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Amen Dunes

For All

Amen Dunes

For All

This is killer - Slurry, paranoid, slightly demonic folk/rock music

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ZELIENOPLE

Chemist

ZELIENOPLE

Chemist

Lump-in-the-throat pop bliss from Matt, Mike and Brian

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ILYAS AHMED

Sapphire

ILYAS AHMED

Sapphire

Sublime moment off a wonderful album.

156

Should

Resonate

Should

Resonate

Obscure beauty from 1993, thankfully reissued on Captured Tracks' Shoegaze Archives

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PINS

Little Sting

PINS

Little Sting

Highlight of the excellent debut EP by hyped new Manc band

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Slaves

The Field

Slaves

The Field

Panoramic drone-scape for dark bedrooms

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GATE

Sadness Sings

GATE

Sadness Sings

Morose noise ballad from the end of the earth circa 1994

Campfire
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Stian Westerhus

Like Passing Rain Through 9 Lives

Stian Westerhus

Like Passing Rain Through 9 Lives

Unfathomably dextrous string composition by new Norwegian guitar deity

156

GROUPER

Agate Beach

GROUPER

Agate Beach

Phosphorescent gem from one of Liz Harris' earliest LPs, recently reissued digitally

156

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Their Helicopters Sing

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Their Helicopters Sing

Breathtaking drone might taken off the stunning new GY!BE album

156

SAMARA LUBELSKI

All The Tired Horses

SAMARA LUBELSKI

All The Tired Horses

Barely-there, microtonal drone-folk. Supernatural, ethereal and beautiful

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Sam Willis

Twirled With Your Slight Fingers

Sam Willis

Twirled With Your Slight Fingers

Poignant, otherworldly drone anomaly by the Walls guy

156

Simon Scott

Black Western Lights

Simon Scott

Black Western Lights

Dense, roiling shoegaze post-script from the former Slowdive member

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Halls

Winter Prayer

Halls

Winter Prayer

Serenely melancholic music box melody. The closing part to Halls' excellent debut LP

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 SAD songs”

We're suckers for bleak and melancholy sounds come autumn/winter. After a bit of foraging in our hard drives, we've come up with a string and song-based counterpart to our recent 'Crepuscular Electronica' selection, rounding up achingly beautiful shoegaze, drone, pop and experimental sounds from the last 20 years. At one extreme, we're immersed in Gate's 1994 noise ballad, 'Sadness Sings', and the electro-acoustic practices of Stian Westerhus and Simon Scott, beside the breathtaking, dissonant keen of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'Their Helicopters Sing' and Samara Lubelski's exquisite ghosting, 'All The Tired Horses'. At the other we've included desiccated drone-pop from Grouper's classic 'Wide' album and the lushest shoegaze strains of Should and Zelienople, complemented by the pop-friendly malaise of PINS and Amen Dunes and succinct measures of darkness from Slaves, Sam Willis and Halls. Now, we're not intending to make light of SAD (pun sub-consciously intended), but in our untrained opinion, sometimes poor mood + bleak music makes for the most life-affirming experience.

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