Posts Tagged ‘ Shoegaze ’

Fleeting Joys – Occult Radiance

Fleeting Joys – Occult Radiance

11 songs, 46 minutes long

Occult Radiance is the the second release (2009) by Fleeting Joys, a promising new shoegaze band, which is something to be said for a genre that hasn’t had much new material since the mid-nineties. Their first album, Despondent Transponder sounded like a direct sequel to My Bloody Valentine’s essential, groundbreaking, and final release Loveless. A great album in its own right, it lacked innovation, especially since My Bloody Valentine hasn’t put out an album in so long, one would expect a new group picking up the shoegaze banner to innovate and/or find their own sound. This drawback is exactly why Occult Radiance is, in my opinion, a much stronger release. Occult Radiance still has the shoegaze essentials: almost-whispered vocals awash in noise, and beautiful guitar-effect landscapes, but Occult Radiance is more clearly organized than either Loveless or Despondent Transponder, and most importantly, is much darker. If you are a fan of My Bloody Valentine, do yourself a long-awaited favor and pick up a copy of Occult Radiance.

Amazon has this available as DRM-free mp3, but do yourself (and the band) a favor, and order this one directly from the band site so you have the full-quality CD.



The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night

10 songs, 46.6 minutes long

The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night is the The Besnard Lakes’ sophomore LP, and it’s an interesting one. A blend of mid-seventies psychedelic progressive rock and mid-nineties shoegaze, the album puts forth a sound like no other. Filling a similar modern niche as Tame Impala, The Besnard Lakes continue the legacy of the old guard of psychedelic progressive rock bands that were so prevalent 30 years ago without treading old ground. While being something completely new, they are derivative enough that they aren’t something I’d be afraid to play in front of my electronic-phobic father. The female vocals that show up on a couple tracks add a nice touch, and the album is just the right length. I suspect that The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night is going to be in heavy rotation on my system for quite some time.

The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night is available IN VINYL on Amazon.

It’s also on CD if you don’t like vinyl.