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Album Review: The Raft releases the shimmering and dreamy album ‘Summerheads and Winter Beds’

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It’s been over two years since husband and wife duo the Know released their shimmering EP ‘wearetheknow’ (see my review here), and as a sign that things can only get better, they have retuned with their signature cotton wool-wrapped shimmering sonic style in the new single ‘Used To Be’. The Know are Daniel Knowles and …

We are very pleased to premiere the video for the track ‘The Fault Was Lain There Too’ from Australian-born Berlin resident, the multi-Instrumentalist and songwriter Joshua Murphy. The track is a dark gothic tale with a velvet soft delivery and a haunting refrain. Like compatriot Nick Cave, the tone is that of a southern preacher, …

New Zealand’s legendary Voom make a spectacular return after a break since 2006 with the dreampop elegance of ‘Magic’, featuring the dulcet tones of Fazerdaze (Amelia Murray). The sparring vocals of Murray and Buzz Moller create a wonderful contrast – Moller’s distinct soft rasp against Murray’s ethereal angelic vocals. The vocals surf over a wave …

Following up their single ‘Stranger In The Mirror‘, Naarm/Melbourne trio Summer Flake have released another dreamy, jangling and ethereal track ‘One Less Thing’ that positively shimmers in the firmament. Title track to their newly announced fourth album, this is a glowing track filled with a simmering vitality. Gliding over a sparse and enigmatic sound with …

It has been a while since we’ve heard from the terrific Brisbane quartet Babaganouj and the wait has been rewarded by the release today of their new single ‘What Planet Do You Come From?’, along with news of their debut album ‘Jumbo Pets’ due for release in early 2023. In the intervening time, bass player/vocalist …

You really can’t get much better than ‘Leaves Me Blind’, the 1992 magnum opus from the seminal Underground Lovers – their second album. Lead single ‘Your Eyes’ remains on my personal list of favourite songs ever with its hypnotic bass and dreamy ethereal fugue. The entire album positively shimmers and glows and has the collective …

The irrepressible dream pop/shoegaze queen T.G. Shand is back with another shimmering masterclass in fuzzy pop with ‘WAWO’. T.G. Shand is the moniker of Ōtautahi/Christchurch resident Annemarie Duff, formerly of the legendary Melbourne shoegaze band Miniatures (on the iconic Saint Marie Records label). We here at Backseat Mafia have been transfixed by her stream of jangling, sparkling singles over …

Brisbane’s Harriette Pilbeam – as Hatchie – has just unveiled a new, darker slice of shoegaze dream pop in new track ‘Nosedive’, in the midst of her US tour. Out through label Secretly Canadian, ‘Nosedive’ pulls on a hoodie and pogoes with a degree of gothic-fringed menace and aggression – stabbing fragmented instrumentation drives through …

We are honoured to be able to premiere the new track ‘Loosen Up’ for Milan psych/shoegaze maestros The Backlash, along with news of  a new album, ‘Rise’, due for release on 24 February 2023 through Dirty Beach Records (Italy) and Shore Dive Records (Brighton UK). The band is amongst a plethora of stunning musicians coming out of Italy that …

We are over the moon to be able to provide a sneak listen to the new EP ‘Quiet Bat People’ from the rather brilliant The Great Emu War Casualties. This is a very exciting band that innovates incessantly and creates a rare dynamism. Threaded throughout the pacey high stepping beats is a vein of self-deprecating …