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15 February 2017

TONIGHT! When The Sun Hits on DKFM. Stream it live || 10pm EST / 9pm CST.

WTSH airs topshelf fuzz on DKFM Shoegaze Radio!

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11 February 2017

New Video: Velveteen || You Know You Should.

London's Velveteen has just released a new single + video, "You Know You Should". The song is taken from an as-yet untitled forthcoming release -- we will  share more details as they become available. 

Stoked about new fuzz from Velveteen!

Review: SPC ECO || Under My Skin EP By Elizabeth Klisiewicz.

SPC ECO - Under My Skin EP (ELaB Records)
By Elizabeth Klisiewicz

By now, we all are familiar with the vast back catalogue from Curve’s master sound sculptor Dean Garcia and his artist daughter Rose Berlin. They’ve become well known for their gorgeous, danceable dream pop brushed with a soupçon of post punk grit. “Under My Skin” was just used in the MTV genre show Teen Wolf, and is a song that means a lot to this closely knit duo. I like the watery, hushed piano and symphonic backdrop. It is a sad song, peeling back emotional layers and cutting straight to the bone. Rose sounds vulnerable and emotionally shattered, as she emotes, “I’m done crying for moments I once adored”.

“Meteor” is another fine addition to their particular brand of stately dream pop, rather like the work they did with Blurred City Lights. I actually prefer this side of them to some of their other facets. It all meshes together perfectly, and I find myself playing this tune on repeat. “Creep in the Shadows” first appeared on their Dark Matter LP and unfortunately employs Autotune. I do like the slow burn of this song, but Rose really shines when her voice isn’t treated like it is here. “Let it Be Always” is downright creepy, bursting with menace, indecipherable whispered voices, and is the perfect soundtrack to your haunted house fantasy. It lets the light in a bit on the chorus before resuming its uneasy, twisted passage through your brain. “Found” ends the EP on a brighter note, and it’s a hazy dreamscape, one from which you hope to stay forever. Recommended as always for fans of their earlier work plus anyone who adores Curve and Echobelly.

10 February 2017

Exclusive Track Premiere: Undone || The Palm of Your Head.

When The Sun Hits is very proud to exclusively premiere a brand new track from Macedonia’s Undone called “The Palm of Your Head.” The song is taken from the forthcoming EP, kNOWing Eva, which is set for release on February 27, 2017. You can watch a trailer for the EP below. 

Enjoy the FREE download of “The Palm of Your Head” and don’t forget to pick up kNOWing Eva when it drops!

Read our 2016 interview with Ronit Bergman of Undone here

08 February 2017

TONIGHT! WTSH on DKFM. Stream it live 10pm EST/9pm CST.

WTSH brings you bliss via DKFM Shoegaze Radio

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Featured Single: Venn || Surreal.

VENN is the Washington, D.C. based four piece of Jon Fetahaj, Gabe Earle, Julian Earle and Holden Cihelka. “Surreal” is the lead single taken from the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut EP, which is set for release on February 22, 2017.

“Surreal” is a catchy slice of jangly shoegaze that impressed me immensely, especially considering it is the first tune gifted to the world by these young gazers. The song begins with a toe-tapping beat that immediately grabs your attention and locks you in for the ride. This quickly morphs into a burst of gloriously raucous noise, featuring enough frenzied guitar work and cymbal-clanging to please any lover of jangle pop. After about 30 exhilarating seconds of pure energy, the intensity tempers slightly as the vocals slide in.

If you weren’t already hooked by the instrumental opening, the first verse will seal the deal. This is high caliber and catchy as hell. Sheer effervescence fuels this song as the first verse soars before tumbling into a frenetic chorus. The pace of the song never relents and before you know it, the ride is already over. I immediately wanted to do it all again. If this perfect noise-pop gem is any indication, Venn’s debut EP is going to be an absolute stunner.

06 February 2017

Interview: Tangible Rays.

Tangible Rays is the solo project of Rob Fiorenzo, who is based out of Youngstown, Ohio. Fiorenzo released his sophomore LP, Séance, on the first day of 2017 and we literally haven’t stopped listening to it since. Stylistically, Tangible Rays’ marries a lo-fi shoegaze aesthetic with psych-tinged pop, and the results are brilliant. Nuanced and intricate melodies are woven throughout the songs, ebbing and flowing in tandem with a larger soundscape that is replete with energy and atmospheric fuzz. There are so many positive things to say about Séance, but for me, the melodies shine the brightest of all. If you haven’t heard Tangible Rays yet, the time to remedy that is now. We are thrilled to share the following interview with Rob of Tangible Rays with you.

