Piano Magic – Ovations [2009]

Posted in art rock,darkwave,dream pop,neofolk,post-punk by deek on March 9, 2010


From its conception as a bedroom-studio hobby in Summer 1996, Piano Magic’s trajectory has never been textbook – random at best. Originally, a self-confessed revolving door operation – musicians arriving, contributing and leaving as they pleased – they harvested a catalogue of varied singles, EPs and two albums by 1998. This convey-belt membership also resulted in a plethora of sonic stylings, from smallbeat Kraftwerkian Meccano Pop on debut album, ‘Popular Mechanics’ (1997) to the breathless, ethereal, multi-layered melancholy of ‘Low Birth Weight’ (1998). Only in 1999 did Piano Magic resemble anything like a conventional format group. Smooth-talked into playing a Dutch festival which actually turned out quite well, they decided to play anywhere they were wanted and began to build something of a cult following, particularly on the European Continent. They spectacularly showcased the post-modernist baroque sound of ‘Artists’ Rifles’ (1999) at the Benicassim and BAM music festivals. Ironically, the band have never infiltrated the hearts of the British music press – out of time, unfashionable and kinda weird looking, its best not to stay home much. Tours of Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain peppered the next few years. The band signed to 4AD Records in 2000 and delivered their most critically contentious work, ‘Writers Without Homes’ and the soundtrack to Spanish director, Bigas Lunas’ ‘Son De Mar’ movie.

Alcest – Écailles de lune [2010]

Posted in atmospheric black metal,dream pop,post-rock,shoegaze by deek on March 9, 2010

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Formed in 1999 by French black metal multi-instrumentalist Neige (who also worked with Peste Noire, Mortifera, and Amesoeurs), Alcest was originally conceived as a solo project. It would eventually take on the form of a full band as Hegnor (also of Peste Noire) and Arguth joined the fray and released a four-track demo entitled Tristesse Hivernale in 1999. This demo was a more straightforward black metal affair, much different from what would happen next. After that released, Alcest returned to a one-member format, with Neige moving away from the metal overtones of the three-piece and embracing a more atmospheric approach to his work. The 2005 EP release, Le Secret, was more in tune with the project`s ultimate goal, which was to put to ear, as it were, Neige`s fascination with an “otherworld” — of sorts — that had held a fascination for him beginning in his childhood. In 2007, Neige released the first full-length Alcest recording, Souvenirs D`un Autre Monde (Memories of Another World, for those keeping up in English), which was released on Prophecy Productions, and was a critical success. 2007 also saw a split-EP release with Angmar.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar [2009]

Posted in dream pop,shoegaze by deek on February 23, 2010

The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme [2010]

Posted in dream pop,indie pop,synth pop by deek on February 21, 2010

jj – nº 3 [2010]

Posted in dream pop,indie pop by deek on February 20, 2010

Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want [2009]

Posted in dream pop,indie pop,psychedelic pop by deek on February 20, 2010

Beach House – Teen Dream [Sub Pop, 2010]

Posted in dream pop,indie pop,lo-fi by J. Railsback on January 2, 2010

beach house teen dream

from last.fm

Beach House is an indie rock/dream pop group which formed in 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The group consists of Victoria Legrand (vocals, organ) and Alex Scally (guitar, keyboards). Legrand is the niece of composer Michel Legrand. The group have released two albums: 2006’s “Beach House” and 2008’s “Devotion”. A third, “Teen Dream”, will be released in early 2010.



Asobi Seksu- Transparence (EP) [2009]

Posted in dream pop,indie pop,indie rock by deek on August 21, 2009

Mew – No More Stories Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories The World Is Grey I'm Tired Let's Wash Away [2009]

Posted in alternative,dream pop by deek on July 16, 2009

Deastro – Moondagger [2009]

Posted in dream pop,electronic by deek on July 11, 2009



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