New Media – Tunnel Vision

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New Media are an indie rock quartet from who channel a shoegaze sound reminiscent of Ride, the rhythmic influence of Manchester and the heavier guitar sounds of bands like The Cure.

Tunnel Vision‘, their second single of 2020, winds its way around knotty drums and guitars that squeal and squall, adding to the rising sense of tension before it jumps the tracks in the last minute and heads for the highest windswept sonic vantage point.

““Tunnel Vision”, is about the link between insomnia and inspiration. It’s that 3 o’clock in the morning feeling, when the subconscious mind is at its most active. Every car outside, every seemingly insignificant noise or stimuli steals your focus towards it, like a magnet. Watching (and hearing) the sound of traffic gliding up and down “rain soaked streets” from an obscured hotel window and that intellectual tug of war that plays out, between wanting to capture it and letting the thought pass. It’s that intense obsessive compulsion of chasing an idea to its creative fruition, that feverish intensity that can take on a kind of “tunnel vision”, where the mind has the desire to wade ever-deeper into the waters of the subconsciousness, while one foot remains in the shallow edge of the water.”

NEW MUSIC: Manorlady – Ready Go Fade Away

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Guitars that rock and guitars that caress at the same time are often hard things to come by. Shoegaze made an art form of it and so many bands still mine that vein of beautiful noise. Some mix it with psych rock, others with dream pop or post-punk.

Manorlady were raised in the Mojave desert of Eastern California but now they’re based in Santa Cruz.  They’re a three-piece and based on this track they’ve got a really nice balance of noise and melody happening and they don’t stretch it into overindulgence. There’s some 90’s alt-rock (on the same astral plane as Smashing Pumpkins), My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins in the mix and it works well.

They’ve got a new album called No Bitter Ends on the way, due for release at the end of March. Hit their Bandcamp page to preorder a copy if you like what you hear.

NEW MUSIC: Sungaze – New Familiar

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Kick off the week with a dose of shoegaze courtesy of North American group Sungaze. It’s the warm season in this part of the world and this track, ‘New Familiar’, suits the weather perfectly with its warm, bucolic strum, hazy and blissed-out vocal and the light-tripping rhythm section. There are touches of Ride and The Charlatans in the dreaminess of the band’s sound.