zephranthes' Top Shoegazing Songs of the Now!
1. For All Time - SPC ECO
I don't know what it is I adore about this song, whether it's the almost nostalgic chiming driving through the song, the borderline heavenly vocals washing through my senses, or the crunchy wall of guitars that find a way to bitch-slap you.
Yes, bitch-slap you. Right in the brain.
Other songs I love by SPC ECO include Another Day and You're Alright.
2. Go & Come Back - Fleeting Joys
Fleeting Joys sadly get no attention. John and Rorika Loring (I have no idea if they're married, or are brother and sister) formed this band, and they're from Sacramento CA. Now I'm sure most shoegazers would just say "Oh, they just took My Bloody Valentine's sound and copied it."
Well fuck you, you pretentious swine.
Yes, they're similar (although I find Fleeting Joys to be much more song-based), but to be fair, Kevin Shields is never going to get his arse in gear. He'll probably grow old and die before MBV release a new album, so this is as much as you're going to get.
Anyway, it's been a long time since a song made me have such an emotional reaction - And that's why I love this. The soaring guitars drift higher than I can imagine, the soft singing sounds like regret through sound, and the casual, relaxed drum beat seals the whole track together. If heaven sounds like anything, I'm sure it's this.
That is, if heaven sounds like the death of hope.
Other songs that are worth checking out by Fleeting Joys would probably be You Are The Darkness (The version that isn't the horrible US version - that was butchery), Cloudlike Mercury and The Breakup.
3. Aquatica - Windy & Carl
I heard this during the first (and only) time I used Shoutcast radio on Winamp. Ok, so Windy & Carl aren't actually shoegazers, but I'm using the term loosely. Aquatica is 15 minutes of uninterrupted bliss, it's a really beautiful soundscape. I especially love the almost oriental-sounding noises in the background.
To be honest, I haven't listened to much else of Windy & Carl, but I own the album Depths - And I can say it's all really good. I lay on my bed and put this album on, and halfway through Aquatica I thought I had teleported to Lónghŭ Shān.
4. Leave Them All Behind - Ride
I was trying to write this list without going back to the classics, but I can't help it with Ride. I was thinking the other day how Andy Bell is wasting his talent with Beady Eye, and how he should get back with Mark Gardener, Steve Queralt and Loz Colbert. A man can dream...
...Anyway. Leave Them All Behind is a blistering opener for a sublime album, Going Blank Again. The lead guitar always amazes me in it's simplicity, the vocal harmonies between Andy and Mark are quality, the little acoustic break kicks major arse, and the whole song just builds up to the final minute and a half - A bombardment of euphoric noise.
Other songs I'd recommend would be Seagull, Cool Your Boots, and Moonlight Medicine. Ok, so Moonlight Medicine isn't shoegazer in the slightest - But I still love it.
5. Perfectly Crystal - Asobi Seksu
A good friend of mine introduced me to Asobi Seksu with this song. He described it to me like this - "It just sounds like loads of bright colours!" And what a chap, he was absolutely right. It's like someone took Only Shallow and injected it full of steroids, and then made it take speed. Yuki Chikudate's voice blends perfectly with the guitars and keyboards, almost like another instrument. And I absolutely love the break, "Go down, down, down..."
Like Windy & Carl above, I've only heard one album by Asobi Seksu - Fluorescence. I'd totally recommend it to anyone, It's a fine album. A truly fine album indeed.
And that just about wraps it up. I know I'll forget a few of these songs over time, so I'm glad I'll have this journal entry to look back on and rediscover, and fall in love all over again. Also to cringe and feel embarrassed at my terrible writing style.
However, I hope someone out there reads this and discovers something new and wonderful, because let's face it - nothing can beat that feeling of hearing a band you just know you've fallen in love with for the very first time.