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17 May 2017

TONIGHT! When The Sun Hits on DKFM. Stream it live @ 10pm EST/9pm CST.

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INTERVIEW: Trementina.

Trementina is a Chilean project consisting of Vanessa Cea (vocals), Cristobal Ortiz (guitar), Lucas Martinic (bass), and Andrés Yáñez (drums). We’ve loved Trementina’s delightfully noisy sound for years, but with the release of their newest LP, 810, they’ve eternally captured our hearts. 810 is a nimble foray into a more pop-oriented sound and the band’s fearless exploration paid off – this record is gorgeous and flawlessly executed. Each song sparkles with a radiance that feels new and different. We believe Trementina have found their true voice on 810. We couldn’t be prouder to share the following interview with Vanessa and Lucas of Trementina.

How and when was the band formed?
Vanessa: It was formed four years ago in Valdivia, Chile. We were really close friends, so one day the idea just came up to play the kind of music that we’ll never see in a live show in our lives. Valdivia is twelve hours to the south of Santiago, the only one big city in Chile. It’s difficult to get there for a concert, it’s expensive, it takes too much time, and in 2013 shoegaze was a non-existent genre in Chile.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (new releases, tour, etc.)?
Vanessa: Well, we’ve just arrived back home from a tour in Mexico. We were supposed to have a tour in the States this year, but immigration decided that it was better if we stood on the other side of the border. It was wise advice, since we haven’t paid enough attention to Mexico. We’ve just released our new album,
810, so this year is based on promotion and touring. There’s going to be a couple of tours this year, maybe in Europe and Japan. As soon as we confirm the dates we are going to announce it on our Facebook page.

Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
Vanessa: When we started, we felt really proud to be named as a shoegaze band, because that was what we were trying to do, bringing something “new” to our people. It’s kind of what you have to do as an artist – amplify people’s minds by showing them that there’s a whole new world to see. But now we want to have enough space to find ourselves in our work. We don’t want to be a slave of something that doesn’t belong to us. There are people who are surprised with our new record because it’s not “shoegaze” enough, or in the ways that they expect it to be. But that’s exactly what this is all about! If you want 30 years more of the same, you can just lock yourself in a room with your favorite records on repeat.

"It's kind of what you have to do as an artistamplify people's minds by showing them that there's a whole new world to see."

I’m not against “genres.” I think that classifying music by genre is something very positive for the industry, because it helps you to reach ideal audiences. It also helps the audience find and listen to what they like, especially in this internet/over consume society. The problem is getting stuck on labels as a musician, limiting your creativity just because people think something about you and you have to give in to that.

10 May 2017

TONIGHT! WTSH airs on DKFM. Stream it live @ 10pm EST.

WTSH airs on DKFM Shoegaze Radio

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Stay tuned in because at 12am EST/11pm CST the Somewherecold Radio Hour is taking over the air waves with TWO world premieres and a spotlight on the Chicago scene! 

04 May 2017


Portland-based Sea Fuzz is the solo project of Ben Heckler. In March, a resplendent LP entitled Sky Gazing was released via Spirit Goth and features eight shamanic beach punk tunes – highly recommended listening for our lo-fi psych fans as we transition into the summer months. “Breeze” is taken from this LP, and the video below is the last in a series of trippy and colorful visual pieces that Heckler put together for the new album.

Instagram: @Sea_Fuzz_Band
Twitter: @Sea_Fuzz

02 May 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Slowdive | Slowdive.

As I am writing this for a blog named after one of Slowdive’s classic songs, this should be a rave review. And it is, to a point, though I should caution that no album is perfect, even a really great one from a venerated band that hasn’t released a record in 22 years. And that is a minor miracle, so settle in and appreciate it for what it is: a wonderful and lovely piece of work. I say brava to the members of Slowdive, and extend my appreciation for the craft that went into this, their self-titled fourth studio album. The band is touring right now in support of this album, so get out there and see them if you can. You never know how long this might last, and the chance to see a classic band is one that surely resides on every dream pop and shoegaze lover’s bucket list. I will not bore you with constant comparisons to their previous work, because what is the point really? Bands need to reinvent themselves, not coast on past creations. And since I am a lesser Slowdive fan (meaning I am not a fanatic), perhaps I view things more objectively. So let’s get to the music, shall we?

The album opens with “Slomo”, a small wonder of a tune, chock full of dreamy layers and acoustic guitar, all of it cocooning you in a gauzy haze. Shimmering and trippy, it’s a sublime example of psych pop. I love the gentle bass that carries it forward, and the way the vocals float by like a marvelous daydream. It meanders for close to seven minutes, and I daresay you will be totally blissed out by the song’s end. And may I say how much I love Rachel Goswell’s voice on here?

“Star Roving” is the first single, and it’s a strong effort. It has a solid hook at its heart, and contains all the dreamy elements you could possibly desire. Listen to it loud with a good set of headphones and you will find your head bobbing as it unfolds. “Don’t Know Why” offers up vocals from sweet-voiced Rachel and is simply gorgeous. Neil Halstead also sings here, and they both make it special.