How and when was the band formed?
It was formed as a band that only existed in my head during the winter of 2014, called Grow House. I later changed the name to Tangible Rays, which is actually a secret anagram. I wrote about 9 songs and recorded them on a Tascam 4 track cassette recorder, with me playing each individual part. This became my first LP, Grow House. Since then I have acquired much better recording equipment, thankfully. I took this same one-man-band approach when recording the tracks for Séance, with all the instruments and vocals done by myself. It is a lengthy process, it took about a year and a half to complete Séance.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on, and what you've got forthcoming in the near future? Any new releases/tours/etc.?
To be totally honest, I'm really still in the process of building a fan base, and shopping Séance around to whoever is willing to take the time out of their day to listen to it. Right now, the album is touring for me in a way. In my opinion, it wouldn't really make sense to attempt a tour without a decent size fan base waiting to receive it. That's really what I'm working on right now. 

Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dreampop/psychedelic scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music in a general sense?
This is kind of a touchy thing right? I mean, usually scenes sort of play themselves out over time, or become parodies of themselves, which is even worse. I can't really say that I set out to make music with the intention of being lumped in with any sort of scene. I really just wanted to take elements from various genres that I enjoy and make the kind of music I had always been looking for but was never able to find. To fill a void, rather than fit in. Genres are sort of necessary, in terms of being able to categorize music. But beyond that, who cares. I don't think I've ever intended to be identified as one genre, or to be thrown into a box. But it's sort of unavoidable. I am mainly labeled as a psych pop/ shoegaze artist, and I'm fine with that.

What do you think of modern shoegaze/dreampop/psychedelic artists? Any favorites?
I love the ones that I feel attempt to bring something new to the table, and try to aid in the evolution of these genres. Because when that stops happening, a genre is dead as far as I'm concerned. I have really been into Pinkshinyultrablast lately. Everything Else Matters is flawless and absolutely thrilling to listen to. Japanese Breakfast too. I was about halfway done with Seance the day they dropped Psychopomp and I was like, "Well, fuck. I should just give up." I really dig Hoops too, who I think recently signed to Fat Possum. Their first three demo tapes are pure lo-fi, jangle pop brilliance. Candy Claws, Wildhoney, Pia Fraus, Cherry Wave, Astrobrite, Woody Grant, and Barlow are a few others worth mentioning. Honeyuck too, even though they're twee pop. But who gives a shit, they're great.

01 February 2017

TONIGHT! When The Sun Hits on DKFM. Stream it live || 10pm EST/9pm CST.

When The Sun Hits airs on DKFM Shoegaze Radio

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Interview: Fawns of Love.

Fawns of Love is the California-based husband and wife duo of Jenny and Joseph Andreotti. While Fawns of Love is still a relatively new project, the couple has been playing music together for 10+ years. Their intimate history shines through in the music, which radiates a natural beauty and warmth that sets them well apart from the crowd. True dedication to a dreamy lo-fi aesthetic is combined with glittering textures, skillful guitar work and gorgeous vocals -- and the results are stunning. The duo's forthcoming debut LP, Who Cares About Tomorrow, is set for release on March 3 and was mastered by DKFM's own Greg Wilson. A shimmering lead single, entitled "Silly Boy", has been keeping us sated as we anxiously await the album's full release. You can listen to that single below. Get to know Fawns of Love -- they're about to make a splash.

How and when was the band formed?
Joseph: Fawns of Love formed during the summer of 2016. Jenny and I have been together for seventeen years now and we have been performing music ever since we met. We had taken a hiatus while Jenny was getting her MA and making music on my own or with someone else was not an option (it would have not gone over well with Jenny). Once we began again we thought that our new music needed a new name.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
Joseph: We just finished our debut full-length, Who Cares About Tomorrow. It will be out on cassette and in digital formats on March 3rd. We will be performing two cassette release shows here in California on February 11th at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles and March 11th at Sandrini’s in Bakersfield. We will also be featured on The Blog That Celebrates Itself’s Slowdive tribute album performing a cover version of “Alison,” which will be released on February 14th.

Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
Jenny: We feel like we have really been embraced by Greg Wilson, DKFM, The Shoegaze Collective, Primal Radio, Shoegazer Sanctuary, and by writers in the genre such as yourself and The Blog That Celebrates Itself, and for someone who has always felt like an outsider her whole life, it’s really nice. People have been telling us that we are a combination of shoegaze, dream pop, and post-punk. I think that sums it up nicely. I like genres. I think they are like clothing, a way to express yourself. In high school I really believed I could say I liked Britpop and that would define who I was. I think it still does. I like the Jesus and Mary Chain; therefore my hairstyle is explained to the initiated.