Just days after the Shoegaze compilation, along comes a new ‘un from the sort of stalwarts of that scene. Nothing to do with the shop selling soapy sherbet, everything to do with a particular order of chords. I think it’s lovely (and I hope the link to the video’s worked)
Following the review of the ‘Still in a Dream’ box set by Douglas a discussion of the much misunderstood/maligned ‘Shoegazing’ ensued – general gist being that much like Krautrock it’s a somewhat derogatory music press meme that has become adopted as an actual musical genre. Over time it’s become ‘a thing’ and indeed one of my favourite things. It’s easy to knock this ‘Sonic Cathedral’ lark but what I love about this stuff is the massively inventive use of the guitar (and other machines), the idea of adding loads of space and ambience to what is essentially pop music, the cheeky melodic twists and the big builds/releases that owe a lot to dance music. A whole bunch of bands has emerged, particularly in the last 10 years for whom My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive are what the Velvets or the Stooges were to a previous generation. The box set stops in 1995 so I did say I’d post a Spotify playlist that covers some of what came next (and indeed is still coming as the most recent track came out last Friday). So here it is. Fill your..er…shoes.