Category: Shoegaze

Esben and the Witch – A New Nature

It does not seem to have been that long since Esben and the Witch released Wash the Sins Not Only the Face in 2013, yet they have already returned with a new album called A New Nature. Hailing from Brighton, England, Esben and the Witch plays a form of alternative rock with significant elements of post-punk and shoegaze in conjunction with their ethereal sound. (more…)

Les Discrets – Ariettes Oubliées…

Les Discrets’ debut album Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées was an outstanding piece of art and now one of my favorite albums of all time. It would surely be a difficult task to even come close to duplicating the quality of that album, but Fursy Teyssier of Les Discrets and crew came very close to accomplishing that feat with Ariettes Oubliées…. Les Discrets sound continues to be difficult to describe, although it tends to lean towards post-black metal with elements of shoegaze, even though the band has no relation to black metal. (more…)

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Esben and the Witch – Wash the Sins Not Only the Face

Esben and the Witch’s sophomore album, Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, was an album I was not expecting much from, but I was pleasantly surprised. Esben and the Witch music has elements of shoegaze, dream pop, and plenty of ethereal female vocals by Rachel Davies. Thomas Fisher is on guitar and Daniel Copeman on drums/electronics. Musically, Esben and the Witch is similar to the band Warpaint, but Wash the Sins Not Only the Face has more shoegaze elements and generally darker in mood. Slow Wave is (more…)

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Alcest – Écailles de Lune

Alcest are among the leaders in this wave of post-black metal/shoegaze bands and their sophomore album, Écailles de Lune, is definitely a classic album in this growing sub-genre. Alcest’s first full-length album, Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde, did not have much, if any, metal on it; however, that is not the case with Écailles de Lune. This second album offers a great balance between dreamy soundscapes and elements more commonly associated with black metal. The concept behind Écailles de Lune deals around a very un-metal fairy dream world imagined by vocalist/guitarist/composer Neige. Although this album has moments of seemingly musical darkness, the overall tone is quite hopeful (more…)

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Les Discrets – Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées

Les Discrets’ Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées album was probably my favorite album of 2010—an album I accidentally stumbled upon and thankfully decided to randomly download. This French band is difficult to classify. Post-black metal? Post-rock? Shoegaze? Whatever they are, Fursy Teyssier has composed some amazing music. The music on this album can be described as atmospheric, dark, dreamy, ethereal, enchanting, mysterious—interesting descriptions for an album exploring the essence of death. The dreamy atmosphere permeates throughout each of the tracks that make up this album. Each track is similar in style. However, although the individual tracks may not necessarily stand (more…)

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Sun Devoured Earth – The Sunshine Always Fades

Lately, I have been listening to a lot of bands that have their background heavily influenced by black metal, but they are folk or some other genre. Upon going deeper into that root and finding other good music I had never heard, I stumbled upon a genre “Blackgaze”, which is Black Metal mixed with Shoegaze. From there, I found this band, Sun Devoured Earth, and am I ever glad I did. Sun Devoured Earth is a one man band from Latvia, consisting of a man named Vadim Vasilyev.  The Sunshine Always Fades is the (more…)

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