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Album review: Mildred Maude – ‘Sleepover’: From Cornwall with beautiful, incendiary love

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Album review: Chihei Hatakeyama – ‘Late Spring’: a halcyon, beautiful ambient journey

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Track: Kestrels – Vanishing Point

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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 …

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 …

We here at Backseat Mafia have been following closely following the career of Luca Zotti in his various guises, from Sweet Jane and Claire back in 2014 (see our review of their album ‘Sticky Caramel Mind’ here) to the recent Unruly Girls (see our review of 2020’s ‘Epidemic’ here). Throughout this time, there has been …

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 …

Manchester’s underground has never been short of bands, but recently a new breed are emerging, none of them more exciting than duo The Dirt. Being less than a year into live performances they have clocked up an impressive number of hours so BSM caught up with them recently to find out what makes them tick. …