Shadowpeak

Shadowpeak from Utrecht in The Netherlands is the shoegaze quartet of Jordy van den Berg (Guitar / Vocal), Bram Custers (Drums / Vocals), Annelies van Bemmel (Synth / Vocals) and Terry Stooker (Bass).

Shadowpeak - Photo by Gerianne Meijer

Shadowpeak – Photo by Gerianne Meijer


Shadowpeak have a marked thixotropic sound as the music sheers into to flowing sounds that descend into the room from steely guitars which initially given the out-put a jagged composition. The anomalies of the quartet are what makes for an intriguing band as Shadowpeak explore the higher register of sounds in a manner which, for someone with tinnitus fill the ears, yet, within the forceful timbre, they are able to develop the underlying compositions, whilst despite a plethora of vocalists, the voices always remains submerged, featuring more as an harmonic accompaniment.

Given the style of the music, Shadowpeak are able to surprise the listener with the aggressive approach that catches you unprepared and the ears are left with ringing silence as tracks conclude.

A début six track eponymous EP, which is available on bandcamp, was released last month and the twenty three minutes provide the listener with plenty to think about.

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Holy Wave

Holy Wave from El Paso in the USA is the shoegaze quintet of Kyle HagerDustin ZozayaJulian RuizJoey Cook and Ryan Fuson.

Holy Wave - shoegaze from the USA

Holy Wave

Holy Wave deploy reverb with abandon to deliver sounds which are richly layered in textures of gossamer. Were the reverb to be further extended we would still be hearing the echoes in the middle of next week, however their ability to manage the transformative nature of the sounds which emerge to deliver coherence is a testament to their ability as musicians.

The psychotropic sounds snare inside the parietal lobe, distorting the senses, leaving the listener fixated by the floating sonics which seem to have physical characteristics. The music glides effortlessly around the room as refrains bounce into each other much like ripples in still water colliding and shearing off in alternating angles.

Currently on an extensive European tour to support the release of their latest LP, Relax, which came out on the 28th January, my advice for those who don’t often get the opportunity to catch them live, grab the opportunity, just plan to take the following couple of days off to allow the brain to resolve itself.

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Human Colonies

Human Colonies from Bologna in Italy is the lo-fi shoegaze outfit of Giuseppe Mazzoni (Guitar / Vocals), Roman Dagner (Guitar), Davide Hare (Drums) and Sara Telesca (Bass).

Human Colonies - lo-fi shoegaze from Italy

Human Colonies

Your speakers haven’t broken when you hit play, the vocal is that immersed by Human Colonies. There is an interesting trend developing in music of reflecting the realities of the world around where the voice is become ever more hidden, which to me is the testament of where the vast majority of the world now sits, unheard and irrelevant as politicians justify the ever growing excesses of the few in a cycle of contempt. But let’s leave aside my own perspectives, those who know the website are already well aware of where to find my writings as an anarcho-capitalist, who can find a political argument over a photograph of a carpet, so let us head back to Human Colonies.


I hit play and thought – no, but there was something hanging in my head then I hit play again and once again thought no – but still a nagging feeling then I hit play again and thought – yes I can contextualise this and music is all about personal connectivity, for me the connection is the washed away voices, for you it may be something else, but I do urge you to give Human Colonies a decent run out.

You can tell how new the quartet really are by their EP being named Demo and that isn’t short for demonstration. With some delight I find myself being able to interpret the sounds to a vacuum of Societal disconnect, which resonates with me, for you it may well be the shimmering guitars and mild distortion, however you approach it an interesting sound is emitted by Human Colonies.

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Sunken Seas

Sunken Seas the ambient drone outfit from Wellington in New Zealand is Ryan Harte (Vocals / Bass), Luke Kavanagh (Guitar / Backing Vocals), Jack Hooker (Guitar) and Samuel Lovrich-Fitzpatrick (Drums).

Sunken Seas - ambient drone from New Zealand

Sunken Seas

Sunken Seas have a couple of releases behind them and deliver music of the moment with a sawwing buzz of guitar reverb. Whilst there is a differential between their debut LP Null Hour and the follow-up EP Cataclysm there is a thread to follow as the droning mesmerics of the material wafts around the room in a flux of merging sounds. The music bubbles with societal discontent and is an imagery of change. The oppressive industrialisation sears its way into the head allowing the listener to contemplate the visuals that are created. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume and let yourself drift inside the sound that is Sunken Seas.

Somehow appositely, given the melting pot of fracture and coalescence that is the signature sound of Sunken Seas, from the various notes I have found it appears the band emerged from Tiddabades and have recently undergone another line-up change since their latest release, so it will be interesting to hear how the formulation of the new line-up will sound in future recordings.

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Cataclysm – EP – Sunken Seas is available on iTunes*

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Foreign Shores

Foreign Shores a shoegaze outfit from Chicago in the USA is Nick Rynott (Vocals / Guitar), Nick Reuille (Guitar), Dominic Gaddini (Drums) and Eric Plançon (Bass).

Foreign Shores - Shoegaze from the USA

Foreign Shores

Find a comfortable posture and relax to the echoes and reverb that is Foreign Shores. The music immerses the brain in velvet as the sounds drift around the room like the imperceptible movements of gently moving cumulus clouds forming new shapes in the sky. The transitions slide across each other smoothly affording the listener the time to immerse themselves in the imagery.

The soft interplay between the quartet allows the two guitars to merge into one and the supporting structure of percussion and bass form gently formed frames within which the music flows. The vocal is equally subsumed giving the whole effect of listening to the vestiges of a sound just passed.

Foreign Shores retain a control on the compositions ensuring they do not drift into flights of fancy and the audience is offered well structured material that has the feel of the extravagant without it ever becoming extraneous.

Relatively new on the scene it will be interesting to follow the journey of Foreign Shores and I wish them the best.

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New View – Foreign Shores is available on iTunes*.

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