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Sweam Releases Debut Album

Norwegian indie pop, dream pop, shoegaze outfit Sweam have released their debut album,  Lounge Music For Cat People.

It was recorded/mixed by Morten Øby, at Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo. It was engineered by Espen Høydalsvik who worked with fellow shoegazers Serena-Maneesh.

It was released on Bandcamp in 2020 and they printed up a very limited run of 25 numbered vinyl records.

Recommended if you like: DIIV, Mumrunner, Foals


Finnish Dreampop band Mumrunner Announces Debut Album


Finnish dreampop band Mumrunner has put their debut full length, Valeriana, up for pre-sale on Bandcamp.

It’s being released by Shelflife Records (along with Through Love Rec) which has put out releases by Airiel, Flyying Colours, Pia Fraus, and Pinkshinyultrablast as well as many others.

The album cover has a slight resemblance to DIIV’s latest release and musically Mumrunner doesn’t fall far from the same tree. If you missed it you should check out Mumrunner’s 2 EPs as well.

There are 3 vinyl options and a CD.


Slow Glows

Slow Glows is a shoegaze/psych 3-piece out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

They have an EP and full length, Stargaze Rock ‘N’ Roll, out on Rose Hill Records. The LP is available on vinyl (many color options) as is a 2-track 7-inch.

It’s a bit lo-fi and reminds me of some Blake Babies releases, both in production and vocals. Imagine Juliana Hatfield singing over shoegazey guitars like Panda Riot.

The tunes are quite catchy and I find myself returning to them again and again.


Ride Announces New Album, ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’

Ride return with the 6th studio album of their career and their second since reforming in 2014 and signing to Wichita.

As with their previous album, Weather Diaries, Erol Alkan was in the producer’s chair, and Alan Moulder (with Caesar Edmunds) took care of the mixing (making this the fourth Ride album he has worked on).

Gathering influences from sources such as the Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Barbican, and the post punk sound of The Fall and Sonic Youth, Ride have made an album which contains echoes of their earliest days as a band, while bringing these elements into 2019.

Both musically and lyrically, this is clearly an album made by a band who love being back together and who are at the very top of their game.

Double LP on limited edition green/blue vinyl (1000 copies) or black, includes a download code for album MP3s. This 2LP is released on Friday 16th August.

Pre-order here at Amazon or via the band’s Bandcamp site.

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Maps Announces New Album

Mercury-nominated Northampton composer/producer Maps is set to release his fourth album ‘Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.’ on the 10th May 2019 through Mute, and today shares a new track from the album called ‘Just Reflecting’.

Maps (James Chapman) had this to say about the new release:

“I wanted to push everything to the limit with this record, and explore new territory for Maps. The orchestral instrumentation and addition of other musicians and singers played a huge part in finding the purer and more human emotion I was searching for. I learnt the violin as I was growing up, so I’m glad it finally came in useful!”

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Mezzanine Owls

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Recommended if you like: Jesus and Mary Chain, The Doves

Mezzanine Owls are opening for Rob Dickinson of The Catherine Wheel tomorrow night at Cafe Du Nord. (7/25/08)

“A haunting Jesus and Mary Chain rattle filtered through an anthemic guitar line as driven as something from another avian outfit, Doves.”

“Dreamlike, and at once melodically haunting and optimistic.”

“This four-piece builds luxuriant canopies of shimmering guitars and propulsive rhythms reminiscent of British heart racers Doves and Elbow but bearing the intriguing twist of wounded vocals landing somewhere between Dean Wareham and Mercury Rev”

“A quiet stunner of a debut.”

“An excellent debut, capable of winning you over with one listen.”

“Shoegazey, melodious with soaring guitar and an 80s pop feel to the vocals.”

“Spent a lot of time with the driving layered guitars of Mezzanine Owls’ “Slingshot Echoes”.”

“Mezzanine Owls are dark, pensive indie rock, deserving of your listening pleasure.”

“Slingshot Echoes is the best unsigned release since Clap Your Hands.”