Shoegazer

Safe Places' "Wild Ride" is a Pure Blast of Romantic Sound

Here's a group we don't know much about, except that they dropped this solid track of pretty shoegaze in our inbox. "It's a crime to call you mine," sing Safe Places in this cute track with a thrilling, screaming wall of sound backing its punkish vocals. There's something youthful and a bit thrilling in a wistful, looking at kids doing the young in love thing kind-of way about this track, and you get the sense that these kids are a bit wrapped up in their own adventures, but for once it's simply endearing. The song's a nice little encapsulation of a feeling and a mood that blasts the same hard, solid and pretty sound from the first seconds to the last, which fits a good art punkish pretty song just fine, and we'd damn well like to hear more about this band.

   

Datura Daydream Drop Deadly Dramatic Debut

 When I first listened to Payday off the upcoming album, The Lick Is In The Lisp by Datura Daydream, I really had no idea what to expect or think. However, the Toronto based three piece band has completely blown me away with this amazing (mostly) instrumental track. Payday starts off slow with a super funky bass riff and a catchy drum beat that justs flow so perfectly in sync. Distorted and screechy guitars transition the song through its middle, accented by the song’s few ambient lyrics, and then wraps up with a mellow groove that I still have stuck in my head. Then there’s the video, which you need to see to truly appreciate the song, as it syncs perfectly with theme and feel. Hands down, Datura Daydream is one of the acts I’m definitely keeping my eye on in the upcoming year. Make sure to get your hands on Datura Daydream’s new album, which drops on December 12 with a release party at the Holy Oak, along with guests Love McPherson, We Were Heads, and HAMS.

Mike B

   

Tiny Fireflies "Taken"

Tiny Fireflies has released a video for their track "Taken" which comes from their recent album The Space Between.

Tiny Fireflies will be celebrating the release of The Space Between at The Empty Bottle on Dec. 6th with Airiel and Star Tropics.

   

Niveles and The Spiral Electric Open for The Orange Revival at the Elbo Room - 11/24

The San Francisco based post rock duo, Niveles which features Andrew O'Neil, bassist of Mondo Drag on guitar will be performing at the Elbo Room in San Francisco on Tuesday, November 24th. The San Francisco based neo psych shoegaze band, The Spiral Electric will also be sharing the bill as both local bands will be opening for the the very special international guest performers from Sweden, The Orange Revival.

You´re in for a great show. If you are a neo psych music fan, do your best to make it out to see The Orange Revival. They are a great ensemble and a part of the international music collective that brings shoegaze and psych bands together from across the world. Don´t miss this show!

   

Typical Girls' Second EP of the Year is All Pretty Pop Guitar Melodies

Here's three new tracks from San Marcos indiepoppers Typical Girls who, despite the name, are a pack of dudes who make some very pretty pared down guitar rock with a quite unique sound. The new EP is the second the group has put out this year and is thus appropriately and simply titled "EP 2," and it contains three very well constructed tracks of feel-good, deeply pretty pop rock. There's a good bit of sunny-day synth, the reverb is turned up nicely and the vocals are subdued for a beautiful effect that gives them a bit of a Constellation Records from the early 2000s sound (particularly Broken Social Scene and The Dears). It's music that focuses on building moods and just being quite lovely, letting the lyrical content just be one element in a soft, but big and dynamic production. That member Mich D. White is also responsible for some of the lovelier electronic music in the area with his other act Kinder makes perfect sense when you hear "EP 2," with its many pleasing layers and nice, airy sounds. It's pretty fuckin' gorgeous music Typical Girls have put out here, most especially opener "How We Spent It," and it bodes well for this young band's future. Check it below, y'all.