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The Best Albums of New Age Shoegaze

Listening to a new music genre can be a daunting task. You have various people telling you where to start and, before you know it, you’re swamped in suggested albums and artists. This is no different for shoegaze. Luckily it has been narrowed down by many to the ‘Holy Trinity’; Slowdive’s Souvlaki, Ride’s Nowhere and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. But why should you have to start there? Why not live life on the edge? Here are the four (well five actually) albums from ‘new age’ shoegaze that you should start with.


The Horrors – Primary Colours (2009)

After ditching the goth-punk fashionista aesthetic that was plastered all over their debut album Strange House, The Horrors returned in 2009 with their career changing album Primary Colours. The Southend-on-Sea quintet were now creating vast multi-layered soundscapes that even Kevin Shields would be proud of. Tracks like Mirror’s Image channelled My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless and elements of I Only Think Of You wouldn’t got amiss on Slowdive’s Just For A Day. The album went on to getting nominated for the Mercury Prize award and introduced a whole new generation to shoegaze. Primary Colours isn’t just one of the best new age shoegaze albums, it’s one of the best shoegaze albums of all time.


M83 – Dead Cities, Read Seas & Lost Ghosts (2003)

Before they became known as ‘that band who do the Made In Chelsea song’, M83 started off as a shoegazing electronica group. Much like their recent releases, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts boasts it’s orchestral prowess. However, DCRS&LG builds these electronic instrumentations into huge fuzzed filled goliaths that envelope the listener. The magnitude and intensity is ethereal and unlike anything you’ll ever hear on another shoegaze record.


DIIV – Oshin (2012)/Is The Is Are (2016)

Okay this may seem as a cop out, but there are cases for why both of DIIV’s albums should be considered as some of the best new age shoegaze. Starting as a solo project by Zachary Cole Smith, DIIV’s debut Oshin was the perfect execution of modern day shoegaze dream pop. Reverb drenched vocals buried beneath jangly guitars, DIIV saw mass critical acclaim with their first album. After four troubled years, DIIV came back with Is The Is Are. This double album follow up was an album of two halves. With the first half being more in the spirit of Oshin, the latter half is a much darker and twisted affair that really juxtaposes the side of shoegaze that DIIV are usually known for. This resulted in an album that really explores the multiple layers and sounds of shoegaze.


Deafheaven – Sunbather (2013)

The final album to reach your shoegaze enlightenment is the second album by the Californian black metal outfit Deafheaven. “But wait, did you say black metal?” Yes, but their album Sunbather is the definitive representation of post-shoegaze. Creating beautifully intricate walls of sound, mixed with disturbing black metal vocals, Sunbather is the most challenging and rewarding record on this list. With multiple tracks passing the ten minute mark, Deafheaven certainly know how to create a spectacle of epic proportions. If you can conquer this record, then the world of shoegaze is in the palm of your hand and is ready to be explored.


Liam Egan


Tripwires Interview

The other day I had the pleasure of talking to the UK Shoegaze band Tripwires and they were so kind to answer some questions about their upcoming second album. Enjoy!

Last time we spoke you said you were demoing and writing new tracks. Is this still the case? and how far along are you with writing album number 2?

We’ve now started recording the album, however a lot of the parts will be the original recordings from when they were very first written. That’s how this next album differs from Spacehopper; it will have been recorded piece by piece over a long period of time with some parts recorded in our bedrooms in London and others in Berlin. We never planned to do it this way but some things are just too hard to re-record… you’ll never love a second version of a song as much as the first.

In June you released a new track titled ‘Total Fascination Stuff’, how did that come about?

This was simply one of the first tracks we wrote after releasing Spacehopper and it turned out to be a good indication of what we wanted to do next. It’s very much tied into the video where we’ve included many of the people who were around us when it was written. This is why it will always stay very sentimental to us.


Being a Shoegaze band and with classic 90s Shoegaze bands such as Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine returning to the music scene, is there any Shoegaze bands in particular that you’d like to see return?

We don’t listen to much Shoegaze these days but we’d have to say that a Ride reformation would be pretty cool. We were very happy to see Slowdive return too. We somehow missed their London show in May so hoping to see them next time.
What bands are you currently listening to?

A lot of Angel Olsen, Women, Viet Cong, Parquet Courts and Chad Vangaalen…


Thank you again to Tripwires for taking their time answer my questions. If you want to check them out then their debut Spacehopper is out now and i’ll put links to their social media accounts below.






Liam Egan