shoegaze

DIIV Go Deep on ‘Frog in Boiling Water’

DIIV Go Deep on ‘Frog in Boiling Water’

DIIV’s Frog in Boiling Water aspires to be a statement album, reflecting our zeitgeist of right-wing extremism, global conflict, and environmental collapse.

Ride Turn Dreamy on New Album ‘Interplay’

Ride Turn Dreamy on New Album ‘Interplay’

Ride continue their second phase with ‘Interplay’, an album full of melodic atmosphere lacking some of the creative yearning heard in their earlier work.

The Wondrous Weirdness of Deerhunter’s ‘Weird Era Cont.’

The Wondrous Weirdness of Deerhunter’s ‘Weird Era Cont.’

Deerhunter’s Weird Era Cont., the companion to Microcastle, lives in its shadow and yet eclipses it with a bizarre brilliance all its own.

‘In Ribbons’ Reissue Revisits Experimentation of Pale Saints

‘In Ribbons’ Reissue Revisits Experimentation of Pale Saints

Delayed a year due to Covid, the 30th anniversary re-release of In Ribbons by Pale Saints last October is a reminder of how expansive shoegaze can be.

A Full Remix Makes Deafheaven’s ‘Sunbather’ Worth Revisiting

A Full Remix Makes Deafheaven’s ‘Sunbather’ Worth Revisiting

Deafheaven’s Sunbather was the first time a black metal act broke through the clutter of heavy metal releases to be appreciated outside of the genre’s fans.

Shoegazers Drop Nineteens Return with Excellent ‘Hard Light’

Shoegazers Drop Nineteens Return with Excellent ‘Hard Light’

Quickly after becoming early 1990s shoegaze darlings, Drop Nineteens disbanded. Now, 30 years later, they return with a renewed purpose and a new album.

Slowdive’s ‘Everything Is Alive’ Is a Masterpiece of Subtlety

Slowdive’s ‘Everything Is Alive’ Is a Masterpiece of Subtlety

From the haunted guitars to the impressionist vocals, from the most spell-binding drones to the brisk tempos, this is a Slowdive album through and through.

Modern Time Machines Travel Back to the Beach Boys

Modern Time Machines Travel Back to the Beach Boys

Ben Golomb of shoegaze band Modern Time Machines sees whole worlds in old things. Beachtime gazes dreamily into the Beach Boys.

10 Great Unsung Shoegaze Songs

10 Great Unsung Shoegaze Songs

Shoegaze’s trademark sound, rippling sheets of guitar noise, is endlessly pliable, easily molded into sonic textures smooth and abrasive alike.

30 Years of Slowdive’s ‘Souvlaki’

30 Years of Slowdive’s ‘Souvlaki’

Slowdive’s seminal 30-year-old album, Souvlaki, transcends the negativity that followed its release and carries strength through emotional relatability.

Beach Fossils’ Guitars Jangle and Sparkle on ‘Bunny’

Beach Fossils’ Guitars Jangle and Sparkle on ‘Bunny’

Beach Fossils’ Bunny is a pure, seamless combination of pristine production and newfound maturity with a post-punk-influenced, guitar-driven sound.

M83 Get Lost in the Synth Clouds of ‘Fantasy’

M83 Get Lost in the Synth Clouds of ‘Fantasy’

With a bloated runtime and a tendency toward monochromatic synth textures, M83’s ninth studio record Fantasy indulges one too many of the group’s clichés.