This one’s more in the post-punk realm than the shoegaze realm, but there’s a fair amount of similarities in the two music styles (one of the main similarities being that they are two of my favorite styles of alternative rock).
Remember the debut record from Bloc Party, Silent Alarm? That record really made an impact on me – everything from the production style to the songwriting, to the interesting and poetic societal commentary which made up most of the lyrical content.
The lead single from that album was the song “Banquet”. It punched right through the indie rock scene in 2005, as it had such a brilliant blend of unique production and artistic characteristics. You had to pay attention.
To me this song feels like the perfect anthem for a nite of adventure. Imagine it’s 10pm. You’ve got plans to go out with your friends, and you’re waiting on the street corner for them to pick you up. Just then the car pulls around the corner, and you hop in. The whole nite’s adventure is ahead of you; the possibilities are infinite. That’s where this song takes me.
I haven’t kept up with Bloc Party too much after the release of their second album, which I honestly didn’t like too much. However, according to Wikipedia, they’ve got plans to put out a record in 2012.
Well, I didn’t get to my weekly shoegaze post yesterday, so I’m doing it today instead.
I got turned on to Bear In Heaven a couple years go when they were touring and promoting their Beast Rest Fourth Mouth album.
Now they’re back with a new release (April 3rd), I Love You, It’s Cool
Here’s the video for “The Reflection Of You”, one of the first singles from the forthcoming new album. I love the video’s high quality, but not too high quality indie feel.
“The Reflection Of You” is a pretty synth-heavy track, with some fantastic harmonic movement on the bass dancing underneath from time-to-time. I love Bear In Heaven’s general outside the box creative thinking, and unorthodox approach to making music and art.
Check out their other single from I Love You, It’s Cool, “Sinful Nature”, which you can download on their Soundcloud page.
Remember when the Eyjafjallajökull voclano exploded in Iceland a couple years ago, and messed up international travel for a few days? Well, Bear In Heaven got stranded at the Madrid airport during that incident. They spent their time in limbo making this incredible video, very fittingly set to their song “Dust Cloud”
I Love You, It’s Cool comes out April 3rd on Dead Oceans/Hometapes. You can pre-order the new album now via SC Distribution
And Check out the Bear In Heaven website, where they are running a stream of I Love You, It’s Cool in it’s entirety, slowed down so slow that it’s lasting 2,700 hours: bearinheaven.com
We certainly can’t get too far into this “Sunday Shoegaze” theme without mentioning my all-time favorite shoegaze band…
You Made Me Realize by My Bloody Valentine
The shoegaze post came late today. Hope your Sunday was fantastic.
As one of the most desolate and despondent winters I can remember in a long time comes to a close, I’ve found myself staying in on weekend nites lately, instead of socializing with ghosts in search of nothing good.
So last nite I indeed stayed in, reading while the soundtrack of Spotify murmured in radio mode. And that’s when I discovered what hit my emotions as pure nostalgic melancholy – Spotify played me “Live In Dreams” by Wild Nothing.
I might be late to this party, but you know what? I don’t care, I’m here now. I immediately queued up and listed to every Wild Nothing song in the Spotify database. It proved to be the perfect soundtrack to my late Saturday nite of solitude, and the goings on of current life.
And as far as getting into any of the specifics of the music, I’ll just leave it at this: anything that brings me back to the autumn of 1994 I’m an instant fan of.
(If it sounds like I’m really depressed right now, please know that I’m not. Music is just a powerful elixir, and Wild Nothing has clearly been successful at evoking an emotion.)
Have a magical Sunday. Cheers.
If you’ve been hanging out around Producer Notes or my social network profiles at all, then you know I’m a huge shoegaze fan. Tonite I had another one of those nites where I couldn’t sleep. I finally gave up trying, and instead started poking around the internet for some new shoegaze bands I’ve never heard.
That’s when I came across this fantastic shoegaze/dreampop band, Field Mouse, and their song “You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom”.
Love the textures, the female vocal with the “ooh’s,” and the song title is great. Indeed made me feel like I was a teenager again, staying up all nite with friends. Which is kinda fitting, since I’ve pretty much been up, sleepless, since about 3:30am. Field Mouse definitely hit the mark with this one.
Check it out:
A friend suggested I look up the band Wild Beasts. So I did (thanks Adam!). And I’m into them. A couple songs and videos in particular really have an aesthetic that’s exactly my kind of thing:
“The Devil’s Crayon”
Love the plucky pointed-yet-muted guitars, drenched in reverb and performing a layer of scraping riffs throughout this song.
“Hooting & Howling”
The dark, cold water theme really took me in. The general arrangement and instrumentation formed a unique listening experience for me as well. Kind of got tired of the scenery to the video about halfway in though. I did like the fact that they never went to a different set (an idea I’ve had-if I ever direct a video I’ll take this approach). However, would have helped if they did a little more within the set to change some major element about halfway through.
There’s a common semi-subtle detail in both these videos, where at times they focus on dust or small particles – oxygen/debris in the water in “Hooting & Howling” and dust coming off the snare drum at the beginning of “The Devil’s Crayon” – which inspired me. Overall, I love the way Wild Beasts approaches song arrangement/structure, instrumentation, and vocal style.
And here’s a bonus video: “We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues” This one features the band floating horizontally just slightly above the ground. Again, a concept I had for a video, if I ever end up directing one. Kinda like the band is reading out of my notebook…
Wild Beasts Official Site: http://www.wild-beasts.co.uk