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7 Modern Shoegaze Bands Keeping the '90s Dream Alive

With new music from My Bloody Valentine in the works, we're looking at the subgenre they helped pioneer.

This year has brought big news for My Bloody Valentine fans.

The shoegaze icons announced recently that they currently have two new albums in the works for their new label home, Domino Records. In addition to the new music, My Bloody Valentine's 2013 comeback album, m b v, is finally available on streaming, and their albums Loveless and Isn't Anything — famously difficult to find on vinyl — are being remastered and reissued.

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From Reykjavík, Iceland, VAR introduces the music video for "Moments," from their recent album The Never-Ending Year via Spartan Records.

"Moments" is about relishing every second spent with those you love. Reminiscent of Sigur Ros merged with The Cranberries, only more graceful and melodic, "Moments" flows on silky, measured rhythm. Vocalist Júlíus Óttar's delicate tones add a haunting resonance to the dreamy lyrics: "And if you wanna go / You can follow," he croons.

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The Know Drops Lush Single "143"

A silky soundscape infused with warm colors.

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Meet The Know.

They recently released their new single, "143," a song from their forthcoming EP, slated for early 2020 release. Inspired by Tom Waits' "(Looking for) the Heart of Saturday Night" and rich with velvety textures, "143" infuses a silky soundscape with warm colors and imaginative, flashes of memory.

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Made up of guitarist Daniel Knowles and his wife, Jennifer Farmer, who handles vocals and bass, "143" is Farmer's first project as lead vocalist, revealing her exquisite luminous tones. She's a radiant tour de force as she sings: "Babe, we gotta see it through / Day's spent drowning in a melody / Weekends are all I ever wanna do / Hold hands, kiss, love, can't even move."

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Hatchie Shares Kaleidoscopic New Video For Single “Stay With Me”

Her new song is a melancholic dance track with shadowy visuals to match

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Australian dream-pop artist, Hatchie, revealed the visuals for her new single "Stay With Me" from her forthcoming project Keepsake. The 25-year-old singer (real name Harriette Pilbeam) has been steadily churning out lush, shoegaze bops since her excellent debut LP, Sugar & Spice, dropped in 2018. Earlier this month, Pilbeam shared the first glimpse of the album in a gorgeous single called "Without A Blush."

"Stay With Me" extends Hatchie's sound into gothic dance territory, pairing gauzy Cocteau Twins inspired vocals with a synth-infused Robyn sensibility. The Joe Agius-directed video even has a "Dancing On My Own" aesthetic, as the camera pans to Hatchie swaying amidst a sea of strangers in a neon-lit club as she sings.

Hatchie said of the video:

"'Stay With Me' was written as a writing exercise in an effort to step away from my usual style into something more fun and dancey. We originally wrote it with someone else in mind, but realized it was the perfect fit for my album as I wanted to expand into a different sound. It became one of my favourite songs on the record because I'm a sucker for crying-in-the-club tracks."

Check out the video below.

Keepsake is out 6/21 via Double Double Whammy. You can pre-order it here.


Sara is a music and culture writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.

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RELEASE RADAR | Premiere from Sleepspent

Plus new music from Edward and Jane, Rainstorm Brother, Troi Irons, and more

Folk Friday is now a thing, and we've got the perfect playlist for it.

RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of your top singles, albums, and videos to check out as you head into your weekend. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.

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⭐️ PREMIERE ⭐️ | Sleepspent | "Come Smile With Me"

The cheeky new video from El Paso indie rock group Sleepspent guides us through a lively house party--and it's inevitable demise. "Sonically, it makes sense to soundtrack a summer-y house party," says frontman Austin North. "But lyrically it is much more introspective and contemplative than a stereotypical party-track."

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RELEASE RADAR | Premiere from The Split Seconds

Plus New Videos from Aria Wunderland, DYVR, and Taleen Kali

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Hold your own VMAs a month early with this slew of new video releases!

RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of your top singles, albums, and videos to check out as you head into your weekend. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.

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