“Sugar for the Pill” is the second single, and one of my favorite songs on the record. It has a pastoral feel, and is the perfect soundtrack for a picnic on a warm summer’s day. Dazzling and slow, it is the band at its best. “Everyone Knows” kicks up the energy and revels in a shoegaze lover’s paradise. The vocals are marvelous and the layers of guitar spin you ‘round in silken splendor. “No Longer Making Time” is another beautiful song, and feels like another single to me. Great! “Go Get It” verges on space rock, and it sure sent me straight into orbit hearing its atmospheric sonics. It is another cool favorite of mine.

“Falling Ashes” is a bit of a puzzle, and drastically different from the rest of the album. Cool piano washes over you with notes falling like rain on your soul. It shows the band experimenting with ambient music, and they do it well. Perhaps they should consider writing soundtracks, for this is what I am most reminded of. It’s a peaceful coda to a fine album from these dream pop pioneers. Highly recommended!

INTERVIEW: Whimsical.

Whimsical is the Indiana-based duo of Neil Burkdoll and Krissy Vanderwoude. The project first began in 1999 as a 5-piece, and drummed up a healthy amount of attention after releasing their debut album, now a cult-classic, entitled Setting Suns are Semi-Circles. The band started work on a follow up album, to be called Sleep to Dream, but internal and external forces resulted in a dissolution of the band when the album was 90% complete. The near-finished record remained unheard until 2015, when Burkdoll rediscovered it on an old hard drive. Energized and excited by the recordings, Burkdoll and Vanderwoude decided to complete the album. Sleep to Dream came out in February 2017 via the highly lauded shoegaze label Saint Marie Records. It’s an impressive and beautiful recording that has garnered much deserved praise since it's release and will no doubt top Best of 2017 lists across the board. Enjoy getting to know the very talented Neil and Krissy of Whimsical...

How and when was the band formed?
Neil: Whimsical was officially formed in the summer of 1999, but there was an earlier attempt by Krissy and I to form the band in the beginning of 1998. I had been writing the songs that would become our album Setting Suns Are Semi-Circles since 1995, but I had no band. I had moved back to Northwest Indiana in July of ’99 and Krissy and I knew we would form the band this time around.  Our original drummer, Tim Fogle, was an old friend from high school that we asked to join right away. We had trouble finding a bass player so we placed an ad locally. Joe Santelik joined on bass after seeing our ad in a music store. Mark Milliron went to college in Florida with me and decided to move by us after we both graduated. He quickly joined the band on second guitar and was in the band by the time we played our second show. This is the lineup that recorded the first album. 

By the time we recorded most of Sleep to Dream, Tim had been replaced with Andy Muntean and Joe had been replaced by Brian Booher. Both of these guys had previously played in other bands with me and it was only natural that they join. The band fell apart in early 2005 while we were recording our second album Sleep to Dream. We were just burnt out and life had sort of gotten in the way by this point. It wasn’t until early 2015 that I discovered the old hard drive that had the mostly recorded Sleep to Dream album on it. It was at this point that Krissy and I decided to finish the album, as well as start up the band again as a two piece. Saint Marie Records signed us soon after and here we are today.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
Neil: Sleep to Dream was released in Feb 2017 on Saint Marie Records. As a way to get our band name out there while waiting for the album to come out, Krissy and I decided to record an entirely different album consisting of covers and re-recordings of old songs called Brought to Light.  We have tried to release one song online every 4-6 weeks over the course of 2016. This was a way for Krissy and I to figure out how we can work on new songs while we live in different states.  I have already begun working on song ideas for around 12 songs so far, but it’s too early to tell how the next album will sound. I’m sort of torn with the direction I want to go in musically for the next album. I’m sure it will figure itself out somehow, but you can hear the new song “Had I Known” on the Alternative Facts compilation that DKFM just put out. There are no plans for touring, as we aren’t a live band anymore, but there is talk of maybe a one-off show in Chicago later this year.

̷acts: A Shoegaze Resistance Compilation by DKFM Shoegaze

26 April 2017

TONIGHT! When The Sun Hits on DKFM. Stream live 10pm EST.

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the debut of the Somewherecold Radio Hour

24 April 2017

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Keith Canisius | Milky Way.

Beyond excited to exclusively premiere a new video from the Danish dream pop artist Keith Canisius. We’ve been fans of his for over a decade, starting with his mid-aughts dream pop project Rumskib. He started recording under his own name a few years later, and our love for his output only intensified. His most recent LP, 2016’s We Are The Dreamers, is an aural joy to behold. “Milky Way” is taken from the aforementioned LP, and his new video for the song merges visual bliss with sonic bliss, resulting in an all-out blissfest that we recommend everyone immerse themselves in immediately.

Directed by Dariy Karyakin
Starring Endžija Pabērza & Tomass Tulinskis