Hitsujibungaku – “Ghost”

Despite being probably the heaviest rotation artist for me in the past year and having discovered them through my investigations of Japanese dreampop, I’ve not written anything about Hitsujibungaku because, well, I don’t really think of them as dreampop. As I mentioned in my 2023 wrap up I’d grant you adjacent, maybe, as Moeka Shiotsuka […]

plums – “ナンバ”

From the relatively familiar to the new , Hokkaido’s Plums, who despite being wholly un-Googleable, have put out a number of excellent EPs of fuzzy power pop since 2019, including a new one just this past February in Life. At least those exist on streaming, and they’ve got a YouTube channel so folks can stumble […]

For Tracy Hyde – “Floor”

The first post from Tokyo proper – Kon’nichiwa! – should be the band that kick-started this whole J-pop/J-gaze obsession that’s been going on hereabouts for over a year, and is in no small part one of the reasons I’m here right now (don’t tell my family) – the dear departed For Tracy Hyde. I’ve celebrated […]

Blurred City Lights – “Citylights”

Nagoya duo Blurred City Lights are one of the newer Japanese dreampop artists to have caught my ear, with their debut album 天​使​の​い​な​い​街​で (In A City Without Angels) one of the genre highlights of the year so far. Though quite fresh-faced and with an unabashed bedroom studio aesthetic, they’ve crafted a debut that demonstrates both […]

Kinoko Teikoku – “Tokyo”

Get yourself ready for some J-gaze/adjacent goodness as I head to Japan tomorrow for a two week jaunt across Tokyo and Osaka. In lieu of any sort of in-depth content, I’ll just stretch the equivalent of a playlist out over the duration, starting with one the godheads of the scene, Kinoko Teikoku. This tune, fitting […]

Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener – “Dice”

On paper, this should have been a huge deal – a collaborative album between the musical mastermind behind alternative godheads Cocteau Twins and frontman for shoegaze legends Ride – but Universal Road, the 2015 release from Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener, didn’t seem to make much of an impression on anyone. Part of it was […]

Daughter: Live at Middle Farm Studios

If you thought you’d somehow missed out on Daughter’s tour to support last year’s Stereo Mind Game, don’t fret – you didn’t. Aside from a single in-store performance at London’s Rough Trade last year to mark the album’s release, the trio haven’t played a live show since November 2017. And while disappointing for fans, it’s […]

Kinoko Teikoku – “Where the Damage Isn’t Already Done”/”Kokudou Slope”, live in Toronto – May 2014

Following up from last month’s post bemoaning (again) my missing Kinoko Teikoku’s local shows back in 2014, a reader did me the favour/dagger twist of feeding me a video from the Rivoli show that I hadn’t included with the band nearly creating a musical singularity between 2005 me and 2024 me, covering The Radio Dept’s […]

Lush: A Far From Home Movie

Home movies from first wave shoegaze bands and arthouse cinema streaming services don’t exactly go together like chocolate and peanut butter, but The Criterion Channel, in the USA and Canada, at least, are have added Lush: A Far From Home Movie to their catalog. It’s a 35-minute short film assembled by former Lush bassist Phil […]