “Tiny Demons,” Day & Dream’s With Every Breath You Die quickly shifts gears into a wholly different style. On representative tracks like “Night Lights,” the Asheville dream-pop/shoegaze band crafts a sound that suggests the influence